Meet Nicholas Loubere, Author of “Global China as Method”

Venue: Topelia A Building, Room 132 (Unioninkatu 38 A)

Time: 10:15-11:30 AM Friday 28 October

Is China part of the world? Based on much of the political, media, and popular discourse in the West the answer is seemingly no. Even after four decades of integration into the global socioeconomic system, discussions of China continue to be underpinned by a core assumption: that the country represents a fundamentally different ‘other’ that somehow exists outside the ‘real’ world. Either implicitly or explicitly, China is generally depicted as an external force with the potential to impact on the ‘normal’ functioning of things. This core assumption, of China as an orientalised, externalised, and separate ‘other’, ultimately produces a distorted image of both China and the world. Global China as Method seeks to illuminate the ways in which the country and people form an integral part of the global capitalist system. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

Nicholas Loubere, one of the authors of Global China as Method will be speaking to us about his new book. Nicholas Loubere is senior lecturer at Lund University, Sweden. He is a contemporary Sinologist and a Development Studies scholar interested in the political economy of local socio-economic development in China. Nicholas completed his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds (UK), an M.A. in International Relations at Xiamen University (PRC) and a B.A. in English Literature at Northern Illinois University (USA).