2019 Events

Chinese Investment in Africa

Time: Tuesday December 3, 13:15-14:15 pm

Venue: Unioninkatu 38 A, Room A 118 (Ground Floor), University of Helsinki


13:15-13:20 Opening by Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chen

13:20-13:35 Playing Favorites: Investigating Chinese Investment Policy in Africa (Christopher Chagnon, PhD Researcher, Development Studies, University of Helsinki)

13:35-13:50  The Political Economy of Chinese Private Investment in Ethiopia: A Case Study of the Eastern Industry Park (Weiwei Chen, PhD Researcher, Development Studies, SOAS, University of London; PhD Fellow, United Nations University World Institute for Development Economic Research, Helsinki)

13:50-14:00 Comments by Prof. Franklin Obeng-Odoom (Development Studies & Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science) & Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chen (Chinese Studies)

Visual Images of the Soviet Union and the West in China in 1950s – 1970s: Changes and Continuities

Speaker: Prof. Nikolay Samoylov (St. Petersburg State University)

Venue: Kielikeskus, sh406

Time: December 3, 2019, from 10:15 to 11:15

Religions in Contemporary China

Speaker: Paulos Huang, PhD and ThD, Adjunct Professor at University of Helsinki

Date: Monday 2 December, 10:15-11:30

Venue: Room 5, University of Helsinki’s Main Building

What is Going on in China?:  Anglophone Media and its Texts and Subtexts on the PRC Since 1989

Speaker: Dr. Dusica Ristivojević (University of Helsinki)

Date and Time: 10:15-11:30 am, Monday November 18

Venue: Room 5, University of Helsinki Main Building

Seminar “Tools for Transformational Research on the Belt & Road Initiative”

Speaker: Daniele Brombal (Ca’ Foscari University Venice)

Time: 10:15-11:30, Wednesday 13 November

Venue: Päärakennus, Sali 4, University of Helsinki

China’s Challenge to Human Rights

Date and Time: 10:15-11:30, Monday November 4

Venue: Room 5 in the University of Helsinki’s Main Building

Speaker: Katja Creutz, Senior Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Trends in Asian Politics: Populism, Electoralism and Authoritarianism

Time: 13:30-14:30, Tuesday 29 October

Venue: Unioninkatu 38 A, Room A 118 (Ground Floor), University of Helsinki

Speaker: Prof. Duncan McCargo, Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen

Seminar on EU-China Relations and Its Polar Dimension (Watch on YouTube)

Venue: Topelia F211, University of Helsinki

Date and Time: 27 September 9-12 am

Opening by Julie Yu-Wen Chen

China’s Arctic Silk Road Cooperation within the China-U.S.-Europe Trilateral Strategic Interactions (Prof. XIN Hua, Executive Deputy Director of Center for European Union Studies, Shanghai International Studies University & Director of Research, Shanghai Institute for European Studies)

Economic Tie between China and Nordic Countries (Prof. DING Chun, Director of Center for European Studies, Fudan University)

China-EU Cooperation and Arctic Governance (Prof. LIU Hongsong, Deputy Director of Center for European Union Studies and Deputy Dean of School of International Relations, Shanghai International Studies University)

China, Great power Climate Responsibility and the Arctic region (Sanna Kopra, Postdoctoral Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland & Visiting Scholar, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)

Finland China Trade (Kasper Dahlberg, MA Student, University of Helsinki)

The Making of the Helsinki-Tallinn Tunnel (Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki)

Questions and comments from Jyrki Kallio

Questions and comments from Mikko Puustinen

Chinese Travellers Misunderstood in Africa? (Watch on YOUTUBE)

Presenter: Julie Yu-Wen Chen

Time: September 19, from 17:00 on

Venue: Think Corner

This is part of the Crazy World Programme of the Think Corner

Seminar on Recent Development in Hong Kong

Date: Monday 16 September, 10-12

Venue: Metsätalo, Sali 11, University of Helsinki

10:15 Introduction and Chinese Media’s Portrayal of the Hong Kong Protest by Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chen (Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki)

10:25 Hong Kong in and out of the Anglophone Media by Dr. Dušica Ristivojević (Kone Foundation Bold Initiatives Researcher, University of Helsinki)

10:55 Hong Kong Students’ Views by Kenneth (Student, Aalto University)

11:05 Finnish Media’s Portrayal of the Hong Kong Protest by Dr. Tiina Airaksinen (Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of Helsinki)

Helsinki Fautline Encounters Conference: A Chinese Future?

Time: August 29, from 9:00 on

Venue: Metsätalo, Lecture Hall 2


The Rise of Taiwanese and Hong Kong Identities and Their Implications for Beijing and Washington

Speaker: Prof. Syaru Shirley Lin (Chinese University of Hong Kong & University of Virginia)

Time: July 4, 14:00-16:00

Venue: Metsätalo, Sali A215

Critical Examination of China’s Project of the Century: Belt and Road Initiative’s Impacts in Central Asia and Southeast Asia

Time: Thursday 13 June, 2-4 pm

Venue: Metsätalo, Hall 8, Unioninkatu 40

2:15-2:20 Opening by Julie Yu-Wen Chen

2:20-2:40 Players or spectators? Central Asia’s role in Belt and Road Initiative by Neil Collins (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan & University College Cork, Ireland)

2:40-3:00 Impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative on the territorial disputes in the South China Sea by Alfred Gerstl (Palacky University, Czech Republic & University of Vienna, Austria)

3:00-3:10 Comments from Julie Yu-Wen Chen

3:10-3:20 Comments from Niki Sopanen (University of Helsinki)


Current Taiwan in a Dynamic Globe

Speaker: Representative of Taipei Representative Office in Finland Ms. R. Jane Cheng

Time: Thursday 14.3.2019, 10.15 am