PEM Seminar Series -Dr Yimin Zhao, Renmin University of China: Jiehebu or suburb? Towards a translational turn in urban studies
|Starts:||12:00 4 Nov 2020|
|Ends:||14:00 4 Nov 2020|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester Urban Institute|
|Speaker:||Yimin Zhao, PhD|
Engaging with reflections on improper urban vocabularies, this talk proposes a translational turn to foreground dialogues – rather than equivalences – between languages. Drawing on the philosophies of language and hermeneutics, I adopt “the fusion of horizons” as an alternative perspective to redefine translation where different languages encounter each other. To better capture global urban experiences, we should recognise the role of translation that exposes us to strangeness and alterity. This point is elaborated with heterogeneous names of the urban frontier, which inform us how and how far appropriating gaps/distances can initiate creative and unexpected dialogues for more global urban studies.
Yimin Zhao, PhD
Role: Assistant Professor
Organisation: Renmin University of China
Biography: Yimin Zhao is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning and Management at Renmin University of China. He uses urban ethnography to understand power relations and state dynamics in the urban process. His current research develops along two lines of inquiry, one focusing on the urban mechanisms of “Global China” (in collaboration with researchers at the LSE and Monash Malaysia) and the other looking into the infrastructural lives of authoritarianism in Beijing.
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