Guest lecture by Prof. Yijia Jing
2:00 PM14:00

Guest lecture by Prof. Yijia Jing

Subordinates or Partners: Government-Nonprofit Relationships in Public Service Delivery in China


Available soon.

The event is open to all. No registration required.

Prof. Yijia Jing’s bio:


Prof. Yijia Jing is a Chang Jiang Scholar, Seaker Chan Chair Professor in Public Management, Dean of the Institute for Global Public Policy, and Professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University. He got his BA/MA in Economics from Peking University, MA in Sociology from University of Maryland College Park, and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Ohio State University.

He conducts research on privatization, governance, and collaborative service delivery. He is editor-in-chief of Fudan Public Administration Review and co-editor of International Public Management Journal. He is the founding co-editor of the Palgrave book series, Governing China in the 21st Century.

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Guest lecture by Prof. Xiangming Chen
1:30 PM13:30

Guest lecture by Prof. Xiangming Chen

China’s Reconnection to Europe via the BRI: The China-Europe Freight Train and its Two-ended Urban and Regional Impacts



The Belt and Belt Initiative (BRI) since 2013 has forged a new spatio-economic connection between China and Europe through the older transport technology of freight trains. Since 2011 when the first China-Europe freight train reached Duisburg in Germany from the megacity of Chongqing in southwestern China, the number of trains and routes have multiplied into diverse and frequent services carrying containerized goods between a large number of regionally varied Chinese cities and major European urban centers. In this talk I will examine China’s rationale for launching the China-Europe Freight Train (CEFT) as a large-scale connective infrastructure project and the opportunities and challenges for its implementation. I will also assess the local impacts of this set of transnational or trans-border transport routes on selected cities in China’s inland and border regions and in Europe. Drawing from theoretical and analytical perspectives on global urbanization, regional development, and transit-oriented development (TOD), I will explore the role of the CEFT in creating new local hubs of international functions and spillovers in trade and logistics and in shaping new cross-border regional economic spaces for reorganized supply chains and more rebalanced development.

The event is open to all. No registration required.

Prof. Xiangming Chen’s bio:


Xiangming Chen served as the founding Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College from 2007 to 2019 and is currently Paul Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University in Shanghai and the Graduate School of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China.

He has published extensively on globalization, cities, and economic development. His (co)authored and co-edited books include: As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity (University of Minnesota Press, 2009; Chinese edition, 2009), and Global Cities, Local Streets: Everyday Diversity from New York to Shanghai (Routledge, 2015; Chinese edition 2016; Korean edition 2017). He has conducted policy research for UNCTAD, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and OECD.

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9:00 AM09:00

A New Crossroad? Sinicization of Christianity in China

Francisco Anzola

A New Crossroad? Sinicization of Christianity in China

Time: 09:00 - 16:30, May 2, 2019
Venue: Room 4A.0.56, University of Copenhagen Southern Campus, Njalsgade 76, 2300 Cph S

Conference description

Reform and opening has brought new vitality to the development of Christianity in the Chinese society in the past few decades. One pressing issue that has come up is the Sinicization or indigenization or inculturation of Christianity.

Indigenization in global Christianity as a tradition can trace its history all the way back to the early days of the Church, which focus on adaptation to local cultures. Tens of millions of Chinese now identify as Christians and the number has grown rapidly – Sinicization of Christianity has been put on the agenda. In December of 2017, the Chinese Christian Council issued “Protestant five-year plan for Chinese Christianity (2018-2022)”.

This conference brings together distinguished Chinese and Western scholars for a dialogue on the complex issues surrounding the development and future of Sinicization of Christianity in China on the different level - cultural Sinicization and social Sinicization. The conference will last two and a half days, and will address the following themes:

  1. perspectives of Sinicization of Christianity: theories and practice

  2. the dialogue between Christianity and Confucianism

  3. urbanization and Christianity

  4. engagement of Christianity in the public good

  5. the challenge and prospect of Sinicization of Christianity

Co-sponsored and organized by:

Fudan-European Centre For China Studies

Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen

Asia Research Center, Fudan University

Center on Globalization and Religious Studies, Fudan University

All are welcome!

Please register with by 29 April

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12:00 PM12:00

External event. Internet and Politics in China: Taking stock and moving forward


Co-organized by the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Asian Dynamics Initiative, and ThinkChina, University of Copenhagen

9 May, 11:00 – 16:00

Location: South Campus, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens Vej 8, Room 27.1.47, 2300, Copenhagen, Denmark

This conference aims to critically reflect on the current discussion on internet and politics in Greater China. What have we learned from existing scholarship in the field? What are, or would be, emerging research topics and themes to study the internet and politics in contemporary China? How can we consolidate the status quo and move the field forward beyond, for instance, the case of China and contribute to a broader theoretical discussion? Speakers come from different disciplines, including political science, economics, sociology, and communication, and discuss and debate their up-to-date research and thoughts on the issue. We are also planning a special issue in an international peer-reviewed journal as the outcome of this conference.

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12:30 PM12:30

External event: Women's Empowerment through Social Safety Nets

Lunch talk with Marvi Memon on the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in Pakistan.


Bio: Marvi Memon is a humanitarian, former parliamentarian, cabinet member, and former CEO. Born in Karachi Pakistan in July 1972. After schooling from Karachi, Paris and Kuwait, she graduated from the London School of Economics with B.Sc (Econ.) Honors in International Relations in 1993. She has since worked for Citibank, been CEO of Pakistan's first satellite tracking company, advised the President of Pakistan on Media Management, the Ministry of Investments, been a parliamentarian for two consecutive terms, an Information Committee Chairperson in parliament, Chaired as Minister the largest social safety net of Pakistan BISP, and is currently on a lecture tour of Europe. Ms. Memon has the distinction of being awarded the UK House of Commons Speaker Inaugural Democracy Award 2017, the French Officier de Merite award 2017 and Membership of the World Bank Advisory Gender Council 2017

Abstract: The recent history of successful social safety nets (SSN) in the South have clearly demonstrated that the goals of poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment are intricately linked. Pakistan’s largest social safety net namely the ‘Benazir Income Support Programme’ (BISP) is a case study for this. Set up in 2008 under the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government, after a decade, BISP is now experiencing its third political government. Despite the change of political governments, from PPP to Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) to the current Pakistan Tehrik Insaaf (PTI), the program has remained committed to its original objectives and has achieved progress in both the women’s empowerment and the poverty alleviation indicators. In most countries of the South political programs do not survive the shifts in political government and the original goals get lost. There are reasons why BISP is a successful role model for other SSNs of the region and this will also be examined in the context of women’s empowerment.

It will be argued that there are many ways in how to improve women’s empowerment indicators and the logical route involves a number of deliberate actions on behalf of all governments. Firstly a recognition that the poverty alleviation goals can only be successfully achieved when the most vulnerable women of the country are in charge of their own destinies, as well as the destinies of their family. In essence the ‘women first’ approach. Secondly, when these very women have been given constitutional protection their journey towards women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation will be safer, and survive the political storms which will happen in most developing countries with checkered political histories. Thirdly, as a consequence of the ‘women first’ approach, the vulnerable women are family household heads in the state’s National Socio Economic Registry. This entails many development benefits for the women. Fourthly, women are the ones who are made the unconditional cash transfer (UCT) quarterly payments in the SSN making them part of a larger financial inclusion women’s empowerment network. Fifthly, women are organized into committees which translate into socio economic and political empowerment benefits of an unimaginable kind creating a silent but lethal women’s empowerment revolution. Sixthly, the most vulnerable women are not part of the SSN forever and they are given opportunities of exiting poverty and the SSN through graduation programs which enable them to achieve both poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment simultaneously. And finally all the above ensures that the most vulnerable women have the famous ‘dignity, empowerment and meaning to life’ goal at their doorsteps which can be measured through impact assessments and provide institutional models for other SSNs.

All the above has in the last decade been institutionalized in Pakistan to such a large extent that it is difficult for any political government to change its foundations, and as such BISP has weathered many political battles. It has become one of those few organizations in Pakistan’s public sector which has become an institution in itself whose benefits affect millions of voters who decide the outcomes of elections and the fate of political parties. It is for this purely political reason that all political governments have remained committed to the women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation agenda of BISP. Politicians have selfish motives linked to their votes and if BISP’s institutional strength feeds off from that very motive, so be it. The net advantage is to the lives of the most vulnerable women and their empowerment.

As a former Minister in charge and Chairperson of BISP I am humbled to have led this women’s empowerment revolution for a period of 3 years of BISP’s 10 year existence, for 5.7 million of the most vulnerable women of Pakistan with the help of over 2300 BISP employees and yearly budgets of $1.25 billion. As such the story which follows is as professional as personal, as theoretical as practical. It is a story of working with the most vulnerable women of Pakistan and seeing their pains tribulations and successes from very close up, in their homes, fighting for them in boardrooms and cabinet, and them winning this fight every day for their own survival and dignity.

The event is open to all!

Organized by NIAS and ADI .

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2:15 PM14:15

External event - What is really happening in Xinjiang? Historical context, current developments and source criticism

Ildikó Bellér-Hann and Rune Steenberg, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

24 April, 14:15-16:00

While Xi Jinping’s massive transcontinental “Belt and Road Initiative” (also known as the New Silk Road) has received a great deal of academic and media coverage, much less attention has been paid to the plight of the 12 million strong Muslim populations native to the area most central to this development project. The diverse groups inhabiting the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region situated in China’s far northwest include the Turkic speaking Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz that have in recent years been increasingly subjected to various securitization policies, such as high-tech surveillance, house searches, re-education and arrests.

The talk by two researchers at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies actively working in and on the region will be of an informative rather than academic character. It will provide an insight into the current state of affairs in Xinjiang against a historical backdrop and address the extreme difficulties faced by local people in everyday life which, inevitably, also render research of all sorts nigh impossible. The talk focuses on Xinjiang and the PRC but it also invites a wider debate on modernization, surveillance, Islamophobia, academic freedom and ethical dilemmas surrounding research.

All are welcome!


Time: 24 April 2019, 14:15-16:00

Place: NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, Øster Farimagsgade 5, Kbh K

Organizers: ADI, ThinkChina and NIAS

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12:30 PM12:30

From barbarians to minorities to assimilation: The future of China's ethnic minorities

Brown bag talk by Associate Professor Magnus Fiskesjö, Dept. of Anthropology, Cornell University.


Abstract: We are currently witnessing a sharp turn in Chinese ethno-politics, with forced assimilation of ethnic minorities, especially in Western China. There is now a question of whether the recognition of ethnic minorities as such will be sustained, or whether they will be formally and effectively abolished, if the system of minority nationalities in place since the 1950s is cancelled and replaced with a new, neo-nationalist arrangement recognizing only a Chinese national identity. In this presentation I discuss these issues, and how they trace back to the unfinished legacy of the empire.


Bio: Magnus Fiskesjö is Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Cornell University. His research interests include: General anthropology; historical and political anthropology; civilizations and barbarians; sovereignty, state power, citizenship; autonomy; slavery; ethno-politics and interethnic relations; archaeology; cultural heritage, museums and modernity; East and Southeast Asia (China, Burma, etc.) and Europe.


Time: 8 April 2019, 12:30-13:30

Place: NIAS meeting room (18.1.08), CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph

Organizers: NIAS, ADI, Fudan Centre, ThinkChina

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4:00 PM16:00

External event - Jokowi - to be or not to be?

  • NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen (map)
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Indonesia, the world’s third largest democracy, elects a new president and parliament

© Photo of (then not-yet President ) Joko Widodo during balloting for Legislative Elections, taken by M.P.Stadler, 9 April 2014

© Photo of (then not-yet President ) Joko Widodo during balloting for Legislative Elections, taken by M.P.Stadler, 9 April 2014

On 17 April 2019, general elections will be held in Indonesia, which is home to the largest Muslim population in the world. For the first time in the republic’s history, the president, the vice president, and members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), will be elected on the same day. These elections are significant because they are depicted to set the future path of Indonesia politically, economically and socially as well as what concerns human rights. Current President Joko Widodo (usually abbreviated as Jokowi) chose to run with the Islamic conservative Ma’ruf Amin as vice presidential candidate. Prabowo Subianto, former military general during the era of President Suharto, who is responsible for human rights violations, is the rival opponent running together with the entrepreneur and businessman Sandiaga Uno.

What will be the effect for Indonesia’s diversity and for its ethnic and religious plurality? Will the nation’s state motto “Unity in Diversity” be under threat? What are additional factors and voices determining the elections? What are the implications for foreign policy in ASEAN, inter-Asian and European relations? And what are Denmark’s and Sweden’s interests in these elections?

The event will be looking at the Indonesian elections from a “Nordic perspective”, feature representatives from the academic field of Southeast Asian Studies, the press and diplomatic circles who will give brief talks of informed insight and commentary, and exchange provisional forecasts with one another.


Prof. Anders Uhlin, University of Lund

Zaki Habibi, PhD Fellow, University of Lund

Flemming Ytzen, Journalist and correspondent, Politiken

Børge Petersen, former Danish Ambassador (ret.) to Jakarta, Advisor

Moderator is Mark Philip Stadler, PhD Fellow in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Date & time: 6 March 2019, 16.00-18.00 hrs
Venue: NIAS, CSS, University of Copenhagen
Conveners: ADI and NIAS, University of Copenhagen

All are welcome!

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5:00 PM17:00

External event - ChinaTalks Lecture: The Evolution of Chinese Leaders’ Styles: From Mao to Xi Jinping


China has had eight paramount leaders since 1949: Mao Zedong, Hua Guofeng, Deng Xiaoping, Hu Yaobang, Zhao Ziyang, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Xi Jinping. Each leader has had his own distinctiveness, but there have also been continuities over time. In this public lecture, Professor David Shambaugh will compare and contrast each leader’s political personae and tactics, their ideologies, policymaking practices, and nature of rule. Further, how has each leader affected the Chinese Communist Party as an institution, and the People’s Republic of China as a nation? What lessons can be drawn about the Chinese political system—past, present, and future—from contrasting these leaders’ styles? Finally, where is China headed under the leadership of Xi Jinping?


David Shambaugh is Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science, and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he also directs the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is an internationally recognized authority on China’s domestic politics, foreign policy, military and security, and the international relations of Asia. He is the former Editor of The China Quarterly, a frequent commentator in the international media, a consultant to the U.S. Government and private foundations, and the author of numerous books, chapters, and articles on different aspects of China and Asian affairs. His most recent books (2016) are China’s Future and The China Reader: Rising Power.


17:00 -17:45: Lecture by Professor David Shambaugh

17:45 - 18:00: Comments and discussion with discussants professor Jørgen Delman, China Studies University of Copenhagen, and Carsten Boyer Thøgersen, director CBCC.

18:00 - 19:00: Q&A

Practical information & Registration

Time: 13th of December 2018, 17:00-19:00

Place: University of Copenhagen, City Campus (CSS), Room: 35.01.44, enter from Gammeltoftsgade, 1355 Kbh K.

Registration: To register for the event, please follow this link.

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External event: CFP 11th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference & PhD Course Asia on the Move


The conference and PhD course are organized by Centre for Peace Studies at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway & NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Asia – a region that contains nuclear states, the second and third largest economies in the world, the largest global population – is on the move!

The continent which has changed the most in the 21st century is Asia: be it Asia’s engagement with the Arctic region, presence in Africa, economic prominence, or geopolitical influence within and outside of the region, increased population movements in and outside Asia, increased risk of climate change, democratization and citizenship issues, nuclear proliferation and security threats to and from some of the Asian countries – all require in-depth analysis for good global governance.

For example, the rise of China in Central Asia has led to many speculations, including a ‘New Great Game’ with Russia and the United States. On the other hand, new moves from both parties on the Korean peninsula may see a ‘new hope’ for peace.  Sideways, in the context of climate change and ‘arctic race’, new geo-ecopolitical, and geostrategic dynamics led to the growing interest of non-Arctic states in the affairs of the Arctic. Engagement of countries like China, Japan, Korea and India in the Arctic will significantly influence the evolving dynamics in that region.
Meanwhile, forced migration (e.g. Rohingya issues) and climate change induced displacement, corruption, violation of human rights and citizenship, crisis in Asian mega cities, and rising inequality have huge influence on ‘The Move’ and hence require much attention from policymakers and academics working on Asia.  

In this context, the annual NNC conference 2018 will take place in the High North venue of Tromsø, at UiT-The Arctic University of Norway.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Arne Strand, Lecturer, Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway
  • Cholpon Chotaeva, Professor, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway
  • Mohammad Salehin, Associate Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Tromsø, Norway

International researchers working on Asia in any social science and humanities discipline are invited to submit abstracts for papers. Each abstract should not exceed 300 words.

  • 6 September 2018: Deadline for submitting abstract (maximum 300 words)
  • 21 September 2018: Acceptance of abstracts by Academic Committee
  • 15 October 2018: Deadline for paying the conference fee

Read the call for papers here.

For more information, please go to the conference website:

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12:30 PM12:30

China's international development: A catalyst for delivering the SDGs

The Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and ADI - Asian Dynamics Initiative warmly welcome you to join us for a lunch talk by Dr. Zheng Yuan from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Her talk will focus on the global trends in development cooperation, as well as UNDP’s approaches to effectively facilitate China’s “going-out" in the global economic governance system. Please see the abstract below for more information.

3 September 2018, 12:30-13:30

NIAS meeting room (18.1.08)
Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph K

Feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea will be served.


Please register with no later than 31 August 2018. 

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Dr. Zheng Yuan is an economist at UNDP China, specializing in international development cooperation.

She has a solid background in economics, international trade and sustainable development. She received her PhD in economics at the University of Copenhagen.


The world has entered a new era defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which require significant efforts and resources to deliver. Meanwhile, the world is witnessing the changes in the global financial landscape, characterized by the “age of choice” as manifested in the emergence of new goals, new donors and new financial tools in scope and magnitude. At the core of these trends lies the increasing emphasis on effectiveness of development cooperation in terms of partnership and finance, which is to be realized through reinforced country ownership, growing interest of and commitment from the private sector to development, as well as good policies and institutions that enable diversified means of development cooperation, and ensure inclusion. Against this backdrop, China is rising in the global economic governance system, bringing alternative thinking and practices in delivering development cooperation. The presentation aims to provide an overview of the global trends in development cooperation, as well as UNDP’s approaches to facilitate effectiveness of China’s “going-out”.

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External event: Seminar on multilingualism in higher education and the university sector

A group of researchers from the Multilingual Learning Center at Fudan University in Shanghai is visiting the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use at University of Copenhagen May 7-8, 2019.

Program May 7:

Welcome (Anne Holmen)

Presentation: Fudan University and the Multilingual Learning Center

Questions and comments

Presentation: University of Copenhagen and Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (Anne Holmen)

Questions and comments


13.00- 14.00
Language policy in research assessment in Chinese higher education context

The (ir)relevance of learning Danish for transnationally mobile employees in Danish academia (Janus Mortensen & Marta Kirilova)

Multilingual workplaces (Kamilla Kraft)


Program May 8:

EMI policy and implementation in Chinese higher education context (presentation and discussion)

English language requirements for EMI lecturers and students within the framework of HEI internationalization (Slobodanka Dimova)

Multilingual foreign language education in East Asian higher education contexts (a comparative study of Chinese, Korean, Japanese universities)

12.20-13.20   Lunch

Chinese students' motivation to learn a non-English foreign language:
the case of Spanish and Danish

Transnational alignment of English competences for university lecturers (Sanne Larsen & Slobodanka Dimova)


The seminar takes place at University of Copenhagen, Southern Campus, Emil Holms Kanal 4, 2300 Copenhagen S in room 23.4.25.

The seminar is open to everyone interested.

Registered participants:

Yongyan Zheng, PhD, Professor of Applied Linguistics (Assistant to the Dean), College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University

Jing Ai, Deputy Director of the Multilingual Learning Center, College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University

Yang Song, PhD, Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University

Janus Mortensen, associate professor, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Marta Kirilova (only the 7th), post doc, Department of Nordic Studies, University of Copenhagen

Slobodanka Dimova (only the 8th), associate professor, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Sanne Larsen, post doc, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Kamilla Kraft, post doc, CIP, University of Copenhagen

Anne Holmen, professor, CIP, University of Copenhagen

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2:00 PM14:00

China Seminar

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Comparative perspectives on the transformation of
religious space in China

This lecture will look into the transformation of religious space in the context of China’s recent transformation and globalization, with a special focus on the revival of popular religion and lineage tradition and its sociopolitical implications. Comparative perspectives will be invited to understand the nature and dynamics of this multifaceted process.


Welcome and opening remarks | Geir Helgesen

"Return of the Ancestors: Lineage Tradition in Southern Zhejiang" | Fan Lizhu

"Sinicization of Christianity and Overlapping Development" | Chen Na

"Cosmologies of the State in Contemporary China" | Mikkel Bunkenborg

Discussion | Open discussion between presenters and audience

Informal reception | Hosted by NIAS and the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies


“Sinicization of Christianity and Overlapping Development”
CHEN Na | Fudan University

This study proposes an “overlapping development” theory in understanding conversion and cultural changes with an emphasis of an emic perspective. Through the case of Li Village in central China and other cases, this study suggests that cultural change necessarily happens in an overlapping way, that is, the new version of a culture will necessarily overlap in one way or another with the old version from which it is derived. Therefore, when a group of indigenous converts develops a culture of “syncretism,” it should be taken as “a natural human phenomenon” and thus accepted and respected.

Professor Na Chen is a research fellow at the Fudan Development Institute, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He received his academic degrees from Peking University in China and the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University in the US. His research interests include sociology of religion, sociology of development and intercultural communication. He has published dozens of papers and book contributions, both in Chinese and in English. His recent research includes the study of “Confucian Congregation” in Southeast China, the revival of Confucianism and the reconstruction of Chinese identity, and the issue of “religion” and “superstition”.

“Return of the Ancestors: Lineage Tradition in Southern Zhejiang”
FAN Lizhu | Fudan University

This presentation based on the anthropological observation on lineage traditions in the Southern Zhejiang, the birthplace of China's private economy since the post-Mao reform. Many villages have now rebuilt their ancestral halls and recompiled their genealogies. The lineage tradition, which used to be considered as a lost Confucian cultural heritage, is clearly on the rise. The current revival of lineage tradition is not a simple return to the earlier pattern; instead it is closely related to local development, to specific social ties, to local political changes and to the globalization.

FAN Lizhu is a Professor of Sociology at Fudan University. Director of Globalization and Religious Studies at Fudan University. As a pioneer scholar on the study of sociologist of religion in China, she has engaged in historical and ethnographic studies of Chinese folk religious beliefs, sociological theories of religion, and the study of the trends of religious beliefs in modern Chinese society. She has published many academic publications both in Chinese and English. She taught at many distinguished universities in US and Europe. Now she focus on the studies on Globalization and Religious Transformation.

"Cosmologies of the State in Contemporary China"
Mikkel Bunkenborg | University of Copenhagen

Based on fieldwork in a rural township in Hebei Province, this presentation takes the revival of an annual temple fair as a point of departure for a discussion of the way the state is envisioned in popular religious movements. The relation between the state and popular religion is often described in terms of a metaphorical or oppositional logic that allows a clear separation between the modern state and the field of popular religion that has been allowed to resurface in the post-Mao era. Yet people who participate in popular religious movements often have a different take on the relation between state and religion, and exploring such local cosmologies of the state may help to shed light on the field of religion in contemporary China.

Mikkel Bunkenborg is Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies of the University of Copenhagen and holds a PhD in Anthropology. His primary fields of research are contemporary Chinese society and the anthropology of the sinophone world, and he has published several articles and contributed to a number of books on the subject.

We welcome students, researchers and anyone else interested to participate. But please register no later than 29 January using the form below.

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External events: two ADI/NIAS lunch talks

  • NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen (map)
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Using innovative technologies to improve personal and community health--China as a case-study for sharing medical knowledge and access between interactions between patients, healthcare professionals, and community-based organizations.

Asia brown bag talk by Lai Sze Tso, Postdoctoral Associate at the Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative (GHMHI) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stigma and discrimination against migrants and members of the LGBTQ community make it extremely hard for these disadvantaged populations to access healthcare, but innovations in social media and online technologies have reduced many of these barriers, thereby resulting in improved knowledge and linkage to treatment for people seeking care.

Time: 30 January, 12:30-13:30
Place: NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08

Read more on ADI's website.

Death in the Philippines: corruption, drugs and contraception

Asia brown bag talk by Astrid Krabbe Trolle, PhD fellow, Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen and Steffen Jensen, Professor, Dept. of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Senior researcher at DIGNITY.

Based on research projects on policing among the urban poor in Manila (Steffen) and the morality of reproduction in the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora (Astrid), we discuss how our different material can shed a common light on understandings of death, morality, and corruption in the Philippines.

Time: 8 February, 12:30-13:00
NIAS, CSS, room 18.1.08

Read more on ADI's website.

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2:00 PM14:00

FDDI event: Brazil Meets the East: from the mutual lack of knowledge to a privileged partnership

Brazil Meets the East: from the mutual lack of knowledge to a privileged partnership


Address: Room 203, Think Tank Building, Fudan University

国际智库中心博享沙龙系列 - Global Think Tank Center · Academic Activities

复旦发展研究院海外访问学者讲座系列27 FDDI Overseas Visiting Scholar Seminar(27)

复旦大学智库楼203室丨Room 203, Think Tank Building, Fudan University


主办 Host:
复旦发展研究院 丨Fudan Development Institute

主持人 Chair:
沈逸 丨复旦发展研究院金砖国家研究中心主任
Shen Yi 丨Director, Center for BRICS Studies, Fudan Development Institute

Gustavo Westmann
Head of the Economic and Commercial Offices, Embassy of Brazil to Indonesia


What are the ongoing strategies of Brazil to Asia, in special to China? How has Brazil been perceiving the most recent strategic challenges in the region? What are the perspectives to the next years?

I order to answer these questions, the seminar will start with a brief discussion on still existing mutual stereotypes and cultural differences, as a way to emphasize the potential of further approximation. In a second moment, there will a brief analysis of the current institutional crisis in Brazil and its impacts on the strategies developed to Asia, in special to China, in the areas of trade, cooperation and political alliance, including the BRICS. At last, the discussion will be oriented to the perception of Brazil and other South American countries about strategic economic and security issues in the region, and its potential impacts to the Western world.


For more information on the event, please visit FDDI's event calender

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10:00 AM10:00

China’s Local Governance in a Comparative Perspective

Roundtable seminar, Friday 27 October 2017

China’s Local Governance in a Comparative Perspective


The Fudan-European Centre in collaboration with ThinkChina are happy to facilitate a roundtable seminar entitled China’s Local Governance in a Comparative Perspective.

We invite you to join us for enlightening talks on the future of local governance in China following the recent conclusion of the 19th Party Congress. How can we understand local governance in China? And what does the 19th Party Congress tell us about the future of local governance in China?

The event is open to all, but please register with Executive Assistant Kasper Thor using the form below no later than Thursday 26 October.

Venue: NIAS meeting room – Øster Farigmagsgade 5, room 18.1.08
Time: 10:00-12:00

The seminar will be concluded with a simple lunch provided by the organizers.



Geir Helgesen, director, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies:
“Welcome and opening remarks”

Peng Bo, Deputy Dean of School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiaotong University:
“The Space of Responsive Local Governance: the Evidences from Shanghai”

Jørgen Delman, Professor of China Studies, University of Copenhagen:
“Climate change politics and urban green governance in Hangzhou”

Shao Chunxia, Head of Department of Politics and Public Administration, Tongji University:
"Campaign-Style Governance in China"

Chunrong Liu, Executive Vice Director, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies
"New Politics of Conflict Processing in Urban China"

Shinya Ueno, Head of Center for Policy Studies, Kumamoto University
"Rural Dynamics in Japan"

--- Short break ---


The prospects of Chinese politics and local governance following the 19th Party Congress
An open discussion between panelists and all participants.

Moderator: Chunrong Liu


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1:30 PM13:30

Fudan-UCPH seminar on Chinese history and historical writing



On Monday 23 October, the Fudan Centre has the pleasure of hosting three acknowledged scholars of history from Fudan University.

In this context, the Fudan Centre has arranged an afternoon seminar, were we bring together scholars from Fudan University and the University of Copenhagen for a series of enriching talks and discussions on contemporary issues.

The seminar will be concluded with an informal reception. Beverages and light snacks will be served.

NIAS meeting room.

Øster Farigmagsgade 5, room 18.1.08
1353 Copenhagen K


Session 1

Geir Helgesen, Director, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Chunrong Liu, Executive Vice Director, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies
"Welcome and opening remarks"

Jin Guangyao, Professor, Department of History, Fudan University:
"The history of 1968 in China: Red guard movement revisited"

Oscar Salemink, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCPH:
“The rise of China as seen through the contemporary art world: a preliminary report on the Global Europe project. ”

Peter Fibiger Bang, Associate Professor, SAXO-Institute, UCPH:
“Empire in World History – beyond the postcolonial moment”


--- 14:45-15:00 Short break ---

Session 2

Ayo Wahlberg, Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCPH:
“Good Quality - the Routinization of Sperm Banking in China"

Li Jianming, Professor of History, Fudan University:
"Toward a New History: European Historians and the Transformations of Chinese Historical Writing Since the 1980s"

Gao Xi, Professor of History and Medical History, Fudan University:
"A Global Journey of the Manchu Anatomy"

Discussion and concluding remarks    

Reception with beverages and light snacks

The event is open to all, but please register using the form below:

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1:30 PM13:30

Fudan-European China Forum 2017

How can East Asia de-escalate tensions and build relations rooted in win–win cooperation?  This program addressed the prospect of peace and prosperity in East Asia with a particular focus on the dynamics of Cross-strait Relations (Taiwan issue). Fudan-European Centre for China Studies were proud to invite leading experts to share their insights on this critical issue and discuss it from relational and comparative perspective.

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1:15 PM13:15

New Global Order and Local Governance in China

Roundtable Discussion

New Global Order and Local Governance in China

Time: Monday, 12 December 2016
Venue: 18.1.08 (CSS - NIAS Meeting Room)

13:15-13:20 Welcome remarks: Mikkel Vedby Rasmusen and Chunrong Liu

13:20-14:20 New Global Order
Chen Zhimin - The Trump Presidency and New Global Order
Wu Chengqiu - Exploring the Bargain Set between China and the United States

14:20-14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-15:30 Local Politics
Zuo Cai - Judicial Transparency in China: Analysis from Taobao auction data
Fu Songmao - Social Organizations and Local Governance in China

15:30-16:00 Networking with snacks and wine

SIRPA Delegation

Chen Zhimin is Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations and serves as the
Dean of School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan
University. He was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University from 1996 to 1997, and
previously taught at Queen's University, the University of Durham, and Lund
University. His research interests cover international relations theory, diplomacy,
Chinese foreign policy, and EU studies.

Wu Chengqiu is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Politics, the
School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University. He
received his Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2007 and joined the
faculty of SIRPA in the same year. He was an academic visitor at St Antony’s College,
University of Oxford from October 2015 to September 2016. His research interests are
international relations of the Asia-Pacific, mainland China-Taiwan relations, political
economy, and Chinese Politics and foreign policy. He is a co-editor of Chinese Political
Science Review, an English academic journal published by Springer.

Cai Zuo is an assistant professor at the School of International Relations and Public
Affairs, Fudan University. She obtained her Ph.D. in political Science from University
of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in comparative political economy, Chinese
politics, and political methodology. Her research interests lie in the areas of
comparative political economy and political institutions in non-democracies and in
emerging economies. Her articles have been published in The China Quarterly,
European Political Science, and The China Review.

Fu Songmao is associate professor of public administration at Fudan. He specializes in
China’s local government, with a special interest in public service reform. He serves as
assistant dean of SIRPA.

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12:00 PM12:00

Music and China's National Identity

Speaker | Dr. Chen Yudan (Fudan University)
Time | 12:00-13:00 Wednesday 27 Jan 2016
Venue | NIAS Conference Room (18.1.08) Øster Farimagsgade 5, University of Copenhagen


Though sometimes regarded as “universal language“, music always plays a significant role in national identity building. It helps to answer the question of “who are we“, by constructing collective memory, defining the distinctions of nationals, and shaping cultural identity per se. Music is especially crucial in Chinese politics since the concept “propriety and music (li/yue)” lies at the very centre of Chinese culture. In his talk, the speaker will provide a brief introduction of how “Chineseness” has been constructed in music, with a historical review covering ancient, modern and contemporary China, leading audience to some “things we hear but cannot see”.


Chen Yudan is Assistant Professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. His research interests include History of International Thought (Classical Greek and Chinese thoughts) and Cultural Perspective of International Relations (music, literature, martial arts and gastronomy).

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10:00 AM10:00

Book launch and lecture by professor Guobin Yang


The Fudan Centre is proud to announce that Associate Professor Guobin Yang from the University of Pennsylvania, who researches and specializes in Chinese Internet, activism, ethnic identity, and racial contestation in cyberspace as well as voice, power and connectivity in China’s microblogosphere, will be holding a book lunch and lecture on the 13th of October 2015 at NIAS. The title and topic of the book is China’s Contested Internet.

Venue: Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353, Copenhagen K, Denmark, CSS, NIAS.

Abstract: Is there a pre-Weibo and post-Weibo era in Chinese Internet history? Are hacker spaces in China the same as in the West? How can the censorship of an Internet novel end up “producing” it? How is Lu Xun’s passive and ignorant spectator turned into an activist on the Internet? What are the multiple ways of being political online? Such intriguing questions are the subject of this captivating new book. Its ten chapters combine first-hand research with multi-disciplinary perspectives to offer original insights on the fast-changing landscape of the Chinese Internet. Other topics studied include online political consultation, ethnic identity and racial contestation in cyberspace, and the Southern Weekly protest in2013. In addition, the editor’s introduction highlights the importance of understanding the depth of people’s experiences and institutional practices with a historical sensibility.

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12:00 PM12:00

Lunch seminar by Assistant Professor Jun Liu


The Fudan Centre is proud to announce that Assistant Professor Jun Liu from University of Copenhagen, who researches in political communication, digital activism, social theory and political sociology in a Chinese context, will be holding a lunch seminar on the 2nd of March at NIAS. The topic of discussion will be Communicating Beyond Information: Mobile communication and mobilization to offline protests in China. There will be chance for discussion and questions.

Tea and coffee will be served.


Venue: Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353, Copenhagen K, Denmark, room 18.1.18 (NIAS meeting room).
Time: 2nd of March, 2015. 12.00-13.00



The past decade has seen an increase in the use of the mobile phone as a facilitator for political protests. Yet, to date, how the use of mobile phones affects participation in protests remains unclear. This study employs the distinction between communication and meta-communication to investigate the informational and relational dimensions of the mobile phone in protest mobilization in four cases in China. By drawing upon fifty-three in-depth interviews, the results reveal that, in addition to communicating mobilizing information, participants meta-communicate their mutual relationships via mobile phones in the mobilization process, and this shapes the practice of information exchange and the interpretation of information. As the pivotal driving force for protest participation, this meta-communication embodies multiple dimensions (e.g. reliability, reciprocity, and obligation) that intervene at different moments in the process of mobilization and that induce people to become involved in contentious activities. Nevertheless, the relationship-oriented meta-communication also restricts the long-running impact of mobile phone-mediated protest participation and mobilization on China’s contentious politics.

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1:00 PM13:00

Guest lecture by Professor Li Xing


The Fudan Centre is proud to announce that Professor Li Xing from University of Aalborg, expert in international and political economy, Development and International relationships as well as China as a whole, will be arriving to hold a lecture on “Understanding the dialectics between hegemony and world order: The rising powers and the emerging world re-order.” on the 27th of February, 2015. Besides sharing his knowledge and holding a lecture, there will also be a chance for discussion.

Feel free to bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee and FRIDAY CAKE is served. 

Venue: Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353, room 18.1.18 (NIAS meeting room )
Time: 27th Feb, 2015. 13.00-14.30



The seminar aims at providing a framework for understanding the nexus between hegemony and world order with a present-day focus on the dialectic relationships between the US-led/West-based existing world order and the emerging world order brought about by the rise of China and other emerging powers. The emerging powers are reshaping the world order characterized by “interdependent hegemony”. The proposed concept of “interdependent hegemony” explains that the hegemonic structure of the existing world order, including its norms and values, material wealth and institutions is in an increasingly intertwined interconnection and co-existence with the emerging world order. There exists a dialectic nexus between the rise of the emerging powers and the existing world order as an interdependent dynamic process of mutual challenge, mutual constraint, and mutual accommodation. The future world order will neither be based on the domination and universalization by one single country or one core civilization, nor will it be replaced by alternative hegemonic structure seemingly favored by the emerging powers. Hegemony of world order still exists, but it exists in a form of “interdependent co-existence”.

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