November 4 lecture | “Minorities Report: Indigenous Peoples in Socialist and Post-Socialist China

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Dr. Eric Mueggler, a professor of anthropology from the University of Michigan, will give a lecture on November 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

“Minorities Report: Indigenous Peoples in Socialist and Post-Socialist China,” will be an in-person event as well as livestreamed at this link. A recording will be made available here for two weeks after the event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Committee on Lectures.

Lecture details

What are “indigenous peoples” in China, and what are their worlds like? How did the Ming and Qing states manage non-Han indigenous peoples through the native hereditary chieftain system (known as the tusi system)? How did the socialist state create a nation of 56 “nationalities,” and what were its policies towards so-called “minority nationalities”? What is the current state’s stance towards minority ethnic groups, and how is it transforming? This talk attempts to answer these questions.

About Erik Mueggler

Dr. Erik Mueggler is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, affiliated with the University’s Center for Chinese Studies and the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History. His research covers a variety of topics in social and cultural theory, focusing on the politics of ghosts, the history of natural history, and the ritualization of death in the border regions of China.