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Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture 2017-18: P. Steven Sangren

Cornell’s own P. Steven Sangren, Professor of Anthropology, gave the fourth annual Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture on Thursday, November 9, 2017 entitled “Filial Piety and Its Discontents.” 

In conjunction with the lecture, there was a roundtable discussion on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. entitled “Theory and Sinology,” also in 165 McGraw Hall. The roundtable featured Sara Friedman (Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University), Kevin Carrico (Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Macquarie University), and Li Zhang (Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis), all former doctoral students of Professor Sangren now working as anthropologists of China and Taiwan.

The East Asia Program’s Hu Shih Distinguished Lecture brings to Cornell leading scholars of Chinese and East Asian studies to discuss critical issues in their field of research.

About Professor Sangren

Professor Sangren is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on Taiwan and China. Drawing from the theoretical framings of his work on Chinese culture, Professor Sangren has pursued in addition a series of critiques of anthropology's claims to foster heightened cultural self-consciousness or "reflexivity." His recent book, Filial Obsessions: Chinese Patrilinity and its Discontents, is a broadly framed analysis and critique of Chinese patriliny, mythic narrative, and gender ideology informed by a synthesis of Marxian and psychoanalytic perspectives.

Professor Sangren’s Hu Shih Lecture follows the publication of Filial Obsessions: Chinese Patriliny and Its Discontents, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). His other key publications include Chinese Sociologics: An Anthropological Account of Alienation and Social Reproduction (Bloomsbury, 2000), and History and Magical Power in a Chinese Community (Stanford, 1987), among others.