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Focus on China's Development

Public Lectures on Aspects of Modern China, June 2 to July 21, 2016, at Freie Universität

№ 184/2016 from May 30, 2016

The sinologist Prof. Dr. Björn Alpermann from the University of Würzburg will open the series on June 2, 2016, with a lecture on China's leadership during the modernization of the country. The series is being presented by the East Asian Institute at Freie Universität. On five different dates in June and July, scholars from Germany and abroad will address the development of the People's Republic of China by taking into account social, political, and religious aspects. The lectures will be given in English. They are public, and admission is free.

List of the Lectures

  • June 2, 2016: Rethinking China's Authoritarian Modernization: Social Mobility and Political Attitudes
    Prof. Dr. Björn Alpermann, University of Würzburg

  • June 16, 2016: Trends in Chinese Cultural Diplomacy
    Dr. Agota Revesz, Fellow at the Dahlem Humanities Center

  • June 23, 2016: Societal Change and Modern Chinese Historical Scholarship
    Prof. Dr. Bao Yongjun von der Zhejiang Universität, Hangzhou
    This lecture will be given in Chinese!

  • July 7, 2016: Religion in China
    Ian Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Beijing / Berlin

  • July 21, 2016: Sustainable Development Discourses and Collaborative Governance in the P.R. China
    Prof. Dr. Berthold Kuhn, Freie Universität Berlin

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Thursdays, from June 2 through July 21, 2016, starting at 6:15 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Fabeckstraße 23-25, Room 2.2059, 14195 Berlin.


Nicolas Schillinger, East Asian Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-71403, Email: