The >Gleichschaltung< of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

22 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2018 Last revised: 4 Dec 2018

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Carsten A. Holz

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Division of Social Science

Date Written: December 3, 2018

Abstract

“Gleichschaltung” is a term introduced in 1930s Germany to denote the process of establishing totalitarian control over all aspects of society. The term has since been used in other contexts and is applied here to the case of a university in Hong Kong, where the presence of the Chinese “Communist” “Party” and its effect on academia are increasingly felt. The paper clarifies the meaning of “Gleichschaltung” and its relevance to academia, examines instances of Gleichschaltung at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and elaborates on the ease with which Gleichschaltung can be (and has been) implemented at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. (Second draft 23 November 2018; replaces first draft of 8 September 2018)

Keywords: Gleichschaltung, Academic Freedom, Chinese Communist Party, Hong Kong, China Studies, Censorship

JEL Classification: I2, P2, P39

Suggested Citation

Holz, Carsten A., The >Gleichschaltung< of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (December 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3246175 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3246175

Carsten A. Holz (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Division of Social Science ( email )

Division of Social Science
Clear Water Bay
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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