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.


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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

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Patriotic collaboration? Zhou Fohai’s justification for his collaboration during the Sino-Japanese War

Listen to podcast   This talk analyses the role of Zhou Fohai in the collaborationist Wang Jingwei government (1940-1945). It sets the context by briefly providing a broad comparison between the Wang government and the most famous of the collaborationist governments in Europe – the Vichy government in France (1940-1944).  

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Crimes and criminals: lessons from imperial China and contemporary Japan

A ‘crime’ is simply a legal designation of conduct considered to deserve special condemnation. We correctly attribute most if not all of these principles in Western law along with the positivist emphasis of the legality principle to the Enlightenment and 18th and early 19th century West European jurists. In this sense, these are ‘modern’ principles that have become universal with the globalization of Western law through colonization and replication. Yet they are neither new nor peculiarly Western.

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An Evening with Zheng He

  This special ANU China Seminar event features two talks and a film screening to explore the historical significance and academic and popular historiography of the voyages of the eunuch admiral Zheng He 鄭和.   4:00pm - 5:00pm  Maritime Hegemony: Zheng He and the Ming Naval Interventions in South Asia

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Sino-capitalist urbanization

This paper draws on Christopher McNally’s (2012) concept of ‘Sino-capitalism’ to analyse the complex set of forces that have shaped China’s urbanisation experience to date, as a prelude to understanding the challenges facing the central government as it embarks on its ‘National New-type Urbanisation Plan’ for 2014-2020, which places urbanisation at the centre of China’s modernisation drive and its ongoing efforts to rebalance the economy towards domestic demand.

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The lobbying of Chinese elite universities

How do elite Chinese research universities advance their interests in a tight policy environment and how do they interpret their role in a country increasingly obsessed with education? In this post-fieldwork presentation, Jane Liang will report on the major findings of her intensive field research in China in 2013 for her PhD project on the participation and role of Chinese elite research universities in the national policymaking process, during which she had access to the leadership of some major Chinese universities and conducted numerous interviews with leaders in the sector.

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Democratic trade union elections at multinational suppliers in China and the prospects for genuine collective bargaining

The paper assesses the possibility of genuine grassroots trade union representation in China's foreign-funded factories that are manufacturers for multinational corporations in the global supplier chain. The paper documents the first such elections organized by Reebok in 2001, up through an election instigated by the workers themselves at Ohms Electronics in 2012. In the decade in between, a number of high profile union elections were variously organized by labour NGOs in behalf of multinationals, by the Chinese trade union, or by workers.

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