Dr Geremie R. Barmé with Rowan Callick OBE FAIIA.
AIIA Victoria is delighted to host one of the world’s greatest sinologists, Australian Geremie Barmé, discussing the rise and rise – and occasional stumble – of the Chinese Communist Party since its inaugural meeting in Shanghai from July 23 1921, becoming today the most powerful political organisation in the world.
He will discuss, in conversation with Rowan Callick, the Party’s founding under the vigilant eyes of the Soviet Comintern, its rupture with the then ruling Kuomintang (Nationalist Party), the emergence of Mao Zedong as leader during the Long March that framed its continuing core founding-myths, the impact of the Japanese invasion, the civil war that culminated in 1949 with the defeat of the Kuomintang under Chiang Kai-shek, the Anti-Rightist Movement, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, the Reform-and-Opening under Deng Xiaoping, the Tiananmen protests, the “routinisation” rule of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, and today’s bold “New Era” – including a partial return to Old Maoism -under Xi Jinping.
Dr Barmé will talk via Zoom from his present base in New Zealand to Rowan and a live audience at the AIIA centre in Melbourne, and to others also viewing via Zoom.
The conversation will cover not only the politics of the CCP’s century but also the cultural settings and the deeply personal drivers and shapers of events.
Dr Geremie R. Barmé is an internationally-renowned expert on both traditional and contemporary China. He is an academic, an author, and a film-maker. He was the Chair Professor of Chinese History at the Australian National University, where he was also inaugural director of the Australian Centre on China in the World. His films include The Gate of Heavenly Peace set during the dramatic events in 1989, and Morning Sun, on the Cultural Revolution. His China Heritage website is followed globally. In 2016 he founded near Wellington, New Zealand, the Wairirapa Academy for New Sinology, with celebrated Chinese translator John Minford.
Rowan Callick OBE FAIIA is an Industry Fellow at Griffith University’s Asia Institute. He was the Beijing-based China Correspondent of The Australian for two terms, following 20 years with The Australian Financial Review including as China Correspondent based in Hong Kong. He was also Asia-Pacific Editor for both newspapers. He has written three books on contemporary China, published in both English and Chinese, including on the Communist Party. He has won a Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year and two Walkley Awards.
This event is open all (subject to prevailing COVID restrictions) and will also be streamed online via Zoom. Registrations close on 7 July at 2pm, after which you will receive a follow-up email containing details of how to join the Zoom webinar. The event will commence at 5:30pm AEST (Melbourne time, UTC+10)
AIIA Victoria gratefully acknowledges the Walter Mangold Trust Fund for its ongoing support of our young members.
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