A New ‘Chinese Way’? Multi-disciplinary perspectives on China as an alternative to the West

J ZhangI’ve been kindly invited to give a paper on China’s scientific development at Durham this coming Thursday. From the list of speakers, I bet it’s going to be a stimulating event.

This will be my 8th and the last invited talk for this academic year. After Durham comes a mini vacation and preparation for my two new modules!

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A New ‘Chinese Way’? Multi-disciplinary perspectives on China as an alternative to the West

4th July 2013, 09:00 to 17:00, Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, Elvet Hill Road

Workshop organised by the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Durham University

This workshop will examine multidisciplinary academic perspectives on China’s attempt to define itself as different from the Western-led world and perhaps as an alternative to that world. It takes 8 academic traditions or policy areas and asks specialists in these disciplines to address whether and in what ways China might be able to present itself as an alternative to Western dominance over them. The papers are intended to cover not only what contemporary China is thinking and doing in these academic disciplines or policy areas, but whether these can be considered an alternative approach to that defined within Western institutions and intellectual traditions, and whether in the future a new Chinese way might displace the old Western way.

There will be eight papers:

Government: Professor Steve Tsang, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham

Civil Society: Dr David Kerr, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Durham University

Development: Dr Kent Deng, Economic History, LSE

Business: Dr Gordon Cheung, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Durham University

Science: Dr Joy Zhang, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent

Cultural Power: Dr Michael Barr, Politics, University of Newcastle

International Security: Professor Shi Yinhong, School of International Studies, Renmin University

International Society: Professor Zhang Xiaoming, School of International Studies, Peking University

For more info: http://www.dur.ac.uk/china.studies/events/

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