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Pursuit of Truth Salon: Mr. Zhang Ning Interpreted Structural Tension of Public Space

“I’m trying to regard society and newspapers as media, paying attention to how this sort of media entered into interpersonal and political network and what kind of interactive relationship it formed with them, and then shaped what kind of public space ”. At noon of May 12th , focusing on “Strong society” and “the Chinese Progress”,Mr.Zhang Ning interpreted structural tension of public space in the late Qing Dynasty at Teachers’ Salon. 
 
Mr. Zhang borrowed the term “public space” and its’ basic meaning, but stripped away those specific standards set by Habermas, and explored public space in the late Qing Dynasty with Chinese characteristics. Selecting “Strong society” and “the Chinese Progress”as study objects, Mr. Zhang put forward three specific questions: which connections and contradictions existed between political society and newspapers in the late Qing Dynasty? What were the roots of these connections and contradictions on conceptual and practical levels? How did the relationship of two shape the characteristics of public space? 

Mr. Zhang generalized the inherent paradox of public space in the late Qing Dynasty. It had a flavor of struggle among party groups in early stage, while it had “political faction” color later; the former moved towards “Qing Flow”, and the latter emphasized “uniform”. When “society” possessed colors as above, especially as it made a transition to “justice”, the handling and controlling of speech became increasingly enhanced.

Mr. Zhang’s wide vision, precise logic and rigorous attitude of scholarship have inspired students greatly.