Shared fictions – lies not intended to deceive – constitute an important mechanism of governance, one which currently plays a large role in China's informal politics. The result is a wide grey zone, where much is negotiated in an ad hoc way. This talk uses examples from NGOs and from religion in contemporary China to show how this works in practice, to clarify the modes of repression that accompany this mode of governance, and to ask what circumstances encourage the use of shared fictions.
Jun 16, 2015 | 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Holzlaube, Room 1.2002