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We are very pleased to announce that the 5th Lecture of the FAH Macao Humanities Forum (2023/2024) will be held on 15 Apr 2024. The forum aims to provide a platform for world-renowned scholars from diverse humanities fields to share their research with the FAH community and other UM scholars. All members of the UM community are cordially invited to this splendid event.


In this upcoming forum, we are honored to have Prof. Chen Pingyuan as our guest speaker to deliver a lecture on the topic “The Facets of the New Culture Movement”. Prof. Chen Pingyuan is currently first-class professor of Philosophy and Social Sciences of China, Peking University Boya Chair Professor, and Director of the Institute of Modern Chinese Humanities at Peking University, and a member of the China Central Institute for Culture and History. Prof. Chen was the former Head of the Chinese Department of Peking University, a member of the 6th and 7th Chinese Language and Literature Discipline evaluation group of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, and President of the Chinese Institute of Folk Literature. Over the past 30 years, Prof. Chen has received countless awards for his prolific academic research output, having published more than 40 books related to Chinese novels and prose, such as Transformation of the Narrative Mode of Chinese Novels, Touches of History: An Entry into ‘May Fourth” China, The Unfinished ‘May Fourth’ Movement, and How to Educate Literature. He was designated a “Chinese Doctoral Degree recipient with outstanding Contributions” by the State Education Commission and the Academic Degrees Committee of The State Council (1991). Prof. Chen was also awarded the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award (Humanities and Social Sciences) for Higher Education Institutions (1995, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2013, 2024), and other awards including the 4th Wang Yao Academic Award (2016), the 4th Simian Original Award (2017), the 14th Wenjin Book Award (2019), and a Book Nomination Award in the 5th China Publishing Government Awards (2021), among others.


Details of the forum are as below:

Speaker: Prof. Chen Pingyuan

Topic: The Facets of the New Culture Movement

Date: 15 Apr 2024 (Mon)

Time: 16:00 – 17:30*

Venue: On-Site (E21A-3118) / ZOOM ( https://umac.zoom.us/j/99271203610 )

Language: Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation into English on Zoom)

*Light refreshments will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis



The New Culture Movement didn’t fall out of thin air, nor was it solely achievable through the efforts of individuals like Chen Duxiu and Hu Shi. The period from 1898 to 1927 should be comprehended and interpreted as a unified entity. This approach aims to diminish the dramatic nature of “events” and highlight the lengthy and tortuous “evolution”. From the nascent beginnings to the widespread impact, there was a long struggle, and not everyone was fortunate enough to catch the golden opportunity. It’s like a multi-act play where those who show up on stage at the beginning might exit halfway through, and the supporting roles in the first act might become leading roles in subsequent acts. Those who play until the final act are not necessarily the ultimate winners. The whole cast should receive applause at the curtain call, not just the leads or the last performers.


Please register for the forum by 12 April 2024 (Fri) via https://umac.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_50E61Wlgq6ex07c