BPCC Academic Board
Xudong Zhang was born in Beijing and educated at Peking and Duke. He is Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of East Asian Studies at New York University. In his capacity as Cheung Kong Professor in the Humanities at Peking University, he directs the International Center for Critical Theory (ICCT), which has member centers or programs at PKU, NYU, East China Normal University (Shanghai), and University of Tokyo. Among his ongoing concerns are the rethinking of critical theory in global, particularly non-Western, situations and contexts; modernism and modernity; aesthetics; political philosophy; and critical interpretation of Chinese literature and cultural politics. Publishing in both English and Chinese, he is the author of Chinese Modernism in the Era of Reforms; The Order of the Imaginary-Critique on Modern Chinese Literary Discourse (in Chinese); Cultural Identity in the Age of Globalization-A Historical Critique of Western Discourse of Universalism (in Chinese); Postsocialism and Cultural Politics; and, co-authored with Mo Yan, Writing in Our Age.