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Annual Conference of the Joint Center "Global Conflicts, Global Collaboration: China in a Changing World Order"

Jun 02, 2022 - Jun 04, 2022

From June 2nd to June 4th, 2022, Göttingen University will host the annual conference of the Joint Center of Advanced Studies Worldmaking from Global Perspective. A Dialogue with China. This event will bring together project members and fellows from all the Joint Center’s participating locations (Heidelberg, FU Berlin, Würzburg, and Göttingen), as well as additional invited scholars. The theme of our annual conference is Global Conflicts, Global Collaboration: China in a Changing World Order. Under this umbrella, we will – among other subjects – discuss arenas where shared global issues emerge but also become sources of geopolitical contestations. A range of thematic clusters will be discussed, including China’s place in historical and contemporary conceptions of world order; or the impact of the Ukraine War on China’s place in the world; China and its Muslim borderlands; environment and health as sources of global collaboration and conflict; and cities as socially contested spaces. Two panels and a keynote that deal with China’s place in shifting global orders are available to a wider public, via zoom.


Historische Sternwarte, Geismar Landstraße 11, 37083 Göttingen

Public Panels:

Read the program of the public panels here.

Register to attend the public panels here.


June 2, Thursday

14:00 – 14:15

Opening and Welcome: Dominic Sachsenmaier (University of Göttingen)

14:15 – 15:00

Keynote Address by Wang Hui (Tsinghua University)

Overlapping Conflicts and Shared Destiny:

Two Perspectives on China’s Role in the World (Online)

15:00 – 17:00


Panel I. Conceptions of China and its Place in the World: Historical Perspectives

Chair: Janice Hyeju Jeong (University of Göttingen)

Yin Shoufu (University of British Columbia)

The Jurchen Statecraft in Global History and Comparative Political Theory beyond Nation-state

Tang Chenxi (University of California, Berkley)

The Making of the Idea of China in the Eighteenth Century

Chu Sinan (GIGA Hamburg)

Rethinking Non-Western Interlocutors: Critical Chinese Discourse in Debates on World Order

Barbara Mittler (University of Heidelberg)

Envisioning Asia: Mao and Gandhi as Global Icons (mid-20th c)

17:00 – 17:15

Coffee Break

17:15 – 19:15

Panel II. China and its Muslim Borderlands: Global Entanglements and Contestations

Chair: Barbara Mittler (University of Heidelberg)

Wen Shuang (NYU Shanghai)

Modern Chinese Knowledge Production on the Arab/Islamic World: Chasms and Challenges (Online)

Janice Hyeju Jeong (University of Göttingen)

Islam in Fei Xiaotong’s Conceptions of China’s Future

Mohammadbagher Forough (GIGA Hamburg)

The Framing of Political Islam in Sino-Middle Eastern Relations

Björn Alpermann (University of Würzburg)

The CCP’s Policies of Governing Islam in Contemporary Xinjiang

June 3, Friday

10:00 – 12:00


Panel III. Environment and Health as Sources of Global Conflict and Collaboration

Chair: Sebastian Conrad (Free University of Berlin)

Wang Shangshang (LMU Munich)

An Anarchist Diagnosis: Vegetarianism, Hygiene and Scientific Remedy in Late Qing and Early Republican China

Matthias Schumann (University of Heidelberg)

Between Competition and Cooperation: Lü Bicheng and the Promotion of Chinese Vegetarianism in a Global Context

Emily Graf (Free University of Berlin)

Barefoot Doctors in Global Health: Knowledge and Ignorance as Worldmaking Forces

Sara Landa (University of Heidelberg)

Socialist Ecocosmopolitanism? Literary Translation and Transcultural Ecocritical Dialogues

12:00 – 13:15


13:15 – 15:15





Panel IV. Carrier or Challenger? China and East Asia in Contemporary Debates on World Order (Public)

Chair: Dominic Sachsenmaier (University of Göttingen)

Sebastian Conrad (Free University of Berlin)

Transformations of Territoriality in East Asia in the Nineteenth Century

Tansen Sen (NYU Shanghai)

The Recurring Idea (and Failure) of the Asian Century (Online)

Selcuk Esenbel (Bogazici University)

The End to Global Multi-Polarity?: The Japanese Perspective on the Making of a New World Order of Transcontinental Alliances and Free Trade Zones

Fan Xin (State University of New York at Fredonia)

The World as Historical Analogy: The Thucydides Trap Debate in Recent China

15:15 – 15:45

Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:30

Keynote Address by William C. Kirby (Harvard University)

China and the World in the ‘New Era’: Reflections after February 24, 2022 (Online)

16:30 – 19:15


Panel V. The Global Impact of the Ukraine War: Situating

China in a New Context (Public)

Chair: Hans van Ess (LMU Munich)

Sören Urbansky (German Historical Institute Washington/Berkeley)

Friends with Benefits: Some Thoughts about the Past and Present of Sino-Russian Relations

Maryia Danilovich (University of Göttingen)

China’s BRI and Eastern Europe in Reload

Liu Kang (Duke University)

Chinese Exceptionalism Revisited, within the Context of the Pandemic and Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Tobias ten Brink (Jacobs University)

Weaponized Interdependence? China’s Rise and Competition overTechnological Leadership

Comments by Selcuk Esenbel (Bogazici University)

June 4, Saturday

10:00 – 12:00


Panel VI. Social Worlds and their Urban Dynamics: Cities as Contested Spaces

Chair: Björn Alpermann (University of Würzburg)

Stefan Berger (Bochum University)

Deindustrialization in Urban Contexts: Global Historical Perspectives

Elena Meyer-Clement (University of Copenhagen)

Global City Competition and the Politics of Social Worlds among China’s New Urbanites

Jiazhi Fengjiang (University of Edinburgh)

Philanthropic Fever from Below in Urbanizing China

Ryanne Flock (University of Würzburg)

“A World of Strangers”: Shaping Public Space in Urban Guangzhou

Song Yu (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

Culture-led Urban Regeneration in China: A Case Study of Dongshengli Neighborhood in Suzhou (Online)

12:00 –


13:15 – 15:15

Digital and Remote Methods for Exploring Social Worlds


Invited Guests:

Gabriele de Seta (University of Bergen)

Ka-Kin Cheuk (City University of Hong Kong)