Climate change, pandemics, and other global threats have forced humankind to confront its own inevitable extinction – and critically, these problems involve not merely humans but also nonhuman beings. The United Nations calls upon cities around the world to make …Read More
Hai Ren is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Anthropology, Social, Cultural & Critical Theory, and Applied Intercultural Arts Research at the University of Arizona. He is also a Bayu Scholar of the City of Chongqing, and a Distinguished Professor of Art at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He directs the Center for Research-Oriented Art, a joint research project between the University of Arizona and Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. His publications include studies of socially engaged art, research-oriented art, public history, object-oriented anthropology, urban studies, comparative media and technology, popular culture, and critical theory. He is the author of Neoliberalism and Culture in China and Hong Kong: The Countdown of Time (Routledge, 2010) and The Middle Class in Neoliberal China: Governing Risk, Life-Building, and Themed Spaces (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor (with Ann Anagnost and Andrea Arai) of Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy in Uncertain Times (Stanford University Press, 2013). He is completing a book manuscript on the city as an assemblage of objects, editing another on socially engaged art, and making a film on sculpture as a metaphor.