Research Projects

From Canton to Guangzhou: Urban Renewal and Spatial Politics in a South China City

(Funded under Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research, The University of Hong Kong)

Principal Investigator

Zhang Jun, Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences
(Remarks: Dr. Zhang Jun left the University’s service from January 20, 2018.)

Total Fund Awarded

HKD 120,000

Project Duration

April 2014 – October 2015

Project Description

The subject of this proposal is metamorphosis of urban space as lived experiences, political discourses, and governing technologies. Specifically, this project aims at an ethnographic study of the vicissitude of old neighborhoods in the city of Guangzhou, China from the early twentieth century to the contemporary. It examines how urban space is articulated in the development plans, represented in different visual images, perceived and used in everyday life in different power-knowledge apparatus. Engaged in theories of power, space and aesthetics, this project seeks to access to greater understanding of the elaborate interplay between spatial politics and the reproduction of political legitimacy.