New Type of Great Power Relations: Global Power and Chinese National Identity

China’s global economic and political power has expanded. How will China use its new position to change the world? How does the country’s rise change its self-perception?

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International time: 22:00 Beijing, 15:00 Oslo, 09:00 Washington DC.

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China’s global economic and political power has expanded. How will China use its new position to change the world? How does the country’s rise change its self-perception? Manjari Chatterjee Miller will discuss how China’s elites actively reframe the country’s image based on her book  Why Nations Rise: Narratives and the Path to Great Power (Oxford University Press 2021). Lina Benabdallah’s presentation  probes the type of power mechanisms that build, diffuse, and project China’s power in Africa. It draws on her book Shaping the future of power. Knowledge Production and Network Building in China-Africa Relations (University of Michigan Press 2020).

About the presenters 

Manjari Chatterjee Miller

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Manjari Chatterjee Miller.

Associate Professor Associate Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. She is the director of the Rising Powers Initiative (RPI), a new research program of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Miller is also a Research Associate at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, Oxford University. She works on foreign policy and security issues. Miller’s research has appeared in academic journals as well as non-academic outlets such as Foreign Affairs, the New York TimesThe Diplomat, the Asia Society Policy InstituteThe Hindu and the Christian Science Monitor.


Lina Benabdallah

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Lina Benabdallah.

Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Africa Program. Her research has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of International Relations and Development, Third World Quarterly, Project on Middle East Political Science, as well as in public facing outlets such as the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage and Foreign Policy.  


Ilaria Carrozza

Ilaria Carrazzo
Ilaria Carrozza.

Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Her current work examines recent developments in artificial intelligence as a frontier of great power competition; the ethics of algorithms; and the military applications of AI. She has worked on China’s foreign policy for nearly a decade and published on China-Africa security relations, including in The China Quarterly. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She will chair the seminar.


Heidi Østbø Haugen 

Haugen, professor of China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, hosts the seminar series. She heads the ERC-funded project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex).


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Date and time: 3 February 2021. 22:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Juan Du: The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City

Kean Fan Lim: On Shifting Foundations: State Rescaling, Policy Experimentation and Economic Restructuring in Post-1949 China

Discussant: Siv H. Oftedal

Assembling the New China: Labor Brokerage

Date and time: 7 April 2021. 22:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Julia Chuang: Beneath the China Boom: Labor, Citizenship, and the Making of a Rural Land Market

Xinrong Ma: "Entrapment by Consent": The Co-ethnic Brokerage System among Ethnic Yi Labor

Discussant: Yunyun Zhou

Brokers of Aspirations: Education and Cosmopolitanism

Date and time: 5 May 2021. 22:00 (Beijing), 15:00 (Oslo), 09:00 (EST). Sign-up.

Shuning Liu: Neoliberalism, Globalization, and "Elite" Education in China: Becoming International

Bingyu Wang: New Chinese Migrants in New Zealand: Becoming Cosmopolitan? Roots, Emotions, and Everyday Diversity

Discussant: Yi’En Cheng


Heidi Østbø Haugen


Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages

The seminar is organized as part of the project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex). The project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 802070).

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Published Jan. 24, 2021 11:03 PM - Last modified Feb. 9, 2021 10:37 PM