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China, the Chinese and the World: Trajectories of ChangeChina, the Chinese and the World: Trajectories of Change

An Analytical Forum

Monday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Hesburgh Center, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame

It is a turbulent time in contemporary China, both in political circles and among ordinary people, where inequality is skyrocketing and protests of all kinds are popping up in cities, rural areas, and on the Internet. Monumental change is nothing new in China, but what happens next has immense consequences, both for China and its citizens—and for people around the world closely connected to China through a globalized economy.

What do recent dramatic changes in China’s leadership portend for its relationship with the global community? How are Chinese citizens reacting to socioeconomic and environmental changes brought about by the country’s rapid economic growth and assertive advances onto the global political stage? What are the prospects for democracy almost 25 years after Tiananmen Square?

ChinaTo grapple with such complex questions facing China vis-à-vis the world today, it is essential to move beyond conventional scholarly ways of framing the debate. This two-day analytic forum organized by Kellogg Institute for International Studies Faculty Fellow Lionel Jensen aims to do just that in both the experts it gathers and how it is organized:

  • A Gathering of Academic Activists and Media Experts from the US and China
    The forum will allow exchange of an extensive range of perspectives on China in the world by including activists and journalists as well as traditional scholars. Areas of participant expertise include Chinese politics, history, culture, and law as well as censorship and the Internet, the environment, geography, HIV/AIDS, human rights, international relations, military and security issues, and popular protest.

In addition to leading scholars in a range of fields, participants include the China correspondent for The Economist and two recipients of MacArthur Fellowships (both awarded for human rights advocacy in China).  

  • A Global Conversation
    None of the gathered experts will present prepared papers to be assembled later into a book.  Instead, the forum will take the form of a wide-ranging “global conversation” focused on the rapid change currently taking place in China and subsequent analysis of potential future trends. Participants will contribute from their areas of expertise—and deepen their own knowledge of aspects of contemporary China that remain opaque to all but the most specialized. Video dissemination will continue the conversation post-conference.


The two-day forum will include panels on growth and inequality, politics and culture, education, law and human rights, and public health. 

Day 1: Taking Stock of the Commonplace: What We Know, What We Need to Know

Day 2: Problems of Human Capital: Economy and Political Stability

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Confirmed participants

Timothy Cheek
Professor of History and Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research
Director, Centre for Chinese Research, University of British Columbia

Xinyuan Dai
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

China, the Chinese and the World: Trajectories of ChangeGady Epstein
China Correspondent
The Economist

Andrew Erickson
Associate in Research, John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University

Mary Gallagher
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan

John Kamm
Executive Director
Dui Hua Foundation

ChinaBenjamin Liebman
Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law
Director, Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia University Law School

Timothy Oakes
Professor of Geography
Director, Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder

Elizabeth Perry
Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government, Harvard University
Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute

Judith Shapiro
Director, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Program
School of International Service
American University

Elanah Uretsky
Assistant Professor of Global Health and International Affairs
George Washington University

China, the Chinese and the World: Trajectories of ChangeJeffrey Wasserstrom
Chancellor's Professor and Chair, Department of History
University of California, Irvine

Timothy Weston
Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Center for Asian Studies
University of Colorado at Boulder

Xiao Qiang
Founder and Chief Editor
China Digital Times

University of Notre Dame participants
Susan Blum
Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology

Paolo Carozza
Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Michael Coppedge
Professor of Political Science

ChinaGabriela Ippolito-O’Donnell
Visting Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Lionel Jensen
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages & Cultures

Nelson Mark
Acting Director, Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
Professor of Economics

Jonathan Noble
Acting Executive Director, Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
Director, Asia Office

Rahul Oka
Ford Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Steve Reifenberg
Executive Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies




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