Vortrag: Rising Above the Ordinary: Justice, Virtue, and Normative Action in the Chinese Countryside

31.05.2018 | 12:00

Susanne Brandtstädter (Köln)


The talk explores phenomena of normative change in China by focusing on the political dynamics of justice, virtue and political action. Its ethnographic backdrop are the moral arguments, discursive strategies, and legal activities of a groups of so-called ‘barefoot lawyers’, legal councilors and political activists of rural extraction from north-eastern China who have no formal education and no law degree. The talk will widely draw on my readings of Chinese history and philosophy, but the points I wish to make are rooted in fieldwork encounters with these peasant lawyers between 2006 and 2012.”  

Susanne Brandtstädter is a China anthropologist and graduated in 1993 at Free University Berlin with a Magister Artium in social anthropology as major subject and sociology and Chinese studies as minor subjects. In 2000, she obtained a doctorate (Dr. Phil) in social anthropology from the same institution. After spending two years as postdoctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale), she started to work as Lecturer in Chinese Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, UK. In 2006, she moved to the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway, where she first held a position as associate professor (2006-2009) and later as full professor (2009-2012). Since February 2015 she is Chair in the Anthropology of Globalization at the University of Cologne.

Zeit & Ort

31.05.2018 | 12:00

Neubau "Holzlaube", Room 2.2051