2017 Pre-Dialogue symposium
 Globalization of Chinese social sciences 

Along with introduction and application of general social scientific theories and methods in studying Chinese society there are two prevalent perspectives in the Chinese social science circle: firstly, that foreign scholars’ endeavours to study China are ineffective and cannot solve the practical problems; secondly, that Chinese social scientists should ‘break the Western academic hegemony’. The so-called ‘Western academic hegemony’ includes the publishing of articles in English, writing in accordance with the Western social science norm and style, authors being accepted by the Western academic system, and works being understood through the lens of Western ‘ideology’. To Chinese scholars, these requirements are seen as an ‘academic hegemony’. So in the case of Fei Xiaotong, even if all his works were translated into English, the English version could not always accurately express the essence of the academic thought.

Two viewpoints prevail in Western social science: one is that the level of Chinese social science is generally low; the other is an expectation that new ideas may be learnt from relevant research by Chinese scholars. Among the articles which will be published in the first issue of The Journal of China in comparative Perspective (JCCP) in 2015, one is by a Western social scientist on ‘inventing and developing of Chinese social science vocabularies’ in the context of Chinese social scientist Fei Xiaotong’s research; another one is a Western sinologist’s article on the application of relevant methodological viewpoints, again from Fei Xiaotong’s work. These articles demonstrate how Western authors can be self-reflexive in conducting their research on China, so reaching a new level of research.

Global China Institute promote Globalization of Chinese social sciences  in all aspects. JCCP is committed to publish the best results of empirical studies of problem-oriented research, theoretical and methodological studies bilingually, in order to engage in-depth communication between Chinese and non-Chinese scholars. Global Century Press publishesthe the  book series Globalization of  Chinese Social ScienceGlobal China Thinktank is anticipated to introduce Chinese social scientists’ work globally in the framework of the globalization of knowledge, and through consultancy and public engagement to participate in shaping the global society. Global China Dialogue Series (GCDS) annual forum sometimes organises the Symposium of Globalization of Chinese Social Sciences, in conjunction with it. 


  • Global China Institute, UK
  • The Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • The China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
  • Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY), China. 

Date: Thursday 30 November

Venue: Fyvie Hall, the University of Westminster

14:00-14:30      Registration

14:30-15:00      Introduction

Chair: Professor HAO Shiyuan, Academician of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS); President of the Chinese Anthropological Society (CAS), China  [tbc]


  • Introduction to Globalization of Chinese Social Sciences (GCSS), Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of Global China Institute, UK; Honorary Professor of UCL, UK
  • Chinese Anthropology returns to the world – writing ethnographies overseas, Professor ZHOU Yongming, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, USA

15:00-16:30       Presentations

  • Interpretation of Xi Jinping Thought: One Belt And One Road -- the cooperation of cultural transfer for the common goal, Professor SHI,Yijun, School of Marxist Studies, Liaoning Normal University, China
  • Constructing human destiny community and cultural consensus, Professor ZHOU Yuguo, School of Marxist Studies, Liaoning Normal University, China
  • Sanskrit Studies: The ‘Cultural Common Divisor’ in the Sino-Indian Relations, Dr. ZHOU Liqun, Lecturer in Beijing Foreign Studies University,China; Li Foundation of New York Fellow in Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
  • The Grand One Belt-One Road Initiative: Opportunities, Challenges and Implications, Dr Khee Giap Tan, Co-Director, Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP), National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Construction and rethink of contemporary Chinese culture in the globalization, Dr TIAN Yuan,  School of Marxist Studies, Beijing University of Technology, China          
  • Interchange and Integration:Culture between China and Britain under “the Belt and Road”, Dr JIANG Haishan, Beijing University of Technology, China
  • The Belt and Road’ and urban foreign trade development, Dr GUO Xuefei, Associate Professor, Economic Research Institute, Chengdu Academy of Social Sciences, China
  • The strategy of expanding the scope of opening-up in Chengdu with the Belt and Road, Associate Professor MING Liang, Institute of Sociology, Chengdu Academy of Social Sciences, China
  • The development of cultural and creative industry of the Silk Road Economic Belt, Professor YIN Hong, Economic Research Institute, Chengdu Academy of Social Sciences, China

Related info

1. Global China Dialogue Website (English-Chinese) http://www.dialogue.global-china.org 

2. Global China Dialogue IV Webpage

3. Pre-Global China Dialogue IV event Webpage

4. Post-Global China Dialogue IV event Webpage


Ms XIONG Yi info@gci-uk.org

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