Asia Institute hosts 2011 Melbourne Conference on China

August 11 / 68

Renmin University of China representatives with Asia Institute Director Professor Pookong Kee and senior University of Melbourne representatives.
L-R:  Dr La Na (Renmin University of China), Dr Jacqueline Dutton (Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne), Dr Guo Zheng (Renmin University of China), Professor Simon Evans (Pro Vice-Chancellor – International, University of Melbourne), Professor Mark Considine (Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne), Dr Lei Feng (Renmin University of China), Dr Bo Qin (Renmin University of China), Ms Yanwen Yu (Renmin University of China), Professor Pookong Kee (Director, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne)
Renmin University of China representatives with Asia Institute Director Professor Pookong Kee and senior University of Melbourne representatives. L-R: Dr La Na (Renmin University of China), Dr Jacqueline Dutton (Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne), Dr Guo Zheng (Renmin University of China), Professor Simon Evans (Pro Vice-Chancellor – International, University of Melbourne), Professor Mark Considine (Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne), Dr Lei Feng (Renmin University of China), Dr Bo Qin (Renmin University of China), Ms Yanwen Yu (Renmin University of China), Professor Pookong Kee (Director, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne)

The University’s fourth Melbourne Conference on China saw more than 100 delegates from leading Australian and international universities present papers.

The conference theme, The City, the Countryside and the World – China’s rural and urban transformations and their global connections, attracted scholars from a very broad range of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, economics, law, education, health, logistics, engineering, architecture and planning, environmental studies and many more.


Convenor Dr Gao Jia said it was important the University hosted such conferences because an international phenomenon had been created in response to China’s rise, and China Studies was a frontier research field.

“As a leading international university, the University of Melbourne needs to be part of it,” he said.

This year, the conference attracted many representatives from China’s leading research institutions, and partners such as Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and leading universities, such as Renmin University of China, Fudan University and Nankai University. 


Renmin University is one of the University partners as are Fudan University, Nankai University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and the University of Hong Kong.  

“Prestigious institutions were prominently represented at the 2011 Melbourne Conference on China, in a testament to the effectiveness and strength of these partnerships,” Dr Gao Jia said.  “Through their attendance, the University is gradually establishing its reputation among not only Chinese researchers, but also their students in China.”


The conference considered the complex developments, both contemporary and historical, in China’s cities and countryside and in its wider global setting, and explored the interactions between them.  

Keynote addresses were made by several eminent scholars including Professor Shi Yinhong of Renmin University of China, who spoke on ‘How the Middle East’s Uprisings Affect China’s Foreign Relations’. 

His subject was of special significance for many participants, as the Asia Institute is host to the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies in Australia and plays an important role in leading scholarship on the Middle East.

More information, www.chinastudies.unimelb.edu.au/conferences/2011.  More information about the Asia Institute www.asiainstitute.unimelb.edu.au.  Enquiries may be directed to Roger Nelson , renelson@unimelb.edu.au.  

 

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