Dept. of Anthropology: Sacred Nation: Chinese Museums and the Legacy of Empire


Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Race, Representation, and Museums Lecture Series 

Magnus Fiskesjö, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

The official Chinese view of China’s history and national identity has been transformed in recent decades from a tale of revolutionary class struggle into a story of ancient and unbroken national and imperial glory. This shift can be discerned in both new and restored Chinese museums and memorial sites commemorating recent and past heroes. Magnus Fiskesjö will discuss the current boom in China’s “culture industry” and what it tells us about changes in the Chinese conceptions of national and cultural identities. 

Free and open to the public. Free event parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Presented in collaboration with the Departments of Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University and Harvard Museum of Natural History