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Jan 21

Online-Vortrag des Amsterdamer Medienwissenschaftlers Jeroen de Kloet über chinesische Jugendkulturen (in engl. Sprache)

21. Januar | 16:00 - 17:00

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Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam): »From Platform to Lying Flat: Youth, Technology, Hipsters, and the Question of Chineseness«


About the lecture

The past two decades in China are somehow characterized by a simultaneous opening up and closing off of the country. Chinese youth cultures particularly reflect such paradoxical movement. On the one hand, the rise of a hipster culture—the scene of »cultured youth« (wenyi qingnian 文艺青年) dressed in long cotton dresses or trousers with straw hats, writing letters or postcards by hand and preferably with a fountain pen, listening to folk music, and strolling through the country side—resonates with the global proliferation of likeminded cultural scenes. On the other hand, the popularity of the Han-ethnic clothing style (the hanfu 汉服 movement), calligraphy, and traditional Chinese characters among the youth attests to a move towards, say, more »Chineseness.« Meanwhile, all these cultured youth are frantically busy taking pictures and selfies with their mobile phones to subsequently post on social media platforms like Weibo and Tik Tok. In my talk, I will engage with the role of such platforms in the articulation of youth identities in China, and show how both »global« as well as »local« cultural articulations are always highly promiscuous. In the recent »lying flat« (tangping 躺平) movement, I read a possible way out of the demand to be and become both global and Chinese, as imposed today on Chinese youth identities.


About the speaker
Jeroen de Kloet is Professor in Globalisation Studies and Head of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is also part of the State Key Lab of Media Convergence and Communication, Communication University of China in Beijing. Publications include a book with Anthony Fung Youth Cultures in China (Polity 2017), and the edited volumes Boredom, Shanzhai, and Digitization in the Time of Creative China (with Yiu Fai Chow and Lena Scheen, Amsterdam UP 2019) and Trans-Asia as Method: Theory and Practices (with Yiu Fai Chow and Gladys Pak Lei Chong, Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).


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