Date: Friday-Saturday, 2-3 December, 2016
Venue 2. 18:30-22:00, 2nd Dec. Reception (by invitation only), at Pugin Room, House of Commons, UK Parliament, London SW1A 0AA
Venue 3. 9:00-16:00, 3rd Dec. CACSS workshop, King's College London, UK
World in Turmoil
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. Cultural diversity and 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.
China in a Changing World
China and the Chinese people are currently making an important contribution to the world order and shaping a global society. What are the important global issues that concern China? What are the Chinese ways of thinking and doing things with respect to global issues? We wish to engage Western audience in dialogues on topics that arise from these questions, including development, education, economics, migration, the family, the environment, public health, human security and global governance.
For nearly three decades, China has been implementing a ‘going out’ (走出去) policy or strategy to encourage its enterprises to invest overseas. The policy embraces not only the economy but also finance, language, culture, sciences, technology, social sciences, publishing and the media, and under its provisions an international investment bank (亚投行) has been established.
Through his visits to nearly 50 countries, President Xi Jinping himself has promoted the ‘one belt one road’ (一带一路) regional development strategy and China’s governance model (治国理政).In his recent visit to the UK, he said ‘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’s economic growth and global governance’.
The West needs to engage in dialogue with China on a range of common concerns for the future of our world, including development, education, economics, migration, the family, the environment, public health, human security and global governance.
The Global China Dialogue series (GCDs) focuses on these issues to enhance public understanding of current global affairs and common interests through public dialogue and discussion between Chinese and non-Chinese academics, experts, professionals and practitioners and interested laypeople, from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives.
The GCDs also develop the 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. In particular, they 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.
The series brings Chinese and Western scholars and opinion leaders together in an ongoing project in social creativity, exploring transculturality and cultural generativity, contributing to the development of a ‘global cultural sphere’ beyond any single culture, state or nationality, contributing to building a harmonious, symbiosis based human community.
Official recognition came when GCD II became the only event to have a global and social scientific focus in the government designated 2015 Year of UK-China Cultural Exchange with the theme ‘Transculturality and New Global Governance’. Professor Kerry Brown of King’s College London noted its significance in its keynote speech at the British Academy. The proceedings of the first two GCDs will be published jointly in June 2016 by Global China Press (London) and New World Press (Beijing).
The series plans to develop its future programme by continuing to work within the framework of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which accord with the UNESCO’s mission of defencing peace and the conditions for building sustainable development world through creative intelligence, as follows:
The GCD III will consist three parts:
Part one: A one-day event for the GCD III on Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change at the British Academy, Friday, 2nd December 2016. There will be four panels that bring the theories and methods underlying current debates about global climate change and how to deal with it into sharp relief. In sequence they question the deliverability of the new sustainable development goals (SDGs), review the 2015 Paris Agreement from a governance perspective, examine sustainability in China’s green revolution, and present the case for Corpus-based discourse studies on climate change. In sum they join Chinese research and thinking on managing climate change with equivalent work in the West to contribute to the common human effort to deal with the global threat to our life on this planet. The abstracts and proposed panelists are:
Panel I Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals: The resolution of the UN General Assembly of 25 September 2015 committed member states to transforming the world by 2030 with 17 SDGs and 169 targets. Does the experience of the previous Millennium Development Goals provide encouragement that a programme of this ambition can be sustained and delivered? What are the likely obstacles in its way, such as war and economic shocks and what kinds of co-operation with other actors, with corporations and civil society in particular will be required? What kinds of developments in current global institutions, such as the G7 and G20 meetings, and in regional pacts such as ASEAN, will the SDGs promote and will China’s Belt and Road policy assist their achievement?
Panel II Reviewing the Paris Agreement from a governance perspective: From Copenhagen to Paris, China has taken a lead in shaping global climate governance by jointly negotiating and joining in a binding climate deal. And this has been achieved after President Xi Jinping took office three years ago and the new Chinese leadership has begun to take newly proactive approach in its diplomatic policy. Against the backdrop, it is meaningful to review China’s current contribution to the global climate regime.
Panel III Sustainability in China’s green revolution: From ecological civilization, beautiful China, economic new normal, supply-side economic reform to green development, President Xi Jinping and the new leadership have coined a host of new narratives in achieving sustainable and balanced development. It shows that the leadership is keen to turn its promises made on the global stage into domestic actions by introducing new development guidelines and reshaping its economic and social policies. And China needs such a green revolution to bring this country onto the right track. At the same time, the panel will explore difficulties on the route of China’s green revolution.
Panel IV Corpus-based discourse studies on climate change: The emerging of corpus linguistics provides a new way of thinking about language. In the past few decades, corpus approach has been widely used in studying many aspects of linguistic enquiry. Text corpora which contain large number of authentic language enable wide scope of empirical analyses of the actual patterns of use in a language. The corpus-based language studies have obtained a fruitful achievement. It is evident that corpora as a source of empirical data coupled with (semi-)automatic computational tools, such as WordSmith Tools, AntCon and GRAPHCOLL, can be used in a number of different fields of study in which language matters. In recent years, a group of scholars have paid more and more attention to the extension of corpus approach to a range of social science. CASS at Lancaster University is the excellent representative who is committed to develop new method in the study of language to provide an insight into the use and manipulation of language in society in a host of pressing concern. This panel invites scholars to present researches on climate change and related topics from perspective of corpus based discourse analysis.
Part two: An evening event for networking at the House of Commons, of the British Parliament, on Friday, 2nd December 2016.
Part three: A one-day workshop on Corpus Approach to Chinese Social Science (CACSS) at King's College London, Saturday, the 3rd December 2016．This is an extension of the Panel 4 of the GCD III, and also an open academic event, for both participants of the GCD III and others who are interested in this topic.
With the enhancement of interdisciplinary awareness, linguistic methods, such as corpus based discourse, has been applied to sociology, ethnography, cultural studies, psychology, cognitive science and computer science, etc. In the past decade Chinese social scientists are seeking for new methods in analyzing large quantity of texts in addition to quantitative and qualitative analysis. For example, the Contemporary China Social Life Data and Research Center (CCSLC), Fudan University has collected unique set of data on contemporary Chinese social life since 1949, consists of more than 300,000 personal correspondences, over 1,000 books of personal notes, diaries, huge information of the history of personal life, as well as large amount of interview notes, and monographs.The Brill Company has signed a contract with Fudan University Publishing House for publication of 30 volumes of them. This precious material is inevitably adopted as a default resource for the research which language matters. it will undoubtedly be very helpful for understanding the construction of contemporary China's social order and deep structure of ordinary people's relationships. Inspirited by the ESRC Centre of Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University, CCPN Global engages the CASS, the CCSLC of Fudan University and the RCDC (the Research Centre for Discourse and Communication, Zhejiang University of Media and Communication), together developing the programme of the CACSS. This workshop will introduce related work and engage further discussions with people who are interested in this initiative.
Brief of the organizers
The Global China Dialogue series are organized by CCPN Global (China in Comparative Perspective Network Global, Charity No.: 1154640; an affiliate member of the Academy of Social Sciences) in partnership with Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK, the China Media Centre of the University of Westminster, and YES Global (Young Entrepreneur Society Global).
CCPN Global has an overall mission of bringing comparisons with China into a worldwide conversation for the benefit of all. With its publications, the Journal of China in Comparative Perspective (JCCP), book series, and the GCDs aims bring Chinese and Western thinkers together in debate and research that will generate shared endeavours to create a world that benefits all humankind. The GCDs showcases transcultural practice on global issues and governance by organizing the event collaboratively between academia, government, international organizations and academic NGOs.
The GCDs has received enthusiastic support from all the supporters and sponsors that are participating in this event. The Organizing Committee welcomes all who wish to contribute to the success of the GCDs.
General Secretary Mr Philip Hao, President, YES Global; CEO, UVIC Group, UK
The structure of the two day event consists of three parts.
Part one: Friday, 2nd December 2016 (8:30-17:00) at the British Academy - the GCD III on Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change with four panels:
Part two: Friday, 2nd December 2016 (18:30-22:00) at the UK Parliament - Reception
Part three: Saturday, 3rd December 2016 at King's College London - Corpus Approaches to Chinese Social Science (CACSS) workshop. It is the extension of the Panel IV of the GCD III, as well as a separate event.
8:30-17:00 GCD III at the British Academy
09:00-10:00 Opening session
10:00-11:25 Panel I Delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
11:25-11:45 Group photo/Coffee/tea break
11:45-12:55 Panel II Reviewing the Paris Agreement from a governance perspective
14:00-15:15 Panel III Sustainability in China’s green revolution
15:15-15:30 Coffee/tea break
15:30-16:50 Panel IV Corpus approaches to governance in the context of climate change
16:50-17:00 Closing session
Launch new dual-language books and book series
18:30-22:30 Reception at the UK Parliament
9:30-16:00 at King’s College London
10:00-10:30 Morning session
10:30-11:00 Introduction of data collections of Contemporary Chinese Social life
11:00-12:30 Discussion, Q&A
12:30-12:35 Group photo
13:45-14:30 Morning session
14:30-15:00 Discussion, Q&A
15:00-16:00 Closing session
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12月2日 星期五 第三届全球中国对话及招待会
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14:00-15:15 版块三 中国绿色变革可持续研究
15:30-16:50 版块四 语料库的气候治理研究
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