Category Archives: China in Conversatoin

CHINA IN CONVERSATION. ‘Confucianism: Values and Democracy’ A China in Conversation Event

Illustration: Manny Francisco, ‘Can Confucianism save the world?’ The Strait Times

6pm Thursday 19 October 2017,
The University Club of WA

Chinese political leaders and intellectuals continue to struggle with how ‘Chinese values’ fit with ‘universal values’ and by extension, global institutions. Is there a single global modernity that perhaps China can shape? Or are there multiple modernities and multiple, perhaps competitive, values that political systems aspire to?

In the past, debates have focused on the question of whether Confucianism is in conflict or compatible with democracy. However, these debates are increasingly becoming more complex in response to new political and social forces and new questions concerning the relationship between democracy and Confucianism.

Join in the conversation and see how Confucianism and democracy are shaping our understanding of China today.

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SPEAKERS:

 何包钢  Baogang He is Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in International Relations at Deakin University, Australia.

Professor He graduated with a PhD in Political Science from Australian National University in 1994, and has become widely known for his work in Chinese democratisation and politics, in particular the deliberative politics in China. His co-authored paper on authoritarian deliberation is now in the top 1% of the most cited articles in the Social Science Citation Index.

His publications are found in top journals including the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, Political Theory, and Perspectives on Politics. In addition, he has published 3 books, 15 book chapters and 63 journal papers in Chinese. Professor He has also held several honorary appointments and research fellowships at renowned universities including Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Columbia University, Leiden and Sussex University.

 

梅约翰  John Makeham is Chair and Director of the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University and President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

Professor Makeham is a specialist in Chinese intellectual history, he has a particular interest in Confucian thought throughout Chinese history and, in more recent years, in the influence of Buddhist thought on pre-modern and modern Confucian philosophy.

Educated in Australia, China, Taiwan and Japan, he has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide, National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Australian National University (ANU).

Professor Makeham is a recipient of the Joseph Levenson Prize and the Special Book Award of China, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and an Emeritus Professor at ANU.

 

This event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with the UWA Law School.

Entry is free, but RSVP is essential for catering purposes.

Event to commence at 6pm with refreshments served from 7.30pm.
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
UWA, Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley.

CHINA IN CONVERSATION. Financial Crisis and Rural Reforms in China: Implications for Australia

Hani rice terraces of Yuanyang, Yunnan, China  Photo: JohnPhotoSiam

6pm Thursday 10 August 2017
The University Club of WA

Reforms in land ownership and the opening up to international markets have contributed to China’s successful recovery from the financial crises experienced over the last decades.
Of significance is the shift in China’s policy towards agricultural production. With only 14% of land arable and pollution and water shortages reducing agricultural land by 2%, rural Chinese people, society and agriculture have undergone economic, production and social changes to develop a more robust economy.

Join in the conversation and see how these reforms led to economic growth and how this might affect Australia’s economy and approach to agriculture in a climate of environmental and economic change.

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SPEAKERS:

温铁军
Professor Tiejun Wen
Executive Dean, Institute of Advanced Studies for Sustainability, Renmin University of China and Executive Dean of Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University, and Executive Dean of The Institute of Rural Reconstruction of the Straits, Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University.

Professor Wen is leading China’s grassroots efforts to revive rural communities and economies. He is a renowned expert on social-economic sustainable development and rural issues, especially in policy studies, macro-economic of south-south cooperatives, and long-term inclusive growth. He has undertaken research for the Chinese Central Government since the 1980s, and also for the World Bank, United Nations and the European Union. He is on the State Consultant Committee of Environment Protection, Policy Consultant Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, and others. He is also Independent Non Executive Director of the Agricultural Bank of China. Professor Wen has received numerous honors and awards, including the State Council’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1998, China Central TV Annual Award to Top 10 Economic Talents in 2003, Beijing Municipal Government Award of Outstanding Study Outcome in both 2010 and 2012; the Ministry of Education awarded him for Outstanding Contribution of Social Science Studies in 2015.

卡达博·思迪克
Professor Kadambot Siddique
Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. Professor Siddique has 30 years’ experience in agricultural research, teaching and management in both Australia and overseas.

Professor Siddique has an international reputation in agricultural science especially in the fields of crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources, breeding research in cereal, grain and pasture legumes and oilseed crops. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters, is on the Editorial Board of international scientific journals and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australian Agricultural Institute and Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Professor Siddique was the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016, and is the recipient of national and international awards including: Urrbrae Memorial Award, Member of the Order of Australia, 2014 Western Australian Year of the Award (Professions Category) and the Dunhunag Award by China’s Gansu Provincial Government.

This event is proudly presented by the Confucius Institute at UWA in partnership with The UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Entry is free, but RSVP is essential for catering purposes.

REGISTER HERE

Event to commence at 6pm with refreshments served from 7.30pm.
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium,
UWA, Entrance #1, Hackett Drive, Crawley.