• Date and time: Monday 24 November 2014, 5.00pm to 6.30pm
  • Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul building
  • Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

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Sociology, Centre for Women's Studies & Asia Research Group

Go (Weiqi in Chinese) is one of the most popular games in East Asia, with a steadily increasing fan base around the world. Like chess, Go is a logic game but it is much older, with written records mentioning the game that date back to the 4th century BC. As Chinese politics have changed over the last two millennia, so too has the imagery of the game. In Imperial times it was seen as a tool to seek religious enlightenment and was one of the four noble arts that were a requisite to becoming a cultured gentleman. During the Cultural Revolution it was a stigmatized emblem of the lasting effects of feudalism. Today, it marks the reemergence of cultured gentlemen as an idealized model of manhood. Weiqi thereby provides us with a better understanding of Chinese masculinity, nationalism, and class, as the PRC reconfigures its history and traditions to meet the future.

Anthropologist Marc L. Moskowitz explores the gendered meanings of the game in contemporary China. This includes fieldwork at children’s schools, university teams, and with retirement aged players at a park in Beijing. 

Biography: Marc L. Moskowitz is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of several books, including Cries of Joys, Songs of Sorrow: Chinese Pop Music and Its Cultural Connotations.

Marc L Moskowitz, University of South Carolina
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