CAS Practice Based Research: Research & Action

Cultivating the Common

By Lau Kin Chi, with guest lecturers

29, 30 NOV and 6, 7 DEC 2019.
Fridays 9am - noon, Saturdays 9am - 5pm, plus 20 h student work.

East Asia. Location details coming up soon.


The prevalent mode of development in pursuit of Modernization and Globalization presents us with acute problems of ever deepening crises of social polarization and ecological catastrophes. It is urgent for us to rethink a whole series of questions, and agriculture is one we must confront. Industrial agriculture is causing a lot of harm to nature, societies and people, from the degradation of the soil, quality of the crops, cultures, social relations, to the health of both the body and mind of the person. However, though small peasant agriculture and rural communities are increasingly marginalized, there are remarkable endeavours by urban and rural communities to carve out an alternative space of living with a different mode of thinking.

This course proposes to take China as a case study to examine its development trajectory in the past decades, with its crises of agriculture, economy, environment and culture, as well as some alternative practices in urban agriculture and rural community building.

Module supervisor

Lau Kin-chi, Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Over 15 years of engagement in the rural reconstruction movement in China.
Founding Member, Global University for Sustainability. Vice-President, World Forum for Alternatives. Co-Chair, Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives. Board Member, PeaceWomen Across the Globe Association, Switzerland. Lives in Hong Kong. 

With guest lecturers

Hui Shiu-lun

Yan Xiaohui

Seminars and Lectures

2 (E)CTS
MAS Art & Society > CAS PRACTICE BASED RESEARCH > Research & Action > Cultivating the Common

1000 CHF

Application deadline
15 June 2019