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Visions of Global Approaches in Chinese and European Modernisms

Interdisciplinary Conference on July 9 and 10 at Freie Universität

№ 210/2015 from Jul 06, 2015

An international conference to be held July 9 and 10, 2015, at Freie Universität Berlin will address global visions in Chinese and European literature and culture of the 20th century. Social scientists and humanities scholars from Germany, Switzerland, England, China, and the US will discuss to what extent different ideas about internationalism and cosmopolitanism have formative influences on cultural identity, politics, and science as well as how these ideas compete with each other. Presentations will be given, for example, on global visions of political reformists in China and global projects of German scientists and communications scholars. The participants will also discuss China's and Europe's global positions from reciprocal perspectives in the context of the labor movement, sexology, philosophy, literature, music, and art. The meeting will be concluded with an artistic contribution by writer and DJ Thomas Meinecke. The event will be held in English and is open to the public.

Instead of contrasting local phenomena with global phenomena, which is the more common approach taken, this conference, entitled "Global Approaches in European and Chinese Modernisms," aims to explore different approaches to understanding the global world. It aims to emphasize the diversity of global visions and the modernisms in China and Europe. The conference is being organized by Dr. Chunjie Zhang, an assistant professor at the University of California Davis. She is currently doing research at the Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC) of Freie Universität as a visiting scholar and fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.

The DHC concentrates a spectrum of research in the humanities and promotes international cooperation in the humanities at Freie Universität. With its focus on the study of manifestations, principles, and modes of cultural dynamics, it creates an interdisciplinary research framework for the broad spectrum of humanities disciplines and activities at the university.

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Thursday, July 9, and Friday, July 10, 2015
  • Seminar Center, Freie Universität Berlin, Room L 115, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf or Thielplatz (U3)


  • Dr. Chunjie Zhang, Dahlem Humanities Center, Freie Universität Berlin, Email:
  • For inquiries by phone: Katja Heinrich, Dahlem Humanities Center, Tel.: +49 30 838-55057