Division of International Studies International Conference; University of Nottingham, Ningbo September, 16th – 19th 2009
China’s 30 years of ‘Opening up and reform’: Continuities and Change
2009 marks a fundamental milestone in Modern Chinese history and its body politic as China commenced its “peaceful rise” and it is inevitable that it has come to occupy a distinguished place on the global stage. After sixty years of Communist rule and thirty years of ‘reform and opening up’ China has seen gigantic leaps in its economic and social transformation, worked on political rapprochement and has cemented its new place as an indispensable global actor. This so-called ‘peaceful rise and development’ has attracted incessant debate about China’s new role in the world today. According to some observers China is an unrelenting pursuer of global dominance and by others an indispensable and responsible partner who has rediscovered her potential and willingness to put it to good use. In large part the future of China’s relations with the world rest on whether China chooses to embrace a Victim mentality (受害者心态) or a Great Power mentality (大国心态)
This conference is a multidisciplinary meeting that seeks to bring together scholars, practitioners and enthusiasts to engage in rigorous debate on issues that relate to China and the broader world. It is divided into two parts: a scholar’s conference from 16-18th September and a post-graduate conference on 19th September which will have a particular focus on methodological questions about research in and on China.
Papers are invited that cover the fields of politics, economics, society, the environment, legal issues, foreign policy, regional security and peace, regional and global governance. In particular, papers related to, though not limited to, the following issues are invited:
• Security and terrorism as issues of statebuilding and state risks in China,
• Transnational relations, diasporas, civil society and the Chinese transformation
• China’s soft power and international relations
• China and globalisation discourse
• China’s new development discourse, particular focus on China’s Africa politics
• Revisiting questions of identity and culture in globalised China
• Nationalism and the state in times of rapid social and economic transformation
• Gender and sexuality, and their transformation in China’s rapid changing society
• Rethinking imperialism
The main thrust of the conference will be centred around the debate of how has China reached out to the world. What have China’s 30 years of opening and reform meant to the rest of the world? What has been its implications both inwardly and outwardly, has China’s transformation had any positive or negative impacts within the global context? Does China’s rise pose new challenges? Do we need to re-examine the way China has been viewed within a historical context, and what are the significant continuities and discontinuities?
Postgraduate students are invited to submit papers on their research experience in China.
Because interdisciplinarity is the organizing principle of the conference, the organizers encourage proposals that cross disciplinary, methodological, and national boundaries. The conference will be organised around panels where papers are presented and collectively discussed. Keynote speakers will give impulses to these panels.
It is expected that a number of papers derived from the conference will be considered for inclusion in an edited volume based on the conference proceedings.
Please submit proposals of not more than 400 words to the conference organisers until 15th June 2009: Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before 30th June 2009.
For further information about UNNC and the Division International Studies please visit:
http://www.nottingham.edu.cn and http://www.nottingham.edu.cn/content.php?d=517
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