Understanding China in Uncertain Times

Start date: Tuesday, 5 October, 13:30
End date: Tuesday, 5 October, 14:30
Venue: Online

A conversation with Biao Xiang, Ingrid d’Hooghe and David Ownby, hosted by the China Centre

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How should we China scholars respond to the rapidly changing relations between China and the West? What counts as effective knowledge? In the West, public awareness of China is high and rising, perception about China is divided and even polarized, but knowledge about China is limited. How should we understand these changes, and how should we respond? In particular, what can we do in order to make China studies more interactive and communicative – to communicate to the divided public and with stakeholders, including those in China, more effectively? This will require new ways of doing research and presenting knowledge.

Biao Xiang (Chair)Biao Xiang 项飙is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany, and was previously a Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.  Xiang is the author of Global Bodyshopping (2008 Anthony Leeds Prize), 跨越边界的社区 (Transcending Boundaries in English, 2005; reprinted in 2018 as a contemporary classic) and 自己作为方法 (Self as Method, co-authored with Wu Qi; ranked the Most Impactful Book in China 2020).

Ingrid d’Hooghe is a Senior Research Associate at the Clingendael Institute and Senior Fellow at the Leiden Asia Centre, The Netherlands. She lectures and conducts research on China’s foreign policy and diplomacy, and China’s international collaboration on science and technology. She is also a policy advisor to Dutch government organizations and the European Commission. Recent work includes ‘China’s Public Diplomacy Goes Political’, in The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (2021), ‘China’s BRI and International Cooperation in Higher Education and Research: A Symbiotic Relationship’ (2021)  and ‘Towards Sustainable Europe-China Collaboration in Higher Education and Research’ (2020).

David Ownby is Professor of History at the Université de Montréal, Canada, and is a member of the Centre for Asian Studies at the same institution.  At the beginning of his career he worked on the history of secret societies and brotherhoods in early modern China, publishing Brotherhoods and Secret Societies in Early and Mid-Qing China (Stanford, 1996).  He subsequently transitioned to the field of Chinese popular religion and to more contemporary topics, and published notably his Falungong and the Future of China (Oxford, 2008).  For the last decade or so, he has shifted his focus yet again, and is working on the topic of establishment intellectuals in contemporary China.  He translates, curates and writes about the ideas and writings of these thinkers on his website, Reading the China Dream, in addition to publishing several books of translations, including Xu Jilin on Rethinking China’s Rise (Oxford, 2018) and Qin Hui on Globalization after the Pandemic (Hong Kong, 2021).

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