Open lectures, Korea, China, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), panel debate on digital China
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Welcome back to students, colleagues, and friends, and a big welcome to our first year students! We hope you will enjoy Lund, feel at home at the Centre, and get inspired by the second year students, your teachers, and our many visitors.

On 21 September we have an open lecture on the complex developments on the Korean peninsula and their international ramifications. We also have two scheduled events on China in September and October. One deals with the issue of self and society under surveillance, and the other on the much discussed Belt and Road Initiative. In addition we are continuing our collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association (UPF) with a debate on the Chinese digital society.

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With best wishes for a stimulating fall semester!

Open lectures in September
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What Brings Peace/War to the Korean Peninsula? The Logic of Power versus the Logic of Reassurance

21 September, 13:00 to 15:00

Open lecture with Dr. Kim, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Korea University

This lecture aims to explain the historical and geopolitical background of the tension on the peninsula, and the current and prospective security situations in the area based on international relations theories.

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Self and society in China under "Orwell 2.0"

24 September, 13:15 to 15:00

Open lecture with Magnus Fiskesjö, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

In China today, neo-Orwellian state surveillance monitors everyone, tracking people by face recognition, DNA databases, AI-driven spying on all their communications, and much more. The presence of state power in everyday life has been realized far beyond anything previously seen on Earth. What is a "self" in this society, and what are the consequences for social science theories of the self?

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26 September, 19:00-20:30
UPF, in association with the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, organizes this panel debate on Digital China: Visions, Puzzles and challenges.

How should we understand the Chinese puzzle, where rapid informatisation, digitisation, and innovation in ICTs are the result of both heavy state investment and rapid market developments that co-exist with censorship and a lack of freedom of expression? What are the implications for the rest of the world and global Internet governance? What are the views on the ground and how do Chinese people actually use ICTs? This panel debate brings together scholars from different fields for a discussion on the visions, practices, and dynamics of digital China.

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Open lecture in October
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China's Belt and Road Initiative: Aspirations, Imaginations, and Developments

17 October, 10:00 to 12:00

Presentations by Professor Emeritus Roger Greatrex and Ph.D. candidate Alvin Yang 

In 2015 China launched a new development strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It presents a new vision for a broad international cooperation encompassing about 70 countries along two main trading routes: the ancient land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The political, economic, and global implications of this initiative have been much discussed in the international media. The two presentations by Ph.D. candidate Alvin Yang and Professor Emeritus Roger Greatrex will provide deeper insights into some of the major issues as well as exemplify with some concrete cases.

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