Chinese youth under Socialism from Mao to Xi

Experiences, images and literary representations
3 October 2019
4 October 2019
3 - 4 October 2019

Venue: BUC - Biblioteca Universitaria Centrale, via Adalberto Libera 3, Trento

Thursday 3 October

14.30-15.00 Welcome address and Opening remarks

SESSION 1 – Youth and history

Chair: Guido Samarani (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
Discussant: Elisa Giunipero (Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Milan)


  • Margaret Mih Tillman (Purdue University) - Youth education under Chinese socialism: the First Child Welfare Institute of Yan’an 
  • Sascha Klotzbücher (University of Vienna) - The youth of my parents with Mao: A transgenerational perspective on hidden loyalties and unquestioned phantasies

16.00-16-30 Coffee break


  • Laura De Giorgi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) – China's revolutionary youth in foreign eyes, 1949-1959
  • Sofia Graziani (University of Trento) – The role of youth and youth groups in China’s people’s diplomacy and global outreach: a historical perspective
  • Zhou Zhan’an (Shanghai University) – Dialectics of Subject and Object: The main line and four stages of Chinese intellectual history in Mao Zedong's era

18.00-18.30 Discussion

20.00 Dinner

Friday 4 October 

SESSION 2 – Literature and youth cultures

Chair: Adalgisa Mingati (University of Trento)
Discussant: Marco Fumian (University of Naples L’Orientale)

  • Yang Weijian (Shanghai University) - Dai Houying's Writing of Youth History
  • Li Haixia (Shanghai University) - From redistributing land to reclaiming the landscapes: The global vision in Chinese literature in 1960s
  • Wang Yanyun (Shanghai University) - The lingering moments and the decisions in history: The cultural significances of the images for small towns and the township Youth in Jia Zhangke’s Movies

10.00-10.30 Coffee break

Chair: Giulia Sciorati (University of Trento)
Discussant: Yang Weijian (Shanghai University)

  • Jeroen De Kloet (Amsterdam University) - Cultured Youth: Hipsters with Chinese characteristics?
  • Serena Zuccheri (University of Bologna) - A Research on Cultural and Linguistic Aspects of Chinese Fansub Phenomenon: The Italian TV series Gomorra and its Chinese Non-Professional Fansub version as a Case Study

11.30-12.30 Discussion and concluding remarks.

Scientific Committee

  • Laura De Giorgi 
  • Sofia Graziani 
  • Yang Weijian 


Centro Studi Martino Martini, University of Trento

With the participation of: CEASUM - Department of Humanities