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TCAS Lecture in Celebration of the Chinese New Year 2018

Monday, 19 February 2018, 6:30 – 8:30pm

TCAS  Lecture in Celebration of the Chinese New Year 2018

Trinity Centre for Asian Studies Public Evening Lecture by Dr Adrian Tien, Dr Isabella Jackson and Dr Heid Ning Kang Wang-Kaeding, “China in the Year of Dog”. Join us for this special celebration of Chinese New Year!

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Summary of talks in this joint lecture:
• Dogs are more than man’s best friend: the linguistic and cultural evidence (Adrian Tien)
• Leaping Dog: Plans for a Great Leap in the Year of the Dog sixty years ago (Isabella Jackson)
• Do Dogs have rights? Animal Rights Protection in China (Heid Ning Kang Wang-Kaeding)

6:30 to 6:50pm: talk by Dr Adrian Tien
Dogs are more than man’s best friend: the linguistic and cultural evidence
To Chinese, dogs are not just dogs and they are more than just man’s best friend. They are also chickens’ best buddies. In this presentation, we will examine a range of linguistic and cultural evidence which shed light on the reason why the canine should have come to occupy a significant place in the hearts of Chinese – whether or not they realised it.

Dr Adrian Tien is Sam Lam Associate Professor in Chinese Studies and Programme Director of MPhil Chinese Studies at the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, Trinity College Dublin. He is a linguist whose specialisation includes the relationship between Chinese language and culture. Adrian is the author of The Semantics of Chinese Music. Analysing selected Chinese musical concepts (2015 Amsterdam/John Benjamins) and Lexical Semantics of Children’s Mandarin Chinese during the First Four Years (2010: Munich/LINCOM). His new book, Anatomy of Chinese Offensive Language: a lexical and semantic analysis (Palgrave MacMillan) is forthcoming.

6:50 to 7:10pm: talk by Dr Isabella Jackson
Leaping Dog: Plans for a Great Leap in the Year of the Dog sixty years ago
China has experienced remarkable growth in recent decades. But this is not the first time the country has been ambitious for dramatic and rapid economic and industrial expansion. In 1958, China launched a plan to equal Britain’s industrial output, double steel production, and apply industrial approaches to agriculture. Favourable weather produced a good harvest that summer, but with labourers diverted to back-yard steel furnaces, crops were unfortunately left to rot in the fields or devoured by pests. This marked the beginning of the largest famine in human history. In this lecture, Dr Jackson will examine the origins and consequences of this most ambitious project. 

Dr Isabella Jackson is Assistant Professor in Chinese History at Trinity College Dublin, where she contributes to the History and MPhil in Chinese Studies programmes. Before moving to Dublin, she was a lecturer at the Universities of Oxford and Aberdeen. She is the author of Shaping Modern Shanghai: Colonialism in China’s Global City (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), and she co-edited (with Robert Bickers) a volume on Treaty Ports in Modern China: Law, Land and Power (London: Routledge, 2016). 

7:10 to 7:30pm: talk by Dr Heid Ning Kang Wang-Kaeding
Do Dogs have rights? Animal Rights Protection in China
This lecture looks at the development of animal rights protection in China. In the lecture, Dr Wang-Kaeding will begin with the debate of animal rights in China with a particular highlight of the cultural dimension. The lecture will then examine the role of government and social organisations in the movement to raise awareness of animal rights in China. We conclude with a reflection of the challenges of the campaign of animal rights protection.

Dr Heid Ning Kang Wang-Kaeding is based in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Department of Political Science. She examines the role of interest groups in Chinese environmental foreign relations. Her work on how subnational actors influence climate change policy appears as a book chapter “Fragmented Environmental Discourse in the People’s Republic of China: Identity, Legitimacy, and Local Agents” in the book Environmental Security in the Asia Pacific. Her co-authored book chapter “NGOs in the EU-China Environmental Diplomacy” is included in the book China-EU Green Cooperation which aims to offer insights for the policy circle. Her current research project, funded by the Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund, explores the transnational linkage between Chinese and foreign green energy firms in relation to the concept of “ecological civilisation”. Dr Wang-Kaeding’s recent media exposure is on RTE radio programme “The Year of The Chicken and The Planet” in which she discusses the features and challenges of environmental governance in China in the year of 2017.

7:30pm: Q&A, to conclude
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Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Special events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but registration is essential

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