2017 Events


Guest Lecture
by H.E Ambassador Vani Rao
Ambassador of India in Finland
on
Contemporary South-South Cooperation: India’s Perspectives
 
             Date:    Monday, 11 December 2017
             Time:   10:15 – 11:45
             Venue:  University of Helsinki, Main Building,
                           Auditorium XIII, Unioninkatu 34, Helsinki
 
This event is organized by Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki Chinese Studies and University of Helsinki South Asian Studies. This lecture is part of our “China and the Global South Lecture Series” 

South African Ambassador H.E. Ms Carmen Smidt

cordially invites you to a Public Lecture

 

by Ms Lindiwe Zulu

Minister of Small Business Development of South Africa

on

South Africa’s Policy and Strategies of Global Development and Poverty: the Role of Entrepreneurship

 

             Date:    Wednesday, 22 November 2017

             Time:   10:00 – 11:30

             Venue:  University of Helsinki, Main Building, 

                          Auditorium XII, Unioninkatu 34, Helsinki

 

This event is organized by South African Embassy in Finland, UH Department of World Cultures and UH Chinese Studies. This lecture is part of our “China and the Global South Lecture Series”


Chinese State Feminism as Soft Power?: All-China Women’s Federation and its Globally Circulating Representations

Time: 11:00-11:45 am, November 28, 2017

Venue: Unioninkatu 40, Hall 4, University of Helsinki

 

Dr. Dusica Ristivojevic, Visiting Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Helsinki


Asian Studies Day Conference

November 9, 2017

University of Helsinki, AUD 116,Unioninkatu 35

9:30-11:00

An Introduction to the South China Sea Dispute
Li Mingjiang, Professor, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Current Fundamental Situation over North Korea
Shi Yinhong, Professor of International Relations, Renmin University of China

13:30-15:30

Welcoming words and introduction to the theme:
Julie CHEN, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki

The United States and China Today: The Emerging Strategic Retrenchment in Dynamic Uncertainties:

SHI Yinhong, Professor of International Relations, Renmin University of China

Comments:
Sabine BURGHART, University lecturer, Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku

China’s Strategy in the South China Sea Dispute:

LI Mingjiang, Professor, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Comments:
Jyrki KALLIO, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

This event is organized by the China Law Center of the University of Helsinki, the Confucius Institute of the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies. The event has received generous support from the Joel Toivola Foundation.

 


Chinese Foreign Policy and Arctic Diplomacy

Speaker: Professor LENG Tse-Kang, Director of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica (IPSAS) and Professor of Political Science at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

Time: Tuesday 31 October 2017, 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Kruunuvuorenkatu 4 (2nd floor)

This event is organized with Finnish Institute of International Affairs.


Chinese Foodways in Taiwan and Helsinki

Speaker: Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki

Time: 14:15 to 15:00 on Thursday October 12, 2017

Venue is Room 8 in Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), University of Helsinki


From Arch Enemy to National Saviour: The Renaissance for Confucius In Contemporary China

Prof. Torbjörn Lodén, Sweden

Date: September 26, 2017

Time: 14:15-15:45

Venue: Fabianinkatu 33, Hall 6


Architecture for People: Building Homes for Victims in Disaster Zones in Asia

Hsieh Ying-Chun, whose house design will be presented in Helsinki Design Week 2017 will give a presentation at the University of Helsinki. Hsieh is an international award-winning architect from Taiwan. He will share his experience of building more than 3.000 homes with local people in natural disaster zones in Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia.

Date: September 13, 2017

Time: 10:15-11:45

Venue: Metsätalo, sali 6 (Unioninkatu 40), University of Helsinki 


Two Visions of a Regional Order: China’s New Silk Road and Russia’s Eurasian Union

Prof. Marcin Kaczmarski, University of Warsaw

Date: 10 – 11:30 am on Wednesday May 10

Venue: Unioninkatu 38 A, Room 109


National Cinema with Chinese Characteristics: Recent Development in the Film Industry in China

Dr. Wing-Fai Leung, Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London, United Kingdom

Date: Thursday April 20, 2017

Time: 12:15 to 13:45

Venue: P722, University of Helsinki

The Chinese film industry has only recently commercialized following the Open Door policy and the liberalization of state media in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the production and distribution of films remain tightly regulated by the State, while the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, the late 1990s Asian financial crisis and China’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2001 have prompted rapid changes in the sector in the last 15 years. The film industry has absorbed the ailing film sector in Hong Kong, and in 2003 the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) licensed five private companies to distribute domestic films. While Hollywood studios continue to struggle with the quota system in China which limits the number of film imports to 34 a year, Chinese private corporations are expanding in foreign markets. Chinese cinema is also central to State policy to develop soft power, and the ‘Going Out Policy’ of cultural and media products, without repeating the huge success of seminal works such as Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and Zhang Yimou’s Hero (2002). In the meantime, private enterprises including Wanda, and the three Internet giants Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, have forced the integration of media platforms and begun to invest in film domestically and globally. This lecture considers the significance of commercial Chinese cinema as a unique tripartite state-private-regional industry model.

This event is organized by Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki


Mirroring Audiences through Performed Song in an Ethnic Minority Village in Southwest China

Suvi Rautio,  PhD candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki.

Date: Thursday April 6, 2017

Time: 12:15 to 13:00

Venue: P722, University of Helsinki

Since the growth of the post-Mao socialist market economy, Chinese heritage has been central to cultural state policy. Eager to move beyond politics of Maoist class struggle, China’s cultural policy seeks to portray a reconciled history carrying the notion of ‘Chinese-ness’ separate from lived memory. Most apparent in state-led efforts to restore historical relics and rejuvenate culture, China’s heritage sites act as vehicles that recite narratives of a shared common culture to strengthen national unity and legitimise the party-state.  By taking a more sideways approach to studying heritage-making in China, Rautio’s presentation revisits the workings behind preservation by focusing on ethnic minority aesthetic representation through performed song. Her presentation is based a thirteen months of ethnographic research in an ethnic minority Kam (dong 侗) village in southwest China still at the preparatory phase of becoming a nationally and globally reclaimed heritage site.


China and Africa in Regional and Global Governance

Date: Monday April 3, 2017

Time: 16:15 to 17:45

Venue: Unioninkatu 37, Room LS, University of Helsinki

 

16:15 Introduction (Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chen, University of Helsinki)

16:20 China and Africa in Regional and Global Governance: The Securitization of Sino-Africa Relations (Dr. Niall Duggan, University College Cork, Ireland)

16:50 Discussant: Prof. Barry Gills (University of Helsinki)

17:00 Legitimation and ‘Reverse-Socialization’: China and the Diffusion of International Norms in Africa (Dr. Obert Hodzi, University of Helsinki)

17:30 Discussant: Dr. Jyrki Kallio (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)

 

This event is organized by Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki


Reflections of a Soft Power Agnostic : China and the World

Prof. Gary D. Rawnsley, University Director of International Strategy and Professor of Public Diplomacy, Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom                                          

Venue: Unioninkatu 37, Room LS

Time: Monday March 27, 2017 from 16:15 to 17:45

In the past decade, few concepts in international relations have captured the imagination of both the policy making communities and public opinion as “Soft Power”. The Chinese government has been particularly enthusiastic about accumulating and exercising soft power to change the global conversation about China. In this presentation, Professor Gary Rawnsley will discuss why he is uncomfortable with the idea of soft power and will critique some of its major assumptions, as well as consider how China accumulates and exercises soft power.

This event is organized by Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki


Sino-Russian Relations: Recent Trends and Issues

Prof. Nikolay Samoylov, St. Petersburg State University

Venue: Unioninkatu 37, Room LS

Time: Monday March 20, 2017 from 16:15 to 17:45


China’s War against Air Pollution: How is it Fought at the Local Level?

Speaker: Prof. Anna L. Ahlers, University of Oslo

Venue: P722, University of Helsinki

Time: Thursday February 23, 2017 from 12:15 to 13:45

Heavy domes of smog are covering China’s cities and are increasingly perceived as an environmental and health threat by both the population and the authorities. In 2014, the central government declared a “war against pollution”. How is it fought? Prof. Ahlers will present findings from the local level, where many different interests clash.

This event is organized by Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki


Chinese Feminism and Global Politics

Speaker: Dr. Dusica Ristivojevic, Visiting Researcher, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Helsinki

Venue: Unioninkatu 37, Room LS

Time: Monday January 23, 2017 from 16:15 to 17:45

This lecture will focus on the ways in which Chinese feminism has been intertwined with global politics and China’s re/positioning in the modern world order. It will bring together the turns of the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries as the two historical periods marked by significant developments pertaining to Chinese feminism on the one hand, and the intense Sino-Western communication on the other. The lecture will address the emergence of Chinese feminism within the context of unfavorable inclusion of the Great Qing into the modern system of international relations. At the same time, it will look at the ways in which the growth of Chinese feminism since the 1990s has been interrelated with the global reconfigurations of geo-political and symbolic power.