Mittwoch, 1. April 2020

Cancelled - The Hong Kong Crisis

11 March 2020 - Coronavirus: update
All public events at the WZB have to be cancelled with immediate effect. This measure will be effective until 20 July 2020. It is based on today's decision by the Governing Mayor of Berlin to introduce a range of urgent measures for Berlin's research institutions to counter the further spread of the Corona-virus.


Book presentation by Jeffrey Wasserstrom and roundtable discussion with Didi Kirsten Tatlow and Klaus Mühlhahn, moderated by Michael Zürn

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, one of America’s leading China specialists, will present his new book “VIGIL: Hong Kong on the Brink”, followed by a roundtable discussion on the latest developments in Hong Kong. Having visited the city regularly since 1987, Wasserstrom draws on his work as a specialist in the history of anti-authoritarian movements in various parts of the world and his work on global cities of Asia. The presentation will focus on patterns of protest and the tightening of political controls in Hong Kong during the last few decades, paying particular attention to the 2014 Umbrella Movement and the dramatic events of 2019, including the most recent June 4th anniversary vigil.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine. Among his previous books are China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (co-authored by Maura Elizabeth Cunningham) and Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo.

Klaus Mühlhahn, Professor in China Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Deputy Director of the Graduate School for East Asian Studies and Vice-President of the FU. He has published widely on modern Chinese History (18th to 20th century), and is a frequent commentator on China for the German media.
Didi Kirsten Tatlow, Senior Fellow at the Asia Program of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGPAP) in Berlin, and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Sinopsis in Prague. A veteran reporter and columnist who has worked for e.g. the New York Times, she has won many prizes for her reporting on the politics, culture, and political culture of China.

Moderated by:
Michael Zürn, Director of the research unit Global Governance at WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Professor of International Relations at the Free University of Berlin. His main research focus is the emergence and functioning of inter- and supranational institutions and the normative tensions and political conflicts that these developments unfold.

Lisa Maaßen
lisa.maassen [at]
WZB, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, Raum A 300
Mittwoch, 1. April 2020
Beginn 18:00 Uhr
Michael Zürn/WZB und Klaus Mühlhahn/FU Berlin
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