Wang Hui

Wang Hui is a Distinguished Professor of Literature and History at Tsinghua University, Beijing. One of the esteemed scholars in fields of intellectual history, social theory, and modern literature, and a leading figure of the “Chinese New Left”, Wang Hui’s work has attempted to chart the intellectual and political conditions of contemporary China and has remained committed to the project of deep engagement with both the history and the consequences of Chinese modernity. He graduated with a PhD in Chinese literature from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1988. Since the early 1990s, he has been invited to many universities around the world as visiting professor or research fellow, including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Stanford, Tokyo University, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and Bologna University. From 1996 to 2007, he served as the chief editor of Dushu Magazine, the most influential intellectual journal in China. He has published extensively on Chinese intellectual history, literature, and engaged in debates on historical and contemporary issues, many of which have been translated into English, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, German, Slovenian, and Portuguese. English translations of his scholarship include China’s Twentieth Century (2015), China From Empire to Nation-State (2014), The Politics of Imagining Asia (2010), The End of Revolution (2009) and China’s New Order (2003). His four-volume work The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (2004, in Chinese) is regarded as one of the most important contributions to modern Chinese scholarship over the past two decades. Wang Hui is the recipient of numerous awards, such as “2013 Luca Pacioli Prize” which he shared with Jürgen Habermas in Italy and “Anneliese Maier Research Award” (2018) in Germany. 

Regions: Mainland China


Authored Essays

The Past and Present of the Chinese Humanities


Authored Case Studies