Lecture Series 2016/17


Chinese Youth: Hot Romance and Cold Calculation


Speaker: Professor William R Jankowiak, Barrick Distinguish Professor in the Anthropology Department, University of Nevada in Las Vegas, USA
Date: Thursday, 30 March 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
The discourse of love and sexual expression has moved out of China's urban shadows and into its commercial arteries. It was once forbidden to express it in public, but now it is the currency by which individuals seek to demonstrate their continuing commitment and mutual involvement. In contemporary China love is hot.

My talk explores the cognitive models of love and rules for sexual expression as they were found in urban China twenty years ago and how they are being redefined in recent times in terms of commitment and mutual involvement. I explore some of the sociological, existential, and evolutionary significance of Chinese society’s shift away from a more formal courtship practice to an informal dating culture.

Registration
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Xi Jinping in Command: Solving the Principal-Agent Problem in the Party-Military Relations?


Speaker: Professor Kou Chien-wen, Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science and Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies (GIEAS) at National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Date: Thursday, 2 March 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7603, 7/F, Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 2)
Language: English


Abstract
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been a key player in Chinese elite politics since 1949. Over the past four years, a series of recent developments has prompted China watchers to re-evaluate the party-military relations in the Xi Jinping era. This paper argues that the party-military relations in the Xi era are characterized by the centralization of power in a single civilian individual. This centralization is reflected in events such as a new emphasis on the Central Military Commission (CMC) chairman responsibility system, the establishment of new coordination bodies under the top leader, radical reforms to the military command structure, the promotion of Xi’s public image as the top leader, and large-scale personnel reshufflings in which Xi’s trustees have gradually occupied key military posts while his rivals are removed. For Xi, these measures are an antidote to the principal-agent problem in the party-military relations, caused by both information asymmetry and interest discrepancy between civilian leaders and the top brass of the PLA.



Normalizing Private Business in China


Speaker: Thomas B Gold, Professor of Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Date: Thursday, 23 February 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7603, 7/F, Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 2)
Language: English


Abstract
We take it for granted that China has a strong private business class whose captains are now playing on a global stage. This is extraordinarily surprising given the relentless attacks on “tails of capitalism” during the Maoist era. This talk addresses the questions of why and how the Communist Party changed its attitude and policy toward private business, and how the Party continued to expand the scope for it so that, along with marketization and globalization, private business has become a normal and integral part of contemporary China.



The American reflection of engagement with China: A backdrop of Trump Presidency


Speaker: Suisheng Zhao, Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Date: Friday, 13 January 2017
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English


Details
Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. A member of the Board of Governors of the US Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, a member of National Committee on US-China Relations, a Campbell National Fellow at Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a Research Associate at the Fairbanks Center for East Asian Research in Harvard University. He is the founder and chief editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, and the author and editor of more than ten books. His articles have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, The Wilson Quarterly, Washington Quarterly, International Politik, The Hague Journal of Democracy, European Financial Review, The China Quarterly, World Affairs, Asian Survey, Asian Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Pacific Affairs, Communism and Post-Communism Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and elsewhere.



The US Presidential Election and its Impact on US-China Relations


Speaker: Robert Daly, Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson Center, USA
Date: Friday, 4 November 2016
Time: 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Academic 1, City University of Hong Kong
Language: English


Bio-sketch
Robert Daly is the director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue. He came to the Wilson Center from the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland. Prior to that, he was American Director of the Johns Hopkins University- Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing. Robert Daly began work in US-China relations as a diplomat, serving as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the US Embassy in Beijing. Later, he taught Chinese at Cornell University, worked on television and theater projects in China as a host, actor, and writer. He directed the Syracuse University China Seminar and served as a commentator on Chinese affairs for CNN, the Voice of America, and Chinese television and radio stations. He also served as American Director of the US-China Housing Initiative at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr Daly has lectured at scores of Chinese and American institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, the East-West Center, the Asia Society, and the National Committee on US-China Relations. He has interpreted for Chinese leaders, including Jiang Zemin, and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter and Henry Kissinger.



蔣介石與抗日戰爭:重探抗戰史


講者 : 美國斯坦福大學胡佛研究院研究員 郭岱君教授
日期 : 2016年11月1日 (星期二)
時間 : 下午 4:00 至 5:30
地點 : 香港城市大學學術樓(一) 7樓 G7603
語言 : 普通話


演講摘要
抗日戰爭是二十世紀中華民族最重要的歷史大事,然而如此重要的世紀大事,卻因為政治考量或史料不足,以致於現有的抗戰史大多失之單薄、偏頗、甚至扭曲。自2004年開始,許多第一手歷史資料在美國斯坦福大學胡佛研究院公開,包括蔣介石日記、國民黨檔案、以及許多近代中國領導人物的個人檔案。新檔案為我們重新理解中國抗戰期間許多重大的議題打開一扇窗戶,例如:九一八東北軍為何不戰而退?為什麼七七蘆溝橋一個偶發的意外竟成為中日大戰的燃火點? 1937年的淞滬戰役究竟是誰先動手的?為什麽會有南京大屠殺?這些新公開的史料,構成我們重探抗戰史的珍貴資產,也為中國現代史的研究開啟了極為重要的新契機。


講者簡介
郭岱君教授為美國斯坦福大學胡佛研究院研究員,曾任斯坦福大學東亞研究所講座教授、北京大學、復旦大學、浙江大學客座教授、中華民國總統府新聞秘書、英文傳譯、第一局副局長,以及行政院新聞局駐波士頓辦公室主任。自2003年起,推動胡佛研究院「近代中國檔案及特藏史料蒐藏及研究計劃」,保存及研究國民黨檔案、蔣介石及蔣經國日記、宋子文檔案、孔祥熙檔案,及許多中外重要領導人物的私人檔案。這批新檔案的開放,不但促使中西方重新認識二十世紀中國重大的歷史事件及領導人物,並進一步重估、改寫過去大家所熟知的歷史,也帶動了新一波的近代中國研究風潮。



環境監管、綠色創新與全要素生產率:基於中國省際和行業面板資料的經驗研究


講者 : 復旦大學國際關係與公共事務學院 朱春奎教授
日期 : 2016年10月12日 (星期三)
時間 : 下午 4:00 至 5:30
地點 : 香港城市大學學術樓(一) 7樓 G7619
語言 : 普通話


演講摘要
環境監管對綠色創新和全要素生產率的影響效應是環境政策領域的研究熱點問題,但也是一個具有理論爭議、有待實證研究的領域。本項研究在借鑒國內外有關環境監管與技術創新、全要素生產率等研究成果的基礎上,測算了我國各地區、各行業的環境監管強度,測度了我國各地區、各行業的工業綠色全要素生產率和綠色創新指數,並基於我國工業省際和行業面板資料建立了面板資料模型,實證研究了環境監管對綠色創新和綠色全要素生產率的影響效應。


講者簡介
朱春奎現任復旦大學國際關係與公共事務學院教授,博士生導師,公共行政系副主任,上海市科技創新與公共管理研究中心主任,2016年王寬誠教育基金會學術講座學者。並兼任中國行政管理學會理事、中國科學學與科技政策研究會理事、中國區域科學協會理事、全國MPA教育指導委員會委員、上海市行政管理學會副秘書長、《復旦公共行政評論》副主編,以及《公共行政評論》、《公共管理與政策評論》、《行政科學》、《復旦教育論壇》等學術刊物編委。



測量香港的政黨體系


講者 : 中山大學政治與公共事務管理學院 何俊志教授
日期 : 2016年9月1日 (星期四)
時間 : 下午 4:00 至 5:30
地點 : 香港城市大學學術樓(一) 7樓 G7619
語言 : 普通話


演講摘要
政黨體系的精確測量是政黨政治研究的一個重要方向。為了超越目前香港政黨研究的類型學階段,需要發展出一些新的工具來測量香港政黨體系的變遷。本報告將基於香港政黨體系的研究現狀,討論香港政黨體系測量的前期嘗試,結合新工具的發展而嘗試對香港政黨體系進行一些新的測量,呈現測量結果,並初步介紹這種測量的學術意義。


講者簡介
何俊志,2003年博士畢業於復旦大學政治學理論專業,2003至2014年任教於復旦大學國際關係與公共事務學院,現為中山大學政治與公共事務管理學院教授。牛津大學聖安東尼學院 (2017) 和哈佛燕京學社 (2013) 訪問學者。主要研究方向為比較議會與選舉制度,重點關注中國人大制度和香港選舉制度。