The Department of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, will host the 1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sino-Latin American Culture, Arts, Society and Spatial Studies, in collaboration with the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Auckland and the School of Languages, Cultures and Area Studies, The University of Nottingham, UK.
Academics from our university campuses from the UK and China will join this event, along with experts on Chinese and Latin American Studies from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Chile, Cuba, Ireland, Italy, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Spain, Taiwan, UK and the USA.
From the Americas first settlers arriving from Asia via the Beringia region, whose DNA lineages are still traceable in Latin America indigenous peoples, to today’s China’s extended relationships with Cuba on political and educational grounds, to Brazil and China’s influence on labour markets in Africa, to the Amerindians and China’s ancient similarities on traditional urbanisation patterns, there is much common history and knowledge to be rediscovered, revised and exchanged from these vast continental territories that have been historically separated, mostly by geography and the distinctive patterns of European colonisation endured by both regions since the late 1500s. Historian James Petras emphatically asserts that it was China’s world technological power between 1100 and 1800, that made possible for the West to transit to their modern capitalist and imperialist economies. A similar claim has been posit with respect to the role that Latin America played in advancing European modernity after 1492.
With the forces of trade and business in a globalised economy pushing its way towards connectivity, mostly through business and financial grounds, it is important to contextualise and investigate the nature of China and Latin America relations beyond and above current emphasis on trade and investment. Through our focus on culture, arts, society, and spaces, this symposium’s main goals are to provide a forum in which to start to explore disciplinary approaches that acknowledge convergent histories, and stirred on building mutual understanding and knowledge exchange.
Please see On the Road to Silk and Gold: symposium programme for full details of the programme and event speakers.