Authoritarianism as Fictitious Commodity: a Political Ethnography of the Chinese Grassroots State
November 29, 4:30 PM
The University of Hong Kong, Centennial Campus, Jockey Club Tower, Rm. 813
Based on a political ethnographic study of quotidian protest bargaining at the lowest level of the Chinese state, this talk analyzes the market logic of governance that has become the cornerstone of the Communist regime’s capacity to maintain stability in recent years. Explicating the molecular processes of how the state “buys stability”, thereby turning state authority and citizens’ rights into commodities, the talk explores the implications of this technique of protest absorption for the durability of authoritarianism in China.
About the speaker:
Ching Kwan Lee is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of Hong Kong, she obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and has previously taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, she is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
Her research focuses on labor, gender, political sociology, comparative and global ethnography, Global South and China. She has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, Daedalus, Work & Occupations, Gender & Society, the China Quarterly and Modern China,among other venues. She is author of two award winning books: Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (University of California Press 2007), and Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (University of California Press 1998). Her edited volumes include Working in China: Ethnographies of Labor and Workplace Transformation (Routledge 2007), Re-envisioning the Chinese Revolution: the Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Contemporary China ( with Guobin Yang, Stanford University Press, 2007), Reclaiming Chinese Society : the New Activism (with Youtien Hsing, Routlege 2009), and From the Iron Rice Bowl to Informalization: Market, State, and Workers in a Changing China (with Sarosh Kuruvilla and Mary Gallagher, Cornell University Press, 2011).
She is working on two monographs, respectively on four decades of state and society relation in China (under contract with Polity Press, UK) and on Chinese investment in Zambia.
All are welcome.
Title Cyber-Fortress Europe's New Frontier: Borders, technology, mobile bodies and narratives of exclusion in the Old Continent
Date:November 6, 2013
Venue: Rm1103 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
This paper presents preliminary findings from a research project that looks at mobility and border control in Western Balkans, in the context of EU integration. Through an analysis of interviews with representatives of various government agencies and non-governmental organisations that work on issues of migration and mobility in Serbia, as well as media and policy analysis, the paper casts a closer look at the process that might position Republic of Serbia as a key ally of the EU and a future border custodian of the EU’s Southeast frontier. The paper also reflects on a likely impact of these processes on the status of vulnerable categories of citizens and non-citizens, such as asylum seekers and victims of crime, as well as on crime countermeasures, human rights and mobility in the region more broadly.
Dr. Sanja Milivojevic
Cyber-Fortress Europe's New Frontier: Borders, technology, mobile bodies and narratives of exclusion in the Old Continent
Dr Sanja Milivojevic is a Lecturer in Criminology at University of New South Wales. She holds LL.B and LL.M from Belgrade University’s Law School, and PhD from Monash University. Sanja's research interests are trafficking in people; migration and borders; new technologies, sexting
and surveillance; and international criminal justice and human rights. She is a NSW representative in the Committee of Management of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, and an editorial board member of a journal Temida (Serbia). Sanja publishes in Serbian and English, and her latest research project is on borders, technology and mobility in Southeast Europe. She tweets about it @smilivojevic.
Doing Imaginative Criminology
Date:Wednesday October 30, 2013
The University of Hong Kong, Centennial Campus, Jockey Club Tower, Rm. 813
In this paper Pat Carlen argues the case for an imaginative criminology employing
a variety of methods to deconstruct present crime issues before reconstructing them
differently. She illustrates the approach by describing how she developed the concepts
of ‘imaginary penalities’ and ‘reparative justice’.
Pat Carlen, BA, PhD is Honorary Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester
in the UK. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Criminology, co-founder
of the UK campaigning group ‘Women in Prison’ and has published 19 books and
many articles on criminal and social justice. She has conducted research in England,
Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, USA and Peru, and given invited lectures in
all those countries as well as in The Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Canada,
Austria, Hungary, Hong Kong, Sweden, Argentina and South Africa. Her work has
been translated into Japanese, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish.
In 1997 she was awarded the American Society of Criminology’s Sellin-Glueck Prize
for Outstanding International Contributions to Criminology, in 2010 the British
Society of Criminology’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and in 2011 an
Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Lincoln University, UK. A short biographical chapter
is to be found in Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology (eds. K. Hayward, S. Maruna and
J. Mooney. Routledge 2010: 232-237) A collection of her selected works entitled
A Criminological Imagination: Essays on Punishment, Justice, Discourse was
published in Ashgate’s Pioneers in Contemporary Criminology in 2010.
Beyond Silk Road: how online illicit marketplaces are challenging law enforcement and transforming the global trade in illicit drugs
Date: October 28, 2013
Venue: Rm813, 8/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
The recent closure of the illicit drugs trading website Silk Road garnered world-wide media attention and focused the public spotlight on new forms of drug distribution facilitated by the internet. Despite the closure of Silk Road, online drug distribution appears to be growing in popularity and is likely to proliferate further in years to come. This is due to significant advantages available to both drug producers and consumers who conduct transactions online. This seminar explores the characteristics of online illicit websites such as the now defunct Silk Road and other similar sites still in operation. Online forms of drug distribution will be contrasted with conventional illicit trafficking and retail networks. These changes will then be considered in terms of the new challenges that they pose for law enforcement and prohibition agencies.
Dr James Martin is a criminologist and senior lecturer at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism at Macquarie University. His research interests include online drug distribution, the War on Drugs, cybercrime and cyber-vigilantism, as well as policing and new technologies.
The 11th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association
The Department of Sociology has hosted the 11th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA). [Photo]