Public Security Informants in the Early People's Republic of China

Speaker
Michael Schoenhals
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:30
Venue
University of Oxford China Centre
Dickson Poon Building
Canterbury Road
Oxford
OX2 6LU
Venue details

Kin-ku Cheng Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

The talk describes and analyses in its historical context how the recruitment and running of informants was managed by China’s state security organs prior to the beginning of the so-called reform era. The presentation is largely based on original grassroots operational records and, using the city of Harbin as a case, seeks to illustrate dimensions of urban social control previously neglected by political scientists and historians. Michael Schoenhals is professor of Chinese in the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden.