Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Ho-fung Hung -- In Dollar We Trust? Cold War and China in the (Un)making of the Empire's Money

Monday, April 2, 2012

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

"In Dollar We Trust? Cold War and China in the (Un)making of the Empire's Money," with Ho-fung Hung, Johns Hopkins University.

Ho-fung Hung is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University. Professor Hung researches and publishes on global political economy, contentious politics, nationalism, and social theory. His current projects include one that examines the changing dynamics of global capitalism in the context of the rise of China and other emerging powers from the developing world. He also scrutinizes the origins and limits of China’s export- and investment-driven growth. His another project traces China’s contradictory and unfinished transition from empire to nation-state through delineating Beijing’s contentious interaction with Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan since 1949. His award winning book, Protest with Chinese Characteristics, expounds how the Confucianist legacy shaped China’s trajectories of state formation and popular protests from the eighteenth century to the present, in contrast to the Western trajectories, and reflects on the universality of western modernity. Besides these major projects, he also published about the orientalist origins of classical social theories, globalization of epidemics, China’s environmental movements, among others. 

Location: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.