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 Dean's Welcome

 The year 2008 is the 30th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, as well as a year for China to make her debut in a new role on the international arena. China’s pace of modernization is the same with that of globalization. For the past 30 years China has been in the spotlight in the international political, economic, social and cultural development. China in transition has not only demonstrated the revival and rising of a big country, but also has indicated the new possibilities brought about by modernization and globalization to human beings. China’s modern transformation has integrated the Western experience and achievement in modernization over a century and China’s unique traditions and cultural heritage over several thousand years, which displays to the world an alternative to the Western-dominated modernism.
In China humanities and social studies have long carried the tradition of benefiting the country. And they have taken on a heavier responsibility of reflecting on, planning, criticizing and correcting the development of human civilization in this era of modernization and globalization. Shanghai Jiao Tong University is situated in Xu Jia Hui where western and Chinese cultures have blended over several hundred years and it has witnessed the pluralism and integration of different civilizations. In Xu Jia Hui, a highly symbolic place abundant with cultural heritage, and in 2008 when Chinese culture’s new self-realization is burgeoning, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Arts and Humanities is founded, the significance of which goes without saying.
We sincerely hope Institute of Arts and Humanities can become a new platform for studies of arts, humanities and social sciences, enabling scholars to have dialogues and debates, and to engage in cooperation and communication, irrespective of countries and colors. We follow closely the development of contemporary China and the world; in the mean time, we give heed to the theoretical and academic innovations in academic studies per se.

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