Liang, Samuel Y.
Assistant Professor - Humanities
LA 121
863 6266
Last Updated: 7/30/14 -


Ph.D. 2006, Art History, Binghamton University, SUNY;

MA. History of Architecture, 1994, Department of Architecture, Tongji University, Shanghai


Professional Interests

Architecture and urbanism in modern and contemporary China and East Asia; Chinese spatial and visual culture; Chinese arts and material culture; cultural discourses of urban change; theories of modernity; space and governance; postcolonial identities; aesthetic influences between European and China


Selected Publications

Authored books

Remaking China’s Great Cities: Space and Culture in Urban Housing, Renewal, and Expansions (Routledge, forthcoming in 2014).  

Mapping Modernity in Shanghai: Space, Gender, and Visual Culture in the Sojourners’ City 1853–98. London: Routledge, 2010, xviii, 218 pp. (paperback 2012) 

Chinese version of Mapping Modernity in Shanghai (Beijing: The Commercial Press, forthcoming in 2014)

Journal articles (refereed)

“Planning and Its Discontents: Contradictions and Continuities in Remaking China’s Great Cities, 1950-2010,” Urban History, 40.3 (2013).   

 “最后的先锋派:国际情境主义和建筑电讯派” (Last Avant-gardes: Situationist International and Archigram), 《建筑师》(Architects) 154 (2011): 5-10.  

 “The Expo Garden and Heterotopia: Staging Shanghai between Postcolonial and (Inter)national Global Power,” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 9, Issue 38 No 1 (2011).

“Property-Driven Urban Change in Post-Socialist Shanghai: Reading the Television Series Woju,” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 39, no.4 (2010): 3-28.

 “上海弄堂的革命與懷舊: 从中共‘一大’會址到新天地” (The Revolution and Nostalgia of Shanghai Longtang: From the CCP First Congress Memorial to Xintiandi),《台灣社會研究季刊》(Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies) 76 (2009): 393-416.

“Where the Courtyard Meets the Street: Spatial Culture of the Li Neighborhoods, Shanghai, 1870-1900,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67, no.4 (2008): 482-503.

“Amnesiac Monument, Nostalgic Fashion: Shanghai’s New Heaven and Earth,” Wasafiri 23, no.3 (special issue on Chinese writings, 2008): 47-55.

“Ephemeral Households, Marvelous Things: Business, Gender, and Material Culture in Flowers of Shanghai,” Modern China 33, no.3 (2007): 377-418.

“High-Tech Cities and the Primitive Jungle: Visionary Urbanism in Europe and Japan of the 1960s,” International Studies in Philosophy 36, no.2 (2004): 45-66.

Other journal articles

“Asia, Faraway or Next Door: Reflections on AAS 2010 and Downtown Philadelphia,” The China Beat, April 2010.

“The Past and Present of the CCP First Congress Memorial, Shanghai,” The China Beat, January 2009.

“The Fluctuation of Yin Yang: A Sex Model in Chinese Philosophy and Medicine,” American Philosophical Association Newsletters 2, no.2 (2003): 17-21.   

Book Reviews

Review of The Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric. By Barrie Shelton, Justyna Karakiewicz, and Thomas Kvan. London: Routledge, 2010. Built Environment 37, no.3 (2011): 370-72.

Review of Cosmopolitan Publics: Anglophone Print Culture in Semi-Colonial Shanghai. By Shuang Shen. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009. Modern China Literature and Culture (March 2011)

Review of Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou. Edited by Lucie Olivová and Vibeke Børdahl. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2009. The China Quarterly 204 (2010): 1021-23.

Review of Global Shanghai, 1850-2010: A History in Fragments. By Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom. London: Routledge, 2009. Pacific Affairs 83, no.3 (2010): 589-91.

Review of Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth and Architectonics in Southern China. By Xing Ruan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006. Journal of Asian Studies 67, no.1 (2008): 284-86.


Selected Presentations 

Dec 10, 2011  Opening Week Symposium, Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale

“Contradictions in Shenzhen Urbanism: Linear Sprawl, Heterotopias, and the Central Axis”

Apr 29, 2011  School of Urban Planning and Architecture, Tongji

晚清上海城市建筑及空间文化的现代性 (Mapping Modernity in Shanghai: Space, Gender, and Visual Culture, 1853-1898)

Oct 26, 2010   Royal Asiatic Society China in Shanghai, Mesa-Manifesto, Shanghai

“Mapping Modernity in Shanghai: Space, Gender, and Visual Culture”


May 14, 2009  Cornerhouse, Manchester, “ China’s Great Leap Forward: Past and Present.” Public lecture, in conjunction with the exhibition “State Legacy”


Apr 21, 2009  Manchester Architecture Research Centre, University of Manchester

 “‘Beautiful Pictures on a Blank Sheet of Paper’: Utopian Planning and Urban Sprawl in Contemporary China


Mar 2011  Shenzhen+ China, Utopias+Dystopias: An Interdisciplinary Conference, The History, Theory and Criticism Program, MIT Department of Architecture

“The Urban Sprawl of 'Beautiful Pictures on a Blank Sheet': Contradictions in Chinese Urbanism”


Sept 2010  張愛玲誕辰九十周年國際學術研討會  (Symposium for the Ninetieth Birthday Anniversary of Eileen Chang), Hong Kong Baptist University

張愛玲作品中的晚清文化:性別,現代性和舊式家族的衰落(Late Qing Themes in Eileen Chang: Gender, modernity, and the household in decline)


Mar 2010  Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia

Middle Classes or Property Slaves? Images and Social Tension in China’s Property Culture”