Sunday, December 6, 2020

Conference: “Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East – The Silk Roads and Beyond”, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 8-10 April 2021

Conference: “Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East – The Silk Roads and Beyond”, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 8-10 April 2021     

 Papers will examine the relationship between China and the Middle East, both ancient and modern, and incorporate additional regions, such as Europe, Central Asia, or South/Southeast Asia.     Deadline for abstracts : 21 January 2021. 



ONLINE Seminar on "The Sino-Algerian Economic Relations: Trends, Features and Problems", Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 10 December 2020

ONLINE Seminar on "The Sino-Algerian Economic Relations: Trends, Features and Problems", Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 10 December 2020, 14:00 - 16:00 MEZ 

Speakers: Adel Hamaizia (Chatham House), Fatiha Talahite (CNRS), Chuchu Zhang (Fudan University), Francesco Saverio Leopardi (Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Ven-ice). Information and registration:

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Sun Degang and Wu Sike: China's Participation in Middle East Security Affairs in the New Era-Ideas and Practice Exploration

【中研究】 吴思科:新代中国参与中安全事-理念主践探索

Sun Degang and Wu Sike: China's Participation in Middle East Security Affairs in the New Era-Ideas and Practice Exploration

吴思科 国关国政外交学人

DRAFT TRANSLATION - (Researcher of the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University; former Chinese Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and former Special Envoy for the Middle East
Keywords: Chinese diplomacy, the Middle East, security affairs, security governance, conflict resolution
Summary Participating in security affairs in the Middle East is an important part of major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era. At the conceptual level, China maintains common security, upholds fairness and justice, defends multilateralism, advocates comprehensive governance, and advocates seeking common ground while reserving differences. At the practical level, China actively promotes political dialogues among relevant parties, conducts diplomatic mediation and coordination among major powers, and provides safe public products and humanitarian assistance. Looking to the future, in participating in security affairs in the Middle East, China needs to strengthen centralized and unified leadership and coordinate the coordination of various departments; it must take advantage of the trend and actively plan; it must respect the sovereignty of the target country, but also need constructive intervention; both Participate in the "first half" of conflict resolution, and participate in the "second half" of peace building, and work with the international community to respond to the traditional and non-traditional security threats in the Middle East, and contribute to the building of a community with a shared future in the Middle East.)

Training Child Terrorists on China's Frontier

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Seeking Postdoctoral Fellows for the Global Engagement Academy - Shandong University

Seeking Postdoctoral Fellows for the Global Engagement Academy
I. Duties 
The postdoctoral fellow is expected to work independently but should also cooperate with fellow researchers at the Global Engagement Academy/College of Culture & Communication, Shandong University (Weihai) with an expectant result of 2-3 peer-reviewed top scholarly publications within the areas of emphasis of the two academic units by the end of the two-year term. During the postdoc period, he/she should participate in, and contribute to, the research environment through active participation in research seminars and other research-related activities, contribute with their own original research, as well as contribute to the general development of the research programs within the two academic units or on the Weihai campus of Shandong University.  The postdoctoral fellow is expected to take part in organizing workshops or lecture series, take charge of seminars, and contribute to the development of research grant applications. The postdoctoral fellow is also expected to take part in mentoring at the master’s and Ph. D. levels. These tasks require the postdoctoral fellow to have a high level of presence at the workplace Mentoring, supervision and other administrative duties comprise a maximum of 20% of the position.
II Qualifications
We are looking for competitive candidates of any national and racial/ethnic background in the areas of intercultural/international/global communication, journalism and communication, and/or public diplomacy in the digital age from related disciplines such as communication, political science, globalization/global studies, and so on with preferably a research agenda related to China’s outbound initiatives such as the Belt & Road Initiative or new initiatives on humanities social sciences using a mixed methodology or a quantitative method such as big data analytics. Candidates with a Ph. D. in the areas listed above,obtained within the past three years from a globally ranked top university, have a burgeoning programmatic research and publication record and a very interesting research proposal portending a strong research potential preferably with English-Chinese bilingual/bicultural competence, and within 35 years of age, are highly encouraged to apply. 
The research proposal should be no more than 1500 words and consist of the following components:  aim and research question; theory and method; relation to the research front including the most important field work in the field of research; schedule and expected results; and the applicant’s qualifications and competence to conduct the project. 
III. Salary and Benefits
There are three types of salaries and benefits packages available for candidates’ preference depending upon their qualifications and competitiveness. For details, you are strongly encouraged to read every single line of “Background Information” below. 
IV. Starting Date:  

Postdoc fellows employed are expected to start the postdoc term preferably by September 1, 2020. It ends on August 30, 2022. 

V. Deadline for Application

The deadline for application:  July 31, 2020. Beijing Time.  Please send your curriculum vita, certified copies of your educational degree certificates, a list of research publications (including DOI, ISBN or ISSN numbers) and one to three published work samples, a postdoc research proposal etc., three letters of recommendation on an official letterhead and other relevant materials in pdf form to: Miss Ma, Administrative Assistant of the Global Engagement Academy at Contact: Miss Ma at 18669384862 (Cell)

Background Information
(1) Introduction to Shandong University 
Shandong University is a key comprehensive university directly under the Ministry of education with a long history, complete set of disciplines, strong academic strength and distinctive school running characteristics, which has an important influence at home and abroad. It is a world-class university construction UniversityClass A. In recent years, Shandong University has achieved a leap forward development, the comprehensive level and quality of the University have been significantly improved, and the international influence has been significantly enhanced. At present, nearly 170 universities in more than 30 countries and regions have signed inter university cooperation agreements. The school has a large scale, forming a school running pattern of one school and three places Jinan, Weihai, Qingdao

The Weihai Campus of Shandong University where the postdoc fellows will be working is a beautiful campus of high academic dynamism and rigor located in the City of Weihai, a medium-sized port city of beauty and vibrancy. While the Weihai campus lodges itself on a hill, the city is known as a resort town full of hot springs, surrounded by beaches and affordable amenities. With three sides of it facing the Yellow Sea, part of the Pacific Ocean, the City of Weihai is nicked named “Hawaii of the East”. 

(2) Introduction to the Global Engagement Academy
The Global Engagement Academy (Shandong University at Weihai) is a newly established new type of open research platform seeking integrated research solutions in generating new knowledge and policy advising about globalization, global governance, and global order as well as in enhancing stakeholders’ competence in global engagement, global corporate governance, and global citizenship.Well-published professors of global standing affiliated to the Global Engagement Academy such as Prof. Jia will serve as faculty hosts of the post-doctoral fellows.  The Global Engagement Academy currently hosts prestigious scholarly initiatives such as the English scholarly book series "Chinese Perspectives on journalism and communication" published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge as well asthe scholarly book series “The Belt & Road Initiative: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” published by Peter Lang. In order to further strengthen the scientific research in the areas close to such initiatives and projects, the Global Engagement Academy is now recruiting 1-2 postdoctoral fellows among top candidates around the world. 
(3) Types of Postdoc Fellowship and Benefit Packages 
A. Specially Funded Postdoctoral Fellowships
Ph. D. holders with an outstanding record of academic achievements and great development potential from top universities at home and abroad who are no more than 35 years old and have graduated within the last three years are eligible to apply for the postdoc fellowship positions under the national high-level projects such as China’s National Postdoctoral Innovation Talent Support Plan, the Postdoctoral International Exchange Plan Introduction Project, the International Exchange Plan Dispatch Project and so on. 

Salary and Benefits: the annual stipend shall not be less than 300000 yuan / personbefore tax, equivalent to USD 43,000, and the subsidy term is generally 2 years. The social security benefits and housing stipend shall be paid according to the same standard of the teachers in service during the period of postdoctoral stay, and the same research resources shall be fully accessed by the postdoc fellows. The university provides postdoctoral fellows an apartment for eligible postdoctoral fellows to rent.

Postdoc Performance Review: the postdoc station term for special funded postdoc fellows is generally two years. If they fail to leave the station on time due to work demand by the end of two years, it can be extended for one year upon an application and a favorable review. At the end of the postdoc research term, postdoc fellows are free to apply for full-time teaching positions either in or outside Shandong University, or they can participate in the selection of talent projects such as the Qilu Young Scholars of Shandong University. 
B. Key funded postdoctoral program
Candidates: Ph. D. holders with an excellent academic record who have graduated from very top-ranked universities at home and abroad within the past three years, with great development potential and strong academic ability are encouraged to apply. The age limit is generally no more than 35 years old.

Salary and benefits: the annual salary shall not be less than 200000 yuan / person (before tax, and the subsidy period is generally 2 years. The campus provides 10000 yuan / year of scientific research funds, with a funding period of two years. The social security benefits and housing subsidy shall be paid according to the same standard for the teachers in service during the period of the postdoctoral stay, and the research resources of Shandong University shall be fully accessed by the postdoc fellows. 

Postdoc Performance Review: Generally, the term of post doctorial fellows of the key funded type is two years. If they fail to leave the station on time due to work demand, one year’s extension can be granted after the application is reviewed favorably.
C. Program funded postdoctoral fellowship program 
Candidates: Ph. D. holders who have graduated from high-level universities at home and abroad within the last three years who are more than 35 years old are eligible to apply. 

Salary and benefits: annual salary shall not be less than 120000 yuan / person before tax.

Postdoc Performance Review: the postdoctoral term of the project is generally 2 years. If the postdoc fellow fails to leave the station on time due to work demand, an application for extension can be made, and the extension can be 1 year after a favorable review. Those who have met the post-doc research requirements are encouraged to apply for open positions available at Shandong University or elsewhere. 


山东大学文化传播学院贾文山教授,是山东大学特聘教授,山东大学(威海)全球胜任力研究院创建人/负责人,博士生导师。研究方向是传播理论与跨文化传播、中国传播学、公共外交。贾文山教授在CSSCI等学术期刊发表论文数十篇出版国际发行编//译共十部,其中三部获图书馆协会《选择》杂志杰出学术著作荣誉。目前应邀担任Taylor & Francis/Routledge出版发行的中华文明视角下的新闻与传播”(Chinese Perspectives on Journalism & Communication)英文学术丛书和由Peter Lang出版发行的跨学科视角下的一带一路” (The Belt & Road Initiative: Interdisciplinary Perspectives)主编。为进一步加强研究领域的科学研究,现面向海内外招聘博士后。
1)必须拥有与招聘方向相关学科领域 (包括比较哲学,比较文化学,新闻传播学,国际关系/国际政治,全球化研究等)的博士学位
2)薪酬待遇:年薪不低于 12 万元/人(税前)。 
3)管理考核:项目博士后在站时间一般为 2 年,确因工作需要 2 年未能按时出站,可提出延期申请,经审核可延期 1 年。期满考核达到要求者可参加学校教师及其他相关岗位招聘。 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Modern China Through the lenses of Chinese Cinema - Non-Orientalist Approach to China and Chinese People

Modern China Through the lenses of Chinese Cinema
Non-Orientalist Approach to China and Chinese People
Mert Karakadilar[1] and Tugrul Keskin[2]

 Important Movies in Chinese Cinema
1)     1911 Revolution (2011): 1911 Talking about revolution
2)     Evening Rain 巴山夜雨(1980)
3)     Legend of Tianyun Mountain - 天云山传奇 1980 (施建岚、王馥荔、石维坚) (1980)
4)     芙蓉镇Hibiscus Town(1986)
(2-3-4 Focusing on social trauma in Chinese Society After the Cultural Revolution).
5)     Spring in a Small Town 小城之春 (1948, ENG sub) (1948): A Story of A life of a separated family after the Chinese Japanese War - Remake in 2002.
6)     One and Eight (1983):  Focusing on escaped soldiers from the Chinese Japanese War
7)     Yellow Earth (1984): It is about a story of a communist soldier who was sent to rural to collect Chinese folk songs.
8)     Red Sorghum (1988): A Story about the Chinese Japanese War
9)     The Story of Qiu Ju Gong Li 巩俐 Story Of Qiu Ju (1992)
10)  Farewell My Concubine (1993)

Class Conflict and Foreign Forces Influence in China
1)     Spring Silkworms (1933) black and white movie – silent
2)     The Goddess (1934) black and white movie - silent
3)     The Big Road (1935)
4)     Mulan Joins the Army (1939): Japanese occupation and massacre

Under the Japanese Occupation, Chinese Movie Industry was under the control of Japanese
1)     Glory to Eternity 1943 (Wanshi liufeng) 万世流芳

Against Chaing Kai-Shek
1)     The Spring River Flows East 一江春水向東流:八年離亂 (1947)
2)     Myriad of Lights (1948) 萬家燈火
3)     Crows and Sparrows 1949 ‘烏鴉與麻雀’ Directed by Zheng Jun-Li
4)     San Mao, The Little Vagabond (1949)

After the Chinese and Japanese War
1)     Unending Emotions (Sang Hu, April 1947)
2)     Fake Bride, Phony Bridegroom (Huang Zuolin, June 1947)

After the Maoist Revolution
1)     Bridge (1949)
3)     The White-Haired Girl (1950)

Politically Banned Movies
1)     The Life of Wu Xun《武训传》1950 - Part 1 (1950)
5)     Before the New Director Arrives (1956)
6)     The Unfinished Comedy (1957)
*Lü Ban (Director), he was banned to direct any movie.

Based On Novels
1)     The New Years Sacrifice - 1956 Film listed on China's Official Top 100 Films of the 20th century starring Bai Yang. Music By Tina Guo.
7)     The Lin Family Shop (1959)

On Ethnic Minorities
1)     Five golden Flowers" since 1959 中國老電影 - 五朵金花
2)     Third Sister Liu (1960) 刘三姐 - Liu San Jie
3)     Nongnu (The Serf): Part 1
4)     Nongnu ("The Serf", China, 1963), Part 2
5)     Ethnomusical in film: Ashima (1964)

Independent Movies
1)     Taking Father Home (背鸭子的男孩) (2005)
6)     The Other Half (2006)
7)     Oxide (2004)
8)     Oxhide II (牛皮贰, Niu Pi II) by Liu Jiayin 2010) - Trailer   

Until the end of Cultural Revolution, 1972, Chinese Movie industry was almost not exist…  
1)     Breaking with Old Ideas (1972) : Defending Class/Workers
2)     The Blue Kit (1993)

5th Generations Chinese Cinema
1)     King of the Children 1987 Chen Kaige (1987)
2)     Ju Dou 1990 Full Movie | English Subtitle (1990): This movie was banned for two years
3)     Farewell My Concubine (1993) Trailer
4)     To Live 1994, Full movie with English subtitle (1994)
5)     Raise the Red Lantern, 1991, Full movie with English subtitle (1991)
6)     The Kings of Masks - Bian Lian - (1996)

5th Generation Chinese Cinema after the 1989 Tiananmen was almost disappeared. Censorship was emerged, the state did not support directors financially or politically. However, later, this trend was changed. Directors strated make indepefdent movies, this new trend can be called as 6ht generation.
1)     The days (冬春的日子, 1993) de Wang Xiaoshuai
2)     北京杂种.Beijing Bastards.(Zhang.Yuan.锠熺Ρ,.1993)
3)     Xiao Wu 小武 (1997)
1)     24 City (2008):
2)     John Rabe (2009): 1937 Nanjing Occupation
3)     City of Life and Death: 1937 Nanjing Occupation
4)     Not One Less (1999): A Story about rural life in China
5)     In the Heart of the Sun (1994): A story about group of people’s lives during the cultural revolution
6)     Beijing Bicycle (2001): A story about 16 years old delivery guy  
7)     Once Upon a Time in China (1991): It is about Qing Dynasty
8)     The Founding of a Republic (2009): In 1945, it is about meetings and talks about Mao and Chiang Kai-shek after the Japanese-Chinese War
9)     Mongol (2007):
10)  Confucius (2010):
11)  Platform (2000): It is about a group amateur theater actor between 1979 and 1989 and their representation of changing dynamics of Chinese social, cultural and political scenes.
12)  Da xiang xi di er zuo (An Elephant Sitting Still)
13)  Us And Them - Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
14)  Ash Is Purest White | Official Clip | "Ambush" 2018
15)  White Snake [Official Subtitled Trailer] -


[1] Mert Karakadilar is a MA student at Bahcesehir University in Turkey and he will apply for a PhD in Global Studies at Shanghai University.
[2] Tugrul Keskin, Professor at Shanghai University