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Building a New Corridor – A successful visit by the Fudan Delegation to Lund University, University of Amsterdam, IIAS and Leiden University

Fudan Centre Highlight

November 2014

 

Building a New Corridor – A successful visit by the Fudan Delegation to Lund University, University of Amsterdam, IIAS and Leiden University

By Chunrong Liu

One November 17, Fudan Center helped organize a Fudan delegation’s visit to Lund University, University of Amsterdam, International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) and Leiden University. The delegation is headed by Vice President Prof. Lin Shangli and includes Prof. Chen Yinzhang, director of Fudan Nordic Center and special advisor to Fudan President, Liu Chunrong of Fudan-European Centre for China Studies (Fudan Centre), Tang Wenqing from Fudan Foreign Affairs Office and Zhao Xinmin of FDDI.  The purpose of this visit is to consolidate academic ties between Fudan and its Nordic and western European partners by extending the role of Fudan Nordic Centre and Fudan Centre at Copenhagen.

At Lund, the delegation was friendly received by a group of academic leaders and leading Chinese experts, including Prof. Ann-Katrin Bäcklund, Dean of Social Sciences Faculty, Prof. Lynn Åkesson, Dean of Humanity and theology, Prof. Tomas Bergström, head of department of political science, Prof. Michael Schoenhals, Prof. Åsa Lundqvis and Prof. Jen Nlof Nilsson from Sociology Department, Prof. Marina Svensson and Prof. Sengt Lundell.  Through a lively workshop on Fudan-Lund social science and humanities (SSH) collaboration, both sides presented their respective research landscapes and agreed to strengthen joint research on contemporary China studies. Prof. Chen Yinzhang addressed the role of Fudan Nordic Centre in China-Nordic academic engagement. Liu Chunrong presented the mission, themes and network of Fudan Centre, with a hope to build up a new corridor for Fudan-Lund collaborations in SSH.  VP Lin confirmed that Fudan will continuously work with leading Nordic Universities including Lund to upgrade existing collaborations and identify new research initiatives.

The delegation then visited University of Copenhagen on 18 November and discussed with Dean Troels Sorensen and Department Head Lars Bo Kaspersen on Fudan Centre’s ongoing programming as well as a special panel to be organized by Fudan Centre at Shanghai Forum 2015.

On 19-21 November, the Delegation visited University of Amsterdam (UvA), International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) and Leiden University. Prof. Louise J. Gunning-Schepers, President of the Executive Board of the UvA extended a warm welcome to the delegation and highly valued UvA’s relationship with Fudan. VP Lin made a brief statement on Fudan’s recent development with a focus on the Fudan research platform for SSH. He called for a cross-disciplinary collaboration on international business and law with UvA, which was echoed by the UvA president.

At IIAS, Director Philippe Paycam and his associates warmly greeted the Fudan delegation and updated the delegation with IIAS’s research network building and flagship programs. Both sides were interested in institutional level engagement and academic resource sharing, especially on comparative research on Chinese civilization.

VP Lin Shangli, Chen Yinzhang and Liu Chunrong were then invited by Leiden University and LERU (League of European Research Universities) to join the discussion on the role of social sciences and humanities in meeting the global challenges on November 20-21.  The event was presented by a group of prominent academics, university administrators and policymakers from throughout the world.  The Fudan delegates shared their Chinese perspectives and agreed on mobilizing more financial resources and promoting international partnerships for an expanded role of SSH in coping with human challenges.  

Professor Li Xing

Date: 
Friday, February 27, 2015

The Fudan Centre is proud to announce that Professor Li Xing from University of Aalborg, expert in international and political economy, Development and International relationships aswell as China as a whole, will be arriving to hold a lecture on “Understanding the dialectics between hegemony and world order. The rising powers and the emerging world re-order.” on the 27th of February, 2015. Besides sharing his knowledge and holding a lecture, there will also be a chance for discussion. For more info feel free to contacnt [email protected]

Feel free to bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee and FRIDAY CAKE is served. 

Venue: Øster Farminagsgade 5, 1353, CSS, NIAS Meeting room, 18.1.18
Time: 27th Feb, 2015. 13.00-14.30

 

Registration: The event is free but a sign up is required. Write a email to [email protected] with name and organisation.

Abstract: 

The seminar aims at providing a framework for understanding the nexus between hegemony and world order with a present-day focus on the dialectic relationships between the US-led/West-based existing world order and the emerging world order brought about by the rise of China and other emerging powers. The emerging powers are reshaping the world order characterized by “interdependent hegemony”. The proposed concept of “interdependent hegemony” explains that the hegemonic structure of the existing world order, including its norms and values, material wealth and institutions is in an increasingly intertwined interconnection and co-existence with the emerging world order. There exists a dialectic nexus between the rise of the emerging powers and the existing world order as an interdependent dynamic process of mutual challenge, mutual constraint, and mutual accommodation. The future world order will neither be based on the domination and universalization by one single country or one core civilization, nor will it be replaced by alternative hegemonic structure seemingly favored by the emerging powers. Hegemony of world order still exists, but it exists in a form of “interdependent co-existence”.

 

New student assistant and contact.

Date: 
Sunday, February 1, 2015

The NIAS FUDAN center has recently hired a new assistant, Viktor Münter. Viktor will be helping Mr. Liu ChunRong with his daily assignments as well as other research related work. Viktor is currently studying Chinese studies at the University of Copenhagen and has recently returned from a 6 month abroad program in Beijing. 

Feel free to contact for more info: [email protected]

Upcoming events and lectures.

FUDAN plans to hold several interesting and dynamic lectures in the coming months, inviting experts on several various subjects to come and share their knowledge. The areas discussed will be China, in the fields on economics, environment, politics, government, urbanization and more. The first lecture will be in the end of February and more info is to come. 

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