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Geremie R. Barmé

Emeritus Professor Geremie R. Barmé

BA, PhD (Asian Studies), FAHA

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Biography

Emeritus Professor Geremie R. Barmé is an historian, cultural critic, filmmaker, media commentator, translator, editor and web-journal editor who works on Chinese cultural and intellectual history from the early modern period (1600s) to the present, as well as on Australia-China relations. He is Founding Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University (ANU). For many years he edited the journal East Asian History and the e-Journal China Heritage Quarterly, as well as creating The China Story Project at ANU. He has written and edited many books and has produced both academic and non-academic writing and translations. He has worked on two acclaimed films and published two books in Chinese. His upcoming book is an edited volume of essays by Pierre Ryckmans (Simon Leys) on universities, titled 'An Educated Man is Not a Pot'. He will also launch a series of new interconnected websites on Chinese culture, literature and translation in 2017.

Other Languages

  • Chinese (classical and modern)
  • Japanese (reading)

Research Interests

  • Historiography in 21st-century China
  • 20th century Chinese intellectual and cultural history
  • Contemporary Chinese cultural and intellectual debates
  • Ming-Qing literature and aesthetics
  • Cultural Revolution history (1950s-70s)
  • Beijing, its history and reconstruction
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Current Projects

  • Editor of the China Story website and Yearbook
  • Editor of the online e-journal China Heritage Quarterly
  • Working with the oral historian Sang Ye on a book entitled Inside the Rings of Beijing: China's Global Aura
  • Monograph project related to The Dream of the Red Chamber and Qing history in modern China
  • A study of the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) and PRC history
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

'A Clash of Civilisations', in Geremie R. Barme and Jeremy Goldkorn (ed.), China Story Yearbook 2013 Civilising China, Australian Centre on China in the World - Australian National University, Australian National University, pp. 422-434, online at: http://www.thechinastory.org/yearbooks/yearbook-2013/conclusion-a-clash-of-civilisations/

'Engineering Chinese Civilisation', in Geremie R. Barme and Jeremy Goldkorn (ed.), China Story Yearbook 2013 Civilising China, Australian Centre on China in the World - Australian National University, Australian National University, pp. i-xxix, online at: http://www.thechinastory.org/yearbooks/yearbook-2013/introduction-engineering-chinese-civilisation/

‘Red Rising’, in Geremie R. Barmé with Jeremy Goldkorn, Carolyn Cartier and Gloria Davies (eds.), China Story Yearbook 2012: Red Rising Red Eclipse, Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World, 2012, pp. i-xx, online at: http://www.thechinastory.org/yearbooks/yearbook-2012/cover-and-introduction/

Others

'Introduction', in Lois Connor, Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014

Review of Paul Cohen’s Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol.71 No.2 (2011): 351-364

‘For Truly Great Men, Look to This Age Alone—was Mao Zedong a New Emperor?’, in Timothy Cheek, ed., A Critical Introduction to Mao Zedong, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp.243-72

‘China’s Flat Earth, 8 August 2008’, The China Quarterly, 197, March 2009, pp.64–86

The Forbidden City, London: Profile Books/Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 2008

China Candid: the People on the People’s Republic, by Sang Ye, edited by Barmé with Miriam Lang, University of California Press, 2006

Morning Sun, two-hour documentary film (co-directed and co-produced with Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon; co-written with Carma Hinton), Boston, 2003, and main writer and co-designer of the related website www.morningsun.org

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Updated:  6 October 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World