On the 26th to 27th of September 2016, the workshop "Development in the 21st Century: Comparing Chinese and Danish Experiences" was held at Fudan University, Shanghai.
The workshop was co-organized by the School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Fudan University and Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen. The Fudan-European Center for China Studies at the University of Copenhagen facilitated and co-organized this event. “This is an opportunities for both sides. I think we have taken an important first step towards collaboration between our two departments.” said Janus Hansen, Head of Department of Sociology at UCPH.
The workshop addressed critical challenges facing Chinese and Danish societies in a globalized context. According to Chunrong Liu, co-director Fudan Center, “Both societies are confronted with a changing social contract, leading to evolving conditions in gender, education, elderly care, and social welfare broadly defined. There is a growing demand for understanding these transformations from a comparative perspective.”
Bringing together Fudan-UCPH scholars within the sociology discipline, many of the papers in the workshop show interesting implications of and solutions for the social challenges facing both Denmark and China. Prof. Cheng Yuan, vice dean of SSDPP, said that “the exchange of perspectives from the Fudan-UCPH scholars can deepen the understanding of these social challenges, which are arguably interconnected and comparable.”
The workshop was structured on several panels dealing with a rich variety of issues: gender and family relations, welfare and social protection, and education challenges. Prof. Mads Meier Jæger of UCPH and Prof. Chen Feinan of Fudan University delivered keynote speech entitled Cultural Capital, Teacher Bias, and Educational Success: New Evidence from Monozygotic Twins, and Double Burden for Women in Mid and Later Life: Evidence from Time Use Profiles in Philippines respectively. In Prof. Jæger’s lecture, he presented his findings from using data on Danish monozygotic (MZ) twins to analyze the effect of cultural capital in multiple contexts on educational success in Denmark; in Prof. Chen Feinan’s keynote, using data from the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey he employed latent class analysis to develop time use class membership to characterize the degree to which women in Cebu, Philippines are subject to the double burden of work and family responsibilities in mid and later life.
The workshop was concluded with a roundtable discussion on the prospects and challenges of sociological comparisons between China and Denmark as well as a discussion on the future development of the Fudan-Copenhagen collaboration.