Nov. 1 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia: Politics, Economy and Society Presents

“Helping People Help Themselves: Discourses on Social Work in China”
Presenter: Ling Han
Doctoral Candidate of Sociology, University of California at San Diego

4:00-5:30pm, Tuesday
Nov. 1, 2011
Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Abstract: While the emergence of social work is largely shaped by the state as a response to some set of underlying changes in the society, the professional identity typically arises out of pre-existing practices that eventually crystallizes at a specific moment in time. In this paper, I recount what “social work” means in China. Different from the existing literature on social assistance and social security in China that center on partial reflection of particular welfare programs, I focus on the shifting meanings attached to social work during institutional changes. The order of things happen and how they are conceptualized matter in reflecting on the educational curriculum-building, models of state buying social services, and the current practices by social worker. This paper presents a discourse analysis of how “social work” (shehui gongzuo) is used and conceptualized in popular discourses. Sources examined in this paper are a juxtaposition of People’s Daily, Social Work magazine, Database on the Chinese Government (National, Regional Policies, and Speeches), Chinese People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Database. This variety of sources is used as a matrix of source comparison to account for what it means by “social work” in a changing institutional context. Before 1990, scarce articles were found concerning “social work” and the amount of data is manageable. The empirical examination illuminates the conception of professionalization of social work and the role assigned to social worker in urban China.

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/
Student coordinator: Yang Zhang (yangzhang@uchicago.edu)
Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao

The workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.

Oct. 17 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia: Politics, Economy and Society Presents

“Same Bed, Different Dreams: Chinese Communist Party Members in Transition”
Presenter: Wenfang Tang
Stanley Hua-Hsia Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa

1:00-2:30pm, Monday
Oct. 17, 2011
Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Abstract: Differing from the traditional studies of the Chinese Communist Party which focus on political institutions and party elites, this paper examines the rank-and-file party members in four dimensions: 1) the changing nature of the party members’ demographic characteristics, 2) the difference in political attitudes and behavior between party members and the public, 3) the internal division among party members in their identity with the party, and 4) the political consequences of such internal division. The paper uses data from the Chinese public opinion surveys and finds a significant transformation of the Chinese Communist Party in the past 30 years and it has to face the new challenges in order to keep its political dominance.

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/
Student coordinator: Yang Zhang (yangzhang@uchicago.edu)
Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao

The workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences and Center for East Asian Studies. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.

Oct. 7 Workshop

Workshop on East Asia:

Politics, Economy and Society Presents

“The Carrying Capacity of Energy in China’s Route towards Urbanization” (In Chinese)

Presenter: Mr. Guangfeng Mou

Senior Official, Ministry of Environmental Protection of China

2:00-4:00pm, Friday

October 7, 2011

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.

Mr. Guangfeng Mou is a senior official of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China. He served as the director of the Department of Environmental Impact Assessment and has extensive experience in environmental protection in China.

牟广丰先生曾任中国环境保护部环境影响评价司司长,现任环评司正司级巡视员。牟先生广泛参与了中国的环境保护事业,曾任中国驻联合国环境规划署15届、16届理事会代表。此次牟先生将就中国城市化过程中的能源承载能力问题发表报告,并与听众交流。

Workshop website: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/eastasia/

Student coordinator: Yang Zhang (yangzhang@uchicago.edu)

Faculty sponsors: Dali Yang and Dingxin Zhao

The workshop is sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance.