2021 Events

China’s Rise/Asia’s Responses Conference 

Dates: 10-11 June, 2021

Watch keynote speeches and some panels here.

Tibetan Food(s) and Identity in a Global Context

Date: Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Format: Online (Registered participants will get link to the event 1 day before)

Speaker: Ute Wallenböck (Masaryk University & Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic)

Watch the recording here.

Virtual High Tea with Mikko Puustinen, Advisor for Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Date: Friday 28 May, 2021

Time: 13:00-14:00

Watch the recording here. Or listen to the shortened version on Podcast.

Taiwan’s Opportunities and Challenges During the Pandemic: Domestic Politics, Foreign Relations, and Global Health Strategies

Date: Tuesday 25 May, 2021

Time: 10-12 am

Watch the recording here.

Film Screening: 10 Conditions of Love

From 28 April to 5 May, 2021.

Discussion with Prof. Julie Yu-Wen Chen is from 15:00-15:40 on 6 May.

Cinemas as the Sinosphere: Chinese Transnational Cinema Today

Time: April 9, 2021

Speaker: Professor Chris Berry (King’s College London)

Time: 26 March 2021 14: 00-15:40 Helsinki time


14:00-14:10 Introduction: The Making of Belt and Road Initiative Projects in African States: Local Actors, Interests, and Policy Link-Ups (Julie Yu-Wen Chen, University of Helsinki)

14:10-14:20 Actors, Agency and Localization: The Making of an African Belt and Road Initiative (Obert Hodzi, University of Liverpool)

14:20-14:30 Discussing Obert Hodzi’s paper

14:30-14:40 Adaptive Governance along Chinese-Financed BRI Railroad Megaprojects in East Africa (Maria Adele Carrai, New York University Shanghai & William Yuen YEE, Columbia University)

14:40-14:50 Discussing Marie Adele Carrai’s paper

14:50-15:00 Road from Rhetorical to Practical Appealing: A Case Study on Egypt’s Governmental Response to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from the Domestic Politics (Ye YUAN, Tsinghua University; Junzhe SHEN, China Development Bank Shenzhen Branch)

15:00-15:10 Discussion Yuan and Shen’s paper

15:10-15:20 Negotiating the Belt and Road Initiative in Eastern Africa: the Polymorphy of African Agency in Infrastructure Development (Frangton Chiyemura, Open University, UK; Elisa Gambino, University of Edinburgh & Tim Zajontz, University of Edinburgh & University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

15:20-15:30 Discussing Elisa, Frangton and Tim’s paper

15:30-15:40 Open discussion among presenters and conclusion