The International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization (ICSCC) at Fudan University is now launching a new joint research program with the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET) at Vienna University and the Academy of Socialist History and Documentation at East China Normal University, on the international history of industry reforms. Specifically, on the Transformation of companies and their workforce. This study is a part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-national, and long-term project to compare a variety of state-owned industries in former planned economies and their transformation during marketization. In this joint project, we are specifically interested in understanding the roles of Chinese industry and businesses – both state-owned and private – in China’s opening and reform.
The industries and businesses this project is interested in include, but are not limited to: steel industry, civilian shipbuilding, as well as other large state-owned enterprises that have transformed themselves either through marketization reforms or privatization. This project is interested in studying those industries’ and businesses’ transformation within the context of A: China’s marketization reform, as promoted by pro-market economists since the opening and reform period and B: The Social, Cultural, and Political Institutions that either sustained or resisted the development of this market.
Due to the social, economic, and cultural focus of this project, the workshop welcomes scholars from all academic disciplines to contribute their unique insights, including but not limited to: history, economics, business, cultural studies, and sociology. This workshop will be held online in mid-to-late April pending the decision from the organizers. We sincerely welcome scholars from both partner universities, as well as from other sister universities in the larger Shanghai metropolitan region to participate, either as presenters or as a part of the discussion group.
The key research areas include:
- The debate of different Economic schools of thought and Reform Politics, including how Chinese economists and political reformers draw lessons from the west and former socialist countries.
- Labour Relations and Transformation from below, especially how local innovations and everyday-life transformations have inspired larger market transformation
- Migration and Transnationalism: how internal and global movement of people, technology, and ideas have shaped modern Chinese industry
- Cultural Transformations and especially how Chinese business and industry practices are influenced by traditional and imported western business culture
Submitting a research paper is not a requirement for participation. If you are interested in presenting at the workshop, please send us your name, academic degree, current academic affiliation, and a short 300-word abstract. If you do not have a concrete project yet and wish to participate as a part of the discussion group, please do send us your name and affiliation to register. The deadline to register is March 31, 2022.
Dr. Sheng Peng: email@example.com
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Through future research and collaborations, we wish to publish an edited volume, several individual peer-reviewed papers, as well as other formats of intellectual products such as exhibitions and documentaries. We also hope this workshop will lead to a collaborative joint conference between Vienna University and our Chinese partner universities on the boarder theme of Comparative History.
Professor Zhang Ke, (International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization, Fudan University, Shanghai). Professor Phillipp Ther: (Director, Research Center for the History of Transformations, Vienna University, Vienna). Professor Yao Yu: (Professor, the Academy of Socialist History and Documentation/ Department of History, East China Normal University, Shanghai)
Professor Lin Chaochao, (History Faculty, Fudan University), Dr. Sheng Peng (RECET, Vienna University), Dr. Barbara Good (International Office, Vienna University), Mr. Xu Tao, (PhD Candidate, ECNU)