ChinaTalks lecture: China Goes Green - Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet – University of Copenhagen

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ChinaTalks lecture: China Goes Green - Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet

Together with Roskilde University, we are very happy to be hosting professor Judith Shapiro for a ChinaTalks lecture on how China's strategy for going green can also help the Chinese state to push its other agendas.


What does it mean for the future of the planet when one of the world’s most durable authoritarian governance systems pursues “ecological civilization”? China exemplifies a model of state-led environmentalism that concentrates decisive political, economic, and epistemic power under centralized leadership. Professor Shapiro, who has worked in China since the late-1970s, will talk about her new book (Polity 2020), coauthored with NYU-Shanghai's Yifei Li, which unpacks the concrete mechanisms of China’s coercive environmentalism to show how “going green” helps the state to further other agendas such as citizen surveillance and geopolitical influence.

Short bio: Judith Shapiro

Judith Shapiro teaches International Environmental Politics at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. She is the author of books about China's environment, Mao’s War Against Nature (Cambridge, 2001) and China's Environmental Challenges (Polity 2012, 2016). She was one of
the first Americans to teach in China after the 1976 death of Mao Zedong, and her work on the Cultural Revolution, Son of the Revolution (co-authored with Liang Heng) remains a classic.

Practical information

Date and time: May 14th, 16:00 - 17:30

Location: University of Copenhagen, precise location to be announced

Registration: The lecture is free for all to attend, but please sign up here.