PhD workshop

Nordic NIAS Council/NACS/University of Helsinki China Studies PhD Workshop



Convenors: Duncan McCargo and Monique Taylor
Assistant Convenor: Adele Kataja

Participants and Topics

China’s rise and geopolitical strategies

Xiao (Alvin) Yang, University of Kassel
Topic: Theorizing Chinese Variegated Capitalism: A Culturally-Socially Embedded Approach to Global Political Economy

Yue Wang, Tampere University

Topic: Developing a Theoretical Framework of Unintended Effects of International Cooperation: Taking China’s Polar Silk Road as a Case

Tabita Rosendal Ebbesen, Lund University
Topic: Fragmented Power: Contemporary Chinese Governance Practices of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Keegan Elmer, University of Helsinki
Topic: China’s Rise and the Spectre of Inter-imperialist Rivalry

Arctic Region and China

Guobjörk Ríkey, University of Iceland
Topic: China-Russia Military Co-operation

Liisa Kauppila, University of Turku
Topic: Becoming a Primary Node: The Making of the China-Arctic Economic Region


Tero Tähtinen
Topic: “In a Mountain Forest I Lose My Self:” The Lyrical No-Self in Wang Wei’s Landscape Poetry

Gender Studies

Jona Barabas, University of Hong Kong
Topic: Strategies and Influences: Articulating Gender Diversity in Taiwanese Families

Sanna Eriksson, University of York
Topic: Motherhood in Contemporary Chinese Notions of Female Citizenship


Junhua Zhu, University of Turku
Topic: Re-Present the Underrepresented: Discourses on the Ethics of AI from China

Naja Morell Hjortshøj, Aarhus University
Topic: Embracing Instability, Enjoying Freedom: Chinese University Students’ Motivations for Pursuing an Entrepreneurial Career

Academic Commentators and Participants

Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Helsinki

Petra Desatova, Postdoctoral Fellow, NIAS

Halvor Eifring, Professor of Chinese, University of Oslo

Andreas Bøje Forsby, Postdoctoral Fellow, NIAS

Lisa Indraccolo, Associate Professor, Chinese Studies, Tallin University

Gerald Jackson, Editor-in-Chief, NIAS Press

Timo Koivurova, Research Professor, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor, Political Science, Arctic University of Norway

Duncan McCargo, Director, NIAS; Professor, Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Pia Polsa, Researcher, Hanken, Helsinki

Dusica Ristivojevic, Kone Bold Initiatives Researcher, University of Helsinki

Monique Taylor, Senior Lecturer, World Politics, University of Helsinki