Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Breaking the Wall of Social Divide. How Political, Economic and Social Critique identifies the Five Faces of Equality.
Whenever we doubt the actual power of intellectual activism in history, the images and facts of the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in 1989 might serve as a comforting reminder. One of the protagonists and critics of those tumultuous days, Prof. Wang Hui, is considered “a central figure” (NY Times) of the Chinese “New Left”, or a “critical intellectual”, as he more simply defines himself. This Professor of Chinese Language and Literature and former editor of Dushu, one of the national most influential literary journals, was deemed as one of the 100 leading public intellectuals in the world by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2008. After courting countless controversies in his country for drawing public attention to the suffering of the weakest sections of society, at Falling Walls Prof. Hui will present the first results of the new global phase of his research that explores the social contritions in China and elsewhere, and culminates in a soon to be published paper titled, "The Five Faces of Equality: another inquiry on 'equality of what'”, an awaited lesson for the global policy makers on the social divide between poor and rich, rural and urban communities, different ethnicities.