Weekly Forums

Weekly Forums

In addition to the regular speaker series and other co-sponsored events, CSCC convenes an informal “Weekly Forum,” noon on weekdays in the CSCC conference room. These sessions are envisioned as “brown-bag lunches” at which graduate students or faculty can informally introduce or present work in progress. This will be a great way for all of us to get to know one another and learn more about the kinds of work on contemporary China being done across Penn’s campus. Please email us your thoughts and suggestions on how to best organize the Friday Forum and to let us know when you would like to volunteer to discuss some of your work. Even on days when no discussion is scheduled, people are welcome to bring their lunch to eat with others in the CSCC conference room.

Upcoming Weekly Forums



Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins

Scott Moore, Ph.D., Director, Penn Global China Program, University of Pennsylvania

CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

Scott Moore offers the first book-length treatment of the distinctive problem of subnational…



TBD

Kaiser Kuo

CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

Past Weekly Forums



Is China an Exception to the Commercial Peace? Trade Interdependence and Chinese Uses of Military Force

Jack Zhang, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University
CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

Contrary to commercial peace theories, which predicted that economic engagement would make possible China's peaceful rise, China seems to be engaging in more militarized disputes with its neighbors and trade partners…



Moving the Masses and the Officials’ Resistance in China

Yanhua Deng, Professor of Sociology, Nanjing University
CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

This talk examines an episode of resistance initiated by Chinese officials against their higher-level government by way of mobilizing the masses. In 2005, Huangshi municipal government in Hubei province…



Recent Trends in Media and Communication in China

Chen Hong, Professor and Associate Dean, School of Communication, East China Normal University, Visiting scholar at the Annenberg School for Communication;Zhang Junfang, Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Shanghai International Studies University, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School;Fang Hui, Ph.D. candidate, School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China, Visiting scholar at the Annenberg School;Zhou Ying, Ph.D. candidate, College of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University, Visiting scholar at the Annenberg School
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345



The Political Logic of Land Reform in Post-Mao China

Richard Zeng, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Why do politicians create institutions that threaten to eliminate their own rent-seeking opportunities? This question is puzzling in a wide range of contexts, where citizens cannot hold policymakers accountable or…



In Pursuit of Monetary Sovereignty: China’s Financial Overhaul in the Global Realm

Mianzhi Francis Cao, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Law, Frankfurt Goethe University, Visiting Scholar, Penn Law  
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

In an age when China openly declares global ambitions, what is the legal contemplation behind China’s financial overhaul



The State of Rights Protection Lawyers in China

Teng Biao
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Human rights lawyering in China played  an important role in the human rights movement since 2003, but it is facing harsh crackdown since Xi Jinping took power. The rising of human rights lawyering reflected the…



China's Rise, International Relations Theory, and Security in a Maritime World

Brian Chao, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; Hyun-Binn Cho, Pre-doctoral fellow, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, George Washington University, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania.
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

The rise of China is shifting the geopolitical focus of international relations to the Indo-Asia-Pacific—a predominantly maritime region. Challenges to security in the maritime domain, however, differ in…



Taiwan’s Politics at the Mid-point of Tsai Ing-wen’s First Term

Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, Davidson College
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Shelley Rigger is the author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011) as well as two books on Taiwan's domestic politics,



Strait and Narrower?: Beijing’s Flight Paths, Taiwan’s International Space, and Regional Security

Jacques deLisle, Scott Kastner, Wojtek Wolfe, Thomas J. Shattuck
Foreign Policy Research Institute, 1528 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, US, 19102

Last month, China adopted new civilian aircraft flight paths over the Taiwan Strait, near Taiwan-controlled islands, without consulting Taiwan’s government.  Several months earlier, Beijing began dispatching…



The Legacy of Beijing’s Sunshine Policy with Chinese Characteristics: What are the Implications for the U.S. Policy towards North Korea?

Dr. John Park, Director, Korea Working Group, Harvard Kennedy School
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

The complex relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang remains largely under-examined. In the first part, this talk will explore how the Communist Party of China has been trying to rebuild its relationship with the…