April 6 Conference


University of Chicago
Social Science Research Building
1126 East 59th Street, Chicago
April 6, 2012

Working Language: Chinese

Over a hundred thousand collective actions of different scales and forms (such as protests, demonstrations and riots) happen in China every year. Collective actions in China are also taking new forms due to the changing of state policies, the opening up of the Chinese media, and the rise of micro-blogs as mobilization vehicles. What impact do these recent sociopolitical developments have on the patterns of collective actions in China? What patterns are there in the state’s responses to the recent developments in collective actions? Can the Chinese regime sustain increasing grassroots challenges in the age of micro-blog? This conference, which brings leading scholars from China and the US for a timely discussion of these and other issues, aims to set agendas for further research on collective actions in contemporary China.

The Confucius Institute, University of Chicago
The China Committee of the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago
Zhejiang University, China

Dingxin Zhao, Professor of Sociology
The University of Chicago

The event is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who believe they may need assistance, please contact the student coordinator in advance: Yang Zhang (yangzhang@uchicago.edu).


8:30-12:00, April 6
Social Science 122 (SS 122)
1126 East 59th Street

8:30-8:35 ZHAO Dingxin, Welcome Address
8:35-8:40 LI Youmei, Guest Address

8:40-10:10, Session One
Moderator, FENG Gang
8:40-9:00 SHEN Yuan, Housing Transforms China: The Homeowners’ Rights Campaign in B City
9:00-9:20 YING Xing, The Mechanisms of Grassroots Mobilization in Collective Actions in China
9:20-9:40 FENG Shizheng, Managing Public Disorder: The Conceptualization of “Mass Event” as Political Agenda-Setting in China
9:40-10:10, Q&A

10:10-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00, Session Two
Moderator, ZHANG Wenhong
10:30-10:50 MAO Dan, Internet and China’s Transition: The Making and Remaking of Political Opportunities of Social Movement
10:50-11:10 LIU Yuzhao, Ideological Competition as Interest Demand Tools: Property Rights and Community Boundary in Land Acquisition Disputes
11:10-11:30 SUN Yanfei, Dance with the State: The Rise of Protestant Christianity in Post-Mao China
11:30-12:00 Q&A

14:30-18:00, April 6
Social Science Tea Room (SS 201)
1126 East 59th Street

14:30-16:00 Session One, Discussion on the Moring Presentations
Moderator: LANG Youxing

16:00-16:20 Coffee Break

16:20-17:50 Session Two, New Trends of Social Movement in China: Microblogging, Wukan Incident, and the Left Movement
Moderator: MAO Dan

17:50-18:00 ZHAO Dingxin, Concluding Remarks


FENG Gang, Professor, the Department of Sociology, Zhejiang University

FENG Shizheng, Associate Professor and Vice Dean, School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China

LANG Youxing, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Sciences, Zhejiang University

LI Youmei, Professor of Sociology, and Vice President, Shanghai University

LIU Yuzhao, Professor, School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University

MAO Dan, Professor and Vice Dean, the School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University

SHEN Yuan, Professor and Chair, the Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University

SUN Yanfei, Mellon Research Fellow, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Columbia University

YING Xing, Professor and Dean, the School of Sociology, China University of Political Science and Law

ZHANG Wenhong, Professor and Dean, School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University

ZHAO Dingxin, Professor, the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

April 3 Workshop

Is Japan an Anomaly?

Japan’s Consistent Security Policies in the Postwar Era

Presenter: Yoneyuki Sugita

Associate Professor of American history

Osaka University

4:30-6:00pm, Tuesday

April 3, 2012

Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Ave.


This presentation examines Japan’s security policy in the post-World War II era. Many researchers regard this policy as anomalous, but, in this regard, Japan has been turning into a “normal” state in the 21st century. This presentation claims that, since World War II, Japan has been conducting a pragmatic and consistent security policy, using all its assets, including Article Nine of the Japanese constitution and its economic vulnerability to maximize its security. The rise and fall of American hegemony changed Japan’s tactics, but the consistent essence of its security policy has been to tread a line minimizing its defense contributions without jeopardizing the Japan-U.S. alliance. This essence was established during the Allied occupation.

With the rise and fall of U.S. hegemony, Japan adroitly changed its tactics to maintain this golden rule. As the 9.11 terrorist attacks further eroded U.S. power and prestige, Japan was expected to play a more active security role. Japan’s security policy seemed to change dramatically, but the change was well thought out, careful, and flexible enough to avoid making Japan a permanent warmongering country and to maintain the alliance with the United States.

Spring 2012 Schedule

Spring 2012 Workshop Schedule

March 27
“Theatres of Land Reform: Repertoire and Campaign in Su’nan and Taiwan, 1950-53”
Julia Strauss
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics, University of London
April 3
“Is Japan an Anomaly? Japan’s Consistent Security Policies in the Postwar Era”
Yoneyuki Sugita
Associate Professor of American history, Osaka University
April 17
“The European Sovereign Debt Crisis and EU-China Relations”
Wenxiu Liu
Associate Professor of International Relations, Renmin University of China
May 1
“Insurgency and its Suppression in China, 1966-1971”
Andrew Walder
Denise O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
May 15
“Detour of Translation:
The Social Crystallization of Chinese Political Terms from English 1850-1920”
Le Lin
Doctoral Student of Sociology, University of Chicago
May 29
“The Emergence of Grassroot Environmental Protest Leadership in China:
Assessing State-Leader Relationships and Movement Outcomes”
Jean Lin
Doctoral Candidate of Sociology, University of Chicago

Unless specified, the workshop meets on alternate Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm at Pick Lounge, 5828 South University Avenue.