Digitalizing Taiwan: From Academic to Public History
17 June 2015, 1:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Chang Lung-Chih, Associate Resarch Fellow, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
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The Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN)
16 June 2015, 10:00 am
This year's conference, titled: "Natural Resources in the Changing Landscape of China-Africa Relations" will focus on changing China-Africa relations and the implications of this for resource-rich countries on the African continent, in petroleum production, mining, agriculture and renewable energy. Details available on the website here: http://oucan.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.php/oucan-annual-conference-2015 The conference will bring together a number of distinguished speakers. These include, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa Dr Carlos Lopes, South Sudan's former Minister of Oil Dr. Lual Deng, Chief Director at the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum in Ghana Professor Thomas Akabzaa, Managing Director of Kina Advisory Limited and former Advisor to Tullow Oil, Rosalind Kainyah, Dr. Liu Hongwu, Director of the African Studies Centre at the Zheijang Normal University, Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency Ali Al-Saffar and others. Panel discussions will be mediated by Dr. Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Associate Professor of African Politics at the University of Oxford, Dr. Zhang Haibin of Peking University and visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, among other distinguished academics. Further information about registration is available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natural-resources-in-the-changing-landsca... For further information on OUCAN, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Book Launch: Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions
10 June 2015, 4:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Paul Irwin Crookes, University of Oxford and Jan Knoerich, King's College London
Abstract: This presentation will explore three key questions connected to the role of high-technology in cross-Strait relations which intersect with each of the themes of security, economics and culture that are the subject focus of this new book. First, to what extent has mainland China’s innovation investment in its military and industrial sectors created a meaningful example of technology catch-up that could shift the balance of capabilities from Taiwan to the mainland? Second, does the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) model of growth, fostered so successfully by Taiwanese business elites over the past three decades of investment in the mainland, represent a feasible future approach in the face of policy shifts in cross-Strait economic relations and structural changes to mainland China’s own economy as it seeks to move up the production value chain to directly compete with Taiwan? Third, is the cultural gap between the two communities on both sides of the Taiwan Strait being broken down or reinforced by new media developments in the internet era, and do such new communication channels represent an avenue of delivery for a distinctive cross-Strait dialogue that reduce or exacerbate tensions? In seeking answers to these questions, the presentation will draw on new research presented in this volume which offers a rich source of evidence to explain how changing dynamics across the Taiwan Strait, fuelled by technological change, may be altering the future direction of the cross-Strait relationship. The conclusion suggested in the book is that major changes are indeed taking place, but at a different pace and in different ways across each of the three dimensions under scrutiny. this process, the book offers crucial reflections on how to compare and how to study small nations.” About the speakers: Paul Irwin Crookes is Departmental Lecturer in the International Relations of China and Director of Graduate Studies for the Contemporary China Studies Programme at the University of Oxford. Paul gained his MPhil and PhD degrees from the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge and holds a BSc(Econ) from the LSE. Prior to entering the academic profession, Paul had a successful 20-year career in the international IT industry, which took him on work assignments to the US, Europe, India and China. He has particular research interests in East Asian security, China’s innovation capabilities, EU-China relations, and the development of international regimes. Jan Knoerich is Lecturer in the Economy of China at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London. He obtained his PhD degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. His research examines issues in the contemporary Chinese economy, China’s international economic relations and, in particular, the internationalisation of Chinese enterprises and Chinese outward foreign direct investment. Jan is also interested in the economic development implications of foreign direct investment and international investment policy. He held previous positions at the University of Oxford and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). All are Welcome Convenor: Feng-yi Chu & Paul Irwin Crookes Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01865-274559
Dr Jenny Chan (陳慧玲) presents two labor research projects at the Center for China Studies (5 June) and the 2015 International Conference on Labor, Mobility and Development in PRD (Pearl River Delta) and Beyond (6 June), Chinese University of Hong Kong
5 June 2015, 2:30 pm
5 June 2015 “Apple, Foxconn and China’s New Working Class” Center for China Studies Jenny Chan and her colleagues provide an insiders’ look at China’s “new working class,” by focusing on the giant Taiwanese-owned Foxconn factories that produce consumer electronics for Apple and many other brands. Based on in-depth interviews with workers, managers, and local government officials between 2010 and 2015, they argue that Apple, not Foxconn, reaps the lion’s share of the profits from their relationship, while workers, with no effective union representation, face heavy pressures from the company. Workers have responded—initially with well-publicized suicides of rural migrant workers in Foxconn’s Shenzhen factory—then with strikes and protests at Foxconn factories throughout China. While China’s government warns that direct actions threaten social stability, it was increasingly compelled to arbitrate high-profile disputes at the scene to assure some labor gains at times of crises. 6 June 2015 “Interns or Workers? China’s Student Labor Regime” 2015 International Conference on Labor, Mobility and Development in PRD and Beyond Who are the student interns? How are they recruited and managed at the workplace? In the summer of 2010, Taiwanese-based Foxconn Technology Group—the world’s largest electronics manufacturer—utilized the labor of 150,000 student interns from vocational schools at its facilities all over China. Foxconn, through direct deals with government departments, has outsourced recruitment to vocational schools to obtain a new source of student workers at below minimum wages. The goals and timing of internships are set not by student educational or training priorities but by the demand for products dictated by companies. Based on fieldwork in Sichuan and Guangdong between 2011 and 2012 and follow-up interviews in 2014 and 2015, as well as analysis of the Henan government’s policies on internships, Jenny Chan and her colleagues find that the “student labor regime” has become integral to the capital-state relationship as a means to assure a lower cost and flexible labor supply for Foxconn and others in China. Notwithstanding significant Chinese legal reforms, there remains a deep-seated conflict between state legitimation and local accumulation, with the result that student workers’ rights and interests are sacrificed.
A History of Reading of a French Jesuit in China: Fr. François-Xavier Dentrecolles (1664-1741), his Translations and the Formation of European Knowledge about China
4 June 2015, 5:30 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Wu Huiyi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Needhan Research Institute, University of Cambridge
It is widely recognized that the formation of modern European knowledge about China since the late 16th century is heavily indebted to Jesuit missionaries; less well-known is the input of Chinese sources to the process. In this talk, I will question the understanding of missionaries’ portrayal of China as a one-sided representation, by showing the overwhelming presence of translated Chinese texts in major 18th century European sinological publications, such as the encyclopedic Description of the Empire of China and Chinese Tartary (Paris, 1735). My other aim is to demonstrate the heterogeneity of missionary knowledge on China as shaped by individual experience rather than predefined by a collective identity. My argument will be substantiated by the case of Father Fr. X. Dentrecolles (1664-1741, in China after 1699), major contributor to the Description, whose translations provides insights into the multifaceted reading experience of a French missionary in early Qing China. Wu Huiyi is currently the ISF/NRI post-doctoral fellow at Needham Research Institute, Cambridge. She received professional training as a translator, and completed her PhD in history in 2013 under joint supervision between Université Paris Diderot and Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Florence). Her dissertation (in French) entitled Translating China in the 18th century: French Jesuits as translators of Chinese texts and the renewal of European knowledge about China (1687-ca. 1740) will be published in 2016 by Editions Honoré Champion, Paris. Her current project examines late 18th century French sinology as shaped by competing State-building and knowledge circulation across the Eurasian continent.
Dan, Boat People, Tanka, and Fishers: Qing and Western Perceptions of the Waterborne Chinese in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
28 May 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Gary Chi-hung Luk, DPhil Candidate, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
In this talk I discuss how the Qing authorities and Westerners in China saw the Chinese who lived in the coastal, river, and canal regions of China and whose livelihoods depended upon the sea and waterways in the first four decades of the nineteenth century, and in the period of the Opium War (1839-1842) and its immediate aftermath in particular. This group of people included those who fished, ferried passengers or goods, worked on native craft, and participated in clandestine trade and/or banditry on water. In this talk I hope to achieve two aims. First, given that scholars of late imperial China (1368-1912) have yet to establish the close link between the late imperial Chinese perception of those living afloat and the official control over them, I show that the Qing and Western perceptions of those “waterborne Chinese,” which were largely affected by the imperial Chinese prejudice against fishery and floating residence, shaped the rule of the Qing state and the British government of early colonial Hong Kong over these people. The second purpose of this talk is to clarify, in the context of late imperial China, the meanings of “Dan,” “boat people,” “Tanka,” and “fishers,” the ethnic labels that the Qing administrators and Westerners employed to refer to different, sometimes the same, waterborne Chinese. I argue against the interchangeability of these terms in the scholarship of late imperial Chinese maritime and riverine society. Gary Chi-hung Luk obtained his MPhil degree in History at the University of Hong Kong and is completing his DPhil in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.
"Other Cosmopolitans: Emerging Communities and their Chinese lexicon"
26 May 2015, 1:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Yan Haiping, Tsinghua University, Cornell University
Professor Yan works on comparative drama, critical theory, modern Chinese literary and cultural history, transnational and intermedial performance studies. Her books include Theatre and Society: an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Drama; Other Transnationals: Asian Diaspora in Performance; Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905-1948; and Globalization and the Development of Humanistic Studies. She was selected by CNN as one of “six most influential Chinese cultural figures” for her scholarly and creative works in English and Chinese.
Cancelled Seminar: Elite Soteriology in Late Imperial China
21 May 2015, 5:30 pm
Unfortunately, the seminar 'Elite Soteriology in Late Imperial China' due to be given by Dr Vincent Goossaert on Thursday 21st May has been cancelled.
Muddy Waters: Xu Wei’s Predicament of Loyalty
14 May 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Edward Luper, DPhil Candidate, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
In this talk, I will present a very different Xu Wei from the mad, ‘Van-Gogh’ like artist that attempted suicide nine times and murdered his third wife in a fit of rage. Instead, I examine his writings within the political context of the 16th century, and show how Xu creatively explored his anxiety surrounding the treacherous court politics of the time. Against the backdrop of Mongol and pirate invasions, Xu’s close friend Shen Lian was executed by the Chief Grand Secretary Yan Song and his clique. Yet only a month after his friend’s execution, Xu switched sides and worked for Hu Zongxian, a protégé of Yan Song. As a ghost writer for Hu Zongxian, Xu wrote obsequious birthday poems to Yan Song, yet was grateful for the money he received, openly naming his new large house, “Hall for the Remuneration of Words”. Yet with the fall of Yan Song in 1562, and the arrest of Hu Zongxian, this became an embarrassment for Xu. Fearing that he would be implicated with the Yan Song clique, Xu did not defend Hu Zongxian, unlike many of his contemporaries, and instead distanced himself from his flattering ghost-written poems and memorials and took a defensive tone. I will show that that Xu Wei, overwhelmed by feelings of guilt, would continue to find justifications for his actions and explore the complexities of loyalty in his history poetry. He once wrote: “Amidst the darkness who can tell between the vermillion and the azure; In the muddy waters fish all look alike.” Caught between a rock and a hard place, Xu Wei, the artist and poet who is seen by many as the champion of unrestrained personal expression, said apologetically “writings of the hand are of the kind that does not come from the heart…people cannot fault me!” Edward Luper graduated from SOAS (BA Chinese: Modern and Classical) in 2011, and proceeded to do a Masters at Oxford (MSt Chinese Studies) and DPhil (Oriental Studies). His interest in Xu Wei began during his year abroad at Beijing Normal University when he studied ink painting and calligraphy. He has written articles on Xu Wei’s painting for the forthcoming book, Ming hua quanji 明畫全集, to be published next year in China. He is also currently engaged in a translation of the book, “Introduction to the Art of Chinese Calligraphy” 書法藝術概論by Liu Zhengcheng.
How China Ends Wars (1950-1979): Implications for Contemporary Flashpoints
13 May 2015, 1:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Oriana Skylar Mastro, Assistent Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University
What factors determine how states try to end wars? This question is particularly relevant to China, as outstanding territorial disputes, strategic rivalries, and nationalist fervor create the possibility of armed conflict between Beijing and its neighbors. Thus, this paper focuses a generally overlooked aspect of Chinese behavior - the strategies its leaders employed in the Korean War, Sino-Indian War, and the Sino-Vietnamese War in their attempts to bring these conflicts to a close. My analysis draws on score of Chinese-language sources, including archival sources, memoirs and authoritative government and military histories. I argue that Chinese leaders have historically exhibited three tendencies that obstruct timely conflict resolution: unwillingness to offer peace talks to stronger opponents, strategic preference for compellence over reassurance, and an overconfidence in the support and influence of third party actors. My findings provide insights into contemporary Chinese military and security strategy by evaluating the conditions under which these past patterns are relevant to future action in the East China Sea, South China Sea and with respect to Taiwan. Oriana Skylar Mastro is an assistant professor of security studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where her research focuses on Chinese military and security policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, war termination, and coercive diplomacy. She is also an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve, for which she works as a reserve air attaché for the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Dr. Mastro was a fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a University of Virginia Miller Center National Fellow and a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Pacific Forum Sasakawa Peace Fellow. Additionally, she has worked on China policy issues at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, RAND Corporation, U.S. Pacific Command, and Project 2049. She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and an M.A. and Ph.D in Politics from Princeton University.
Approaching Maturity: The Role of Knowledge and Professionalisation in the Development of Chinese NGOs
12 May 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Jennifer Y.J.Hsu, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
This paper suggests that Chinese NGOs do not believe they are part of an emerging or established epistemic community, that is, a community of experts. Interviews from four Chinese cities, Chongqing, Kunming, Nanjing and Shanghai, suggests that gathering information and developing a knowledge base is not the dominant tactic NGOs utilise to inform and influence state policy. Rather, establishing direct relations with relevant authorities is the preferred tactic to influence policy deliberation and action. Having close ties with government authorities will serve to benefit individual NGOs, but is likely to undermine the development of the NGO sector as a whole. Jennifer Y.J. Hsu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently an Academic Visitor at the Oxford China Centre and St. Antony’s College. At present, she is involved in two collaborative projects. The first project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada focuses on Chinese NGOs becoming epistemic communities. With the support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, her second project examines the internationalization of Chinese NGOs and their role in international development. She has published in various journals including Urban Studies and The China Quarterly. She has a forthcoming co-edited volume NGO Governance and Management in China.
CHEW Conference 2015: Policy Reforms in China’s Health, Environment and Welfare
8 May 2015, 9:30 am
CHEW Conference 2015 aims to bring together academics, policy practitioners and other experts from diverse disciplinary backgrounds working on a range of contemporary issues relevant to China’s health, environment and welfare. Our focus is on policy reforms recently implemented in these areas and their observed or likely effects, and also on suggestions for new reforms required to meet the challenges. REGISTER NOW https://chewoxford.wordpress.com/
Reasons for Remembering: Audiences and Aims of the mid-Tang muzhiming
7 May 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Alexei Ditter, Associate Professor of Chinese, Reed College, Portalnd, Oregon, USA
Muzhiming (Tomb Epitaph Inscriptions) are biographical accounts that were carved onto rectangular blocks of limestone and placed within the tomb of their subject. Within muzhiming, mid-Tang writers often explicitly claim that they had written the text to serve two objectives: to preserve the memory of their deceased subject and to provide an account to help identify the tomb occupant in perpetuity. Careful reading however suggests that they were used to realize a number of additional aims as well: to explain or justify why particular burial practices were followed, to vindicate past deeds or preserve alternate accounts of events, to record and praise the filiality, loyalty, or generosity of friends and family members of the deceased, to advertise the skill and talents of their authors, or to make arguments about contemporary social, religious, or literary practices. Focusing on muzhiming written between 760 and 840, this paper catalogues the diverse objectives writers sought to realize in their compositions and examines what the increasing diversification of aims suggests about the audiences these texts were intended to reach and how these compositions may have circulated in their own time. Alexei Ditter is an Associate Professor of Chinese at Reed College in Portland, OR, USA. His research explores the interaction between social and textual practices in medieval Chinese literature, focusing in particular on questions of place, genre, and memory. His articles, published and forthcoming, discuss the writing of literary histories of the Tang dynasty in the 20th century, conceptions of urban space in Duan Chengshi's 9th century Records of Monasteries and Stupas, civil examinations and cover letters in the mid-Tang, and the commercialization of muzhiming writing in the mid- to late-Tang. He is currently working on two monograph projects—one examining changing practices and styles of prose writing in China’s late-8th and early-9th centuries, the other studying genre and memory in medieval Chinese literature—and co-editing a volume of translations of tales from the late 10th century anthology Taiping guangji.
Is there a labour movement in China?
7 May 2015, 1:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Tim Pringle, Senior Lecturer in Labour, Social Movements and Development, Department of Development Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London
The frequency and outcomes of strikes in China over the past decade have led scholars and activists alike to ask this question. This talk will tackle the issue via a brief historical tour of labour relations and industrial unrest in pre-reform China as a context for a discussion of more recent waves of militancy. Using a ‘key strike’ approach, we will examine important disputes which, while not necessarily acting as ‘game-changers’ in the broader scheme of things in China, have nevertheless generated significant settlements that have had an impact beyond a simple raise in wages to get people back to the work. As the title implies, the discussion will be wide-ranging and touch on themes central to the ongoing evolution of labour relations in China including: labour and trade union law, the changing nature of labour protests, labour dispute resolutions including collective bargaining, the reform – or not – of the China’s one legal trade union, the role of civil society and class formation, not least the apparent proletarianisation of the ‘peasant worker’. Tim entered academia relatively late in life. He spent the first third of his working life to date in construction and warehouse work before moving to Asia where he was able to combine activism in union work with a deep interest in labour relations in China. For over a decade, he worked with various labour rights organisations in Hong Kong and Mainland China. At the tender age of 45, Tim embarked on a PhD program at the University of Warwick while simultaneously working as a co-investigator on a major research project examining trade union reform in Russia, China and Vietnam. Tim has published his research in numerous trade union, labour NGO and peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters to many edited books. He has recently published two books: Trade Unions in China: the challenge of labour unrest (Routledge 2013) and The Challenge of Transition: trade unions in Russia, China and Vietnam (Palgrave 2011) with Professor Simon Clarke. He currently works as a Senior Lecturer at SOAS, University of London where he convenes an MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development.
A Sense of Disaster: Experiencing the 1931 Hankou Flood
30 April 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Christopher Courtney, Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Cambridge
In 1931 a devastating flood struck China, inundating an area the size Britain and affecting the lives of an estimated 52 million people. Focussing upon the example of the city of Hankou, this paper seeks to give an impression of this disaster as a lived experience. Whilst historians often analyse floods as problems for hydraulic networks or relief institutions, for those living in affected areas the experience of inundation unfolds as a succession of horrifying visions, strange sounds, revolting tastes, and repellent odours. Drawing upon insights from the field of sensory history, this paper uses a range of witness accounts to examine the phenomenal world created by floodwater in 1931. In doing so, it questions assumptions made about the emotional and behavioural reactions that communities display during disasters. It also reveals how the sensory experiences of floods vary widely, reflecting social and economic distinctions within inundated communities. Chris Courtney is a Research Fellow in Chinese History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on the problem of flooding in twentieth-century Hubei. His published and forthcoming work examines a range of issues, including the popular religious understanding of the environment and changing patterns of Chinese hydraulic governance since the Republican period. He is currently completing a monograph on the subject of the 1931 Central China Flood. He will shortly be taking up a post as a visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore, where he will conduct research focussing upon the social history of the environment in the city of Wuhan, 1911-2015.
Will China Democratize?
19 March 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr. Teng Biao, Human Rights Lawyer and Visiting Fellow, Harvard Law School
Dr. Teng Biao is an academic lawyer and a human rights activist. He was formerly a Lecturer in the China University of Political Science and Law, and currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School. In 2003, he was one of the ‘Three Doctors of Law’ who complained to the National People’s Congress about unconstitutional detentions of internal migrants in the widely known ‘Sun Zhigang Case.’ Since then, Teng has provided counsel in numerous other human rights cases, including those of rural rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, rights defender Hu Jia, the religious freedom case of Cai Zhuohua and Wang Bo, and numerous death penalty cases. He co-founded “Open Constitution Initiative” (Gongmeng) and is also the founder and President of China Against the Death Penalty, Beijing. Teng is a promoter of the Rights Defense Movement and a co-initiator of the New Citizens Movement.
Ticket to Ride: Transportation and Mobility in Republican China
12 March 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Elisabeth Köll, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurial Management, Harvard Business School; Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, Hardvard University
This talk will present various social, economic, and business aspects of passenger travel and mobility via Chinese railroads prior to 1937. Two features of the passenger business stand out from the body of statistics: first, the public’s overwhelming tendency to use the rail system for short-distance travel; and secondly, the high cost of rail tickets relative to the purchasing power of Chinese people at the time. As I argue, these two features reinforced the local and regional impact of the railroads that characterized much of China’s rail freight business in the early 20th century. From a social perspective, the paper discusses in detail how China’s railroads applied “modern” standards of efficiency and discipline in time keeping, personal behavior, gender interaction, and public health. Based on archival material produced by railroad institutions, diaries, newspapers, and literary sources my paper explores the disciplinary and aspirational aspects of rail travel in Republican China and the question to what extent railroads did not just transport people but transform them. Elisabeth Köll is an Associate Professor in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at the Harvard Business School. As a business historian her work focuses on economic institutions and practices in the context of China’s evolving modern state, economy and society. Her research has explored the legal and managerial evolution of enterprises in China and the process of industrialization and technology transfer throughout the 20th century. Publications include From Cotton Mill to Business Enterprise: The Emergence of Regional Enterprises in Modern China (2003) and various articles, book chapters and case studies. Currently she is completing the book manuscript Railroads and the Making of Modern China, an institutional analysis of how railroads as new technology and infrastructure contributed to China’s economic and social transformation from 1895 to the late 20th century. Her next project will be a transnational history of engineering in pre-war China and East Asia.
Destructing and Reconstructing Buddhist Sacred Places in Modern China
5 March 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr Gregory Adam Scott 史瑞戈 is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
From 1866 to 1966, from the aftermath of the Taiping Rebellion through to the eve of the Cultural Revolution, countless Buddhist temples, monasteries, shrines, pagodas, pavilions, and other sacred spaces in China were destroyed. Destruction came at the hands of rebels, marauding soldiers, official anti-religious campaigns, civil and world wars, or simply from neglect as buildings were left to the mercy of the elements. Hundreds of sacred spaces were also, however, restored through enthusiastic reconstruction campaigns led by monastics and laypeople. This presentation introduces my current research project on the modern history of Chinese Buddhist monastic restoration and reconstruction. My goal is to explore the complex material, social, political, and religious connections between rebuilding material spaces and re-imagining religious orthodoxy. Building upon the work of Holmes Welch while critiquing his interpretations, I seek to understand this period of Chinese religious history not as one of 'revival' or 'modernism', but rather as a reconstruction; one that involved old materials and new technologies, and which followed longstanding patterns of institutional regeneration while making use of new networks and forms of power in its creative rebuilding of the Chinese Buddhist edifice. Gregory Adam Scott 史瑞戈 is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. His current research project examines the reconstruction of Buddhist sacred sites in modern China and its relationship to the reconstruction of Buddhist religiosity. He has studied at York University and the University of Toronto, and was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He received his PhD in Chinese Buddhism from Columbia University in 2013, and was a digital humanities postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. He is most recently co-editor of and chapter contributor to Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012 (Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015).
Day school: China, World Capitalism and Workers’ Resistance A one day Conference Hosted by International Socialism (A Quarterly Journal of Socialist Theory)
28 February 2015, 10:30 am
China’s dramatic economic growth and development, now extending over three-and-a-half decades, has transformed its economy and society. China’s economic transformation is then of huge significance and its impact on the regional and global political economy is such that many serious commentators now argue that the West’s global dominance is being over-turned. At the very least, China’s rise is posing questions for the US over its continued global pre-eminence that it has not faced since the Cold War. In recent years China has also become more prominent as an international investor, investing billions of dollars in Africa and in other parts of the world. It is in this context that the Japan-bashing of the US Congress in the 1980s has given way to contemporary China-bashing. But while the world’s most powerful groups of rulers demonstrate that inter-state rivalry did not end with the twentieth century, Chinese workers, such as those at Foxconn making products for Apple, not only endure long hours and miserable working conditions but also fight back via militant strike action. This resistance has not been lost on the unprecedented movement for democracy in Hong Kong, which has engaged a new generation of young activists. This one-day conference will explore some of the key issues thrown up by China’s rise and provides an important opportunity for the left to share perspectives on the consequences and contradictions of China’s rise. It will include sessions on the political economy of China, the geo-political impact of China’s growing assertiveness and US efforts to contain it, and the movements of resistance and workers’ self-activity Sessions on: The Political Economy of China Today China in the World Labour struggles, the umbrella protests and new movements for democracy Speakers include: · Tim Pringle, lecturer at SOAS and author of Trade Unions in China: The Challenge of Labour Unrest · Jenny Chan, lecturer at Oxford and expert on labour in China and the workers at Foxconn in particular; co-author of Dying for an iPhone (with Ngai Pun and Mark Selden, forthcoming). · Jane Hardy, professor of political economy at University of Hertfordshire and author of Poland’s New Capitalism · Adrian Budd, lecturer in politics at London South Bank University and author of Class, States and International Relations: a critical appraisal of Robert Cox and neo-Gramscian theory URL: http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=1026&issue=144
Occidentalism in Chinese Debates on Great Power Identity
26 February 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Shogo Suzuki is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics, University of Manchester.
This talk joins recent debates on China’s rise that claim the People’s Republic of China has become increasingly ‘assertive’. By examining discourses calling for China to emulate Western great powers, I argue that there remains a powerful discourse within Chinese society which regards Western standards as the sole ‘benchmark’ for success and recognition in the international community. In doing so, I introduce the concept of ‘Occidentalism’, which is a belief that a state’s identity is deeply connected to Western recognition, and which constructs a highly idealised and essentialised ‘Western Other’ to promote particular political reforms. The existence of ‘Occidentalism’ in domestic debates on China’s future as a great power demonstrates that claims of China’s ‘assertive turn’ are premature, and those who call for a more muscular Chinese foreign policy are one of many voices within Chinese political circles.
儒家禮樂文明簡論》 (this lecture will be in Chinese)
23 February 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Prof. PENG Lin 彭林, Professor, Department of History, Tsinghua University; Director, Tsinghua University Research Center for Chinese Ritual (清華大學中國禮學研究中心主任)
China at Crossroads: The “Neoliberal Model” versus the “Golden Age Model”?
19 February 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Dr. Dic Lo, Reader in Economics, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London University; Co-Director of the Centre of Research in Political Economy, Renmin University.
The slowdown in Chinese economic growth in recent years has caused worldwide concern. Is it long-term, or is it transitional/cyclical? And what should be the appropriate policy responses, regarding both reform and development? This paper posits that Chinese economic transformation since the turn of the century has tended to converge to the Golden Age Model. Characteristic of the model is rapid productivity and wage growth, underpinned by “Big Business, Big Labour, and Big Government”. Yet, because of its fundamental deviation from the Neoliberal Model, there is no certainty that this direction of transformation will continue to prevail in the future. Much depends on the rivalry between the political-economic forces behind the two models. Keywords: China, economic transformation, Golden Age Model, neoliberalism Dr. Dic Lo is Reader in Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, U.K. He is also adjunct professor with the School of Economics, Renmin University of China. He is on the editorial board of The Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, and Zhengzhi Jingjixue Pinglun (China Review of Political Economy). Dic Lo has researched and written on a wide range of issues in contemporary Chinese political economy. He has published articles in Chinese and international journals including The China Quarterly, The Cambridge Journal of Economics, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Jingji Yanjiu (Economic Research Journal). He is author of Alternatives to Neoliberal Globalization: Studies in the Political Economy of Institutions and Late Development (2012, London, Palgrave).
The End of Cheap Labour? Industrial Transformation and Social Upgrading in China
16 February 2015, 5:00 pm
China’s economy is in a state of rapid transformation. As the former growth model based on an extensive reliance on cheap labour, land and resources meets its limits, government and enterprises strive to upgrade their operations towards higher value-added activities. What are the trajectories of this transformations and what does this entail for workers? Florian Butollo, assistant professor at the University of Jena (Germany), presents the core content of his book "The End of Cheap Labour? Industrial Transformation and Social Upgrading in China“ which is based on empirical investigations in enterprises of the Pearl River Delta. Florian Butollo is assistant professor at the Department of Labour, Industrial and Economic Sociology in Jena, Germany. He wrote his dissertation on "The End of Cheap Labour in China? Social Impacts of Industrial Upgrading in the LED Lighting and the Textile and Garment Industries of the Pearl River Delta" at the University of Frankfurt. The dissertation was honoured with the 2013 Jörg-Huffschmid award and the Science Award of Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation in Saxony. Butollo had worked with the German NGO "World Economy, Ecology and Development - WEED" in a project about labour rights in the global computer industry. His main research interests are: industrial change in China, labour relations and social conflict in China (and elsewhere), political economy of development. Book The Chinese government and international observers agree that China’s domestic consumption needs to be strengthened and the economy's excessive dependence on exports and investment must be overcome if economic growth is to be sustained. Yet for this shift to occur, substantial income growth for China’s workers are required. It is therefore of paramount importance for the future of China’s economy that industrial transformation also entails “social upgrading”, i.e. improvements in wages and working conditions for China’s workers. Florian Butollo investigates this question based on an assessment of the recent government-led efforts to “rebalance” the economy and a thorough empirical study of enterprises in the Pearl River Delta, China’s heartland of export production. His findings from the garment and LED lighting industries reveal that industrial upgrading in fact rarely supports qualitative improvements in working conditions and wages. This failure to accomplish “social upgrading” threatens to undermine the desired rebalancing of the Chinese economy. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/E/bo20132271.html
Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1971
13 February 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew G. Walder, Denise O'Leary & Kent Thirty Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences; Senior Fellow, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies; Professor in Political Science at Stanford University
In the first five years after the onset of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, one of the largest political upheavals of the 20th century paralyzed a highly centralized party state, leading to a harsh regime of military control. Despite a wave of post-Mao revelations in the 1980s, knowledge about the nationwide impact of this insurgency and its suppression remains selective and impressionistic, based primarily on a handful of local accounts. Employing a dataset drawn from historical narratives published in 2,213 county and city annals, this article charts the temporal and geographic spread of a mass insurgency, its evolution through time, and the repression through which militarized state structures were rebuilt. Comparisons of published figures with internal investigation reports, and statistical estimates from sample selection models, yield estimates that range from 1.1 to 1.6 million deaths and 22 to 30 million direct victims of some form of political persecution. The vast majority of casualties were due to repression by authorities, not the actions of insurgents. Despite the large overall death toll, per capita death rates were considerably lower than a range of comparable cases, including the Soviet purges at the height of Stalinist terror in the late 1930s. Andrew G. Walder, is the Denise O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor, School of Humanities and Sciences, at Stanford University, where he is a member of the Department of Sociology and a Senior Fellow in the Freeman-Spogli Institute of International Studies. He has previously taught at Columbia and Harvard, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He has published widely on political economy, social structure, inequality, social mobility, and political conflict under state socialism and afterwards, with a special emphasis on contemporary China. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, former Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His most recent book is Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (Harvard University Press, 2009). His next book, China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed (Harvard University Press), will be published this April.
The Costs of Political Connections: Firms, Taxes, and Corporate Restructuring in China
12 February 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Jean Oi, William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics at Stanford University; Lee Shau Kee Director, Stanford Centre at Peking University
While the common perception is that China’s “helping hand” government provides preferential treatment to its politically connected firms, our research shows that political connection involve both costs and benefits. Based on nationwide surveys of the same Chinese firms before and after restructuring over an eleven-year period, we found that firms with managers who are directly politically connected, i.e., those where managers continued to be appointed or approved by the government, are most likely to pay more in taxes, independent of profits. While the findings about taxes is contrary to earlier studies of post-communist systems in the wake of privatization, the logic is consistent. We argue that the answer to these puzzles lies in the nature of the corporate restructuring in China that has created incentives to increase tax collection by local governments and tax payment by restructured firms. Our empirical findings allow one of the first instances where we can observe and measure the heretofore unexplored costs of political connections in state firm relations. Jean C. Oi is the William Haas Professor in Chinese Politics in the Department of Political Science and a senior fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where she directs the China Program. Leading Stanford’s China Initiative, she helped establish Stanford’s Center at Peking University (SCPKU), where she is the founding Lee Shau Kee Director. A Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, she joined the Stanford faculty in 1997. Earlier she taught at Lehigh University and then at Harvard University. Her work focuses on comparative politics, with special expertise on political economy and the process of reform in transitional systems. Oi has written extensively on China's rural politics and political economy, including State and Peasant in Contemporary China (University of California Press, 1989) and Rural China Takes Off (University of California Press, 1999). More recently, she has been working on the politics of corporate restructuring, with a focus on the incentives and institutional constraints of state actors. She published Going Private in China: The Politics of Corporate Restructuring and System Reform (2011). Oi also continues her research on rural finance and local governance in China and published “Shifting Fiscal Control to Limit Cadre Power in China’s Townships and Villages,” in The China Quarterly, with Kim Singer Babiarz, Linxiu Zhang, Renfu Luo, and Scott Rozelle. Most recently, she has been studying challenges in China’s rapid urbanization. She has been doing fieldwork on the organization of rural communities and the provision of public goods, especially affordable housing.
Redemptive Religious Societies（会道门）in the People’s Republic of China, 1949 to the present
5 February 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Steve Smith, Professor of History; Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford
There is a now substantial literature on the redemptive religious societies in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and a growing literature on growth of the societies in the republican era and on their fate in the People’s Republic of China during the reform era (mainly about Falungong). As yet, however, almost nothing has been written on the fate of what the Communists called the ‘reactionary sects’ (fandong huidaomen) during the thirty years following their suppression in the early 1950s. The talk examines Communist perceptions of and policies towards the redemptive societies; it asks how far the societies represented a threat to the regime and how far they perceived themselves as locked in battle with the state; and, finally, it asks how the societies managed to survive intense persecution so as to revive rapidly once the reform era began. Biography Steve (S. A.) Smith is a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and a historian of modern China and Russia. His books include A Road is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-27 (2000), Like Cattle and Horses: Nationalism and Labor in Shanghai, 1895-1927 (Durham, 2002) and Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History (2008). He edited the Oxford Handbook of the History of Communism, a collection of 36 essays on communism in a global perspective, which was published by Oxford University Press last year. He is working on a comparative history of the state’s efforts to extirpate ‘feudal superstition’ from popular culture in the Soviet Union (1917-41) and China (1949-76).
Thinking Creatively: Republican Era Theology as Fiction and Biji
29 January 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Chloe Starr, Associate Professor of Asian Christianity and Theology, Yale Divinity School
The Republican era saw the greatest flourishing of Chinese theology since the seventeenth century. This presentation considers two works by leading Christian thinkers of the 1930s, the Shanghai Jesuit Xu Zongze and the Anglican professor Zhao Zichen, to develop the argument that Chinese theological thinking itself has been influenced by Chinese literary forms and traditions. Xu Zongze’s Sui si sui bi (Pencillus Liber, 1940) gathers together short entries on a range of topics that Xu had published in the magazine Shengjiao zazhi between 1934 and 1937. These jottings, printed in the back pages of each issue, provide tantalizing sparks to illuminate the question of how Christianity, universally understood, could speak to a Chinese situation, through the common-sense of a Chinese-rooted, western-trained, Catholic church leader. Zhao Zichen’s fictional biography Yesu zhuan (Life of Jesus, 1935) was a deliberate attempt at contextualization, an intellectual exercise and a personal confession, with the aim of meeting a pastoral as well as theological need. It stands as one of the purest expressions of Chinese Christianity employing its own intellectual forms and interests in seeking to instil, or increase, faith.
Beggars can’t be choosers? The euro crisis and the rise of Chinese direct investment in Europe
29 January 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Sophie Meunier, Princeton University. Paul Irwin Crookes, China Studies, SIAS. Thomas Hale, Blavatnik School of Government. Kalypso Nicolaïdis, St Antony’s College
Co-sponsored by the China Centre, Centre for International Studies and the Global Economic Governance Programme https://www.facebook.com/events/347864145404615/
China’s Slowdown: What consequences for developing countries?
23 January 2015, 2:00 pm
Convenor(s): Global Economic Governance Programme
Speaker: David Lubin, Head of Emerging Markets Economics at Citigroup Discussant: Ian Taylor, Professor in International Relations and African Politics, University of St. Andrews Developing and emerging economies became increasingly ‘China-dependent’ over the last decade. In many countries, growth was fuelled by Chinese commodity demands and Asian regional integration. Now, China’s growth is slowing and the country seems to be rebalancing its domestic economy. What will this mean for developing countries and global markets? How will it affect China’s global economic position?
How Much Does The Chinese State Cost?
22 January 2015, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Stein Ringen, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy; Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
Convenor(s): Professor Rana Mitter
States give and take. The balance is crucial in good government, that the state gives its population regulations and services according to needs and takes in taxes and otherwise what is proportionate and fair. This seminar considers half of that account for the Chinese state. The Chinese state is a party-state that presides over a socialist market economy. It operates both through its system of public administration and its dominance of the economy. It extracts resources from the population not only by what goes under the name of 'taxation' but also economically by for example labour market regulations and land transactions. What are the sources of extraction all considered? How much do they yield? How is the burden distributed? Stein Ringen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. He is Visiting Professor at Richmond, The American International University in London and Adjunct Professor at Lillehammer University College in Norway. He was Professor of Welfare Studies at the University of Stockholm and has held visiting professorships and fellowships in Paris, Berlin, Prague, Brno, Barbados, Jerusalem, Sydney, Hong Kong and at Harvard University. He has been Assistant Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Justice, a consultant to the United Nations and a news and feature reporter with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently conducting a study of the Chinese state. His books include What Democracy Is For: On Freedom and Moral Government (Princeton 2007); The Korean State and Social Policy: How South Korea Lifted Itself from Poverty and Dictatorship to Affluence and Democracy, co-authored, Oxford 2011) and The Possibility of Politics (Oxford 1987 and Transaction 2006). His most recent book is Nation of Devils: Democratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience (Yale 2013), described by the Economist as 'demanding and idealistic, yes, but also democracy for grown-ups.'
Measuring Hard Power: China’s Economic Growth and Military Capacity
28 November 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Prof. Peter Robertson, Winthrop Professor in Economics, School of Business, The University of Western Australia
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
From Rooster Weddings to Aesthetic Fatigue: China’s Unfolding Romantic Revolution
27 November 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Melissa Haines Schneider
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
Melissa Schneider From Rooster Weddings to Aesthetic Fatigue: China’s Unfolding Romantic Revolution Abstract: Imagine a world where nobody says “I love you,” sex is a mystery until the wedding day, and romance has nothing to do with the serious business of marriage. Then fast-forward a mere sixty years, to a place where teenagers hold hands in public, young parents go out for dates—by themselves—on Valentine’s Day, and grandmas dream of having “that spark” with someone before they die. This is…China? Join Melissa Schneider, author of The Ugly Wife Is a Treasure At Home: True Stories Of Love and Marriage in Communist China, as she brings us inside the mainland’s unfolding romantic revolution. From the early communists who taught budding cadres to “search for their beloved” to today’s “modern parents” who permit teen dating, the story of romantic love in China is full of surprises. But as China’s mistresses and ugly wives, matchmakers and leftover men can attest, the social changes taking place over the last ten to fifteen years are utterly unprecedented. The mainland’s romantic revolution is here, but will it have the power to reshape marriage in China? Ultimately, can love conquer Confucius? Ms. Schneider will share her findings from two years of interviewing in Shenzhen, China, conducted on a quest to answer this very question. Read a sample of The Ugly Wife here. About the speaker: Melissa Schneider, LMSW, is a couples therapist and author with a keen interest in the long-term factors that predict relationship stability and happiness. She moved to Shenzhen, China two days after her own wedding, where she grew curious about the unfamiliar dynamics underpinning love and relationships on the mainland. Over the next two years, she interviewed forty-eight people born since the rise of the communist regime, publishing their stories in The Ugly Wife is a Treasure at Home: True Stores of Love and Marriage in Communist China. In addition to her relationship counseling work, Ms. Schneider blogs and writes about the science of smarter relationships, and recently spoke about the predictors of successful dating on the Freakonomics podcast. Ms. Schneider has a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and lives near New York City with her husband Matthew.
The Aesthetics of the Maoist Ideology, the Ideology of the Maoist Aesthetics
20 November 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Prof. PANG Laikwan (彭麗君), Professor, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies Chinese University of Hong Kong
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
近世江南家族、文化与地域社会的互动研究 (A study on the interaction between family, culture and local society of the Jiangnan Area in Ming-Qing dynasties)
13 November 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Professor Xu Maoming (徐茂明), Shanghai Normal University
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
Poverty Alleviation in Western China
12 November 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Jin Wei, Party School, Beijing
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
Professor Jin assesses the accomplishments and limitations of government aid programs to ethnic groups in Tibet. She calls on active participation from the local communities and the overhaul of state alleviation policies. The goal is to enhance the efficiency and sustinability of the large-scale development projects. 靳薇教授的研究领域包括民族问题理论及政策、公共卫生与社会政策等，近著“西藏援助与发展”(2010年，西藏人民出版社)。
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6 November 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Prof. David Faure, Wei Lun Professor of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Director, Center for China Studies
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
Seminar Series Chinese Law, Session 2: Legal institutions
6 November 2014, 3:00 pm
Convenor(s): Dr Rogier Creemers
Since 1978, China’s legal institutions have expanded in size, strengthened their position within the state constellation, and professionalized their staff. At the same time, they have not gained substantial autonomy and independence, while alternative forms of dispute settlement outside of formal litigation have been fostered as well. This session will discuss the structure and role of Chinese courts and procuratorates, as well as less formal forms of presenting and resolving claims.
Is It Really Possible for Western Democracies to Collaborate Closely With a Leninist State Like China?
5 November 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on US-China Relations at Asia Society New York
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
British Mortality in Early Nineteenth-Century South China
30 October 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Prof. John M. Carroll, University of Hong Kong
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
From Colonial to Sinophone Modernity: Science and the Transformations of Sex in Twentieth-Century China
23 October 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Prof. Howard Chiang, University of Warwick
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
This presentation will be drawn from my book-in-progress, “After Eunuchs: Science and the Transformations of Sex in Modern China.” It will deal with the history of sex change and scientific modernity in twentieth-century China. By building a genealogy from the demise of castration to the emergence of transsexuality, the project explores the formation of a psycho-biological notion of sex in Chinese culture, with a particular emphasis on the historical interactions of Western biomedical knowledge, the body, and transnational geopolitics. In tracing the ways in which the meaning of sex evolved over time in the first half of the twentieth century, the story begins with the global perception of Chinese eunuchs as relics of the past and concludes with the media sensationalism showered on the “first” Chinese male-to-female transsexual, Xie Jianshun, in postwar Taiwan. This talk carries the dual ambition of mapping the history of China’s modern “geobody” onto the more focused history of the biomedicalized human body, and providing insight into the study of China and Taiwan from a non-Eurocentric postcolonial perspective.
Seminar Series Chinese Law, Session 1: Introduction
23 October 2014, 3:00 pm
Convenor(s): Dr Rogier Creemers
Tremendous reform has taken place in China’s legal system, developing from a nearly moribund state at the end of the Cultural Revolution to great intricacy and complexity today. Institutions have been established and developed, thousands of legal and regulatory documents have been promulgated, while the legal profession and legal academia have been consolidated. However, the question is what this means for the position and role of law in governing China’s economic, political and social processes. This session will discuss different angles of understanding the Chinese legal system, including questions of perspectives to take in studying Chinese law, the basic aspects of institutional and structural developments, and the question of who useful “rule of law” can be in the study of Chinese law.
China’s Rise and Structural Transformation in Africa: Ideas and Opportunities
17 October 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Justin Yifu Lin (Peking University)
Justin Yifu Lin is currently professor and honorary dean, National School of Development at Peking University, and vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He was the senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012. Prior to joining the Bank he served for fifteen years as founding director and professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He is the author of 24 books including Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession, The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Countries can Take Off, New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy, Demystifying the Chinese Economy, and Economic Development and Transition: Thought, Strategy and Viability. He is much sought after as a top economic adviser, both within and beyond China. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from six international universities and is a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. Justin Yifu Lin is China’s best-known economist. No-one is better placed to understand both China’s economy and the economies of Africa, and the relationships between them.
The Rise of China and Geopolitical Tensions in East Asia
17 October 2014, 5:00 pm
Speaker(s): Yang Rui, Presenter of ‘Dialogue’, CCTV
Convenor(s): Professor Barend Ter Haar and Dr Jenny Chan
Yang Rui is one of China’s best-known television hosts, and his “Dialogue” show on politics and culture is hard-hitting and frequently controversial. This is a chance to hear a well-known Chinese media figure on some of the most important issues facing Asia and the world today.
Panel: Achieving Workers Rights in the Global Economy
9 October 2014, 12:00 pm
Speaker(s): Jenny Chan (Oxford University), Sanchita Banerjee Saxena (UC Berkeley), Scott Nova (Worker Rights Consortium)
Workers Fight Back in China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka Further information can be found on UCSB’s website.