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The Belt and Road Initiative and New Regionalism

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:15

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been exerting many visible impacts on globalization, urbanization and development since its inauguration in 2013. While BRI is framed by China as an inclusive platform of multilateral cooperation, it has been met with mixed perceptions in Europe. These disputing narratives necessitate a sober analysis of the nature, dynamics and influence of the BRI: to what extent has BRI shaped the pattern of infrastructure connectivity, urban development and regional and spatial integration? How can we reimagine this connectivity plan as a key driving force of new globalization? And, what are the scope and depth of impact of COVID pandemic on the cross-border engagement associated with BRI?

In this webinar, Prof. Chen Xiangming, a renowned scholar in global urban studies, will present his new points of view and analysis on these critical issues. This will be based on his latest BRI book project published jointly by Taylor & Francis and the Regional Studies Association. Prof. Jørgen Delman of University of Copenhagen will share his insights on BRI’s green dimension and local dynamics. Senior Researcher Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr from Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, as the commentator, will be offering a Nordic perspective.


The event will take place via Zoom.




Welcome remarks
Prof. Duncan McCargo, Director, NIAS

Dr. Chunrong Liu, Executive director, Fudan-European Centre for China Studies

Prof. Chen Xiangming, Trinity College
Prof. Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen
Dr. Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr, NUPI


Chen Xiangming is Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology, Trinity College, where he served as the founding Dean and Director of Urban and Global Studies and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College from 2007-2019. He is also a Visiting Professor at Fudan University. He is the co-author of the recently published The Belt and Road Initiative as epochal regionalization, part of the Regional Studies Policy Impact Books series.

Jørgen Delman is Professor at the Dept. of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently working on projects touching upon Chinese climate governance at a national and regional level, the Belt and Road Initiative and China’s international relations, as well as China’s role in international climate negotiations.

Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. He is currently involved in a research projects on China and the sustainable development goals, as well as a project on the potential risks of investments for national security.



Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Co-organized by NUPI - Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, ThinkChina, FDDI - Fudan Development Institute


Call for chapter proposals

Reframing Transnational Researcher Positionalities:
Decolonial Resistance and Cross-Border Dynamics of Knowing and Unknowing


This call for chapter proposals seeks empirical as well as theoretical contributions which explore one or several of the below-mentioned questions:

  1. How are transnational researcher positions situationally constructed and institutionally conditioned? Which sets of power relations are at stake in such positionings and how do they operate both within and beyond the frameworks of coloniality and neo-liberalist knowledge regimes (Cannella & Koro-Lungberg 2017; Kuokkanen 2011; Mohanty 2013)?

  2. What does having and/or claiming transnational positionality entail in accounting for the ways power systems inform and influence our research practices? What are the related methodological consequences/implications for knowledge production as abyssal (De Sousa Santos 2007) and/or interwoven situated (Haraway 1999) practices?

  3. What can critical engagement with knowledge production regimes as situated through transnational researcher and participant positionalities offer in rethinking/framing the politics of knowledge as a decolonizing project that imagines alternative destinations for all kinds of social, material, scholarly and artistic capital?

    We seek contributions that shed light on the shifting directions of migration and mobility flows, and the many conditioning transnational experiences that are involved in research practices. We also welcome contributions from different disciplinary, theoretical and thematic lines of inquiry, but particularly invite scholars of feminist, post-colonial/decolonial, indigenous and migration studies to contribute.

    Interested authors are invited to send an abstract (two versions: one extended abstract of maximum 750-1000 words and one shorter version of approx. 300 words) of the proposed chapter to Yan Zhao, Magdalena Nowicka and Marie Lovrod before May 15th, 2020.

    The abstract must clearly state the title, question(s) for discussion within the framework of the book, theoretical or/and empirical ground, alongside with short bio(s) of up to 75 words per author.

    Read the full call for chapter proposals here.

Guest lecture: Xiangming Chen

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 13:30

Open event - all are welcome. More information on the event here.

A New Crossroad? Sinicization of Christianity in China

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 09:00 to 16:30

For more information and the full program, please go to


From 7-17 August 2018, the second NEWDAY - Nansen East-West Dialogue Academy took place at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway. The academy was co-organised by NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Nansen Academy and the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies.













Above: A group photo of this year's participants and some of the lecturers.


Nansen Academy was founded as a folk high school in 1938. It was named after polar explorer, scientist, author and humanist Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), whose work embodied essential elements of humanism: active love of one’s neighbour and freedom of thought. NEWDAY is thus not only hosted physically by Nansen Academy, but also philosophically and ideologically. It embodies the spirit of the folk high school and Nansen Academy in its quest for creating understanding between cultures through dialogue between and across cultures.

This year, 22 students from China and Norway gathered at Nansen Academy to engage in cross-cultural dialogue, attend lectures, and partake in debates and panel discussions. The programme also featured several social and creative activities including musical performances, trips to local museums, and walks by the lake Mjøsa - the biggest lake of Norway.

In this year's summer academy we sought to define, dissect and discuss some of the critical cases and topical issue areas of our times: economic growth and increasing inequality, environmental degradation and climate change, quality of life, education, and modes of governance. Students were encouraged to actively voice their opinions and engage in discussions - not only with each other, but with professors and lecturers as well.

Each day featured lectures by prominent figures from within academia, politics, and media, and was constructed around a specific theme. This reflected not only in the daily lectures but also the group work and panel debates. The themes covered a range of different burning issues of our time, including climate change and environmental degradation, cross-cultural understanding, social trust and activism, varieties of political norms, gender, AI, educational traditions in the Nordic region and East Asia, and more.


Above: Some students enjoying a gike in the nearby mountains of Nansen Academy.

We have created a gallery with some of the many pictures taken during NEWDAY 2018. Follow this link and have a look:



Bai Tongdong. Professor of Philosophy, Fudan University, China.
Bent Nielsen. Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bjørn Bredal. Author, Journalist, Head of Borup People High School, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dag Hareide. Former Director of Nansen Academy & Former President of the Norwegian Rainforest Organization, Norway.
Inge Eidsvaag. Former Director of Nansen Academy, Norway.
Ingunn Trosholmen. | International Advisor Oppland County & Deputy Mayor, Lillehammer, Norway.
Jane Xie. Performing Pianist, Associate Professor & Master’s Supervisor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China.
Joakim Hammerlin. Philosophy Lecturer, Nansen Academy, Norway.
Kang Myungkoo. Professor, College of Social Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea.
Lau Blaxekjær. Postdoc Researcher, NIAS, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Steinar Bryn. Former Director of Nansen Academy & Senior Advisor at Nansen Peace Center, Norway.
Stig Thøgersen. Professor, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Yang Yuliang. Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences & former President of Fudan University.

Organisers and steering committee

Chunrong Liu. Associate Professor, Fudan University, Shanghai & Co-Director, Fudan–European Centre for China. Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Daniel A. Bell. Professor, Tsinghua University & Dean, Shandong University, China.
Geir Helgesen. Director, NIAS ,University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Unn Irene Aasdalen. Director of the Nansen Academy, Norway.

China's international development: A catalyst for delivering the SDGs

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 12:30


The Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, and ADI - Asian Dynamics Initiative warmly welcome you to join us for a lunch talk by Dr. Zheng Yuan from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Her talk will focus on the global trends in development cooperation, as well as UNDP’s approaches to effectively facilitate China’s “going-out" in the global economic governance system. Please see the abstract below for more information.


3 September 2018, 12:30-13:30

NIAS meeting room (18.1.08)
Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph K

Feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea will be served.

Please register with no later than 31 August 2018.








Bio on the speaker

Dr. Zheng Yuan is an economist at UNDP China, specializing in international development cooperation.

She has a solid background in economics, international trade and sustainable development. She received her PhD in economics at the University of Copenhagen.




The world has entered a new era defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which require significant efforts and resources to deliver. Meanwhile, the world is witnessing the changes in the global financial landscape, characterized by the “age of choice” as manifested in the emergence of new goals, new donors and new financial tools in scope and magnitude. At the core of these trends lies the increasing emphasis on effectiveness of development cooperation in terms of partnership and finance, which is to be realized through reinforced country ownership, growing interest of and commitment from the private sector to development, as well as good policies and institutions that enable diversified means of development cooperation, and ensure inclusion. Against this backdrop, China is rising in the global economic governance system, bringing alternative thinking and practices in delivering development cooperation. The presentation aims to provide an overview of the global trends in development cooperation, as well as UNDP’s approaches to facilitate effectiveness of China’s “going-out”.



Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance

Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Friday, July 20, 2018

Fudan University will hold the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance (YICGG 2018) this summer from July 15th to July 20th in Chongming, Shanghai, China.

YICGG has been an annual international student competition since 2007, sponsored by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in China and organized by the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA) of Fudan University. YICGG aims to promote global reform and global governance. Thanks to its high academic standard, YICGG has been cited as 'the Academic Olympics for the Youth' among similar students’ activities. During the past 10 years, more than 1250 participants, 312 teams from 143 universities and institutions, 81 countries and regions in total have taken part in the program and submitted over 419 proposals.

By attending YICGG2018, students can communicate with experts in the field of sharing economy and learn from delegates from around the world. YICGG will provide an opportunity for the world's young talent to gather and discuss issues of common interests. Valuable policy proposals of YICGG will be submitted to UNDP.

Please note that the YICGG committee will provide airfare subsidies and local accommodation for participants.

Students (BA or MA level) can register through this link:

The deadline for registration is March 31th, 10:59 AM EST.

For more information, please read the official YICGG 2018 announcement flyer or visit the official YICGG webpage.

If you have any questions or need more details, please feel free to contact the organizer via email:


Understanding Asia 2018

From February 12-16, the Fudan-European Centre for China Studies along with NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies and Nansen Academy co-arranged the 2018 Understanding Asia course, which took place at Nansen Academy in Lillehammer, Norway.
Held annually since 2013, the course features five days of lectures and activities to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, and economic elements shaping today’s Asia.

Geir Helgesen gave a lecture entitled ‘Culture and politics, an introduction to (North) Korea’.  Here he mapped the landscapes of the political cultures of “the two Koreas” which, although often seen as in opposition, has deeply rooted similarities due to their common history. He also hosted a meeting at Nansen Academy under the title ‘North Korea – a threat to world peace or a convenient enemy? Uncomfortable questions and controversial answers’. The meeting was open for participation for all interested, and served as an introduction to the present-day conflict on the Korean peninsula. Geir Helgesen offered an analysis of the situation and suggested that consistent dialogue with North Korea is the most feasible option for a solution of the conflict.

Chunrong Liu gave two lectures, addressing China’s perspective on the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and Chinese politics in the “New Era”. On Korea nuclear affairs, he invited a deep thinking about the root cause and the discussion about “who has the key”.  He showed how China has been involved in the mediation process with the initiative of the Six Party Talk, and explained China’s priorities of peace, stability and dialogue, as well as the possibility to avoid a war in a “dark forest”.  In the second lecture, he analyzed China’s domestic politics – new dynamics associated with the 19th CPC national congress.  He showed the continuities and “paradoxical developments” of Chinese politics, which features both power recentralization and the new political spaces that are necessary for the implementation of national policy schemes of poverty reduction and eco-civilization. 

Finally, professor dr. Song Xinning, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam and China director of BACES – Brussels Academy for China and European Studies gave a lecture on EU-China relations under the title ‘EU-China strategic partnership under the new leadership’.  He characterized EU and China as partners in terms of economy (trade and investment), global governance, development and culture, and argued that while both EU and China has benefitted from their mutual cooperation, deepening the relations between the two will prove beneficial for both parties. He also argued that the change in leadership in China has produced a “new thinking” of EU-China relations, which differs from past strategies in terms of its style, preference and policy. This thinking is guided by Xi Jinping’s “three two” understanding of the nature of EU-China relations: two forces for global peace, two markets for world economy, and two origins of world civilization.  

Following the conclusion of Understanding Asia, Geir Helgesen and Kasper Ørntoft Thor met with representatives from Nansen Academy, including rector Unn Irene Aasdalen, to discuss and plan for the 2018 NEWDAY summer school.

NEWDAY 2018 will take place 7-17 August of this year and will soon be open for applications from potential participants. It will feature lectures by prominent scholars, journalists and politicians for students to learn about and debate core issues of our time. For more information, visit

NEWDAY is arranged by NIAS, Fudan Centre and Nansen Academy with the support of Nordic Council of Ministers.

Chunrong Liu, Geir Helgesen, and Unn Irene Aasdalen

Call for papers

Global Young Scholars Conference

“China and the World:Development · Governance · Security”
May 24-25, 2018 | Fudan University

Organizers: Fudan Development Institute (FDDI) and Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

Fudan Development Institute (FDDI), based at Fudan University, is calling for paper submissions from young scholars – PhD students up to associate professors– throughout FDDI’s international network all over the world. Applicant must be or under 45 years of age. The conference will take place May 24-25, 2018 at Fudan University.

If you would like to present a paper at the conference, please send your submission (3,000-5,000 words in English) as well as your CV to Ms. JIANG Huaxia ( by March 16, 2018. You will be notified by March 30, 2018 if your paper has been selected for presentation.

Learn more on by clicking here.

Comparative perspectives on the transformation of religious space in China

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 14:00

The Fudan-European Centre for China Studies is pleased to invite you to a lecture on the transformation of religious space in China.

For this event, we are joined by professors Fan Lizhu and Chen Na of Fudan University and Mikkel Bunkenborg from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies of UCPH who will be sharing their reserearch findings on the transformation of religion and religious space in contemporary China.

Time: Wednesday 31 January 2018, 14:00-15:30
Place: NIAS meeting room (18.1.08) at Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K

The event is open to all, but please register by 29 January to

For abstracts and more information, please click here