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“Two Line Policy Struggles” under Mao at the end of the Cultural Revolution

The End of the Cultural Revolution: three voices talk


Abstract and Bio

Claudia Pozzana, Allessandro Russo and David Zweig were students together in Beijing in 1974-76. They witnessed many of the same events and underwent similar experiences. Yet how they each saw those events depended on their own perspectives on China, society, and ideology. The three will present their own views of those days and how they affect their own understanding of reform China.


Speaker(s) : Prof Claudia Pozzana, University of Bologna

Prof Alessandro Russo, University of Bologna

Prof David Zweig, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology


Date : 27 Apr 2017 (Thursday)

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Venue : Room 3301 (via lifts 17-18), Academic Building, HKUST

20180120 Public Lecture – Gunter Pauli

Gunter Pauli lecture(2)

Professor Gunter Pauli, the author of The Blue Economy and Gunter’s Fables, and Sir Run Run Shaw Distinguished Visiting Scholar, CUHK, 2017-18, delivered a lecture on “The Professions of the Future – Those That You Cannot Learn For At University” at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, on 20 January 2018, which was organized by the Department of Cultural Studies of Lingnan University, the Global University for Sustainability, and Lingnan Gardeners. Professor Pauli explained the spirit of the Blue Economy as a commitment for the common good and introduced a lot of innovative projects such as Li-fi, stone-paper, pig-chicken friendly farm, tomato-producing-water farm, coffee-clothing, among others.



Helena Norberg-Hodge – Connecting over soil

Seminar : Connecting Over Soil
Moderator : CHEN Yun-chung

All over the Western world , increasing numbers of people are leaving their desk- bound lives to rediscover the joys of getting their hands dirty . Things are very different in the global South – while nearly half the population is still connected to the soil , farmers are being encouraged to leave the land by the millions . They are being made to feel ashamed of their farming traditions , ashamed of having their hands in the soil .

Around the world , soil is common currency . It binds us to each other and to the earth . This currency lies at the heart of a movement towards rebuilding local economies . I call it ” the economics of happiness , because at the deepest level localization reweaves our spiritual connection to others and to nature , something that is essential for our wellbeing.



Helena Norberg-Hodge – Economics of Happiness



 Prof. José Wellington Santos Lecture

On 24th November 2016,Prof José Wellington Santos presented a lecture at Lingnan University.The lecture was video-recorded by Jin peiyun and George Lee, edited by George Lee, and produced by Global University for Sustainability.




Professor Ackbar Abbas – Posthumous Socialism

Professor Ackbar Abbas delivered a lecture on “Posthumous Socialism” on 23 October 2017, which was organized by the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. This video was edited and produced by Global University for Sustainability, October 2017.


What is the Socialist Market Economy? Are we dealing with another phase of socialism? Or is China today capitalist in everything else but name alone? Or, even more paradoxically, are we dealing with neither the life nor death of socialism, but with its afterlife? With a posthumous socialism more than a post socialism?

Socialism in its posthumous form can have a vitality stronger than ever before. It is not a case of socialism being more alive than dead in China today, but a case of socialism being more alive when dead: just like a preserved building. A socialist past is not just succeeded and replaced by a capitalist present, but coexists with it, and we are forced to inhabit overlapping time frames.

Hence, anachronisms of a new and peculiar kind are everywhere. Anachronism does not mean being behind the times; rather, it is a sign of the times, a product of the speed of historical change. However, what we will see in the coming period is not just change in any familiar sense, but rather how change itself has changed.


Ackbar Abbas is internationally renowned for his writings on Hong Kong and China. His book, Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance (published in 1997 by University of Minnesota Press) is a path-breaking work in urban studies and cultural theory. His scholarship spans a range of cultural practices, from cinema to architecture to the visual arts. He has been writing on art and visual culture in China, and speaking at important international art events like the Sydney, Venice and Moscow Biennales on Asian art. Before moving to UCI in 2006, he was Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong. He is also currently Adjunct Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University.



Nuria Costa – Blue Economy and Gift Economy

On 13 November 2017, Nuria Costa from Mexico gave a seminar on “Blue Economy and Gift Economy” in Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China, which was jointly organized by Lingnan Gardeners and Global University for Sustainability.

Nuria Costa
— Founder of Mexican Rural Women’s Network
— Nominated as one of the 1000 PeaceWomen for Nobel Peace Prize 2005
— Coordinator of Latin America and the Caribbean for Livelihood and Ecology Programme of PeaceWomen Across the Globe
— Promotional Group of Solidarity Economy in Mexico
— One of the Founding Member of Global University for Sustainability



Tang Li-fang – Blue Economy and Gift Economy

On 13 November 2017, Tang Li-fang gave a seminar on “Blue Economy and Gift Economy” in Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China, which was jointly organized by Lingnan Gardeners and Global University for Sustainability.

Tang Li-fang
– Founder of Yunlin Storyteller Association (2005)
– Founder of Yunlin Storyhouse (2007)
– Founder of Taiwan Bamboo Society (2013)
– Storyteller since 1998
– Blue Economy Ambassador of Gunter’s Fables (2011- )