Public Talks

 Mary Ann O'Donnell

“Awkward Encounters: Historic Presesrvation and the Place of Living Traditions in Shenzhen,” Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale, Dec 10, 2011.

“Repairing Modernity: Utopian Discourse in and around Shenzhen,” keynote talk, Shenzhen + China / Utopian + Dystopia Conference, MIT, Mar 12, 2011.

"Shenzhen Speed: The Aesthetics of Overnight Development," invited talk, Shenzhen and Hong Kong - Two Unlike Sisters? Cultural Development in Both Cities, Cultural Centre Union, Basel, Switzerland, April 7, 2009.

"Vexed Foundations: An Ethnographic Interpretation of the Shenzhen Built Environment,"  invited talk, Vexed Urbanism: A Symposium on Design and the Social, The New School, New York, Feb 13-15, 2008.

"Introduction" to the screening of 'Paigu: The Private World of a DVD Pirate' a documentary film by Shenzhen artist Liu Gaoming.   Film screening , Vexed: Urbanism: A Symposium on Design and the Social, The New School, New York, Feb 13-15, 2008.

"Landmarks of Identity: An Anthropological Journey Through the Cityscapes of Shenzhen," invited talk, Hong Kong Anthropological Society and Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong Museum of History, April 4, 2007. 

"Shenzhen: The Value of Skyscrapers" invited talk, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, December 3, 2006. 

“Hide and Seek,” Cruel/Loving Bodies 2 project opening weekend, Hong Kong Arts Centre, July 8-9, 2006.

“One Day at a Time: Transitional Urbanism in Shenzhen,” invited paper, Workshop on Place, Memory and Identity in “New Asia”, National University of Singapore, May 25-26, 2004.

“Projects of Self-Creation: Aesthetic Experience and Modern Sensibility in Shenzhen,” invited paper, East Asian Cities: New Cultures and Ideologies Workshop, Shanghai University, December 6-7, 2003.

“Shape Changers: Producing ‘Contemporary Fox Tales’ Across the South China Sea,” Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, November 19-23, 2003.

Organizer, “Theorizing Urban Modernities” panel session, Association for Asian Studies, New England Meeting, October 24-25, 2003.

“Making Experimental Theater in Shenzhen: The Spirit of Frontier Entrepreneurialism in the Arts,” Association for Asian Studies, New England Meeting, October 24-25.

Organizer, “Rumor Mongering: Predicaments of Telling Ethnographic Truths,” Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, November 20-24, 2002.

Invited talk, “Attracting the World’s Attention (柠¿÷ıƒø): The Precarious Semiotics of Staging Reform in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone,” Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Macau, October 16, 2002.

Invited talk, “Death in Two Countries: In practice, which Cultural Differences are Important?” Nanshan District Arts Federation, Shenzhen, August 4, 2002 (in Mandarin).

“A Nostalgia for Coarse Grain: Trans-valuing the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone,” invited paper, Foodscapes Conference, National University Singapore, June 13-15, 2002.

Faculty discussant, interdisciplinary graduate student conference, “China’s Long Twentieth Century: Words, Images, Voices,” University of Chicago, April 12-13, 2002.

Discussant, “Beijing On and Off Center,” panel session, Annual Meeting, Association of Asian Studies, April 5-7, 2002.

With Lingzhen Wang, bi-lingual reading, “Years of Sadness” and “Utopian Verses” by Wang Anyi, Pembroke Center and East Asian Studies, Brown University, February 3, 2001.

Organizer and discussant, “Going Global?  The Specificity of Urban Anthropology,” panel session, Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, November 15-19, 2000.

“Inhabiting ShenKong: The Specificity of a Global Imaginary,” invited talk, Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago, November 6, 2000.

“Giving China a Little Face: A Cultural Theory of Power,” Association for Asian Studies, New England Conference, September 30 - Sunday, October 1, 2000.

“From Guomao to Diwang: Reforming Chinese Identity in Shenzhen,” Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, November 17-21, 1999.

“Searching for Meaningful Community,” invited paper, Cultural Nanshan Conference, Nanshan District Government, Shenzhen, March 5-6, 1997 (in Mandarin).

“Constructing Gendered Nationalism in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone,” Third International Conference on Cultural Criticism, Chinese University of Hong Kong, January 8-11, 1997.