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Gu Zheng – The Body as a Means for Political Mobilization: Portrait Photography between Journalism and Propaganda and Minli Pao’s coverage of the assassination of Song Jiaoren

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Gu ZhengFudan University; Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute
Chair/discussant: Eugene Wang, Harvard University

Song Jiaoren (Sung Chiao-jen, 1882-1913) was a revolutionist and founder of the Kuomintang (KMT). He was assassinated in March 1913 in Shanghai after leading the KMT to victory in China’s first democratic election. This talk will investigate how members of the KMT who owned the Minli Pao (民立报), published in Shanghai as both a mouthpiece of the revolutionary party and mass media, produced and used images of Song’s corpse for the purpose of mobilizing the masses to protest the assassination. This talk will explore portrait photography’s function and practice between propaganda and journalism, and its usage as a means of visual mobilization from three aspects: production, distribution and consumption in Republican Shanghai.

Harvard-Yenching Institute lunch talk


March 19
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue
2 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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