Please note that this Research Seminar will be held virtually via Zoom on 2 November, 2020 (Monday), 7:00 p.m.
Participants will receive the Zoom link after registering with the Seminar from this link: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=72542
In this talk I will present the research I conducted during the last decade on the topic of so-called ‘sociospatial transformation’ of post-reform urban China.
Theoretically, I argue that urban China studies can contribute to recent debates upon critical urban theory and merit our understandings of not just Chinese cities, but also urban transformation in general. I will examine the modality of these changes from both macroscopic and microscopic perspective. Specifically, I will show the changing landscape of various new social spaces, such as African enclaves, urban villages, urban poverty space, and worker villages, the sites where my team and myself have surveyed and studied for years. I attribute the particularities of the sociospatial transformation of Chinese cities to ‘state entrepreneurism’, along with such features as transiency, multi-scalar, and global-local nexus. My case not just indicates the provincialization of urban theory, it also articulates the diversity of urban theory, as well as the importance to study ‘ordinary’ cities for ‘ordinary people’.
About the Speaker
Prof Zhigang LI is a professor of urban studies and planning at the School of Urban Design, Wuhan University, China. He serves as the dean of the school after 2015. Before 2015, Prof Li worked at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. Prof Li is serving as a co-chair of Urban China Research Network (UCRN). He is a council member of the Urban Planning Society of China, and the vice-chair of the Urban Geography Committee of the Geography Society of China. He is an international editor for Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, etc. He was a Bartlett Visiting Research Fellow of University College London. As an urban geographer and planner, Professor Li works on the spatial transformation of Chinese cities, with a focus on such topics as urban governance, urban social geography, and spatial planning. He has been the principal investigator of five research project funded by China’s NFC, including one Excellent Youth Foundation (2014). Li has been awarded China’s ‘National Award for Young Geographers’ (2011) and ‘National Award for Young Planners’ (2013).
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