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China Seminars by Fudan University Professors

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A18 Si Yuan Centre, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham

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Session 1: The Green Development of China’s Economy

China is experiencing serious environmental problem after the 30 years rapid economic growth since 1978, which means China has to transfer to the green development in the near future. The lecture will discuss the topics including factors behind the environmental problem during the last 30 years economic growth, the current connection between environment and economy in China, the possible solutions for fixing the problem and how to achieve new balance between the environmental and non-environmental sector.

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Dr Li Zhiqing is assistant professor of economics at Fudan University, deputy director at the center for environmental economic studies, and director at the office of professional degree program in the school of economics. His research interests include environmental and energy economics, public economics, political economics, economics of climate change, international climate policy, and China’s modern economy. He worked as a visiting scholar at Konstanz University, Yale University, and University of California, San Diego.

Session 2: How Urbanization Changes China's religious landscape

According to Chinese government plan nearly 70% of the population will live in urban areas by 2035. The drastic urbanization has triggered massive demographic mobility in the past 30 years. This presentation will discuss how urbanization widely changes religious landscape in China. Our preliminary findings are 1) a large and unprecedented flow of population not only generates new economic and demographic dynamics, but also have great impact toward the mode of religious development; 2) religious group and belief connections play a functional factor to help migrants settle down and start new life in the cities; 3) new religious movement now develop its own features by urbanization.

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Dr Lizhu Fan is professor of Sociology at Fudan University, and director of Globalization and Religious Studies. As a pioneer scholar on the study of sociologist of religion in China, she has engaged in historical and ethnographic studies of Chinese folk religious beliefs, sociological theories of religion, and the study of the trends of folk religious beliefs in modern Chinese society. Her most significant works include “The Religion and Faith Transition of Chinese in the Contemporary Era: Field Research of the Adherents of Folk Religion in Shenzhen”; “China and the Cultural Sociology of Religion (co-authored with James Whitehead and Evelyn Whitehead)”; “Sociology of Religion: Religion and China (co-authored with James Whitehead and Evelyn Whitehead)”. Academic article include “Conversion and Indigenous Religions in China” (Co-authored with CHEN Na) in the Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion; “The Cult of Silkworm Mother as a Core of Local Community Religion in a North China Village” in China Quarterly, etc.. As an international recognized scholar, she taught at many distinguished universities, such as University of Chicago, University of California at San Diego, Lund University, Queen’s University, New School, Wabash College, University of British Columbia, Bergen University, University of Stockholm, University of Tokyo, etc.


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12:30-13:00 Sandwich Lunch and refreshments (free)

13:00-13:30 Talk-Session 1

13:30-13:50 Q&A

13:50-14:00 Tea/Coffee Break

14:00-14:30 Talk-Session 2

14:30-14:50 Q&A

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A18 Si Yuan Centre, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham

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