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No Forbidden Zone in 21st Century

Celebrating 20 years of the Hong Kong journal
David Bartel
Translated by Elizabeth Guill
p. 66-73


The Hong Kong journal Ershiyi shiji (21st Century) occupies a special place in the radical reconfiguration of the Chinese intellectual landscape that followed the traumas, both national and international, of 1989. On the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, we retrace the founding of the journal and the aspects that have made it unique in the world of the “thinking” press, and question the normalisation in China of the intellectual internationalisation of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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Bibliographical reference

David Bartel, « No Forbidden Zone in 21st Century », China Perspectives, 2011/2 | 2011, 66-73.

Electronic reference

David Bartel, « No Forbidden Zone in 21st Century », China Perspectives [Online], 2011/2 | 2011, Online since 30 June 2014, connection on 24 March 2019. URL :

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About the author

David Bartel

Doctoral student at CECMC (EHESS, Paris) and an associate researcher at CEFC. He is writing his doctoral thesis on the singularities of the careers of the intellectuals and historians Jin Guantao and Liu Qingfeng.

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