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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


PLEASE NOTE: this will take place in the form of a Digital Event ONLY.

To obtain the Event Link, please register with: ahennemann@hca.uni-heidelberg.de

The “Community of shared future for mankind” (Renlei mingyun gongtongti 人类命运共同体) has been promulgated by Chinese policy intellectuals as a new concept of global governance and as an alternative to the "old" (Western-dominated) type of international relations which they consider to echo a Cold War mentality and a confrontational zero-sum game. In Europe and the U.S., the term has received a mixed reception: while some interpreted it as China's commitment to multilateralism— especially during Donald Trump's tenure—others see the promulgation of the term, especially in UN organisations, as an attempt to undermine the liberal international order. In dialogue with Marina Rudyak (Institute of Chinese Studies) China’s leading intellectual historian Wang Hui 汪晖, Changjiang Scholar and Professor at Tsinghua University, will reflect on Chinese perspectives of what is wrong with the old order (or disorder) as well as on questions that have arisen in response, both in Europa and the US. As power relations are shifting, what are the alternatives for international relations in the 21st century – and is a “shared future” possible?

Wang Hui is professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at one of China’s elite universities, Tsinghua University in Beijing. His research focusses on Chinese literature and intellectual history. Between 1996 and 2007, he was executive editor of the influential magazine Dushu 读书 (literally ‘book reading’), founded as a monthly in 1979, during the Democracy Movement, with the famous slogan ‘No Forbidden Zone in Reading’. It was under Wang and Huang that Dushu emerged as a socially critical journal; uncongenial to some, but nevertheless posing questions that indubitably had a wider resonance. Wang Hui who has been Visiting Professor at Harvard, Edinburgh, Bologna, Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley, Göttingen, Heidelberg and many other universities in the world, has been named by US magazine Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world.

His books include

• The End of Revolution: China and the Limits of Modernity (Verso, 2010);
• China’s New Order: Society, Politics, and Economy in Transition, (Harvard University Press, 2003);
• The Politics of Imagining Asia, translated by Theodore Huters, (Harvard University Press, 2011).

Marina Rudyak is an assistant professor in the Institute of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University. Her research focuses on China’s international development cooperation, Global China, and coded communication in China’s public diplomacy. She is the co-author of the “Decoding China Dictionary” (www.decodingchina.eu), a project that analyzes how key terms on international relations are development cooperation are understood differently in the Euro-American context and in the official Chinese discourse. She is also the author of the “China Aid Blog” (www.china-aid-blog.com), where she translates and comments on core documents of China’s international development cooperation. Previously, she was a development professional for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Beijing. In addition to her academic research work, she serves as policy advisor for governmental and non-governmental organizations on issues related to Chinese aid, BRI and China in Africa.

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… 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.

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