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THE HONG KONG ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY
AND THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
PRESENT

An Anthropological Talk by Martin Boewe

Utopian Communities: Making better worlds

Thursday 2 June 2016, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

In the year of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's classic Utopia, this talk presents three utopian communities and their efforts of making better worlds: 1. Lifechanyuan in China, which has attempted to promote free-love and communism as a short-cut to heaven but was finally closed down by the state, 2. Christiania in Denmark, a political community standing for consensus democracy, the fight for freedom and urban space for all, a massive market for hashish, and a counter-cultural entertainment experience, and 3. Damanhur, an Italian esoteric community, whose members see themselves as warriors on a mission to rescue humankind.

All these utopian communities act as distorted mirrors of their societies; they are not just fictional fantasies of their founders. This research connects the, at times, extremely bizarre beliefs in utopian communities with counter-cultural opposition to the dominating paradigms in different societies.

Martin Boewe is a PhD candidate at the Department of Anthropology, CUHK.


THE HONG KONG ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY
AND THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF HISTORY
PRESENT

An Anthropological Talk by David Tong

At the edge of sleep: Insomnia, Time and Social Lives in Hong Kong

Thursday 7 July 2016, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

We all sleep; sleep is also commonly understood as an innate and private behavior devoid of socialization. Ethnographic studies of sleep in different societies however reveal its cultural variations. Together they join the force in questioning the 8 hours sleep, which is commonly naturalized and mythicized in post-industrial societies. Such a conceptual turn further invites us to reconsider the contemporary experiences of insomnia, which affects at least 1/10 of Hong Kong population. How is our distress over the loss of sleep exacerbated by the allocation of sleep in our society? Being at the edge of sleep, insomnia does not only entail individual distress, but further the social and temporal misalignment with the society. Yet in the process of mediating such misalignment, we will also discuss how people involve in the alternative ways of everyday life.

David Tong is currently an M.Phil. research student in the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His thesis research focuses on sleep and insomnia in Hong Kong.

       
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