ANU China Seminar Series

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The ANU China Seminar Series is the pre-eminent forum for discussion of China and the Sinophone world at the ANU. Speakers come from across the full range of disciplines. They include senior scholars, younger academics, and post-doctoral research fellows from in and outside the university. The Seminar Series is aimed at a broad audience: members of academic staff from many fields; undergraduate and graduate students; policy-makers; and interested members of the public are all welcome to attend. It acquaints people with a range of China-related research and offers a social setting for discussing matters of mutual interest.

The seminar usually runs between 4.00pm and 5.30pm on alternate Thursdays during the University’s teaching term. Exceptions will be noted on the Seminar Series’ website, which is regularly updated.

All attendees are invited to join us in the CIW Tea House from 3.30pm for informal discussion with the guest speaker before the seminar.

The Seminar Series is supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University's College of Asia & the Pacific.

Latest Seminar Series Podcast

Hongbo Ji

An International NGO’s 40 years in China

The Asia Foundation (TAF) has been programming in China since 1979. During this seminar, I will examine the Foundation’s experience in China over the past 40 years, including how our focus has evolved from overseas scholarships and sending English language science books to China in the early...

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Although the ANU China Seminar Series runs by invitation only, the convenors welcome communication from those interested in presenting their research as part of its program.

Convenors

Benjamin Penny | Shuge Wei | Ivan Franceschini

Podcasts

With the consent of speakers, seminars are recorded and made publicly available through the Seminar Series’ website to build an archive of research on the Sinophone world. Listen to the podcasts

There are currently no upcoming events.

03
Sep
2020

Sima Chengzhen 司馬承禎 and his Daoist sacred geography in the Tang dynasty

In the late 720s and early 730s, the Tang emperor Xuanzong玄宗 (r.712-756) ordered the establishment of shrines on the Five Sacred Mountains for the Perfected Lord 五嶽真君祠.

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20
Aug
2020

[Online] All Under Heaven: How to stop worrying and learn to love brand China in the age of quarantine?

Culture went ‘viral’ in the face of crisis and has rapidly transformed the way audiences experience museums: from virtual tours, unique campaigns and series on social media to engagement in real-time with live streams.

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06
Aug
2020

[Online] Wishing and Worrying in Beijing and Taipei, 2019

This seminar is a kind of introduction to a new project that aims to use “religious” actions to produce information about what worries people in contemporary Beijing and Taipei.

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28
May
2020

An International NGO’s 40 years in China

[Online] ANU China Seminar Series: this seminar will be held online on Zoom

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27
Feb
2020

Two tigers on the same mountain: Sino-Japanese strategic bargains, 1400-1900

For socio-historical and geopolitical reasons, the deep alienation between China and Japan has long served to constrain the development of East Asia’s post-Cold War regional order. Drawing from a project investigating contemporary Japan-China strategic relations against the context of their long shared history, Goh asks whether, under what conditions, and how Japan and China might be able to construct peaceful and cooperative coexistence with each other.

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20
Feb
2020

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections in Retrospect: A National Security Referendum?

Taiwan held its quadrennial presidential and legislative elections in January 2020. Barely over a year ago, the incumbent President Tsai Ing-Wen’s Democratic Progressive Party suffered a crushing defeat at the mid-term local elections. The defeat, coupled with the threat posed by the immensely popular insurgent populist challenger in the KMT’s candidate, Han Kuo-Yu, once made the DPP’s 2020 prospects looked dire.

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14
Nov
2019

Korean research on the ‘Belt & Road Initiative’ (BRI)

This seminar examines research trends on the ‘Belt & Road Initiative’ (BRI) through the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Co-word Network Analysis. Research on the BRI considers the complex interests of participating and neighbouring countries, and the way in which promotion of the BRI is related to political, economic and social issues in China. As a result, it is difficult to comprehensively understand trends in BRI research, and the countermeasures the BRI is generating in other countries.

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24
Oct
2019

China and the Global Refugee Crisis: Beyond Geopolitical Calculations

This paper explores the causes of China’s changing policies and behaviors related to refugees. Taking a different approach from the existing literature that focuses mainly on geopolitical factors to explain how China handles specific refugee crisis upon its borders, this paper reappraises the classic ‘two-level game’ framework in international relations and introduces two new lines of thinking on the topic.

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10
Oct
2019

Proxy or Patriots?: Diasporic Politics and Performance of the Chinese in Indonesia

Chinese Indonesians are a culturally, socially, and politically diverse group. In the political sphere, and despite the resistance of many overseas Chinese to such characterisations, the overseas Chinese in Indonesia and elsewhere have often been seen as a resource or proxy for Beijing’s advancement of its interests abroad. In the cultural sphere, the Chinese-Indonesian contribution has spanned traditional and modern genres including opera, puppetry and spoken theatre as well as musical forms, thereby profoundly enriching Indonesia's cultural palette.

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26
Sep
2019

China’s Tech-Enhanced Authoritarianism

The Chinese Communist Party’s priority is to pre-empt all perceived threats to state security, which means the Party must not only protect its existing power, but also continuously expand its power outward. Information fuels the CCP’s power protection and enables the tools used to make it stick. Tools include “smart cities' technologies” and the “social credit system”. Both contribute to the generation and organization of data and are instruments for reaching the CCP’s desired political outcomes.

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