Liu Institute hosts yearlong lecture series, Legitimacy and Propaganda in Contemporary Asia

Author: Christine Cox

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The Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a public lecture series titled Legitimacy and Propaganda in Contemporary Asia, featuring experts from a variety of disciplines and geographies. The yearlong series starts September 20 at the Keough School of Global Affairs in Jenkins Nanovic Halls.


Fall semester speakers are Stanley Rosen, professor of political science professor at the University of Southern California; Timothy Cheek, professor of public policy and global affairs and history at the University of British Columbia; and Audrey Truschke, assistant professor of history at Rutgers University.


“This series examines how state narratives in Asia are created and change over time,” said Michel Hockx, director of the Liu Institute. “Our speakers will offer insight about state power and state building, including the legitimation of nationalism, through education, propaganda, and cultural and economic policies from the early 20th century to the present. Even though this series focuses on Asia, audience members will see implications for other parts of today’s world.”


The series is being coordinated by three Liu Institute fellows: Elisabeth Köll, the William Payden Associate Professor of History; Karrie Koesel, associate professor of political science; and Nikhil Menon, assistant professor of history. The speakers will visit these professors’ undergraduate courses, giving students access to regarded experts in contemporary Asia.


Fall semester speakers and details follow:


Stanley Rosen

“China’s Pursuit of ‘Soft Power’ in the Era of Xi Jinping and Donald Trump”

12:30-1:30 p.m., September 20

1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Timothy Cheek

“Xi Jinping’s Counter-Reformation and China’s New World Order”

12:30-1:45 p.m., October 29

1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls


Audrey Truschke
“Affective History: Feeling and Thinking About the Past in the Indian Public Sphere”
12:30-1:30 p.m., November 27

1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

For more information about the lecture series, please visit or contact the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies at 574-631-3222.