Public Seminar by Professor Geremie Barme


"New China Newspeak in a year of intrigue" by Australia's most highly-regarded China specialist.

Start Date

6th Sep 2012 4:00pm

End Date

6th Sep 2012 5:30pm


Room 210 Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay campus and Newnham X117

RSVP / Contact Information

Mark Harrison T: 6226 2345

New China Newspeak

The expression "New China Newspeak" covers a wide range of prose and spoken forms of modern Chinese. It has evolved and been consciously developed as the result of profound linguistic changes and experiments that date back to the lateâ€Qing period, through Manchukuo, Republican China and the language of Chinese Communist Party discourse, all of which are intimately connected with politics, ideas and the projection of power in China today.

In this year of leadership transition and political intrigue in China, Professor Barme will discuss the way language has shaped the nature and practice of contemporary Chinese political power.


About the speaker:

As an historian, cultural critic, filmmaker, translator and webâ€journal editor Geremie R Barmé is one of Australia's most highly-regarded China specialists. He works on Chinese cultural and intellectual history from the early modern period (1600s) to the present.

He is the founding director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at The Australian National University.


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