China Media Centre Autumn Seminar: Cultural factors limiting China’s global media efforts in Latin America

Speaker: Pablo Morales (University of Westminster)

Topic: Cultural factors limiting CCTV’s efforts in reaching Latin American viewers.

Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: A1.04, Harrow Campus

Chair: Professor Chang Xiangqun

 

OPEN TO ALL

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China Media Centre 2017 Autumn Seminar: THE PREVALENCE AND THE INCREASING SIGNIFICANCE OF GUANXI

China Media Centre 2017 Autumn Seminar

THE PREVALENCE AND THE INCREASING SIGNIFICANCE OF GUANXI

Speaker: BIAN Yanjie

Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Time: 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: RS 603, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HT

Chair: Professor Chang Xiangqun

10 10 2017 CMC Talk Yanjie Bian

OPEN TO ALL

Abstract: This forthcoming paper in The China Quarterly provides an analytical review of the social science literature on guanxi. The focus of this review is on the prevalence and the increasing significance of guanxi during China’s post-1978 reforms implemented to move to a market economy. Since then, researchers have engaged in debates on what guanxi actually means to Chinese people in the past and at present, how it has been adaptive to ongoing institutional transformations, and why its influence in economic, social, and political spheres can be stabling, increasing, or decreasing along with market reforms and economic growth. The author provides a synthesis of these debates before offering a theoretical framework within which to understand the dynamics of guanxi from the changing degrees of institutional uncertainty and market competition. Survey findings on the increases of guanxi usage in labour markets from 1978 to 2009 are presented to illustrate the usefulness of this framework. In the conclusion, the author argues that guanxi is a five-level variable, and that the nature and forms of guanxi influence are contingent upon on whether guanxi is a tie of connectivity, a sentimental tie, a sentiment-derived instrumental tie, an instrumental-particular tie, or an obligational tie that facilitates power-money exchanges. This five-level conceptualization is aimed at advancing future guanxi scholarship in the fast-changing Chinese society.

Biography: BianYanjie is Professor of Sociology at University of Minnesota, USA. Concurrently, he is Director of the Institute for Empirical Social Science Research at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Dr. Bian is a co-founder (with Professor Li Lulu) of the Chinese General Social Survey, which is a public data archive available to domestic and international scholars. Author of 13 books and more than 130 research articles on topics of China’s social stratification, social networks, and institutional change, Dr. Bian’s current projects include the development of the sociology of guanxi, a panel study about networks and jobs in Chinese cities, and East Asian social networks. He was recognized as one of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Elsevier most-cited Chinese researchers in social science.

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Call for participants GCD IV 2017

The 4th Global China Dialogue:
The Belt and Road (B&R) — Transcultural collaborations for shared goals

Call for participants GCD IV 2017_updated

The GCD IV is the only high-end forum in the world to take China’s ‘The Belt and Road’ as a global initiative and to discuss China and Chinese participation in building global society and comprehensive governance of global society.

Date: Thursday-Saturday, 30 Nov-2 December, 2017

 

 

Organisers:

  • Global China Institute, UK
  • Lau China Institute, King’s College London,UK
  • China Media Centre of the University ofWestminster, UK
  • Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies atRenmin University of China (RDCY), China

Panels:

  • How the B&R connects different civilizations
  • How people-to-people bonding operatesthrough transcultural practice
  • What are theoretical and legal bases of the B&R
  • How the media can help to promote the B&R asa Chinese contribution to the humancommunity.

Schedule:

  • Thursday 30th November, 14:00-17:00 Registration, Symposium of Globalization of Chinese for Social Sciences (GCSS), University of Westminster
  • Friday 1st December, 08:30-17:00 The Dialogue, the British Academy
  • Friday 1st December, 18:00-20:00 Reception, the UK Parliament
  • Saturday 2nd December, 10:00-16:00 A workshop on Chinese for Social Sciences (CSS),King’s College London

Organizing Committee (in alphabetical order):

Chairs

  • Professor Xiangqun Chang Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of UCL
  • Professor Kerry Brown Professor Kerry Brown, Director of Lau China Institute, King’s College London
  • Professor Hugo de Burgh Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of the China Media Centre, University of Westminster
  • Professor WANG Wen, Executive Dean of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China.

London Book Fair: Launch of the Walk for Peace by Lord Bates

《为和平徒步——中国之旅的超文化体验》 首发式暨版权签约仪式在伦敦举行

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2017年3月14日,在伦敦书展,中国国际出版集团展位,新世界出版社与全球中国出版社共同主办了《为和平徒步——中国之旅的超文化体验》首发式暨版权签约仪式。

《为和平徒步——中国之旅的超文化体验》一书是新世界出版社于2016年策划出版的汉英合订本《徒步中国——爱与和平的信仰征程》的英国版。本书收录了麦克•贝茨勋爵2015年在中国从北京徒步至杭州的70余篇徒步日记和沿途照片,真实记录了这位英国政要眼中的当代中国和沿途感悟。书中还包括5个附录,提供了“为和平徒步”系列活动的相关信息。

本书作者麦克•贝茨勋爵是英国上议院议员,终身贵族,曾任保守党副主席、上议院副议长及副主席,现任英国政府国际发展部国务大臣。麦克•贝茨勋爵于2009年开始进行慈善公益徒步,2011年在夫人雪琳的帮助下开始进行长距离慈善公益徒步。2015年,他从北京徒步到杭州,为中国红十字会募集了九万英镑。截至2016年,他徒步的足迹已遍布包括阿根廷、巴西、中国、英国、德国、希腊等在内的23个国家。在他徒步进行慈善活动的过程中,先后收到潘基文、罗格、罗马教皇、巴赫、卡梅伦、伊丽莎白女王的接见或致辞问候,还受到了习近平主席的点名赞扬。本书由英国为和平徒步基金会主席、英国中华总商会常务副主席兼秘书长、英国浙江联谊会主席李雪琳•贝茨勋爵夫人翻译、汇编而成。

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