Wang Hui

Wang Hui is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he currently lives. He studied at Yangzhou University, Nanjing University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has also been a visiting professor at NYU and other universities in the U.S. In 1989, he participated in the Tiananmen Square Protests and was subsequently sent to a poor inland province for compulsory "re-education" as punishment for his participation. He developed a leftist critique of government policy and came to be one of the leading proponents of the Chinese New Left in the 1990s, though Wang Hui did not choose this term. Wang was named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008 by Foreign Policy.

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  • Confronting China’s ghosts: Wang Hui interviewed in openDemocracy



    In a January 13 interview with En Liang Khong, Wang Hui proclaims, “there is a certain political correctness among the left that implies that talking about this history links you to its disasters. This is a cheap way of doing history.”

    For Wang, author of the book The End of Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity, doing history better means confronting China’s political ghosts. From the Cultural Revolution to Tiananmen Square, the nation's history has too often been framed from an elite perspective, masking a complex political underbelly.

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  • The Idea of Communism in South Korea

    Following three incredibly successful conferences in London, Berlin and New York on The Idea of Communism, Platoon Kunsthalle Seoul is presenting a new conference featuring some of the most influential thinkers and theorists on the contemporary left, including Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou and Wang Hui. The 4th Idea of Communism Conference runs from September 24th to October 2nd at Kyung Hee University. The conference organisers promise an intense critical examination across a number of fields:

    What is that this is the issue of utmost urgency? What is this subject matter which requires not the suggestion nor participation of an impetuous alternative, but the brake pedal to the metal by the foot of a most sincere contemplation? As Zizek stressed, it is projecting the tomorrow of global capitalism that governs our today. The cause of systemic substitution lies in hostile relations which are unsolvable by old criteria. 

    While Zizek's fatal four threats – ecological catastrophe, the inappropriateness of the concept of private property in the discourse of intellectual property, the socio-ethical implications of contemporary scientific development, and newly generated apartheids and slums – to the sustainability of global capitalism, "the commons" meets the eyes of insight: the ecosystem as a common human habitat, knowledge as a common, scientific aspects as a common, and humanity as a common. A global resistance to prevent the privatization of these commons is in action, with the proliferation of a trans-strata collective comprehension that disregard means dispossession in the plot of this dramatic demonstration.

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  • Choice reviews Wang Hui's The End of the Revolution

    In a new review for Choice, Wang Hui's The End of the Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity is described as "immensely valuable."

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