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Endeavour Research Fellowship Recipient Dr Chengxin Pan Conducts Research at Peking University

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As an Endeavour Research Fellowship recipient in 2016, Dr Chengxin Pan started his four-month research at Australian Studies Centre (ASC) at Peking University in early October. His research focuses on Australia in China’s strategic calculations. Dr Pan, a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, has received a prestigious Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Department of Education and Training to conduct his research. Hosted by the Australian Studies Centre at Peking University, he will spend four months examining how Chinese scholars, public intellectuals and policy-makers perceive Australia in a strategic sense. This includes how ‘China’ perceives Australia’s strategic role in the region and its key relations with regional and global actors, particularly the United States; how ‘China’ perceives its relationship with Australia, especially in the strategic context of U.S.-China relations; and what ‘China’ thinks about Australia’s ongoing debate about the ‘China choice’. In Australia’s China debate, there have been many explicit or implicit assumptions about how China perceives Australia, but so far few empirical studies have been done to test those assumptions. Dr Pan says the Endeavour Research Fellowship provides him with a great opportunity to study these highly policy-relevant questions. He has a longstanding interest in Western (including Australian) images and representations of China and cross-cultural dialogue. Two of his books focus on these themes: Knowledge, Desire, and Power in Global Politics: Western Representations of China’s Rise (Edward Elgar, 2012, recently translated into Chinese as 《国际政治中的知识、欲望与权力:中国崛起的西方叙事》,社会科学文献出版社,2016年) and Australia and China: Challenges and Ideas in Cross-cultural Engagement (English edition, China Social Science Press, 2015). In April this year, he initiated and coordinated the ‘Australia-China Roundtable Series: In Dialogue with Distinguished Chinese International Relations Scholars’. Generously funded by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) and supported by Deakin University, La Trobe University, the Australian National University, and the University of Sydney, he invited Professors Wang Jisi, Jia Qingguo and Yan Xuetong to Australia to give a series of highly successful talks in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney. He chose the Australian Studies Centre at PKU as his host institution because the Centre has quickly become a hub for Australian Studies across China. This enables him to develop and expand collaboration with colleagues not only at PKU, but also at other Australian Studies Centres in Beijing and beyond. Hosting the BHP Billiton Chair for Australian Studies, the ASC at PKU has extensive expertise and academic resources on Australia and regularly hosts important scholarly events such as the first FASIC Conference (2013) and the recent Biennial Conference on Australian Studies (2016). He will also talk with scholars in the School of International Studies at PKU, where he graduated with Bachelor of Law and Master of Law in the 1990s. As a happy coincidence, Dr Pan was present as a reporter when the Australian Studies Centre at PKU was launched in August 1996....

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FASIC International Conference 2016

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The 4th International Conference of the Foundation for Australian Studies in China Sustainability: social and environmental issues At Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou, China, 16-18 November 2016 Conference organising committee Centre for Australian Studies at Sun Yat-sen University, Peking University Australian Studies Centre, BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies at Peking University. About the conference The 4th FASIC conference will address a range of topics in the fields of innovation, history, cultural studies, media and communications, education, international relations, linguistics and literature. Our objective is to share knowledge and mutual understanding by showcasing recent research on Australia and to promote Australian Studies as an internationally lively and engaging field of inquiry. The theme of ‘Sustainability: social and environmental issues’ may be interpreted as a global door to open up wide scholarship on Australian Studies in China, Australia and the wider world, including comparative approaches. Scholars from across the globe will join their Chinese and Australian counterparts in a truly international gathering. More information about this conference is coming...

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BHP Billiton Chair attending The 2nd Australia Culture Week at Northeastern University

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BHP Billiton Chair attending The 2nd Australia Culture Week at Northeastern University     BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy was invited to attend the 2nd Australian Culture week at Northeastern University at Shenyang, Liaoning province from May 23-25. Before the opening ceremony in the morning of 23rd, Professor McCarthy met with Vice President of NEU WANG Jianhua, Australian Study center director ZHAO Wen, to discuss and exchange ideas on future collaborations between NEU and FASIC, as well as NEU’s future plan on involving with more Australian high education institutions to improve school’s academic and scientific influence.   After the meeting, Greg has given the speech at the opening ceremony, followed by a speech by Maree Ringland, Cultural counsellor of Australian Embassy in China. Professor David Walker, member of Australia-China Council and Professor Li Yao have also attended the ceremony.   After the opening ceremony, Professor McCarthy has given a lecture to NEU students on some interesting research results of Australian studies in China. Around 50 students attended the lecture. The lecture has given them an insight about Australia, also how differences and similarities two cultures have in common.     The Australia Study center at NEU was officially established in 2015, and it is the 32nd Australian Studies center in China. As the last member in the club, there is no doubt that Northeastern University will contribute a lot to the Australian Studies field in China, as well as expand understandings on Australia culture, education, research and teaching to more Chinese audiences and...

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BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy visit Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou

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BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy visit Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou

BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy visit Sun Yat-sen University Guangzhou   BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy, PKU Australian Studies Centre Secretary Professor Liu Hongzhong, and Research Officer Josie Wang took a trip to Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou from 4th-7th May 2016. Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Through several years of expansion, it became a comprehensive university, with the liberal arts and sciences as its backbone disciplines.   The purpose of the visit was to discuss the upcoming 4th FASIC Conference that will be held in Guangzhou this November. The conference will explore the theme of “Sustainability: Social and Environmental Issues”. During the trip, Professor McCarthy and Professor Liu met the other members of the conference committee, including Professor Chang Chenguang, Dean of International Relations Department, and Wendy Bowcher, Deputy Dean of Australian Studies Centre at SYSU. They showed the visitors around the beautiful campus, potential conference venue, and catering facilities. The committee also had several meetings to discuss the conference schedule, speakers list and other conference matters.   For more information about the 4th FASIC Conference, please click...

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BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy at CCTV

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BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy at CCTV

BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy at CCTV   On 14 April 2016, BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy participated as a guest speaker on the renowned CCTV news program, World Insight. The Professor was invited to comment on Sino-Australian ties following a two-day visit to China by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a 1000 strong trade delegation. The discussion focused on the intertwined nature of trade and politics as a complexity of the bilateral relationship. Centred from the outset on the South China Sea dispute, Professor McCarthy was directed to clarify the position of Australia and the ramifications of such a position on the larger relationship. Emphasising the role of Australia as the ‘go between’ in a broader US-China tension, Professor McCarthy praised Turnbull’s apparent subtlety in balancing competing views and for taking a legal approach rather than overtly supporting the United States at the risk of alienating China.     The Professor highlighted a clear complementarity between China- Australia trade and domestic policy shifts in response to the conversation being guided toward Australian dependency on Chinese investment and Australia’s capacity to continue to be an attractive destination for such investment in the context of China’s changing economy. He argued that Australia’s comparative advantage and current focus on innovation and the service sector is complementary to China’s shift towards a high technology, consumer oriented economy. In his concluding remarks, Professor McCarthy reiterated Turnbull’s framing of China as a rising power that should not be feared and was optimistic that President Xi and Turnbull will shape a new perspective of China based on mutual benefit and innovation. For the full program follow the link....

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2016 “Australia: A Survey Course” launched at Peking University

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2016 “Australia: A Survey Course” launched at Peking University

2016 “Australia: A Survey Course” launched at Peking University In early Spring 2016, the Australia Survey Course kicked off at Peking University. The Course this semester is delivered by BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies, Professor Greg McCarthy, who approaches the course from the perspective of the narratives of Australian Political Leadership. The course is available to all the undergraduate students at Peking University. The Australian Studies Centre at Peking University strongly supports the course and it is the fifth time that such course is organized for students at Peking University. Professor McCarthy’s course examines key themes in the historical development of the Australian leadership landscape, with a focus on its engagement with China and the rest of the Asian region. Through the lens of political biographies of major Australian leaders since 1983 to the present, Chinese students will develop a broad and a deeper understanding of Australian history, society and culture. In recent years, Australia has played a major role in facilitating economic and political relations in the Indo-Pacific region. As a result, Australia and China maintain close ties in many areas of trade and security, which remains an important agenda for future Australian and Chinese leaders. Given the significance of Sino-Australian relations, the launch of the course will provide Chinese students a deeper insight on the shaping of contemporary Australia. Peking University’s students are now able to undertake a comprehensive study on Australia as part of their English coursework requirements. The course especially allows for class interactions between Chinese students and Australian interns at the Centre, strengthening cross-cultural understandings and global...

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Research Workshop for Postgraduate Students in Australian Studies in China

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Research Workshop for Postgraduate Students in Australian Studies in China

Research Workshop for Postgraduate Students in Australian Studies in China On Saturday 14 April, Mr Li Jianjun from Beijing Foreign Studies University organised a Research Workshop for Postgraduate Students in Australian Studies in China. There were thirty student papers from Australian Studies centres across China, on a wide range of topics, showing the diversity of student research on Australia and China relations. The BHP Billiton and PKU Chair Professor McCarthy joined an expert commentary panel comprising Professors Mackerras, Wang Zhenyu, Wang Jinghui and Hu Dan on the papers and presentations.The panel was immensely impressed by the overall quality of the papers which was in general exceedingly high and some papers would be acceptable for publication in major journals in China or the world. This high standard of research and scholarship augers well for the future of Australian studies in...

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BHP Billiton Chair Greg McCarthy Attends Embassy IWD Luncheon

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BHP Billiton Chair Greg McCarthy Attends Embassy IWD Luncheon On 8 March, 2016, at the invitation of Minister-Counsellor (Education and Training) of the Australian Embassy in Beijing, Katherine Vickers, the BHP Billiton Chair Professor Greg McCarthy attended an International Women’s Day luncheon, held in Beijing. The guest of honour was President and Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University, Professor Caroline MacMillan. In her opening remarks, Professor MacMillan noted in her field of medical science, 50 per cent of the PhD graduating students were women, yet there were very few women who went on to become science leaders. Her research had shown that in the critical years when the postgraduate research could be the launching pad for scientific leadership for these women it was the very moment when child bearing and family responsibilities loomed large in their lives.   It was noted by the Chinese researchers present that the same career interruption was also evident in Chinese women scientific researchers and this career impediment was magnified by the cultural beliefs of women’s defined role in Chinese family life.   Professor MacMillan called for interventionist policies to assist women in this critical period of their careers, including research grants tied to equal opportunity...

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ASC Members Attend Writer’s Week Function at the Australian Embassy

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ASC Members Attend Writer’s Week Function at the Australian Embassy On 11 March members of Australian Studies Centre at Peking University attended the reception hosted by the newly arrived Australian Ambassador Her Excellency Jan Adams (PSM) at the Australian Embassy Beijing. The well attended reception was in honour of the assembled writers who were participating in the 2016 Australian Writers’ Week in China. Her Excellency Ms Adams addressed the audience reviewing the nine years’ history of the Australian Writers’ Week in China, speaking highly of its value and significance in enhancing the mutual understanding and friendship between Australian and Chinese people, stressing its cultural significance in furthering bilateral relations between the two countries. On 14 March PKUASC will host the ninth Australian Writers’ Week at Peking University, when two highly respected and internationally known authors, Robert Drewe and Clare Wright, will address the Faculty and students and interact with the audience. Professor Gregory McCarthy will be the moderator of the event. This will be his first public academic appearance at PKU since he came to take up his position as BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies at Peking University in...

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Professor Greg McCarthy Attends Awards Ceremony

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Professor Greg McCarthy Attends Awards Ceremony

Professor Greg McCarthy Attends Awards Ceremony On Saturday 27 February 2016, at the invitation of the National Bureau of Foreign Experts in China, Professor Greg McCarthy, the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University, attended the award ceremony for Huilin Prize for Culture 2016 and presented an award to Professor Yue Daiyun as one of the two winners in 2016 for her distinguished services to the global appreciation of Chinese Culture. The award was sponsored and developed by the Huilin Foundation and the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture and Professor McCarthy was privileged to be chosen on behalf of the National Bureau of Foreign Experts in China to present this award to Professor Yue. Professor Yue was a pioneer in researching and teaching comparative literature and she has influenced many scholars in China and the world over the years she taught at Peking University. Her research and teaching is based on the principle of shared knowledge that would recognise and transcend difference for a better world. She refers to this philosophy as Tianxia or literature ‘for all under heaven’. Prof. Yue taught at Peking University for 50 years and her transcultural understanding has spread widely and is well respected in Australia. The ceremony was hosted by Prof Yu Dan who, in her own academic endeavours, has been able to bring a heightened appreciation of Confucian thoughts to a wide audience via her popular television series on Chinese culture. This was a ceremony where the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies could reach out to show Australia’s collective gratitude to a true global scholar and to recognise Peking University’s proud intellectual...

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