[Cancellation of the seminar] 冷戰與中國民族主義革命:「五四研究」在美國的興起與衰落 Cold War and the Chinese Revolution: The Rise and Fall of “May Fourth Studies” in the United States

Please note that the below seminar is cancelled.

2019/2020 School of Chinese Seminar

Cold War and the Chinese Revolution:
The Rise and Fall of “May Fourth Studies” in the United States

Carlos Yu-Kai Lin林毓凱

November 18, 2019 (Monday); 4:30-6:00pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Language: English

The question of how to interpret the nature of the May Fourth Movement, arguably the most important sociopolitical event of modern China, has been at the center of many debates concerning the development of Chinese history, culture, and politics. Yet the studies of “May Fourth” had increasingly lost its momentum and appeal to the younger generation of scholars in the twenty-first century. Many believe that the movement has been overevaluated and overrated. This talk aims to historicize the development of “May Fourth studies” in the Anglophone world as an example to shed light on the three major challenges that the field faces nowadays: the changing international situation, the limitation of old research methods, and the emergence of new scholarship. The author argues that the rise and decline of “May Fourth studies” is closely related to the Cold War geopolitics and is thus a product of a specific socio-historical context. How to address the new world order and local politics is thus key to the survival of this field.


Carlos Yu-Kai Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Translation at the City University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the intellectual history of modern China, history of Chinese fiction, and May Fourth Movement. His works appear in Intellectual History, Journal of the History of Ideas in East Asia, Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art, Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, and Dangdai. He is also the chief editor of Remembering May Fourth: The Movement and its Centennial Legacy (Brill, 2020).

林毓凱為香港城市大學翻譯及語言學系助理教授,主要研究領域為晚清民初思想史、中國小說發展史、五四運動研究。其論文散載於《思想史》、《東亞概念史集刊》、《文藝理論研究》、《當代中國研究》、《中國文學研究前 沿》、《當代》,另主編Remembering May Fourth: The Movement and its Centennial Legacy (Brill,2020)。