PhD defence by Michael Ulfstjerne

Time: Monday, January 12, 13:00

Place: Faculty of Humanities (KUA), room code 22.01.11

Un-real Estate: The Social Life of Temporary Wealth in China

Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Ordos China the dissertation ‘Un-real Estate’ traces a local economic boom into its subsequent bust. It gives an account of how state as well as non-state actors appropriate state development schemes and the unintended effects resulting from the colluding forces of plan and profit. Through the attitudes, perceptions, and forms of sociality that constituted an actual economic bubble (and its subsequent collapse) the dissertation provides ethnographic detail relevant for understanding contemporary China, the social effects of economic development, and state-led urbanization.

Open to all

Assessment Committee

  • Associate Professor Ildikó Beller-Hann (University of Copenhagen)
  • Professor AbdouMaliq Simone (Goldsmiths, University of London)
  • Associate Professor John Osburg (University of Rochester)

Moderator of the defence

  • Associate Professor Morten Warmind (University of Copenhagen)

Copies of the thesis are available for consultation at the following three places: at the Information Desk of the Library of the Faculty of Humanities; in Reading Room East of the Royal Library (the Black Diamond); and at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Karen Blixens Vej 4.