The Humanities Research Center is pleased to announce its fall conference: The Future of Work and Labor. The conference features three renowned keynote speakers: multimedia artist Cao Fei; science fiction author Chen Qiufan; and professor of philosophy and business Wang Jianbao. In addition to the keynote speeches, DKU faculty from a range of disciplines will introduce their research, and various labs from the Humanities Research Center will make presentations about their research over the past year. DKU students may register for the conference by scanning the QR code or filling in this registration: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b2zF3FHhjquMAK2.
Cao (b. 1978, Guangzhou) is an internationally renowned Chinese contemporary artist. Currently living in Beijing, she mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and developmental changes that are occurring in Chinese society today.
Cao’s works have been exhibited at a number of international biennales, triennales and art institutions. Major projects in recent years include a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, New York (2016); the BMW Art Car Project (2017); the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (2018); a solo show at the Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2018); a retrospective at K21 Düsseldorf (2018); a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); an augmented reality art project by APPLE and the New Museum, New York (2019); and a solo exhibition Blueprints at the Serpentine Galleries, London (2020). Cao’s recent projects include a major retrospective Staging the Era at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2021), and a solo exhibition at the MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome (2021).
Cao is a professor and a master’s advisor for the School of Experimental Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. She was on the jury of the Selection Committee for the Curatorship of the eight Berlin Biennale (2014), the jury of the Bonnefanten Award for Contemporary (2016), and the jury of Hugo Boss Asia Art Prize (2019). Cao is the nominator of the Rolls-Royce Art Program Muse (2019) and the winner of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2021).
Chen (aka Stanley Chan) is an award-winning Chinese speculative fiction author, translator, creative producer, and curator. He is honorary president of the Chinese Science Fiction Writers Association, and has a seat on the Xprize Foundation Science Fiction Advisory Council. His works include the novel “Waste Tide” and, co-authored with Kai-Fu Lee, the book “AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future.” He lives in Shanghai and is the founder of Thema Mundi Studio.
Wang has been director of the Center for the Humanities and Business Ethics at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) since 2017. He is also a research fellow at CKGSB and an associate researcher at Peking University. His research focuses on Confucianism, as well as developing new business models. Most of his research papers and articles were published in Chinanews, Chuanshan Journal (CSSCI), Legein Society, Financial Times Chinese Edition, Global Times, Caijing, China Minutes and People’s Daily. His article, On Shengyi (Business), was accepted by the 24th WCP and was published in the book “Humanistic Spirit in the Third Age of Confucianism: Essays in Honor of Tu Weiming’s 80th Birthday.”
With his expertise in the areas of philosophy and business, Wang is the leader of curriculum design for humanities and business ethics. His courses include The First Class on Humanities; Who Are Confucian Entrepreneurs and What Can Confucian Entrepreneurs Do?; Entrepreneurial Spirit, New Era, New Business, New Civilization, Cultural Identity and Dialogue among Civilizations; On Business: Belief, Behavior and Business, etc.
Prior to joining CKGSB, Wang had a long career in corporate group management, public company management, and supply chain management. He was the chief representative at Pakistan Railway (1999-2000) and successfully built a national R&D center (2011). Wang has a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, an EMBA from CKGSB, and a doctoral degree in philosophy from Peking University. His dissertation, “Wealth and the Way: A Mencian Perspective,” is pioneered in understanding Confucian entrepreneurs under the supervision of Tu Weiming, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Academia Sinica.
Visit the Humanities Research Center website for a full program: https://sites.duke.edu/dkuhumanities/the-future-of-work-and-labor