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    Confucius Institutes and Chinese Public Diplomacy: Aims, Issues, and Practice

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    Date(s) - 16/03/2017
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Embassy of Denmark


    San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, Beijing, China


    (10) 8532 9900



    Entrance Fee

    Members free, non-members: 100RMB

    Confucius Institutes (CIs) are cultural institutes comparable to the German Goethe Institutes and the French Alliance Française, with the important difference that CIs are not unilaterally national institutions, but operate as joint ventures between Chinese and foreign partners, typically universities. CIs are supervised and administered by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban 汉办), an entity affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The CI programme began in 2004 with the first CI opening in Seoul (South Korea) and has produced so far 512 institutes in 130 countries. But the institutes are eyed with suspicion by some campuses who see the programme as a “Trojan horse,” peddling propaganda at the expense of academic freedom. The lecture will analyse the CI programme as a Chinese public diplomacy initiative, discuss some of the controversies surrounding it, and take a closer look at the Leipzig CI (Germany) as a case example. The lecture concludes with a number of “best practice” recommendations.


    Philip Clart is Professor of Chinese Culture and History at the University of Leipzig, Germany, chair of that university’s Institute of East Asian Studies, as well as director of the Leipzig Confucius Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1997; prior to coming to Leipzig he taught at the University of British Columbia (1996-1998) and at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1998-2008). He is the editor of the Journal of Chinese Religions. His main research areas are popular religion and new religious movements in Taiwan, religious change and state/religion relations in China, as well as literature and religions of the late imperial period (10th-19th c.).


    ENTRANCE: FCCC Members free – non-Members 100RMB


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