The year 2015 is a significant date, having been announced as the ‘Year of UK–China Cultural Exchange’ by both Chinese and British governments. During the year, both countries are holding a series of high-level cultural activities in order to promote cultural communication and industrial collaboration, as well as mutual understanding and friendship between them. In particular, they both chose ‘creativity’ as a theme for their Culture Seasons.
Following the success of the 1st Global China Dialogue (GCD), organized by CCPN Global and YES Global in 2014 in London, the 2nd GCD will focus on ‘transculturality and new global governance’. It will form a complement to the Second High-level Policy Forum on Global Governance in October 2014 in Beijing, China, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Exchange of ideas in different fields is an essential part of transcultural communication, which has deepened in recent years.
Today’s world faces numerous risks and challenges on the road to peace and development. The international system and order are constantly changing, and there are profound changes in the balance of power. All countries, whether developing or developed, are having to adapt to an ever-shifting international and social environment, while the process of modernization in some countries has been interrupted or has spilled out to create global turmoil as a result of the conflicts and contradictions brought about by cultural, religious and social transformation.
At the same time, rapid developments in technology and society have had a profound impact on patterns of thinking, behaviour and interaction and on the moral principles of different countries and groups. They have also constantly challenged established ideas of good governance, including the functions of government in the globalization era and the pros and cons of the participation of non-government organizations. The changes and challenges are myriad: digital technology, mobile communications and the popularization of the internet, the coexistence of cultural homogenization and diversity, ethnic and religious conflicts, the collision between giant multinational corporations and national sovereignty, changes in social norms as a result of scientific innovations, the decisive influence of regional economies on national economic development, the constraints of climate change and the discovery and adoption of new energy sources. Transculturalism has become part of people’s daily life.
Confronted with such challenges, national leaders devise development strategies that reflect both the status quo and their long-term goals. Business leaders and entrepreneurs also invest substantial resources in studying the impact of the changing international economy and financial order on the development of enterprises. Experts and scholars focus on the efficiency of global governance and cultural factors that have quietly exerted great influence, and explore how culture and ideology enhance global and social governance. Such efforts and initiatives are moves in the same direction: towards reaching an in-depth understanding of the knowledge systems of the human community and the development of a ‘global cultural sphere’ beyond any single culture, state or nationality, under the condition of global governance. Thus, the theme of the development and governance of China, Europe and the world has gradually become one of the key research interests of scholars worldwide. In his recent visit to the UK, President Xi Jinping made clear China’s position that ‘As our capabilities grow, we shall shoulder more responsibilities to the best of our ability and contribute China’s wisdom and strength to the world economic growth and global governance’.
Against this background, CCPN Global, the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP), together with the GCD series, will engage broadly and work cooperatively, based on existing studies and activities, to promote an all-round concept of transculturality, to push it from a marginal position towards the centre of mainstream discourse among academics, intellectuals and thinkers worldwide. This will provide both an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the history of our era and accurate forecasts of the trends in development of human society.
Holding the 2nd GCD in the 2015 Year of UK–China Cultural Exchange is significant. It will discuss all facets of new global governance, with contributions from a wide range of leading scholars and international influencers. In this event, the dual language journal (JCCP) and two book series will be formally launched, followed by five panels. They are introducing transculturality and new global governance; ‘civilized dialogue’ – transculture and comparison; sustainable urbanization in Europe and China; school governance and and local government in the UK and abroad, transcultural education and learning; social creativity, transcultural practice, and new global governance.
It will also seek new rules of ‘civilized dialogue’, encouraging both sides to listen to the other, understand cultural differences, respect local customs, accept different perspectives and acknowledge the common destiny of humanity; and explore new global governance encompassing national governments, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs and citizens with a mission to building a harmonious, symbiosis-based global community.
This event is organized jointly by CCPN Global, the China Media Centre of the University of Westminster, the Fudan Development Institute of Fudan University, and YES Global. It has received enthusiastic support from the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy to the UK, the Ministry of Culture of China, the British Council, the British Sociological Association, the Chinese Association of World Politics Studies, academic institutions and all the supporters and sponsors that are participating in this event. It showcases transcultural practice on global issues and governance by organizing the event collaboratively between academia, government, international organizations and academic NGOs.
在2014年12月全球中国比较研究会和全球青年企业家协会在伦敦成功地举办了首届全球中国对话后， 2015年适逢中英文化交流年，作为文化交流年中惟一的思想领域的交流和社会创造活动，第二届全球中国对话主题定为“超文化与新型全球治理”，这与2014年10月联合国开发计划署在北京举办的第二届全球治理高层论坛在超文化实践 (transcultural practice) 的层面形成了对照。
第二届全球中国对话于中英文化交流年期间举办意义重大。这次活动将以“超文化和新型全球治理” 为主题展开对话与交流, 诸多领域国际著名学者和对全球事务具有影响力的人物将参加对话。会上将创刊《中国比较研究》双语期刊，介绍超文化与新型全球治理，展开若干主题的对话与讨论，如超文化和比较视野下的“文明的对话”，中欧可持续城镇化研究，英国的学校治理、全球超文化教育与学习，以及社会创造、超文化及其新型全球治理。来自中国、美国、法国、比利时和英国等诸多领域国际著名学者和对全球事务具有影响力的人物参加对话。
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