2013 Annual Conference

The China Studies Centre Annual Conference showcases research currently being undertaken by members of the Centre. Each Academic Group organizes an activity, which may involve lectures, guest speakers, workshops, and paper presentations, or indeed anything the group determines. In the past the event, which is open to the public as well as academics form other universities, has been attended by several hundred people. You are welocme to attend the 2013 Annual Conference, on 27-29 November 2013 in Old Teachers College, University of Sydney.



27 November 2013



 16:30 – 18:00

Sydney Ideas-Opening event: Book launch “Humour in Chinese Life and Culture”

Law School Common Room, Level 4


18:30 – 21:00


Welcome dinner

By invitation only, RSVP essential



28 November 2013





09:30 – 10:00

Opening remark

  • Dr Michael Spence, Vice Chancellor, The University of Sydney 
  • Professor David Goodman, Academic Director of China Studies Centre
  • Professor Robert Cumming, Deputy Head of School, SPH, the University of Sydney

MC: Professor Kerry Brown, Executive Director of China Studies Centre

New Law School Lecture Theatre 026

10:00 – 17:15

Forum on urbanisation & Health in China (day 1)

New Law School Lecture Theatre 026

10:00 – 12:00


Reviewing China’s Education

  • Prof Anthony Welch– China's Higher Education System: issues achievements, challenges

·        Dr Michael Paton: The Business of Education

·         Prof John Hearn– China's higher education and research diplomacy


Room 436, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)

10:00 – 12:00


Repositioning the Center: Museums in China’s Borderlands

Chair: Prof David Goodman

  •  Dr Susette Cooke- Telling stories in a borderland: the evolving life of Ma Bufang’s Mansion
  •   Dr Andres Rodriguez - The West China Union University Museum of Art, Archaeology and Ethnology: A Global Museum on China’s Borderlands in the Early 20th century.


Room 442, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)

14:00 – 16:00

International Relations

China and the changing security environment East Asia

Chair: Adrian Hearn

·         A/Prof Jingdong Yuan– China: an Ambivalent Rising Power

·         Chris Ogden– Engrained Aspirations: China and the Pursuit of Great Power in Asia

·         Dr Ryan Griffiths– State, Nation, and Territoriality in the Time of Chinese Ascendance

·         A/Prof Ben Goldsmith– China, Trade, and Military Conflict in East Asia



Room 436, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)

14:00 – 16:00

Language, Discourse and Communication

Chinese contemporary discourse and pedagogy 


  •  A/Prof Huizhong Shen– Confucianism as pedagogy: A new discourse on Chinese EFL Research and Teaching
  • A/Prof Linda Tsung– Ethnic Identities in the Contemporary Linguistic Landscape 
  • Liang Xia– News translation in the most read Chinese Daily - Cankao Xiaoxi: Ideology and power. 
  •  Dr Edward McDonald: Linguistics as a foreign discipline: the first century of “Chinese grammar” and the struggle to indigenize language analysis in China



Room 442, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)


18:00 – 19:30


Sydney Ideas - Keynote speech

Educational Inequality in China by Professor Li Chunling  


Law School

LT 026



29 November 2013






09:00 – 12:30


Forum on urbanisation & Health in China (day 2)



Carslaw Lecture Theatre 350

09:30 – 11:30

Law and Business

  • Ms Penelope Crossley (Law) – Energy Sovereignty or Regulatory Competition? North East Asian Renewable Energy Regulation in the Post Global Financial Crisis Era
  • Dr Gracy Yang (Business) – Why do managers do what they do? A study on Chinese managers’ time allocation
  • Prof Vivienne Bath (Law) – China goes global: overseas litigation and the Chinese government
  • Dr Graeme SmithDr Wei Li and Prof Hans Hendrischke – Outbound Investment by Chinese Business Groups: Modes of Governance




Room 436, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)


9:30 – 10:30


Literature and Culture

  •   Dr Corey Byrnes (Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara) – Brick by Brick, Tile by Tile: A Case Study of Demolition, Displacement and the Architectural Uncanny in Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture. (approximately 40 mins' talk followed by 20min Q&A)



Room 442, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)


10:30 – 12:30


Literature and Culture

 Full Circle:  Translation and Interpretation of Chinese Literature(s) Across Time

 Chair:Professor Bonnie S. McDougall

  •    Prof Kerry Brown–The Text Beside Life: Chinese In Ezra Pound's Cantos: A personal reading
  • Dr Ari Heinrich–Translating the Experimental Memoir of Qiu Miaojin’
  • Dr Jon Eugene von Kowallis (University of New South Wales) – Interpreting Lu Xun: Collisions of the Past with the Present





Room 442, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)


Keynote lecture

Imaginary consensus: Constitution, legitimacy and values in the Xi-Li era by Dr David Kelly

Room 310, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)

13:30 – 15:30

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Progress of research in quality assurance of medicines used in TCM 

1st session

Chair: The Hon. Helen Sham-Ho OAM

  •  13:30-14:00 Prof. Kelvin Chan (JCTCM) - Modern approaches to the quality control of TCM medicines.
  •  14:00-14:20: Perlon Leung and Aaron Wong, MD candidates - A snapshot of TCM research in Australia.
  • 14:20-14:40: Dr George Li, Senior Lecturer Pharmacy - Quality and chemistry of propolis.

 2nd session

Chair: Prof. Kelvin Chan, JCTCM (USYD & UWS)

  •  14:45-15:00: Phoebe Zhou, CompleMED (UWS) PhD candidate - Quality control of granules
  • 15:00-15:15: Ka Ho Wong, Pharmacy PhD candidate - Differentiating Pueraria species.
  • 15:15-15:30: Kash Singh, BSc (Hons) candidate – Characterisation of Konjac glucomannans.
  • 15:30-15:45: Antony Kam, Pharmacy PhD candidate – Quality and bioactivities of pomegranate.
  •  15:45-16:00: Dr Tina Naumovski - JCTCM Scientific Officer, USyd & UWS - Quality of life questionnaire for Chinese medicine practice.
  • 16:00-16:30: Round table discussion: Chair: Mr Max Ma, Director, Beijing Tong Ren Tang, Australia.


Room 442, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)

13:30 – 16:30




Social and Political Change

·         Prof David Goodman– China’s ruling class: power, wealth, status

·         Dr Minglu Chen– From Economic Elites to Political Elites: Private Entrepreneurs in the People’s Political Consultative Conference

·         Dr Peng Lu (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) - A Coming Devoice? Big Challenges for the Government-Business Coalition in China

 15:30 – 16:30

·         Dr Chunfen Shao – Homeland Calling, Family Pulling: New Migrants from China and other BRIC Countries in the UK, USA, Australia and Japan



Room 436, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)


17:00 – 18:00


Closing event: Launch of ACYA Journal of Australia – China Affairs 2013


Room 448, Level 4, Old Teachers College (A22)