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Ellsworth Conference 2016


A main goal of the center is to connect local and national communities in China and the U.S. by providing a regular forum for dialogue among concerned citizens, opinion leaders, academic, business, media and foreign policy experts. This is being accomplished through conferences, workshops, industry roundtables, public lectures and cultural events that emphasize both scholarly research and interactive engagement.

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Upcoming Events

The Economic Effects of Joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Jan. 20, 2022 at 1 p.m. PST | Register
Taylor Fravel from Massachusetts Institute of Technology will examine the effects of joining China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on participating states. The goal is to analyze economic pathways through which the BRI can serve as a tool for Chinese influence in the world, including through foreign direct investment, exports, development finance, contract funding, and debt forgiveness.

Anxious China: Inner Revolution and the Politics of Psychotherapy
Feb. 3, 2022 at 1 p.m. PST | Register
Li Zhang from UC Davis will examine how an unfolding “inner revolution” is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality and the mode of urban governing in post-socialist China.

When National Identity Meets Conspiracy: COVID-19 Conspiracies on Weibo
Feb. 11, 2022 at 1 p.m. PST | Register
Kaiping Chen from University of Wisconsin-Madison will share her work on how the use of identity language affects the diffusion and the discourse of COVID-19 conspiracy and counternarratives on Weibo.

The Growing Role of STEM and Higher Ed in China’s Belt & Road Initiative
Feb. 24, 2022 at 1 p.m. PST | Register
Denis Simon from Duke University will highlight this new face of the BRI initiative and discuss some of the broader implications for China and the West in economic, political and technological terms.

Webinar: Counterproductive Tech War: Why State-Business Relations Matter in China and the U.S.
March 10, 2022 at 1 p.m. PST | Register
Ling Chen from Johns Hopkins University will discuss the changing dynamics of state-business alliances in the context of the U.S.-China tech war, explaining how the weaponization of the technology supply chains reshaped the interests of the state and businesses in the two countries, alienating them from one another in the U.S. and aligning them in China.

Retrofitting Leninism: Participation without Democracy in Modern China
March 17, 2022 at 4 p.m. PST | Register
Dimitar Gueorguiev from Syracuse University will present findings from his new book, discussing how China integrated participatory elements into its governing system while maintaining authoritarian rule. This event will be in person.

Webinar Series

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Public Talks

The center hosts regular public talks by scholars, policy experts and practitioners, co-sponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

Academic Conferences

The center hosts academic conferences where scholars meet to discuss their research and exchange ideas about future research collaboration.

Policy Dialogues

The center hosts policy briefings and dialogues where academics, government officials, policy experts, business and community leaders meet to discuss policy-relevant topics related to China and U.S.-China relations.

China Research Workshops

The lunch workshop series features new academic research by visiting scholars, graduate students and special guests. It is cosponsored by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

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