April 6 Conference

DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA
当代中国的发展与社会变迁

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

Working Language: Chinese

INTRODUCTION
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.

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

CONVENER
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).

MORNING SCHEDULE

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

8:30-8:35 ZHAO Dingxin, Welcome Address
赵鼎新,欢迎辞
8:35-8:40 LI Youmei, Guest Address
李友梅,来宾致辞

8:40-10:10, Session One
Moderator, FENG Gang
主持人,冯钢
8:40-9:00 SHEN Yuan, Housing Transforms China: The Homeowners’ Rights Campaign in B City
沈原,居住改变中国——B市的业主维权运动
9:00-9:20 YING Xing, The Mechanisms of Grassroots Mobilization in Collective Actions in China
应星,中国社会集体行动中的草根动员机制
9:20-9:40 FENG Shizheng, Managing Public Disorder: The Conceptualization of “Mass Event” as Political Agenda-Setting in China
冯仕政,“群体性事件”作为国家政治议程:概念的兴起及内涵
9:40-10:10, Q&A

10:10-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-12:00, Session Two
Moderator, ZHANG Wenhong
主持人,张文宏
10:30-10:50 MAO Dan, Internet and China’s Transition: The Making and Remaking of Political Opportunities of Social Movement
毛丹,网络与中国转型:社会运动政治机会的形成与再塑造
10:50-11:10 LIU Yuzhao, Ideological Competition as Interest Demand Tools: Property Rights and Community Boundary in Land Acquisition Disputes
刘玉照,作为利益诉求工具的意识形态之争——征地纠纷中的产权与村落边界
11:10-11:30 SUN Yanfei, Dance with the State: The Rise of Protestant Christianity in Post-Mao China
孙砚菲,基督新教在中国的兴起
11:30-12:00 Q&A
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

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
第一场,讨论上午报告
主持人,郎友兴

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
第二场,中国社会运动新趋势——微博、乌坎事件与左翼社会运动
主持人,毛丹

17:50-18:00 ZHAO Dingxin, Concluding Remarks
赵鼎新,总结

SPEAKERS AND GUESTS

FENG Gang, Professor, the Department of Sociology, Zhejiang University
冯钢,浙江大学社会学系教授

FENG Shizheng, Associate Professor and Vice Dean, School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China
冯仕政,中国人民大学社会与人口学院副院长、副教授

LANG Youxing, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Sciences, Zhejiang University
郎友兴,浙江大学政治学系系主任、教授

LI Youmei, Professor of Sociology, and Vice President, Shanghai University
李友梅,上海大学副校长、社会学教授

LIU Yuzhao, Professor, School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University
刘玉照,上海大学社会学院教授

MAO Dan, Professor and Vice Dean, the School of Public Administration, Zhejiang University
毛丹,浙江大学公共管理学院副院长、教授

SHEN Yuan, Professor and Chair, the Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University
沈原,清华大学社会学系主任、教授

SUN Yanfei, Mellon Research Fellow, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Columbia University
孙砚菲,哥伦比亚大学博士后、社会学系讲师

YING Xing, Professor and Dean, the School of Sociology, China University of Political Science and Law
应星,中国政法大学社会学院院长、教授

ZHANG Wenhong, Professor and Dean, School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University
张文宏,上海大学社会学院院长、教授

ZHAO Dingxin, Professor, the Department of Sociology, University of Chicago
赵鼎新,芝加哥大学社会学系教授

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.

Abstract

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.