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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. Chinese Literature and World Literature: Views from the South

Detail from illustration from 1886 edition of Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, Pu Songling (1640-1715)

Thursday 6 April 2017 at 6pm
The University Club of WA Auditorium

World literature was long defined in the English speaking world as an established canon of European masterpieces, but an emerging global perspective has challenged this European focus. Now it is better understood as literature that has travelled, and been translated, from its original source.

This China in Conversation teases out from an Australian and Chinese perspective the issues surrounding interpreting and reading world literature: from the classics of Chinese literature to J.M.Coetzee’s works that travel from South Africa to Australia and translate to Chinese readers; from the controversial novels of author Yu Hua to Nobel Prize recipient Mo Yan.

Join in the conversation and discuss what is lost and gained in globalised literature.

Professor Wang Jinghui is the Deputy Director of Australian Studies Centre, Professor of Comparative Literature and World Literature, Head of the Discipline of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University. She specializes in Australian Studies, Intercultural Communication and World Literature. Her book publications include Foreigner Forever: On J.M. Coetzee (Peking University Press, 2010) and a dozen other books on English Language learning and academic writing. She is also a translator of several books on cultural studies and Chinese arts, such as J.M. Coetzee: A Life in Writing (2017), John Docker’s Postmodernism and Popular Culture (2010), J M Coetzee’s Foe (2008), Agatha Christie’s Lord Edgeware Dies (1997), and The Art of Chinese Couplets (in English)(2016).


Professor Nicholas Jose is Professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide. He is an Australian author best-known for his fiction and cultural essays. His seven novels and three collections of short stories include Bapo, Paper Nautilus, The Red Thread and Original Face. His acclaimed memoir Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola appeared in 2002. He was general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature
(2009) and has written widely on contemporary Australian and Asian art and literature. Jose was Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, 2009-10, and is an adjunct professor with the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. He was Chair of Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide from 2005-2008.

Presented by the Confucius Institute in partnership with the Westerly Centre
and The Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia.


Top: Professors Wang and Jose in conversation with an audience member.
Centre:  Professor Wang, Professor Jose and Chair, Professor Philip Mead from the Westerly Centre.
Bottom: Chinese Literature and World Literature: Views from the South at UWA Club, 6 April 2017.