Lecture Series 2017/18


Strategy and Tactics for Research Publication in The China Quarterly

Speaker:
Dr Tim Pringle, Editor of The China Quarterly, and Senior Lecturer of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Green Zone, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
As the world’s leading English-language China area studies journal, The China Quarterly receives a rising number of manuscript submissions each year. The challenge of getting your manuscript through a rigorous double-blind peer review process in a highly competitive environment can be daunting. Developing a research publication strategy is an integral part of getting your research ‘out there’ and this lecture will begin by sketching the challenges of a changing research environment. I will then focus on the process, procedure and avoidable pitfalls of getting your research published The China Quarterly.

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The Latest Advances in Genetics: CRISPR and the Ethics of GM humans

Speaker:
Father Joseph Tham, LC 譚傑志神父, Professor, School of Bioethics, Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum, Italy
Date: Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: B7516, 7/F, Blue Zone, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
After the Human Genome Project, the field of genetics had laid dormant until recently. First there was the discovery of the field of epigenetics and the environment’s impact on genes inheritance. The more surprising advance of CRISPR technology allows scientists and amateurs to edit the DNA of plants, animals and humans. There is a heated debate about whether we should use this technology not only to correct genetic illnesses, but also to enhance the human race. We are on the verge of creating superior offspring who would be healthier, smarter, and stronger. Could such technology change human nature in a radical and possibly disastrous way? The talk will look at the state of the technology and offer some ethical reflections on its use.

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The Prevalence and the Increasing Significance of Guanxi

Speaker:
Professor Yanjie Bian 邊燕傑教授, Professor of Sociology at University of Minnesota, USA and Director of the Institute for Empirical Social Science Research at Xi’an Jiaotong University
Date: Monday, 14 May 2018
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Green Zone, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
This forthcoming paper in The China Quarterly provides an analytical review of the social science literature on guanxi. The focus of this review is on the prevalence and the increasing significance of guanxi during China’s post- 1978 reforms implemented to move to a market economy. Since then, researchers have engaged in debates on what guanxi actually means to Chinese people in the past and at present, how it has been adaptive to ongoing institutional transformations, and why its influence in economic, social, and political spheres can be stabling, increasing, or decreasing along with market reforms and economic growth. The author provides a synthesis of these debates before offering a theoretical framework within which to understand the dynamics of guanxi from the changing degrees of institutional uncertainty and market competition. Survey findings on the increases of guanxi usage in labor markets from 1978 to 2009 are presented to illustrate the usefulness of this framework. In the conclusion, the author argues that guanxi is a five-level variable, and that the nature and forms of guanxi influence are contingent upon on whether guanxi is a tie of connectivity, a sentimental tie, a sentiment-derived instrumental tie, an instrumental-particular tie, or an obligational tie that facilitates power-money exchanges. This five-level conceptualization is aimed at advancing future guanxi scholarship in the fast-changing Chinese society.

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Global Deals: What are they? Do we need a new one? Can the G20 lay the groundwork?

Speaker:
Professor Anthony J. Payne, Professor of Politics and Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Date: Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Green Zone, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
This lecture addresses one of the broadest but yet most important issues in contemporary global politics, namely, how is globalisation to be governed. It will introduce the concept of a ‘Global Deal’ and ask what it means to say that one has been made. Such deals will be treated as if they are rare and occasional phenomena. The lecture will then consider some historical case-studies: the Bretton Woods arrangements of 1944-5 as an example of a successful deal and the so-called Third World’s attempt to negotiate a ‘New International Economic Order’ in the 1970s as an example of an unsuccessful would-be deal. It will ask too whether world orders can be enforced, as opposed to negotiated, and will consider the neoliberal era from that perspective. In its second half the lecture will turn to the contemporary era and ask if a new ‘Global Deal’ needs to be negotiated to address rising inequalities, forge a post-neoliberal consensus and save the planet from catastrophic climate change. If so, what sort of a deal does it need to be? Who can lead in its making? Is the G20, for all its faults and weaknesses, best placed to shape such a negotiation, or has it missed its historic opportunity? What are the obstacles in the way of such a deal? Indeed, is the very idea of such a deal irredeemably utopian, or is it something that we should actually be seeking to design and that could possibly be made by the right politics? By this stage the lecture will be asking lots of big questions, but may not be providing so many answers!

Registration:
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Changing the Course of Chinese History: The Paradoxical Legacy of the Cultural Revolution

Speaker:
Professor Andrew G. Walder, Denise O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, USA
Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Green Zone, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
The “ten years of turmoil” at the end of the Mao era laid political foundations for a successful transition to a market-oriented economy, while also creating circumstances that helped ensure the cohesion and survival of China’s party-state. This was not the intention of those who launched it, but it created circumstances that favored a successful move to a new course. It weakened the bureaucracy and vested interests in the old system; it caused economic stagnation and extensive damage to China’s scientific and technological capacities; it left a pragmatic senior leader in a prominent position; and the opening to the West in the early 1970s later led to development aid. The paradoxical impact of the Cultural Revolution becomes especially clear when contrasted with the Soviet Union in the 1980s, where political and economic circumstances were starkly different, and where Gorbachev’s attempts to implement similar changes in the face of entrenched bureaucratic interests led to the collapse and dismemberment of the Soviet state.

Registration:
https://goo.gl/Vqbgwy

How political religion shapes today’s global politics


Speaker:
Dr Alexander Görlach, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York
Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Bio-sketch
Alexander Görlach is an In Defense of Democracy Affiliate Professor to Harvard University College and a fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, UK. Alex is also a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute, a think tank based in Los Angeles. He is the publisher of the online-magazine www.saveliberaldemocracy.com and an op-ed contributor to the New York Times.

Abstract
In all parts of the world the resurgence of national narratives, fueled by religious rhetoric and claims, is to be observed: Russian-Orthodoxy in Vladimir Putin’s realm, Sunni-Islam in Turkey, Hindu-Nationalism in India, and Confucianism in China. Also in Europe and the United States, strongholds of liberal democracies, narratives have been deployed that highlight the identity of countries in regard to their political-religious heritage. The lecture will look into the whereabouts of these developments and tries to make a case for a secular, pluralist approach that has been, for the last seventy years, the prevalent model for society in all parts of the Western World.

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Global Yijing: The Receptions of the Book of Changes in Europe and the US


Speaker:
Dr Geoffrey Redmond, MA, MD, New York City
Professor Tze-ki Hon, Professor, Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong
Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
This presentation will briefly review the history of the Yijing within its own culture, then trace its arrival and later history in the West. The early translations into Western languages (Latin, German, English and French) typically misunderstood the nature of the text. Particularly with the appearance of the Wilhelm- Baynes translation and the renewed interest in Asian thought beginning in the sixties, the Yijing became a world classic. Two trends developed: First, the Yijing (usually spelled as I Ching and pronounced ‘eye ching’) was adopted into popular culture and inspired many works derivative of it. Second, a few serious Western scholars began to make important contributions to Yi Xue 易學 (Study of the Changes), continuing the project of the Doubting Antiquity movement (Yigupai 疑古派) to reconstruct the meanings of the Zhouyi 周易, the 3,000 year-old earliest textual layer. Both trends will be discussed and divination practice will be demonstrated.

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