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(Dec. 7-9) "China: A European Perspective" International Conference

Last updated :2017-12-01

"China: A European Perspective" International Conference
Time: 7-9 December 2017
Conference Venue: Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai Campus, Zhuhai, PR China

    This will be the first international conference of the recently established Center for European Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, the function of which is to mirror the perception of China within the European sphere. This conference would discuss the topic of China in Europe, especially within the contemporary context involving media and popular culture but without neglecting academia and the political and economic areas. One strand of investigation would therefore be the eventual deconstruction of the otherization of China as established throughout most of the Western world. Of course, it would be judicious, when holding a conference today on China and its rising international impact, to highlight the reception of the One Belt, One Road Initiative which is gathering significant momentum.Our objective is to further a better comprehension of contemporary China and its role as a major player on the world stage by bringing together scholars from all over the globe, but particularly from Europe and China. The papers will reflect these concerns.


The conference program is as follows:
6 December: Registration (open all day)
7 December:
Morning: Opening Ceremony
Welcome Speech:
Prof. Chenguang Chang, Dean of School of International Studies, Sun Yat-sen University
Prof. Stephen Rowley, Director of Center for European Studies, Sun Yat-sen University
Opening Lecture:
Prof. Yi-feng Sun, Dean of Arts, Lingnan University
"Cosmopolitan Translation and Intercultural Dialogue”


Afternoon: Session One: Political and social repercussions arising from China's emergence as a world player
Chair: Prof. Xuedong Wang, School of International Relations, Sun Yat-sen University

Papers and presenters:
1. The new Chinese Century and the Fear of ‘Dragonbear’: European views on China
Prof. David Galbreath, Bath University, UK

2. Ukraine-China: Mutual Interests, Concerns and Images
Prof. Olexiy Haran, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine

Coffee Break: 4:00-4:15

3. Intercultural Communications between Chinese and Hungarian Students: A Case Study
Prof. Irina Golubeva, University of Miskolc, Hungary

4. Effects of Intersubjective Perception on Parents’ Investment in Early-childhood-Education: a Cross-cultural Perspective
Dr. Yiqing Yu, Department of Management, International School of Business & Finance, Sun Yat-sen University


8 December: Zhuhai Campus
Morning: Session Two: The Portrayal of China in European intellectual discourses
Chair: Prof. Isaac Yue, School of Chinese, University of Hong Kong

Papers and presenters:
1. The Spiritual Roots of Typical European (and Western) Evaluations of China
Prof. Kaspars Klavins, University of Latvia, Latvia

2. Against Allegory: For the Wolves in Wolf Totem
Prof. Ruth Y.Y. Hung, Department of English, Hong Kong Baptist University

Coffee Break: 10:30-10:45

3. The Silk Road as the Best Route to a Renewed Self: Notes Towards a Speculative OBOR
Prof. Jean-Paul Rosaye, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Artois University, France

4. Gender or Class? -- A Survey of Sociological Studies on Chinese Female Migrant Workers in English Academic Articles
Prof. Yun Li, School of Foreign Languages, South China University of Technology, China


Afternoon: Session Three: Political and social repercussions arising from China's emergence as a world player
Chair: Prof. Q. S. Tong, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University

Papers and presenters
1. Spain’s Views of China: the Economy is the Key
Prof. Mario Esteban, Centre for East Asia Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid & Elcano Royal Institute, Spain

2. Hedging and Rising: An Interpretation of China’s OBOR Initiative in Hungary
Prof. Csaba Moldicz, Budapest Business School, University of Applied Sciences, Hungary

Coffee Break: 3:30-3:45

3. The Impact of Transnational Criminal Organizations and Foreign Investment in Spain: the Russian Precedent and its Implications for China
Dr. Ruben Ramas, Centre for European Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, China

4. China-EU Inbound and Outbound M&A: Preparing for the One Belt One Road Era
Dr. Yi Wu, Department of Finance, International School of Business & Finance, Sun Yat-sen University


9 December: Zhuhai Campus
Morning: Session Four: The impact of the Silk Road Initiative as seen through European eyes
Chair: Prof. Chenguang Chang, School of International Studies, Sun Yat-sen University

Papers and presenters:
1. China: A View from Romania, Beyond perceptions and stereotypes
Prof. Mariana Nicolae, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

2. Post-Socialist Memory in Sino-Polish Relations
Prof. Dominik Mierzejewski, University of Lodz, Poland

Coffee Break: 10:30-10:45

3. China’s Public Diplomacy Versus Mainstream Media Narrative: a Challenge in Image and Reputation Management
Prof. Greg Simons, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

4. Post-Soviet Attitudes towards the Chinese OBOR Initiative
Dr. Dmitry Savkin, Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Sun Yat-sen University


Afternoon: Session Five: Historical factors in the construction of China's image abroad
Chair: Prof. Hui Zhou, School of International Studies, SunYat-sen University

Papers and presenters:
1. From Cataio to China: A Certain Portuguese View of the Middle Kingdom
Prof. Victor Teixiera, Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal

2. Irish Labour and “Chinese Slavery” in South Africa, 1904-6
Prof. Emmet O’Connor, Department of History, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Coffee Break: 3:30-3:45

3. A French Perspective of “Revolutionary China”, 1934
Prof. Heidi Yu Huang, Center for European Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, China

4. A Social network analysis of Czech agenda setters influencing the discourse on China in the Czech Republic
Ms. Ivana Karaskova, Charles University, Czech Republic

5. China’s Image in Belgian Media: Between Fear and Fascination
Mr. Erik Vlaeminck, University of Edinburgh, Scotland


10 December:
Morning: Visit to the Chen Hall
12:30 PM: Lunch in Guangzhou
Afternoon: Visit to the Anglo-French Concession in Guangzhou