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.


Benjamin Penny | Shuge Wei | Ivan Franceschini


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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Roundtable Discussion: Recent changes in governance and the law in the PRC and Taiwan

In this roundtable the speakers will offer perspectives on recent changes in governance and the law under Xi Jinping in the PRC and in Taiwan. The discussion is particularly timely given the recent announcement of the most significant changes to governance structures in China since the establishment of the PRC in 1949 that will see a comprehensive merger of the party and state. Discussion will focus on three key themes covering both the PRC and Taiwan: the political nature of the administration of justice, judicial reforms and judicial independence in both jurisdictions.

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The Geographical Mandate: China and Area Studies from Macroregions to Territorial Economies

Wang Hui identifies the binary of empire/nation-state as the prevailing meta-epistemological structure challenging understandings of the history of China in the world. The problem is contingent on spatial concepts. In socio-spatial thought, territory of nation-states is or would be relatively fixed and territory of empires is relatively dynamic. However, understanding China and the Chinese state transhistorically is arguably more complex than the binary would have it.

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Updated:  6 October 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team