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“Why Mainstream” Lecture And Forum Series (2)Keynote Speech丨On the Founding of The Scholar Journal

Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum




Keynote Speech丨On the Founding of The Scholar Journal

Lecturer: Wang Hui

The establishment of The Scholar in the early 1990s has embodied an academic and intellectual transformation of some enlightened intellectuals. Discontent with the empty social cries in the New Enlightenment movement since the 1980s, they reflected upon the metaphysical slogans that were lacking in academic profundity, and as a result, they turned to more realistic scholarly studies to transform from public intellectuals to expert scholars in specific fields. In the talk, Professor Wang Hui will track back to the time when Scholar was founded, highlighting the challenge of China's intellcutual world from today's perspective.


Wang Hui, Changjiang Scholar, director of Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Literature and History at School of Humanities, Tsinghua University. He has served as postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, visiting scholar at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Washington, researcher at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Studies, and Heidelberg University. His main Chinese works are, Depoliticized Politics: The End of the Short Twentieth Century and the 1990 (Beijing: SDX Joint Publishing Company, 2008), Seeking for New Ideas: An Interview with Wang Hui (Beijing: Peking University Press, 2009), The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (Four Volumes, Beijing: SDX Joint Publishing Company, 2004), SIHUOCHONGWEN (essays collection) (Beijing: People's Literature Publishing House, 2000), Resisting Despair: Research of Lu Xun and His Call to Arms and Wandering (Taipei: Jiuda Culture Co., Ltd., 1990), etc.