Art and law in China: Dynamics of domination and resistance


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Noon Seminar Series

When: Mar 14 2018 - 12:00pm until Mar 14 2018 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3121/3125, East-West Center

The relationship between law and art in contemporary China reveals important dynamics of the PRC legal system. The functions of law in China around political control and protection of property raise tensions with the imperative of free expression and public ownership that underpins art generally. Law in China has long been used to prevent and punish artistic expression with which the ruling regime disagrees. As well the PRC regime has used law and regulation on protection of art and artifacts to proclaim a nationalist vision of China’s culture and history. Juxtaposed to the formal domination by law over artistic expression, art in China also offers critical insights on China’s legal system.  In examining these issues, Dr. Potter will offer perspectives on law, policy and culture in China today.

Video of Pitman Potter's presentation on 3/14/18 at East-West Center:

Photo of Pitman PotterDr. Pitman B. Potter is Professor of Law at UBC Law Faculty.  His teaching and research focus on PRC and Taiwan law and policy on trade and human rights. In addition to his academic work, Potter has been deeply involved in policy advising and legal practice on China. Dr. Potter has served on the Boards of Directors of several public institutions, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he also served as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Potter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Laurel Pikcunas
Phone: 808-944-7444