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Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Lectures and Conferences


Workshop Thursday July 4 2013

A New ‘Chinese Way’? Multi-disciplinary perspectives

on China as an alternative to the West


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


To register for the event please contact Mr Shi Chen,

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