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Moderne and Modernity: Visual Narratives of Interwar Shanghai

March 6, 2010; 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Museum Theater

For an awakening China just emerging from the Qing dynasty, Shanghai came to embody the promise of modernity. Its new architecture, the Style Moderne, or Art Deco as it is now known, was the emblem of all that was new and foreign, in ideas as well as form.

This conference explores the visual forms and images current in Shanghai in the first third of the twentieth century, and what they reveal, suggest, or obscure. Papers may address the unique formation of the city, and the sense of identity of those within it, those who created it, those who imagined it, and those who fought all that the city seemed to represent.

Speakers are: Nancy Berliner, Peabody Essex Museum; Renee Y. Chow, UC Berkeley; Lisa Claypool, Reed College; Joan Judge, York University; Michael Knight, Asian Art Museum; Ellen Johnston Laing, University of Michigan; Jeff Wasserstrom, UC Irvine; Jay Xu, Asian Art Museum; Catherine Yeh, Boston University; and Wen-hsin Yeh, UC Berkeley.

Organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. For more information, visit ieas.berkeley.edu.