Ian Johnson - Digital dissent: How grassroots historians are challenging the Chinese Communist Party’s version of the past—and its right to rule
|Starts:||12:30 12 Oct 2021|
|Ends:||13:30 12 Oct 2021|
|What is it:||Webinar|
|Organiser:||Manchester China Institute|
At a time when many in the West are convinced that China has perfected the art of dictatorship, a growing number of writers, artists, bloggers, and filmmakers are challenging the Chinese Communist Party on its most sensitive turf: its control of history. These grassroots historians are using digital technologies to document the party's missteps, from its ascent to power in the 1940s to its coverup of the coronavirus. The result: a remarkable outpouring of samizdat publications and underground films that are slowly breaking the state's monopoly on the truth and challenging its right to rule.
Photo credit: Sim Chi Yin/Magnum
Biography: Ian Johnson is the Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. A Pulitzer-Prize winning writer focusing on society, religion, and history, he was awarded a 2020-2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars fellowship for a new book he is writing on China's unofficial history.
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