Presentation of Léo Kloeckner, « Social and political uses of visual ephemeras in contemporary China », May 24 2016

The Tsinghua University Sino-French Research Centre is pleased to invite you to the following presentation (in English) :


Léo Kloeckner

PhD Student at Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne University                     His researches are at the intersection of urban studies and visual studies

« Social and political uses of visual ephemeras in contemporary China »

Visual materials displayed on city walls, whether they be commercial advertisement or political propaganda, reflect the urban context in which they fit, and more specifically they make visible the ways social groups produce, appropriate, commit and imagine urban space, because they themselves are by definition cultural products. Covered with signs of all kinds, painted with characters, plastered with banners, billboards, panels, posters and images, Chinese cities walls embody, within urban space itself, the deep transformations urban China is undergoing. In post-Mao China, since the beginnings of the Reforms and Opening and the transition to a market economy with socialist characteristics, visual ephemeras have flourished on city walls. Léo Kloeckner will analyze and question the presence of these visual ephemeras in Chinese cities, focusing on the case of the capital city, Beijing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, from 10:30 am to 12:30 am

Tsinghua University Mingzhai Building, Room 337