Visiting China Expert to Give Talk on Globalization April 26 as Part of UMass Amherst Workshop Series

AMHERST, Mass. - Historian Arif Dirlik will give a lecture titled, “Our Ways of Knowing: Globalization ...The End of Universalism?” at the University of Massachusetts Thurs., April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in room 163C of the Campus Center. The keynote address begins a series of workshops on the future of Area Studies/German Studies in an era of globalization. Dirlik’s talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The three-day series of talks and workshops is co-sponsored by the UMass department of Germanic languages and literatures, the DEFA Film Library, International Programs Office, the dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Modern European Studies Program.

The workshops, “New Directions in Area Studies,” on Fri., April 27, and “De-Provincializing Germany: German Studies from a Global Perspective,” on Sat., April 28, are designed to chart new directions for interdisciplinary fields in response to globalization and the end of the Cold War, organizers say. The assembled German scholars will round out the program with their own discussion of the relation of German culture and institutions to the developments in other field and in non-European regions.

The workshops will include participants from universities and research centers across the U.S. and Canada along with local scholars working in a variety of disciplines.

Dirlik is professor of history at Duke University, where he specializes in the history of modern China, with an emphasis on social, political, and historical thinking. His current work includes further studies on the Chinese revolution as well as studies in contemporary cultural criticism.

Dirlik’s most recent book is Postcolonial Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism. Other published works include: Revolution and History: Origins of Marxist Historiography in China, 1919-1937; The Origins of Chinese Communism, Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution; School into Fields and Factories: Anarchism, the Guomindang and the Labor University in Shanghai, 1927-1932 (with Ming K. Chan); and After the Revolution: Waking to Global Capitalism.

Additional support for and the leaders of the April 27 workshops come from the Five College Ford Foundation Project “Alternative Modernities: A Political-Cultural Approach to Area Studies.” Major funding was also provided by the Max Kade Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

For information call 413/545-6685.