China behind the Media

What does China look like behind the dominant media images? In this seminar, scholars who have spent years studying China’s political system and society debate the most important current developments. The seminar is free of charge.

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In Western media China increasingly comes across as an ever more authoritarian state. At the same time, the country is taking the responsibility to help address climate change and global poverty. We hear that China is a global economic miracle, as well as a potential threat to democracy. In this publicly open seminar, some of the world’s foremost experts on Chinese society, politics and environment discuss what China looks like behind the media images.

Organized in three panels, scholars will debate short and long term developments in the political system, which global ambitions the Communist Party is cultivating, the human rights situation in Xinjiang, feminist activism, and how the government and the public are responding to environmental degradation and climate change.

The seminar is organized by the research project Airborne at the University of Oslo (UiO). It is aimed at a general audience with an interest in understanding China better.

The seminar will be conducted in English. It will not be streamed.

Panels and contributors

Panel 1 – Chinese Politics Today: Ambivalent Ambitions? 

Anna L. Ahlers, University of Oslo (moderator)

Jo Inge Bekkevold, Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies

Thomas Heberer, University of Duisburg-Essen

Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, University of Zurich

Panel 2 – Climate and Environment: Is China the Problem and the Solution?

Rune Svarverud, University of Oslo (moderator)

May Tan-Mullins, University of Nottingham, Ningbo 

Jan Ivar Korsbakken, CICERO

Hans Henrik Moe, University of Oslo

Hedda Flatø, University of Oslo

Edwin Schmitt, University of Oslo

Panel 3 – Human Rights, Minorites, Media and Gender Debates: Where is Chinese Society Heading?

Mette Halskov Hansen, University of Oslo (moderator)

Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, University of Stavanger

Eva Pils, King’s College London

Adrian Zenz, AWM Korntal

Fangfang Gao, Zhejiang University

Programme

10:00-10:30 Coffee / tea  
10:30-10:40

Welcome

Introduction to the seminar and presentation of the Airborne project

Project manager Mette Halskov Hansen, UiO
10:40-12:00 Panel 1 – Chinese Politics Today: Ambivalent Ambitions? 

Anna L. Ahlers, UiO (moderator)

Jo Inge Bekkevold, Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies

Thomas Heberer, University of Duisburg-Essen

Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi, University of Zurich

12:00-13:00 Break  
13:00-13:30 Coffee / tea  
13:30-14:45 Panel 2 – Climate and Environment: Is China the Problem and the Solution?

Rune Svarverud, UiO (moderator)

May Tan-Mullins, University of Nottingham, Ningbo

Jan Ivar Korsbakken, CICERO

Hans Henrik Moe, UiO

Hedda Flatø, UiO

Edwin Schmitt, UiO

14:45-15:00 Break

 

15:00-16:15 Panel 3 – Human Rights, Minorities, Media and Gender Debates: Where is Chinese Society Heading?

Mette Halskov Hansen, UiO (moderator)

Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, University of Stavanger

Eva Pils, King’s College London

Adrian Zenz, AWM Korntal

Fangfang Gao, Zhejiang University

Published Sep. 9, 2018 3:46 PM - Last modified Oct. 10, 2019 1:57 PM