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Chinese Peace in Africa: From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

Virtual book talk

We invite all interested to join us for an online book talk, in which Steven C.Y. Kuo will present his latest book Chinese Peace in Africa - From Peacekeeper to Peacemaker. Following the presentation, the floor will be opened for questions and comments from the audience.

Chunrong Liu, Managing Director, Fudan Centre

Cedric de Coning, Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr, Senior Researcher, NUPI
Kari Osland, Senior Research Fellow, NUPI

All are welcome but registration is required. Please click here to register. After registering you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event.

About the book

China’s emergence in Africa is the most significant development for the continent since at least the end of the Cold War. A fact which necessitates a more detailed and nuanced understanding of Chinese motivations in its African engagement in order to work effectively with China for African peace, security and development.

With Liberia, Darfur and South Sudan as case studies, Kuo comprehensively examines the ”Chinese peace” and places it within the context of the liberal peace debate. He also traces and analyses the Chinese discourse of peace, from traditional Chinese political philosophy, through Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping to post-reform and the Xi Jinping era.

David H. Shinn, Adjunct Professor, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and Former U.S. Ambassador to Burkino Faso and Ethiopa reviewed the book and writes:

China’s interaction with Africa in the security area will become an increasingly important part of the relationship. Kuo’s book is a good addition to the literature on China’s security engagement in Africa…, which will be very useful for experts on China as well as students and researchers, who also delve into Chinese and other Southeast Asian issues.

- African and Asian Studies 18 (2019) 462-465 doi:10.1163/15692108-12341442

For more on Kuo’s book, click here.

About the author

Steven C.Y. Kuo 郭俊逸is a Research Associate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

His research and teaching focus on the areas of China-Africa security relations, political risk analysis and Internationalization of Chinese firms. He was formerly African Political Risk Analyst for Control Risks, a UK based global risk consultancy, and started its “Chinese Clients in Africa” business unit in Johannesburg. Prior to Control Risks, he was lecturer at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University. He has held visiting researcher positions at Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University; School of International Studies, Renmin University; and Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town.

He has published widely on issues pertaining to China-Africa relations, political risk management and African politics, including: The Conversation, Business Day (South Africa), Guardian (UK), Forbes (USA), Caixin (China) and The Paper (China).


Just Hierarchy - Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00

Virtual Book Talk

We invite all interested to join us for an online book talk, in which Daniel A. Bell and Wang Pei will present their latest book Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World, published by Princeton University Press.

Date: 28 May 2020, 11-12PM (CEST)
Platform: Zoom

Following the presentation, the floor will be opened for questions and comments from the audience.

The event will be moderated by Chunrong Liu, Managing Director of the Fudan Centre. Wang Zhengxu, Professor at Fudan University, will be commentator.

All are welcome but registration is required. Please click here to register. After registering you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event.

About the book

All complex and large-scale societies are organized along certain hierarchies, but the concept of hierarchy has become almost taboo in the modern world. Just Hierarchy contends that this stigma is a mistake. In fact, as Daniel Bell and Wang Pei show, it is neither possible nor advisable to do away with social hierarchies. Drawing their arguments from Chinese thought and culture as well as other philosophies and traditions, Bell and Wang ask which forms of hierarchy are justified and how these can serve morally desirable goals. They look at ways of promoting just forms of hierarchy while minimizing the influence of unjust ones, such as those based on race, sex, or caste.

Which hierarchical relations are morally justified and why? Bell and Wang argue that it depends on the nature of the social relation and context. Different hierarchical principles ought to govern different kinds of social relations: what justifies hierarchy among intimates is different from what justifies hierarchy among citizens, countries, humans and animals, and humans and intelligent machines. Morally justified hierarchies can and should govern different spheres of our social lives, though these will be very different from the unjust hierarchies that have governed us in the past.

A vigorous, systematic defense of hierarchy in the modern world, Just Hierarchy examines how hierarchical social relations can have a useful purpose, not only in personal domains but also in larger political realms.

For reviews and more on the book, please click here.

About the speakers

Daniel A. Bell is dean of the School of Political Science and Public Administration at Shandong University. His books include The China Model and The Spirit of Cities (coauthored with Avner de-Shalit). In 2018, he was awarded the Huilin Prize and was honored as a “Cultural Leader” by the World Economic Forum.




Wang Pei is assistant professor at The China Institute of Fudan University. She has authored academic articles in English, Chinese, and French. She is currently writing a book titled “The Power of Calligraphy: A Political History of Calligraphy in China.”

Combating COVID-19: The Chinese and Danish Perspectives

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00










The global outbreak of COVID-19 has been shocking in every sense of the word. An enormous challenge to global health, its consequences on economy and political order, at both the national and international level, have been deeply felt and will continue to evolve in the years to come.

Strategic responses to health crisis vary significantly among countries. China, which experienced the first wave of this epidemic, adopted very aggressive and thick containment measures. It has helped bring the contagion to heel so far. In many European countries, which feature different sociopolitical infrastructures and civic norms, responses appear to be relatively thin and less draconian, yet with notable variations. Such a difference is pronounced even within the Nordic region.

Why and how have the approaches of response been introduced the way they have? How can countries pursue effective global cooperation in curbing COVID-19? This dialogue aims to put these issues in perspectives by comparing the Chinese and Danish experiences. It seeks to promote an informed debate and nuanced understanding about the variety of strategic choices in the struggling for survival and solidarity.

The event will start with a special talk by Prof. Dr. Zhu Chouwen, Vice President of Shanghai’s Zhongshan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University, and team leader of Shanghai Medical Support Team to Hubei province. Prof. Zhu will share his first-hand experience fighting COVID-19 in Wuhan, Hubei province, including hospital protocols, patient management and surgical approaches.

Afterwards, Prof. Flemming Konradsen, director of the School of Global Health, University of Copenhagen will talk on the implications of fighting COVID-19 for countries with vulnerable healthcare systems, and which role, if any, Denmark will have in the fight against COVID-19 globally.

The two presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

Time: Friday the 29th of May 2020, 11 AM - 12 PM.
Platform: Zoom.

The event will be opened by Prof. Duncan McCargo, director of NIAS and moderated by Dr. Chunrong Liu, managing director of Fudan-European Centre for China Studies.

All are welcome to attend, but registration is required. Please register using this link.

On the speakers

Prof. Dr. Zhu Chouwen is vice president of Shanghai’s Zhongshan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University, and team leader of Shanghai Medical Support Team to Hubei province. He graduated from the Peking Union Medical College in 1992 with a PhD in medical sciences; he has conducted research at the University of Rochester Medical Center.



Flemming Konradsen, professor of international environmental health at the University of Copenhagen, has more than twenty years of research and programming experience in the field of environmental health and global health. He is also the director of the Copenhagen School of Global Health. His research methods include epidemiology, qualitative studies, costing studies, health promotion and health system analysis. He has extensive experience from multidisciplinary field-based research.

Asia and Africa in Transition

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 12:00 to Friday, October 23, 2020 - 16:00

In 2020, the annual ADI conference and the annual NNC conference will join forces with a number of globally oriented networks and centres at the University of Copenhagen.

The organisers are:

  • Asian Dynamics Initiative
  • NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
  • School of Global Health
  • Sustainability Science Centre
  • ThinkChina
  • UCPH Global Development

About the conference

Asia and Africa, with a population of 4.6 billion and 1.3 billion respectively, represent about 80 percent of the world’s population. Major changes have taken place both within and between the two continents in areas ranging from economic development, trade, health care, demography and climate to politics and entertainment, with impacts that reach out in many cases across the globe. The conference will focus on the multiple forms of linkages occurring between Asia and Africa in an increasingly multi-polar world. It will feature keynote speeches and a range of panels and roundtables across disciplines, temporalities and themes in the study of Asian and African dynamics.

Keynote Speakers

  •     Ching Kwan Lee, Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles
  •     Jonathan Rigg, Professor and Chair in Human Geography at the University of Bristol
  •     Reiner Klingholz, Former Director of Berlin Institute for Population and Development

Deadline for submitting abstracts or full panel proposals: 1 June 2020
Proposals should be submitted via email to

For more information, please go to the conference website.

PhD Workshop
In connection with the Asia and Africa in Transition conference from 21-23 October, we will hold an intensive workshop for a limited number of PhD students on Monday and Tuesday, 19 and 20 October 2020.
The aim of this PhD workshop is to bring together promising doctoral students from a broad range of disciplines focusing on a diverse range of Asia related topics, including but not limited to the themes of the conference itself. We especially encourage PhD students from the Nordic region to apply.
The students present their research proposal or a key chapter from their thesis to all other participants. A panel of senior scholars will provide constructive feedback on the submissions.


  • Duncan McCargo, Director, NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Professor of Political Science, University of Copenhagen
  • May Tan-Mullins, Professor, The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
  • More TBA


  • 31 July: Deadline for submitting application
  • 15 August: Notification of acceptance by organising committee
  • 1 October: Deadline for submitting paper

Please click here to read the full call.

POSTPONED! Gendering Tranformations: Feminist Knowledge Production and Trans/national Activist Engagement

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, October 30, 2020 - 14:00


International Conference
7th Sino-Nordic Women and Gender Studies Conference

Gendering Transformations: Feminist Knowledge Production and Trans/national Activist Engagement


Venue: National Central Library, Taiwan


Dear Colleagues,

We regret to inform you that due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the conference til next year.
More information, including the new conference dates, will follow.


National Central Library, Taiwan
Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association