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19.00 Uhr

China and the U.S. – Ambition and Frustration in Fragile Societies

Biao Xiang (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle) in conversation with Manfred Berg (HCA)


Biao Xiang studied sociology at Beijing University, China, and received his PhD in social anthropology from the University of Oxford, UK. He was Professor of Social Anthropology at Oxford before he joined MPI in 2021. Biao Xiang’s research addresses various types of migration and mobility– internal and international, unskilled and highly skilled, and for reasons momentous and mundane– in China, India and other parts of Asia. Through the lens of migration, he has examined a wide range of political economy issues, including state-society relations, labour, social reproduction, and mobility governance. Biao Xiang is the winner of the 2008 Anthony Leeds Prize for his book Global Body Shopping and the 2012 William L. Holland Prize for his article ‘Predatory Princes’. His 2000 Chinese book 跨越边界的社区 (published in English as Transcending Boundaries, 2005) was reprinted in 2018 as a contemporary classic, and 自己作为方法 (Self as Method, co-authored with Wu Qi) was ranked the Most Impactful Book 2020 in China according to the website Douban. Through public-facing articles and interviews, his ideas regularly generate wide discussions in China and beyond. Xiang’s work has been translated into Japanese, French, Korean, Spanish, German and Italian.


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Alle Termine der Veranstaltung '„Encounters” - New Perspectives on Asia, America, and Europe':


… is a series of dialogues initiated by the Center for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University. The events focus on the relationship between the two superpowers of the twenty-first century – the United States of America and China. With the rapid rise of the People’s Republic in recent decades, this relationship has become increasingly confrontational.

… looks at this new constellation and its consequences for Germany and Europe: How do the European Union and its individual member states position themselves in the conflict between China and the United States? Which social and cultural interactions and processes can we observe in this special bilateral relationship?

… brings prominent Chinese and American artists and authors, activists, representatives from the business community, and public intellectuals to Heidelberg where they engage in conversations with scholars from the HCA and CATS.

… offers a nuanced discussion on a wide range of critical issues of these exceptional bilateral relations, such as environmental and trade policies, technology and innovation, white-collar crime and digital surveillance as well as human rights and freedom of expression.

… thus contributes to an informed exchange among academia and the general public, including the business community, the political sphere, and the media. The critical dialogues of the series constitute part of an informed public debate on one of the most important issues for the future of Germany and Europe.

Dienstag, 30. November 2021, 19.15 Uhr

Transforming U.S.-China conflicts? Common interests and transnational perspectives

• Dr. Cheng Li, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. (USA), John L. Thornton China Center • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Harnisch, Heidelberg University, Institute of Political Science

Dienstag, 25. Januar 2022, 12.30 Uhr

Visions of a new global order - A view from China

• Prof. Dr. Wang Hui, Tsinghua University, Peking (China), Department of Chinese Language and Literature • Dr. Marina Rudyak, Heidelberg University, Institute of Chinese Studies

Donnerstag, 07. April 2022, 18.15 Uhr

Die liberale Weltordnung in der Krise? Die EU zwischen den USA, Russland und China

Reinhard Bütikofer (MEP), Florian Böller (TU Kaiserslautern)

Dienstag, 31. Mai 2022, 12.30 Uhr

„Enfant Terrible, Minister of Culture, Silent Loner?” Lung Ying-tai in conversation with Barbara Mittler

Lung Ying-tai & Barbara Mittler

Dienstag, 26. Juli 2022, 20.30 Uhr

Peaceful World, Where Are You? Activism and Art in a Global Context.

Pat To Yan & Barbara Mittler

Dienstag, 18. Oktober 2022, 18.15 Uhr

Rivals or Enemies? The United States, Russia and China

Fiona Hill (Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.) in conversation with Martin Thunert (Heidelberg Center for American Studies)

Dienstag, 14. Februar 2023, 19.00 Uhr

China and the U.S. – Ambition and Frustration in Fragile Societies

Biao Xiang (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle) in conversation with Manfred Berg (HCA)