Public Lecture: Opening Pandora`s Box – October 2009

In this third lecture of the `PRC at 60` series, Professor Natascha Gentz, University of Edinburgh will lecture on Opening Pandora`s Box: the Cultural Revolution and its repercussions on the ‘Reform and Opening Period’ of the 1980s.`

The Cultural Revolution (1966-76) has been described as a period of `ten chaotic years`. All governmental efforts after the death of Mao Zedong aimed at reuniting society and encouraging contribution to the new opening and reform policy. The lecture will discuss the intricacies involved in this process and why the Cultural Revolution still poses problems for Chinese society today.

Natascha Gentz is Professor of Chinese Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh. Her publications include a monograph on the history Chinese journalism and two edited volumes, on transcultural knowledge transfer in Late Qing China, and on how global media are shaping cultural identities. She has also published a book on contemporary Chinese historical drama as well as dozens of articles on Late Qing and contemporary Chinese drama, literature and media. She has also translated a novel and two volumes of short stories by the Chinese nobel laureate Gao Xingjian.

This lecture will take place in the Raeburn Room, Old College, North Bridge starting at 6pm. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

All lectures in the PRC at 60 series are fully booked. Standby places are offered to those without tickets subject to spaces being spaces due to no-shows.