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China and the Restructuring of International Political Economy


International Conference

China and the Restructuring of International Political Economy

University of Oregon
April 14-15, 2013
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge




Preliminary Conference Program*

*subject to change

Sunday, April 14

9:00 am
Registration and Coffee

9:30 am
Opening Remarks

10:00 am
Keynote Address:  “The Rise of China and Understandings of Global Capitalism” Michael Webber (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

10:45 am
Panel #1: China Sustainability, and Global Environmental Change

“Globalizing Concepts: Ecology, Political Economy, and China,” Luke Bergmann (University of Washington)

“Environmental Impacts of China’s Investments and Trade in Lower Mekong Countries,” Tao Hu (World Resources Institute, USA)

11:45 am
Lunch Break

1:00 pm
Panel #2: China’s Rise and Its Geo-Economic Influence
Panel Chair:  Daniel Buck (University of Oregon)

“China’s New (Dis)Order: The Paradox of a Fragile Superpower,” Jun Zhang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

“Re-orienting China on the Cross of Historical Path and Global Stage,” Lei Wang (Wuhan University, China)

“Breaking New Ground?  The Micropolitics of China-Central American Development Relations,” Monica DeHart (University of Puget Sound, USA)

2:30 pm
Coffee Break

2:45 pm
Panel #3: Globalization of Chinese Institutions
Panel Chair: Jun Zhang (National University of Singapore)

“The ‘Internationalisation’ of Chinese NGOs: A Dual-Track Process,” Jennifer Hsu (University of Alberta, Canada)

“Explaining China’s Engagement with the World Trade Organization, 2001-2012,” Priyanka Pandit (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

“Ambiguous States: Confucius Institutes in the American Classroom,” Jennifer Hubbert (Lewis & Clark College, USA)

“Beijing, the Rise of BRICS and the China-India Construct,” Jagannath Panda (Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, India)

Monday, April 15

 9:00 am
Registration and Coffee

9:15 am
Keynote Address:  “Chairman Mao’s African Railway,” Jamie Monson (Macalester College, USA)

10:00 am 
Coffee Break

10:15 am
Panel #4: The Expansion of Chinese Capital and Labor
Panel Chair: Jennifer Hsu (University of Alberta)

 “The Investment Banking Networks of Bank of China International (Hong Kong)” David R. Meyer (Washington University in St. Louis, USA) “

“China’s Telecommunications Service Sector and Its Implications for World Economy,” Anil Kumar Kanungo (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade [IIFT], India)

“The Circulation of Labor and Capital between China’s Coastal and Interior Regions,” Siyu Cai (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

“Negotiation of Power Relations between Chinese Investors, their Employees and Customers from West Africa to Southern Africa: Cases from Nigeria and Botswana,” Anthonia Akhidenor (Developmental Research, Edo State Government, Nigeria)

12:15 pm
Lunch Break

1:30 pm
Keynote Address: “China’s Outward FDI: A Geographical Analysis,” Weidong Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

2:15 pm 
Panel #5: Cross-border Trade and Transnational Regionalization

“China and North Korean Refugees,” Michimi Muranushi (Gakushuin University, Japan)

“Cross-border Trade and Minority Business in Xinjiang, China,” Tyler Harlan (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

“Free trade is Not Free: The Geopolitics of China’s Engagement with Mainland Southeast Asia,” Xiaobo Su (University of Oregon, USA)

3:45 pm
Concluding Remarks: Alexander Murphy (University of Oregon, USA)


This event is cosponsored by the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, the Department of Geography, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education, and the Confucius Institute for Global China Studies.  It is free and open to the public. For more info, please call 541-346-1521.