Category: Regional Metaphysics
So what do I mean by my post’s title, ‘Tianxia of the Mind”? I am referring to the need for Tianxia, above all, to gain ritual power, this power being specifically the power to ‘transform any regional space into the center of the world.’ That is, a notion (Tianxia) must have the power to create not only a nation (China) as an ‘imagined community,’2but to give that community, or empire, a geographical grounding. In this sense place becomes space,3 and our bodies are now contained within a network of power, now subjects in a ‘bio-polity.’
Dr. Sophia KiddCultural Studies, Genre of Geographical Literature, Geography, Literary Geography, New Silk Roads, Political Economy of Culture, Regional Metaphysics, Sophia Kidd
Flipping through Xinhua and South China Morning Post this morning, I clicked thru a few headlines about Chinese State-Owned Enterprises calling in non-essential workers from Myanmar, US-China performativity on both sides, and also about the Oxford-trained presence in US President Joe Biden’s cabinet (this last from Peter Frankopan’s re-Tweet). I’m also going through a book, […]
Dr. Sophia KiddContinuities, Cultural Studies, Genre, Genre of Geographical Literature, Geography, Literary Geography, New Silk Roads, Political Economy of Culture, Regional Metaphysics
China is a destiny, a growing, and a torture all at once. The expectations of ‘identity labor’ required of living in skilled contexts in a foreign country, well…it adds character.
Dr. Sophia KiddCultural Studies, New Silk Roads, Political Economy of Culture, Regional Metaphysics, Teaching in China