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Upcoming events

January 9th 2017 - Agatha Kratz, (paper co-authored with Dragan Pavlićević) European Council on Foreign Affairs and Kings College London, 'Learning at high-speed: China’s three-pronged learning curve in the international high-speed rail sector' E202 Social Sciences Building, 2-4pm (tea and coffee from 2pm, start time 210pm)

Abstract: Since 2009, and with yet more vigour since 2013, China has been looking to export its newly acquired high-speed rail capabilities. To do so, it initially relied on a one-size-fits-all model combining low-cost and competitive quality with substantial diplomatic and financial backing. But faced with mounting difficulties in terms of HSR sale, negotiations and delivery, China has had to learn from experience and modify its export model accordingly. We aim to show that these difficulties have taken China on a three-pronged learning curve. First, China is learning to refine and adapt its offer to host country requirements. Second, China is learning to better align its own players’ interests (namely companies, policy bank, and government officials). Finally, China is trying to improve its image – both at the company and at the state level – all to increase its chances of winning HSR contracts abroad. Relying on insights from the business and developmental literature, this article aims to show that not only are Chinese companies learning to internationalize more efficiently, but so is China’s state.

January 19th 2017 - Prof Timo Kivimaki, University of Bath, East Asia and the Great Powers (title tbc) E202, 1030-1200 (tea and coffee from 1015am, start time 1030pm)

28th February 2017 - Prof Rosemary Foot, University of Oxford, China and Human Security, joint event with the department seminar series. E202 12noon-130pm.

Recent events

  • November 28th 2017, 5pm S150 (Social Sciences building) Discussion Group led by Wai Hong Tang on China's regional relations. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be avialable. This is a good opportunity to hear about Wai Hong's research and get to know other people working on East Asia in the department.
  • November 14th 2017 - Networking and discussion meeting. In order to get the new year off to a good start and make sure the EASG is developing events that will support you in your research, the PhD team are holding a drinks and discussion session at 5pm in E202. There will be refreshments including cake and a chance to put forward ideas and suggestions for what the EASG should look like in 2017/18.
  • Friday 13th October - PAIS/IAS Guest Speaker - Prof Helen Nesadurai (Monash Malaysia Campus) 'Private Sustainability Standards, the Market and Public Authority in Global Governance' Room S1.50 11am
    My presentation focuses on the central problem of transnational private governance—the matter of governing “at a distance” through the market and producing change in local sites when such rule systems are not mandated or authorised by governments in these sites. Drawing on various literatures – the politics of scale, global production networks, and assemblage ‘theory’– and using the empirical case of sustainable palm oil, I argue that non-state regulatory entrepreneurs adopt globalising strategies that rescale key governance targets to sites more amenable to voluntary private governance away from the constraints imposed by national and multilateral governance. Global supply chains are crucial to rescaling governance to the transnational scale. However, fragmented supply chains and inadequate attention to segments of the supply chain deeply embedded in local sites of palm oil production create gaps in governance, requiring various corrective localising strategies. An important dynamic also seen in the palm oil case is the emergence of consultants and experts independent of the transnational governance scheme in question who help to enrol new participants into its ambit. Through technical and financial advisory and brokering services, these actors are part of the wider assemblage of actors whose work consolidates private governance, including by enrolling small farmers previously neglected by the globalising strategy but central to producing sustainable palm oil.
  • Thursday 22nd June, 2-4pm, E2.02. Using the concept of middle powers: potential and pitfalls?

    A different kind of event: We are trialling a discussion/seminar type event around a theme that intersects with a number of people's topics for their PhDs. The discussion will be centred around the themes and questions listed below. We will aim to have around 30mins of discussion on each theme. For this discussion, we have invited Dr Tom Long to join us as he will be joining the department permanently in September and works on Small/Middle Powers in a Latin American context.
    Conceptual Challenges: What are the problems with the concept of middle powers? Can it be analytically helpful in a world where the majority of states could be considered to be middle powers? Does it help to sub-divide middle powers into 'traditional' and 'emerging' are these terms conceptually distinct?
    What are the essential elements of being a middle power and what are the supplementary determinants? Methodological Challenges: What are the methodological problems and can they be addressed? Empirical Questions: How can it be successfully used in a research project? Are middle powers contingent on US hegemony? In an Asian context who are the middle powers?

  • Monday 22nd May: Counselor Lee, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the UK, 'North Korean Issues and the Current Situation in the Republic of Korea' S150 (social sciences building), 12noon.

  • Thursday 11th May: Joint IPE/ EASG Seminar on 'Internationalization of the RMB (case studies from London and Frankfurt)' 11-1300 in E202 (Social Sciences Building) with Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardon (Kings) a draft paper will be available one week in advance - please email Cath for a copy.
  • Wednesday 15th March 2017: Joint event with the Departmental Seminar Series: 'CORRUPTING BORDERS: Navigating ‘illegality’ and ‘deportability’ in Malaysia and Greece' by Dr. Anja Karlsson Franck (University of Gothenburg), 3-4.30, S2.77
  • Tuesday 28th February - 4pm - S150 - Discussion group - PhD projects presentations
  • Wednesday 22nd February - 2pm - E202 - Discussion group - PhD projects presentations
  • Tuesday 14th February - 4pm - S150 - Discussion Group - PhD projects presentations
  • Tuesday 7th February 2017: Joint event with the PAIS Film Club: I am Sun Mu, 6pm PLT (Science Concourse)
  • Friday 27th January: "'Building Back Better' in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda: Shelter and Resilience" by Dr. Pauline Eadie (Nottingham University), 12noon-1330pm, E202, Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided from 12noon, the talk will begin about 1210pm. Full paper as well as the data from the project available here.
  • Wed, 7th December: Joint event with the Departmental Seminar Series: 'Xi Jinping, Nuclear Norms and the Global Order' by Dr Nicola Leveringhaus (Kings’ College London), 3-4.30pm, S2.77
  • Tue, 29th November: Joint event with PAIS film club - Free documentary screening of 'Vibrant Highland, Commercial Love' followed by discussion/Q&A, from 7pm, room L5 (Science/Chemistry concourse) . Donations welcome to the independent film production company.

    This fascinating documentary explores the relationship between tradition/culture, ethnic tourism and state power in Vietnam's impoverished northern highlands. Through the lens of an independent filmmaker, the state's power to reach into everyday life - propaganda, exoticising ethnic 'others', restricting research in 'politically sensitive' areas - are exposed in a captivating way.

  • Fri, 18th November: ‘Unpacking Contentious Politics: Southeast Asian Fieldwork Experiences’ by Professor Duncan McCargo (University of Leeds), starting at 11:15, tea and coffee available from 11am in room S2.77 Cowling Room (Social Sciences building).
  • Thu, 27 October: 'Modern Origins of China’s South China Sea Claim' by Bill Hayton (BBC), 12:15-1:30pm (tea and coffee available from 12noon), Milburn House, F25A.
  • Wed, 12 October: EASG PhD welcome event at The Dirty Duck, from 4:30pm onwards. Please come and say hello!

Past events

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