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Joy Zhang guest lecture

Bionetworking in Asia and Sussex Asian Studies lecture series present:


 ‘China’s Bio-Governance: Imagined Cosmopolitan Communities’

Joy Zhang – University of Kent

The life sciences and environmental studies largely define the world’s biological future, and China is key in the formation and deliverance of transnational initiatives in both fields. Drawing on studies from stem cell research, synthetic biology and environmental health in China, Joy shows how stakeholders (i.e. clinicians, scientists, civil groups and policy makers) seek alliances within and without China in promoting its interests. Illustrating how China’s experience suggests the need for a new form of imagined communities, Joy argues how solidarity lies not so much in establishing institutional frameworks for stability and consensus, but in identifying solutions to collective problems.

The lecture will be held on the 2nd of October, from 4pm-6pm in Arts A103, Arts C Building.

All are welcome!

Joy Y. Zhang is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Kent.  She received her medical degree at Peking University and her PhD in sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of two books: The Cosmopolitanization of Science: Stem Cell Governance in China (2012) and Green Politics in China: Environmental Governance and State-Society Relations (2013)