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Excellence Forum CHINA global

Speakers

Prof. Dr. Susanne Brandtstädter 

Susanne Brandtstädter is a China anthropologist. She has undertaken long-term ethnographic fieldwork in China and Taiwan since 1991. She is equally interested in cross-cultural comparison as in historical dynamics of change and continuity. Her work has linked research on the transformation of Chinese social worlds under the influence of modern state formation and global economies, with a keen interest in value-oriented action and moral reasoning. After positions in Manchester and Oslo she joined University of Cologne and now holds the Chair in the Anthropology of Globalization which has been established as a part of the institutional strategy of the university. Since 2015 she holds an honorary Adjunct Professor at the Social Anthropology Department of Xiamen University. Since 2015 she is also on the supervisory board of the Stiftung Asienhaus Köln. Her most recent book publications are: Cynicism, Irony and the Chinese State (Routledge 2016) and Popular Politics and the Quest for Justice in Contemporary China (Routledge 2017) both co-edited with Hans Steinmüller from the London School of Economics. Currently she is working with Wilfried Hinsch on a co-authored book manuscript, provisionally entitled Justice and Moral Reasoning in Contemporary China

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Hinsch 

Wilfried Hinsch has published extensively in the fields of moral and political philosophy with a focus on the theory of justice and legitimacy. He also made contributions to the practical ethics of violent international conflict. His latest book publications are Die gerechte Gesellschaft (Stuttgart 2016) and Die Moral des Krieges (München 2017). There is also a Chinese translations of his earlier work on social justice (Gerechtfertigte Ungleichheiten, Berlin/New York 2002) which is currently the subject of intensive discussion at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Currently he is working on a joint book project with Susanne Brandtstädter on justice and moral reasoning in contemporary China. Since 2016 he holds an honorary adjunct professorship at the Philosophy Department of Xiamen University. 

Project Coordinator

Amtul Shaheen, M.A. 

Amtul has studied Sinology with a focus on the politics, society and economy of Modern China in Cologne and Xi’an. From 2014-2015 she worked as a research assistant at the International Bureau (IB) in Bonn-Beuel. IB is commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supports a stable international research and education cooperation between Germany and its partners across the globe. From 2016-2017 she worked as Project Coordinator within the Department of The development volunteer service weltwärts at Engagement Global gGmbH - Service for Development Initiatives (EG) in its Headquarter in Bonn. EG is the central contact agency in Germany for development policy initiatives, both at a national and international level, and is commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2016, in order to specialize in Chinese anthropology, she is pursuing a second MA degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at UoC. Since November 2017, she is the Project Coordinator of the Excellence Forum CHINA global. 

Partners

Prof. Dr. Björn Ahl

Björn Ahl is Professor and Chair of Chinese Legal Culture. Before joining the University of Cologne in 2012, he was Visiting Professor of Chinese Law, Comparative Public Law and International Law in the China EU School of Law at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Prior to that he held a position as Assistant Professor of Law in the City University of Hong Kong. He has also worked as Associate Director and Lecturer in the Sino German Institute of Legal Studies of Nanjing University and as a Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg.

He received a doctorate in law from the University of Heidelberg in 2008 and passed the second state examination in law in 2001. Prior to that he served as a legal clerk in the Heidelberg District Court, Legal Court and Public Prosecutor's Office, the Administrative Appellate Court of Bade-Württemberg and the Legal Department of the Regional Administrative Council in Karlsruhe. He completed the first examination with distinction in 1999. Björn Ahl studied Law and Chinese language at the University of Heidelberg and Nanjing with scholarships of the German National Scholarship Foundation and the Alfred Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Stiftung.

Björn Ahl is President of the European China Law Studies Association; Fellow at the Center for Chinese Law of the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law; and Board Member of the Sino German Jurists Association. His recent publications can be found here.

Dr. habil. Nora Sausmikat 

Nora Sausmikat holds a post-PhD degree in Sinology. Her interests lie in the topics of political reform and political memory as well as public discourses and social change. In recent years, she focused more on the correlation between political generations and the production of meaning for political action with special attention to social groups and civil society developments in China. Additionally, she has long-term practical experience as director of  a China-related NGO exchange program, and has been working intensively with grassroot civil groups engaging in environmental protection, social work and climate change.

From 2000-2004, she held a position as researcher at the University of Duisburg and worked on the interplay between reform discourses and the diffusion of ideas into politics. From 2004-06, she was program director of the German-Chinese fellowship program "Beijing Case" (Beijing/Berlin) working on the phenomenon of high speed urbanism. From 2008 onwards, she established the China program at the Stiftung Asienhaus, worked for the EU-China Civil Society Forum and co-organized several European-Chinese civil society dialogues.

Her publications incluse "Chinese environmental movements: civil society discourses on climate change and environmental protection", in Carmen Meinert (Ed.), Nature, Environment, and Culture in East Asia: The Challenge of Climate Change, Leide: Brill 2013. More recent publications can be found under eu-china.net/publications.

Chinese Partners

Prof. Dr. Tongdong Bai

Tongdong Bai is the Dongfang chair professor of Philosophy at Fudan University in China, and a Global Professor of Law at NYU's Law School. His research interests include Chinese philosophy and political philosophy. His book, A New Mission of an Old State: The Comparative and Contemporary Relevance of Classical Confucian Political Philosophy (in Chinese) was published by Peking University in 2009, and his book, China: The Political Philosophy of the Middle Kingdom (in English), was published by Zed Books in 2012. He has recently finished a manuscript in English, tentatively titled "In Defense of Inequality - Confucian Alternatives to Liberal Democratic Order", which is now under review for publication. He is also the director of an English-based MA and visiting program in Chinese philosophy that is intended to promote the studies of Chinese philosophy in the world. These and other academic and social activities in which he is involved are all aimed to promote new political norms that draw their resources from traditional Chinese philosophy and are informed by comparative philosophy and political theories. 

Dr. Cheung Chi-Pui

Cheung Chi-Pui is an Assistant Professor in Athropology of China at Xiamen University. His research interests are in the areas of anthropology of China, anthropology of policy, and art and politics. He has been conducting fieldwork in different parts of China that focuses on everyday practice of national policies in Chinese rural areas and urban space. He has published on those topics that address the central issue of 'policy imagination'. Currently, he is working on a research project on Chinese government's cremation policy that opens up one's new ways of imagining the death. 

Dr. Feng Sha

Feng Sha is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology of Chinese Contemporary Art at Xiamen University. In 2012 she received a joint PhD between Minzu University of China and University of Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France) in Anthropology and Transcultural Studies respectively. Her research interests include anthropology of art, Chinese contemporary art, socially engaged art, and practices of cross-disciplinary art. Her current research primarily deals with the practices of art-anthropology collaborations by working with Chinese contemporary artists. In recent and forthcoming publications (in Chinese), she looks at the themes on the cosmopolitan identity of Chinese artists in overseas countries such as France (resulting in a newly released monograph in Chinese), rural community-based arts, and trans-local art practices. 

Associates in Cologne

Dr. Roberta Zavoretti 

Roberta Zavoretti was educated in Chinese Studies at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) and in Social Anthropology at the University of London - SOAS (UK). After defending her PhD dissertation on class and internal migration in contemporary Mainland China, she continued to explore the mutual constitution and reproduction of different forms of social inequality, focusing on the links between class formation, gender roles and family politics in contemporary urban China. Her present interests include the production of value and values, unofficial practices of relatedness and structures of feeling in the context of China’s state-led capitalism.

Sarah Hanisch, M.A. 

Sarah Hanisch is a junior researcher at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Cologne. She has worked extensively on Chinese women in Lesotho and briefly on African students in Taiwan. Her research interests include the anthropology of globalization, migration and social transformation with a focus on China and southern Africa.