Grassroots Activism and Elite Response in Contemporary China



Speaker: H. Christoph Steinhardt (the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Reservation & Contact: Heipo Leung
[email protected] / tel: 2876 6910


H. Christoph Steinhardt has recently completed the PhD program in Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He was also a Fulbright Junior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Sociology of the University of California, Irvine. Christoph will soon assume duty as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CUHK and later as Visiting Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. His research interests are focused on Chinese politics, contentious politics and social movements, political culture and discourse, as well as generalized and political trust.


Being among the most striking phenomena in Chinese state-society relations, the growing number and scale of popular protests over the last two decades has attracted a great deal of scholarly and public attention. This talk will review major trends in Chinese popular contention over the last two decades. By examining relevant elite discourse over the same period of time it will then look into the interrelations between rising popular activism, evolving elite discourse, and a transforming public sphere. Based on this assessment the following questions pertaining to Chinese contentious politics will be addressed: how can we explain the unabated expansion of grassroots activism? How has the Chinese leadership responded to rising popular unrest? How, if at all, has popular contention contributed to the evolution of the Chinese political re-gime?


This seminar will be held in English.
Sebastian Veg, Director of the CEFC, will chair the session.
Snacks and drinks will be served after the seminar.
Seats are limited. Please confirm your attendance.