“Chinese Capitalism?” Lecture 01 April CANCELLED

Due to travel disruption our speaker is unable to get to Edinburgh to give this evening’s planned talk.  We hope to be able to reschedule this talk when Professor Dominic Sachsenmaier, University of Bremen will investigate some debates on East Asian forms of capitalism, particularly during the past twenty years.

Details of the talk which will now have to be rescheduled is below along with a biography.

His talk, entitled “Chinese Capitalism? Recent Debates and Their Intellectual Contexts” will discuss the ways in which different opinion camps, ranging from academic groups to political currents, envisioned, defined and constructed the notion of a supposedly unique East Asian form of capitalism.His lecture will  mainly focus on materials in Chinese and English, and will juxtapose the debates on regional, i.e. East Asian forms of capitalism with discourses on nationally specific paths and patterns. Additionally, he will briefly compare the more recent debates with positions formulated earlier in the twentieth century, such as visions of a Confucian economy or, under Mao, adaptations of the concept of an “Asiatic Mode of Production.”

This talk will take place at 17.15 in G.15, William Robertson Wing, George Square, Edinburgh.  A drinks reception will follow.  All welcome.


Dominic Sachsenmaier is Professor of Modern Asian History at Bremen University. He holds a regular honorary chair professorship at the Global History Centre in Beijing. Before returning to Germany, his country of origin, he held active faculty positions at Duke University as well as the University of California, Santa Barbara.

His main current research interests are Chinese and Western approaches to global history as well as transnational connections of political and intellectual cultures in China. Furthermore he has published in fields such as 17th-century Sino-Western cultural relations, overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, and multiple modernities.

Prof. Sachsenmaier serves on several editorial and advisory boards in Asia, Europe and the United States. His most recent monograph is Global Perspectives on Global History. Theories and Approaches in a Connected World (Cambridge UP, 2011).

This is last lecture in the Asian Studies Research Seminar Series.