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    Everyday life in Chinese coal country

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    Date(s) - 13/05/2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands


    4 Liangmahe S Rd, Beijing, China
    亮马河南路4号 北京市朝阳区 100600,中国中国


    010-8532 0200



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    FCCC members free, non-members 100 RMB

    In Shanxi Province, coal’s rich veins have formed the carbon-based backbone of the local economy for centuries. Having spent over sixteen months living with a family in a mountain village as an anthropologist in the last decade, Charlotte Bruckermann will share experiences, photographs, and stories of everyday entanglements with coal. From coal’s role as a preindustrial energy source to fueling revolutionary industrialization efforts, coal is intimately intertwined with the history of the province. Although coal extraction, processing, transport, and power generation occlude the sky with atmospheric toxicity and distribute soot across the land, men generate household income through their labour in these mining-based heavy industries. Moreover, far from mines, plants, and factories, coal also constitutes the vital form of energy in the family home.
    Bruckermann is a visiting scholar at the Fudan University Nordic Centre and works in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway. Since completing her PhD at the University of Oxford (2013), she has worked at the London School of Economics (2012-2014), the Humboldt University in Berlin (2015), the University of Basel (2015) and at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (2016-2018).
    Her publications include the ethnographic monograph Claiming Homes: confronting domicide in rural China (forthcoming 2019, Berghahn Books) and a book co-written with Professor Stephan Feuchtwang The Anthropology of China: China as ethnographic and theoretical critique (2016, Imperial College Press), and various articles and book chapters on kinship, housing, care, morality, and ritual in China. She also serves on the editorial board of Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.


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