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Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Past Events and Bulletins

29 September 2018

Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University, explains why Beijing is now serious about Intellectual Property Rights protection.


Yuan He and Nikita Makarchev’s (PhD students, Cambridge University) new article ‘Neither Fair nor Efficient, but More Elitist: Meritocracy in Chinese Petroleum Firms’ published in The Journal of Contemporary China. An early version of the paper was presented in the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies Public Lecture on 13 November 2017.

13 August 2018

Gordon Cheung's comments on Chinese food in the UK was cited in China Daily (UK) on

Britain's love affair with Chinese food

1 May 2018

Public Lecture

Speaker: Prof. Martin Ward (Temple Chevallier Professor of Astronomy, Department of Physics, Durham University)

Topic: China’s increasing role in Space Science and Space Exploration

Date: 1 May 2018 (Tuesday)

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm


China (PRC) is only the 3rd country to have the capability to independently put humans into Earth orbit. The other countries being the USA and Russia. However, currently (2018) the USA has no such capability since the retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, and is still awaiting a new launch vehicle for human Space flight. The Chinese space programme is a mixture of military (largely unknown), commercial and space science missions. In my talk I will briefly outline the history of the Chinese space programme, and outline their ambitious aspirations for the future, through to the 2040’s. I will also cover speculations of a new Space Race to Mars, in the context of China and their competitors.


Martin Ward currently holds the Temple Chevallier chair of astronomy. Previously he has been head of Durham University’s Physics Dept. and Science Director of Durham’s Institute of Advanced Study. He is a past vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a former fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge and St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He has acted as a consultant to NASA and the European Space Agency. He has visited mainland China on 15 occasions, both to establish University links between Durham and Shandong University and Dalian University of Technology. He also has collaboration with the National Observatory of China, and the CAS Institute of High Energy Physics.

Speaker: Martin Ward

24 April 2018

Public Lecture

Speaker: Dr Astrid Nordin (Lancaster University)

Topic: China’s International Relations and Harmonious World: Time, Space and Multiplicity in World Politics (Book launch)

Date: 24 April 2018 (Tuesday)

Venue: Room 201, Al-Qasimi Building

Time: 5:15-6:30 pm


‘As scholars and publics look for alternatives to what is understood as a violent Western world order, many claim that China can provide such an alternative through the Chinese dream of a harmonious world. This book takes this claim seriously and examines its effects by tracing the notion across several contexts: the policy documents and speeches that launched harmony as an official term under previous president Hu Jintao; the academic literatures that asked what a harmonious world might look like; the propaganda and mega events that aimed to illustrate it; the online spoofing culture that is used to criticise and avoid "harmonization"; and the incorporation of harmony into current president Xi Jinping's "Chinese dream".

This book finds contemporary Chinese society and international relations saturated with harmony. Yet, rather than offering an alternative to problems in "Western" thought, it counter-intuitively argues that harmony has not taken place, is not taking place, and will not take place. The argument unfolds as a contribution to wider debates on time, space and multiplicity in world politics. Offering analysis of the important but understudied concept of harmony, Nordin provides new and creative insights into wider contemporary issues in Chinese politics, society and scholarship.

The book also suggests a creative and novel methodology for studying foreign policy concepts more broadly, drawing on critical thinkers in innovative ways and in a new empirical context. It will be of interest to students and scholars of IR, Chinese foreign and security policy and IR theory.’


Astrid H. M. Nordin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, Associate Director of the Institute of Social Futures, and a research fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Her research engages critical theories of global politics, with a special focus on Chinese political thought and cultural governance. She has recently published articles on these topics in journals such as Review of International Studies, Millennium, Alternatives and China Information, and the monograph China’s International Relations and Harmonious World: Time, space and multiplicity in World Politics with Routledge. She has worked and studied in China for several years, including at Peking University, Jilin University, Hong Kong University, and City University Hong Kong.

13 February 2018

Public Lecture

Speaker: Dr Jennifer Y. J. Hsu (LSE)

Topic: State of Exchange: Migrant NGOs and the Chinese Government

Date: 13 February 2018 (Tuesday)

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building

Time: 6:15-8:15 pm


Despite the authoritarian nature of the Chinese state, non-governmental organizations have increased dramatically since the 1970s. With labourers migrating to cities en masse in search of higher wages and better standards of living, central and local states permitted migrant NGOs to deliver community services to workers in Beijing and Shanghai. Engaging a new conceptual framework, Jennifer Hsu’s State of Exchange reveals how NGOs interact with spaces and layers of the state and a complex web of government bodies, lending stability to, and forming mutually beneficial relationships with, the state. Interacting with spaces and layers of the Chinese state, NGOs conduct and scale up their programs, while the state engages with NGOs as a means to remain relevant and further legitimise its own interests.


Jennifer Hsu is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham. Her research broadly covers state-society and state-NGO relations, and the internationalisation of Chinese NGOs. She has recently commenced a new research project looking at Chinese development assistance in Southeast Asia. She has published in various journals including the Journal of Contemporary China, Progress in Development Studies, The China Quarterly, Urban Studies and Voluntas.

From left: Jennifer Hsu (speaker), Oana Burcu (chair)

29 January 2018

Public Lecture

Topic: Afterlives of China's Mao era, and why they matter today

Speaker: Professor Patricia Thornton

University of Oxford

Venue: Room 201, Al-Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Date: 29 January 2018 (Monday)

Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Dr Patricia M. Thornton is a political scientist whose research interests span the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of modern China. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and previously taught at a private liberal arts college in the US before serving as the Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She joined the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Contemporary China Studies Programme as a University Lecturer in the Politics of China in 2008. She is a Fellow of Merton College.

She is the author of Disciplining the State: Virtue, Violence and State-Making in Modern China (Harvard, 2007), and co-editor of the volume, Identity Matters: Ethnic and Sectarian Conflict (Berghahn, 2007). Her recent articles include: “Mapping Dynamic Events: popular contention in China over space and time” Annals of GIS 18:1 (February 2012); “From Liberating Production To Unleashing Consumption: Mapping Landscapes Of Power In Beijing,” Political Geography 29:6 (August 2010), and "Crisis and Governance: SARS and the Resilience of the Chinese Body Politic," The China Journal (January 2008).

Her recent contributions to edited volumes include: “Retrofitting the Steel Frame: From Mobilizing the Masses to Surveying the Public,” in E. J. Perry and S. Heilmann, eds., Mao's Invisible Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance, (Harvard, 2011); "The New Cybersects: Popular Religion, Repression, and Resistance," in E. J. Perry and M. Selden, eds., Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance (Routledge, 2010); "What is to Be Undone: The Making of the Middle Class in China," in K. M. Ekström and K. Glans eds., Beyond the Consumption Bubble (Routledge, 2010); and "Censorship and Surveillance in Chinese Cyberspace: Beyond the Great Firewall," in P. H. Gries and S. Rosen, eds., Chinese Politics: State, Society, and the Market (Routledge, 2009).

Patricia M. Thornton

12 December 2017

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) meeting was held in Room 205, Al-Qasimi Building.

4 December 2017

Lee Foundation Public Lecture

Topic: Chinese Giving: What Can We Expect?

Speaker: Caroline Reeves

Harvard University

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Date: 4 December 2017 (Monday)

Time: 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Caroline Reeves is an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center, specializing in the history of Chinese charity and philanthropy. She is particularly interested in early-20th-century transnational processes, including the global spread of international humanitarian norms. She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, Emmanuel College and on Semester at Sea. She was co-organizer of the collaborative project “The Social Lives of Dead Bodies in Modern China” and has published work on charitable responses to burial in Republican China, the birth of humanitarian photography in China, the founding and development of China’s national Red Cross Society, and China’s charitable tradition as a model for the Global South, among other topics. Recently in Shanghai as a visiting scholar at Fudan University, she is now working on a manuscript on the history of Chinese philanthropy and its import in the contemporary global arena.

Caroline Reeves

The audiences

21 November 2017

Public Lecture

Topic: "The spirit of 19th National Congress of Communist Party of China and Administrative Reform"

Speaker: Professor Zhang Qiang

South China Normal University

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Date: 21 November 2017 (Tuesday)

Time: 5:45 to 7:15 pm

Professor Zhang Qiang is currently Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, School of Government and International Affairs. He will be visiting from 1 September 2017 to 1 September 2018. Prof Zhang began his teaching at South China Normal University in 2000. He is currently a Professor and Director of the Center for local Governance and Social Construction Studies in the School of Politics & Public Administration. His research focuses on Community Governance, Social Quality, Safety Regulation of Transportation Market and Civil Service system.

Zhang Qiang


13 November 2017


Topic: Recruitment and Selection in China's Petroleum Sector: The Making and Unmaking of a New Governance Logic

Speakers: Nikita Makarchev and Yuan He

Cambridge University

Venue: Room 101, Al-Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Date: 13 November 2017 (Monday)

Time: 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Abstract: China’s petroleum sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. On the one hand, strong economic pressures and the Party’s insistence on meritocratic governance are encouraging performance-oriented reforms. On the other, the Chinese government’s promotion of inclusive development and growing control over state-owned enterprises gestures at the ongoing importance of extra-economic or social welfare ends. Thus, China’s petroleum corporations face a challenging development agenda of competing, or even opposing, aims, visions and priorities. This seminar examines these tensions in the context of recent changes in Chinese oil corporations’ recruitment and selection practices. It also considers such changes’ relation to the sector’s evolving governance “logic” and the “winners” and “losers” that are being created. The conclusions are drawn from an expansive analysis of stakeholder interviews, recruitment data sets and corporate records.

Nikita Makarchev is a Magdalene College Bye-Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Development Studies at Cambridge University. He completed an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies at Oxford and a B.A. in Government at Harvard. His research examines justice and governance in China’s state-owned enterprises. He has presented papers at international conferences and engaged in non-profit and think tank work.

Yuan He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. Previously, she was Jawaharlal Nehru University visiting scholar and holds an MPhil from Cambridge University, a Graduate Certificate from Hopkins Nanjing Centre and a B.A. from Nanjing University. Her research centres on China and India’s governance logic and its impact on rural well-being. She has published in academic journals and presented papers at international conferences.


Nikita Makarchev

Yuan He

16 October 2017

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies welcomed Prof. Henry Yeung for a short visit on 16 October 2017. Prof. Henry Yeung is Professor of Economic Geography at the National University of Singapore and Co-Director of GPN@NUS Centre. He is also Director of JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre@NUS, Global Asia Institute. He had a brief meeting with Dr. Gordon Cheung (Director) and Prof. David Held (Master of the University College) in the Castle.

From left: Gordon Cheung, David Held and Henry Yeung

British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Annual Conference, University of Glasgow, 7-9 September 2017

Dr Gordon Cheung was invited to attend the 'Round Table of Heads and Representatives of Departments of Chinese Studies' in the British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference. He chaired a panel entitled 'Chinese Economic Growth' and presented a paper on intellectual property rights in China.

New member of CCCS:

Oana Burcu (Teaching Fellow)

I am delighted to be joining SGIA and the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies. One of my main tasks within the school is to develop the portfolio on East Asian politics and to teach both undergraduate and postgraduate students to whom I hope I will convey my passion for the subject. My primary area of interest is Chinese politics, especially Chinese nationalism and Sino-Japanese relations, as well as China’s foreign policy more broadly. I am therefore looking forward to working with the multi-disciplinary research Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, to connect with scholars in the field and engage in stimulating debates on contemporary China and East Asia issues.

I took a Master’s degree in International Relations on Contemporary Asian Pacific Studies at the University of Birmingham before completing my Doctorate at the University of Nottingham.

2017 International Conference on Integrated Development of Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries, 16-21 August 2017, Taiyuan, China

Durham University Library was a special guest of honour institution at this year’s Conference which was attended by over 1,200 participants, consisted of library and museum directors, leaders of cultural organizations, government officials, academics, publishers, software systems developers from across China, Asia Pacific and globally. Dr Sunuodula Mamtimyn, our Centre’s member, gave a paper entitled: “Beyond the Confines of Sinology: ‘Going Out’ and Service Innovation in Chinese Studies Libraries in the 21st Century”. He talked about international content (books, journals, archival and rare material, online databases) and international expertise in libraries and their role in wider university internationalisation, using some of the recent internationalisation activities at Durham University Library as case studies. Durham University Library and Dr Sunuodula was one of a few guest of honour institutions that was mentioned in the Conference’s opening address by the Conference chairman. The Conference itself was a significant event and it was reported on the prime time Chinese national television news.

ICAS10, 20-23 July 2017:

Gordon Cheung gave a paper entitled 'Intellectual property rights in China: New dynamics and changes of the protection of well-known marks' and chaired a panel 'Changing Relations with China: From the Silk Road to the Pacific' in the 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He also came across many previous contributors of East Asia: An International Quarterly and met some board members. The ICAS10, organised by the International Institute for Asian Studies, was joined with more than 1,250 scholars on Asian studies.

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21-22 March 2017

International Conference

Title: 'One Belt, One Road' and China's Westward Pivot: Past, Present and Future

Venue: Al-Qasimi Building, SGIA


Al-Sabah Programme, Durham University

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Durham University

Danish Institute for International Studies

Grey College, Durham University

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23 February 2017

Chatham House presentation

‘The Renminbi: A New Global Currency?’

Gordon Cheung, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, gave a talk in a panel entitled ‘The Renminbi: A New Global Currency?’ in Chatham House on 23 February 2017.

19 January 2017

Public Lecture

Title: China’s Global Leadership Narrative in the 21st Century


Al-Sabah Programme

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Speaker: Prof. Niv Horesh

Date: 19 January 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, SGIA

Prof. Niv Horesh is Visiting Research Fellow in SGIA. He is a China specialist with over 20 years of experience ranging across the private sector, public service and academia. Between 2000-2003, he lived and worked in Beijing, and has been visiting different parts of the Chinese-speaking world regularly since. In 2002, Niv received accreditation as Professional NAATI Translator from Chinese into English.


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25 October 2016

Gordon Cheung (Director) was invited by The China Institute of Overseas Chinese History to give a public seminar entltled ‘Chinese Culture and Chinese Business: The Case of UK Chinese Food Enterprises’ on 25 October 2016 in Beijing.

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Wei Lun Distinguished Visiting Professor (September to November 2016)

Gordon Cheung’s (Director) successful application to become the Wei Lun Distinguished Visiting Professor for three months (1 Sept. to 30 Nov. 2016) in the Institute of Economics at Tsinghua University.

14 September 2016

Durham Chinese School students achieved 100% A* grade in this year's GCSE examination. There were a total of 12 students (a record number for the School) who took the Mandarin Chinese GCSE exam and all students achieved the highest A* grade. The School offers Chinese language education to school-age children from all backgrounds and organize cultural events. The School is supported by the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and is currently headed by the Acting Director and Secretary of the Centre.

AHRC Grant

Dr Cao Qing (MLAC), our Centre’s member, was one of the Co-Investigators of the major £3.9 million project ‘Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community’ granted by the AHRC. The project is led by Stephen Hutchings of Manchester University.

Hunan Foundation for Practicing Traditional Chinese Culture Grant

Two members of the Centre, Dr Binghan Zheng from MLAC (PI) and Dr Mamtimyn Sunuodula from the Library (Co-I), received a research grant (£56,710) from Hunan Foundation for Practicing Traditional Chinese Culture, Changsha, China for a three-year project (2015-18) entitled ‘Traditional Chinese Culture and Modern Management’.

23 May 2016

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) committee meeting was held in Room 222, Al-Qasimi Building from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

5 May 2016

Public Lecture

Title: Engaging North Korea: Sanctions, Inducements and the Nuclear Crisis

Speaker: Prof. Stephan Haggard

Date: 5th May 2016 (Thursday)

Time: 3:30-5:00

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, SGIA

Stephan Haggard is the Krause Distinguished Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego. His publications include Pathways from the Periphery: The Newly Industrializing Countries in the International System (1990); The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (with Robert Kaufman 1995); The Political Economy of the Asian Financial Crisis (2000); and Democracy, Development and Welfare States: Latin America, East Asia, Eastern Europe (with Robert Kaufman 2008) and Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites and Regime Change (forthcoming 2016). His work on North Korea with Marcus Noland includes Famine in North Korea (2007); Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (2011) and Hard Target: Engaging North Korea (forthcoming 2016). They also run the Witness to Transformation blog at

Prof. Stephan Haggard

The audiences

Schwarzman Scholars

A final year student, Tara Subba, from SGIA, was awarded Schwarzman Scholars and will join the global leaders program at Tsinghua University in China for the next academic year. She is one of the 111 students selected from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants from 135 countries. The link from the university is as follows:

Durham News

4 March 2016

Public Lecture

Title: 'Taiwan’s Political History 1945-2000 in Eleven (Election) Advertisements'

Speaker: Dr Dafydd J. Fell (SOAS), University of London

Date: 4 March 2016

Time: 5:00pm - 6:15pm

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building

Dafydd J. Fell is the Reader in Comparative Politics with special reference to Taiwan at the Department of Political and International Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is also the Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. In 2004 he helped establish the European Association of Taiwan Studies. He has published numerous articles on political parties and electioneering in Taiwan. His first book was Party Politics in Taiwan (Routledge, 2005), which analyzed party change in the first fifteen years of multi-party competition. In 2006 he co-edited What has Changed? Taiwan’s KMT and DPP Eras in Comparative Perspective (Harrassowitz), a volume examining the impact of the first change in ruling parties in Taiwan. In 2008 he edited a four volume reference collection of articles titled Politics of Modern Taiwan (Routledge). His latest book is Government and Politics in Taiwan (Rouledge, 2011). He has a new co-edited volume titled Migration to and from Taiwan (Routledge, 2014). He is also the book series editor for the new Routledge Research on Taiwan Series.

Dr Dafydd J. Fell

23 February 2016

Title: 'UK Chinese Population in the North East Region'

Speaker: Prof Gary Craig (Durham University)

Date: 23rd February 2016

Time: 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building

Gary Craig is Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at Durham University. His research interests include 'race' and ethnicity, modern slavery, poverty and deprivation and community development. He has led two major research institutes and more than 100 research studies, including several looking at the situation of Chinese people in this country.

Prof Gary Craig

8 December 2015

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) committee meeting was held in Al-Qasimi Building from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

05 December 2015

Gordon Cheung (Director) met with Mr Laurence Brahm in the Wellcome Collection in London. Laurence Brahm is a well-known public intellectual, pioneer social entrepreneur and prolific writer. He is the founder of Himalayan Consensus and African Consensus. He has been advising the Chinese government on the environmental issues since 2012. His latest book is Fusion Economics: How Pragmatism is Changing the World (Palgrave 2014).

From left: Gordon Cheung (Director) and Mr Laurence Brahm

12 November 2015

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) helped co-organise an international conference: The 1st Durham-Huxiang Forum on Chinese Studies: Traditional Chinese Culture & Its Application in Modern Business Management. The two main organisers were The Centre for Intercultural Mediation of Durham University (Dr Binghan Zheng, the Director, is the member of CCCS) and Hunan Foundation for Practicing Tradition Chinese Culture, China. It was held in Joachim Room, St Hild & St Bede College. Speakers included: Dr Yongjiang Shi, Cambridge University; Mr Don Starr, Durham University; Dr Wenxuan Hou, Edinburgh University; Prof Hanmin Zhu and Prof Sui Hu, Hunan University; and Prof Yu Xiong, Newcastle Business School, etc.

3 November 2015

Public Lecture:

Title: Anti-corruption Campaign or Political Purge? Xi Jinping’s Tiger Hunt

Speaker: Andrew Wedeman, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University

Time: Tuesday 3rd November (6.30pm – 8.00pm)

Venue:Al-Qasimi Building, Room 102

His book Double Paradox: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China was one of the 2012 Foreign Affairs Magazine Best Books of the Year

Prof. Andrew Wedeman

21 September 2015

Durham University has recently received a donation of 1,500 volume set (containing 3,641 titles) fine, cloth-bound reproduction of Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong’s (1711-1799) Complete Library of Four Treasures (四库全书), thanks to a generous donation from Hong Kong based Chin-Kung Multicultural Education Foundation. To celebrate, the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies of (SGIA), the University Library, the Centre for Intercultural Mediation of (MLAC) held a joint conference on 21 September 2015 to mark the donation.

The Northern Echo coverage

BBC news on Professor Master Chin-Kung

Our Centre’s members, Dr Binghan Zheng (first from left) and Mr Mamtimyn Sunuodula (second from left) received a volume of the Complete Library of Four Treasures (四库全书) from the benefactor, Professor Master Chin-Kung (second from right).


Complete Library of Four Treasures (四库全书)

Conference audiences

Speaker 1. Prof Victoria Hui, University of Notre Dame

Speaker 2. Dr Sare Aricanli, Durham University

Speaker 3. Mr David Helliwell, Oxford University

August 2015

Durham University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is hosting a series of China-based cocktails events in Beijing and Shanghai in August 2015 to facilitate more exchanges amongst the alumni, students and businesses in China.

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10 June 2015

Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of CCCS met with Profesor Germán Camilo Prieto from the Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Colombia for potential academic and student exchange. The meeting, held in room PCL169 Palatine Centre between 10:30 to 12:00, was chaired by Chris Macallister, Regional Manager Latin America and Europe of the International Office at Durham University. Colleagues from the Department of Geography and School of Law were also at the meeting.

1 June 2015

Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of CCCS, was invited to the ‘Meeting of Heads of Chinese Studies’ organised by the British Association of Chinese Studies (BACS). It was chaired by Professor Jane Duckett, President of BACS. The meeting was held in Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester.

14 May 2015

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) committee meeting was held in room 222, Al-Qasimi Building from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

25 April 2015

The second ‘UK-China Economic Forum' was held on Saturday, 25th April 2015 (2:00-5:00pm) in Room ER140, Elvet Riverside, Durham University. The Forum was organised by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and jointly supported by Durham Business School, the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and Ernst & Young.

The excellent speakers included Lord Bates, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, former deputy chair of the Conservative Party; Lady Bates; Mr. Raymond Li, Director of the BBC Chinese; Huabin Wang, Deputy General Manager of the Bank of China (UK), Mr Roderic Wye: former Director of FCO and Senior Fellow of Chatham House; and Prof. Yong Ding Yu: Chair of International Economy Research Institute of China, Academician of Chinese Academy of Science. The forum was fully enjoyed by the students with a further networking session with all the speakers at the end.

The Forum was covered by the Phoenix CNE (凤凰卫视欧洲台). The link of the broadcast can be found as follows:

Students discussing with speakers

Panel members (L to R): Mr Wang, Mr Wye, Lord Bates and Lady Bates

The group photo

26-29 March 2015

Dr Gordon Cheung was invited by the CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure) to comment their new products in the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago. He also met some editorial board members of East Asia: An International Quarterly, including Elizabeth Wishnick (Montclair State University) and Jurgen Haacke (LSE), and came across some of the previous contributors of the journal.

Gordon Cheung (left) discussing with Jurgen Haacke (right)

6 March 2015

Dr David Kerr (Durham University) gave a public lecture on 6 March 2015. The topic was 'Sinocentrism Redux? China’s Plans for the New Asia and Responses to It'. The public lecture was held in room IM201, Al-Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs. The lecture was based on an abridged version of the paper given in the International Studies Association (ISA), 18-21 February 2015, New Orleans, USA.

Dr David Kerr

1 March 2015

Durham Chinese School organized the Chinese New Year Celebration on 1 March 2015. It was held in James Hall, Durham Johnston School. The event was jointly supported by Durham Johnston Comprehensive School, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and the Oriental Museum. The event was joined by many guests such as, prof. Anwei Feng, former Head Teacher of Durham Chinese School, Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Mr Mamtimyn Sunuodula, Head Teacher of Durham Chinese School, prof David Cowling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, Right Worshipful Mayor John Robinson and Mayoress of Durham.

From left: Prof. Anwei Feng, Dr Gordon Cheung, Mr Mamtimyn Sunuodula, Prof David Cowling, Mayor John Robinson and Mayoress.

Durham Chinese School Tai-Chi team

16 January 2015

With the support from the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) travel Grant, the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) was honoured of receiving prof. Gunter Schubert from 14 to 17 January 2015 for a visit. Prof Schubert is Chair of Greater China Studies and the founder and director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at Tubingen University. Prof Schubert gave a Public Lecture entitled ‘Cadre-Business Relations and Regime Legitimacy in Contemporary China.’ He also led a small group discussion entitled "Looking back and ahead: Taiwan after the Sunflower Movement.". Both events took place on 16 January 2015.

Public Lecture, Q & A session, Prof Schubert (left) and Dr Cheung, Director (right)

Small group discussion, Prof Schubert (right)

4 December 2014

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) committee meeting was held in room 222, Al-Qasimi Building from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

15 November 2014

Durham Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and Durham Hong Kong Society (DHKS) jointly organised the Durham Joint-Society International Affairs Conference 2014 on 15 November 2014. It was held in the Palace Green Debating Chamber, Durham University. The topic of the conference was 'HK Occupy Central'. The two speakers were Professor Jeffrey Henderson, Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol and Mr Raymond Li, the head of the Chinese Service of the BBC. The Panel Discussion Chair was Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Durham University. It was a very successful event resulted in excellent discussion, questions and answers. There were around 150 students attended.


16 October 2014

Professor Gary D. Rawnsley, Director of International Academic Strategy, Professor of Public Diplomacy, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University gave a public lecture on 'There's something about being small': Taiwan's public diplomacy and soft power' on 16 October 2014. It was held in Room CG91, Authur Holmes Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Department, Durham University.


Prof. Gary D. Rawnsley


4 October 2014

Durham Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) organised the welcoming meeting for the new Chinese students on 4 October 2014. There were around 200 students participated. Guest speakers including Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University and Mr Nigel van Zwanenberg, Chairman of Durham Regatta.


21 to 22 June 2014

The China Postgraduate Network 2014 Annual Conference was held at Durham University. The Conference was jointly supported by the British Association for Chinese Studies, Durham University and the University of Nottingham.

Time: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Date: Saturday and Sunday, 21-22 June 2014

Venue: Arthur Holmes, CG91, Chemistry Department, Durham University

Students listening to the presentation

Day one keynote speaker: Dr Gordon C K Cheung (Durham University)


Day two keynote speaker: Prof Qian Suoqiao (Newcastle University)

Day two group photo


27 May 2014

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (CCCS) committee meeting was held in room 222, Al-Qasimi Building from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.

20 May 2014

CCCS received a new grant from Matariki Network of Universities (MNU). The grant will help bring vistor/s doing Greater China studies from Tubingen University.

10 May 2014

The '2014 Durham CSSA Cultural & Business Conference: Sino-British Dialogue' was held in Room ER201, Elvet Riverside, Durham University from 1:30 to 5:30 pm.

The Conference was organised by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and jointly supported by the School of Government & International Affairs, the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and Durham Business School.

Conference participants

Panel one: (left to right): Mr R Wye, Lord M Bates, Mr R Li, Lord Inglewood and Mr B Wang

Panel two: (left to right): Lady Bates, Mr H Davies CMG, Mr D Levesley and Sir Richard Heygate

Students networking with speakers

27 February 2014

Gordon Cheung, Director of CCCS, was invited to give a talk on 'China's identity and the global economy' in a conference 'American Structural Power and the Rise of China', organised by the Obama Research Network, The ESRC Seminar Series on the Future of American Power, City University of London.

9 February 2014

Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of CCCS, was invited to the Chinese New Year Party of Durham Chinese School.

7 February 2014

Prof. Shih Chih-yu, National Taiwan University, gave a public lecture entitled, 'Governance, Governmentality, and Governability: Cyclical Historiography of Chinese Non-Interventionism in World Affairs'. 

1 February 2014

Gordon Cheung, Director of CCCS, was invited as VIP guest to the 2014 Five-University Chinese New Year Gala. It was organised by the Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSA) from five universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside).

13 January 2014

Dr Gordon Cheung, Director of CCCS, was invited to be the member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University, China.

19 November 2013

Peking University Delegation Visit

Peking University Delegation paid visit to The School of Government and International Affairs. The delegation was led by Prof Liu Wei (Executive Vice President), Prof Li Qiang (Assistant President, Director of Office of Humanities & Social Sciences), Prof Fan Shiming (Deputy Dean of School of International Studies) and Dr Zheng Ruqing (Deputy Director of Office of International Relations). The delegates were warmly received by Dr Gordon C. K. Cheung (Deputy Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies), Prof Anoush Ehteshami (Director of the Al-Sabah Programme), Prof Shaun Gregory (Director of PGR), Prof Alice Hills (Director of Research), Prof Emma Murphy (up-coming Head of School), and Prof James Piscatori (Head of School).