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Call for participants (Open Webinar): SEZ@40: Shenzhen as a New Global Development Model?
February 3, 2021 - 15:00
Please take your time zone in to account! The event time is: 22:00 Beijing, 15:00 Oslo, 09:00 Washington
Participants can sign up via this link: https://nettskjema.no/a/181357#/page/1
Shenzhen city in South China was among the first of Deng Xiaoping’s Special Economic Zones. After 40 years at the forefront of China’s ‘reform and opening-up’ policies, what does the future hold for Shenzhen? What is Shenzhen’s role as a developmental model today?
The celebrations of this 40-year anniversary lauded Shenzhen’s achievements and staked out new policies. With its proximity to Hong Kong, and reputation as a global tech hub, Shenzhen spearheads the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.
In this online seminar, two prominent guest speakers will present their take on Shenzhen at 40. Juan Du will discuss the role of architecture and urban planning in her presentation “The Critical Experiment of Shenzhen: Demystifying China’s ‘Instant City’”. Kean Fan Lim will speak about economic and social policies in the city-region under the heading “Becoming more ‘special’ than special: Policy experimentation in and through Shenzhen.”
Presenters and organisers
Juan Du is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Associate Dean (International and Mainland China Affairs), and Director of the Urban Ecologies Design Lab (UEDL) at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She holds a Doctorate in Science in Architecture from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and a Master in Architecture from Princeton University. She is the recipient of a US Fulbright Scholarship for her research on the transformations of contemporary Chinese cities. Juan Du has previously taught architectural and urban design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Peking University.
Kean Fan Lim is Senior Lecturer in Economic Geography at Newcastle University. His work on economic restructuring in East Asia examines how the economic and social policies of city-regions affect national developmental paths. Lim has published several journal articles on economic policy and regional development in China. He is the author of two monographs: An East Asian Challenge to Western Neoliberalism: Critical Perspectives on the ‘China Model’ (Routledge, 2017, co-authored with economic historian Niv Horesh) and On Shifting Foundations: State Rescaling, Policy Experimentation and Economic Restructuring in Post-1949 China (John Wiley & Sons 2019).
Siv H. Oftedal, researcher at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, will chair the seminar.
Heidi Østbø Haugen, professor of China Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, hosts the seminar series. She heads the ERC-funded project Brokering China’s Extraversion: An Ethnographic Analysis of Transnational Arbitration (Brokex).
For more information about this event and future seminars in this series, see https://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/english/research/projects/brokex/events/seminars/shenzhen-as-a-new-global-development-model.html