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Uncanny Beliefs: Superstition in Modern Chinese History
At the turn of the twentieth century, theorists believed that “superstitious” practices belonged to a world destined for irrelevance. Chinese elites agreed with this prediction, and throughout the century different political regimes attempted to eradicate superstition as a way to expedite the arrival of modernity. Yet superstition has endured. This conference investigates the history of superstition in modern China, interrogating the ways that superstitious beliefs have persisted and adopted new forms in the face of state repression.

Thursday, May 19th

Panel 1
9:15-10:45am: Gender and Superstition
Long Yang (University of Freiburg)
Vincent Chen (Ohio State)
Discussant: Hu Ying (UC Irvine)

Panel 2
11:00-12:30pm: Superstition Under Mao
Emily Baum (UC Irvine)
Steve Smith (Oxford)
Discussant: Jeff Wasserstrom (UC Irvine)

Friday, May 20th

Panel 3
9:15-10:45am: Superstition and Science
Luis Junquiera (University College London)
Rebecca Nedostup (Brown University)
Discussant: Mei Zhan (UC Irvine)

Panel 4
11:00-12:30pm: Magic and Modernity
Yupeng Jiao (NYU Shanghai)
Zhange Ni (Virginia Tech)
Discussant: Li Zhang (UC Irvine)
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