After three decades of transformation, China is at a critical juncture in its development and reform. To achieve the goal of balancing economic development, social justice and political stability, China will have to make strategic and structural adjustments to its development trajectory. As a result, many alternative development models and approaches have emerged, representing a major departure from the traditional and narrowly-defined “economic growth” model. The most noticeable development is an increasing emphasis on “society building” (“社会建设” in Chinese). Nevertheless, the new models have also raised more questions: What do China’s new development models mean? How many models are available for China to select for its development and reform in the coming decades? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each model or approach? How can they contribute to the maintenance of social justice and political stability whilst sustaining economic growth? What are the implications of the new models for politicians, industrial leaders, civil society advocates, academics, and the media?
The questions raised above will be addressed at the fifth annual conference of the International Forum for Contemporary Chinese Studies (IFCCS5). The annual IFCCS event shares the following main objectives:
• To exchange views on the latest developments and challenges facing China and their implications on the international academic community;
• To inspire critical review on the experience and lessons to learn from China’s reform and development;
• To provide a channel for developing interdisciplinary communication, interaction and cooperation in the areas such as economic globalisation, China’s rise and international relations; sustainable development and innovation, civil society and good governance;
• To explore the theoretical and methodological issues underlying the development of Contemporary Chinese Studies;
• To develop and enhance international collaborative networks in Contemporary Chinese Studies.
This event will be co-organised by The University of Nottingham’s School of Contemporary Chinese Studies (SCCS), and Beijing University of Technology’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS). SCCS is one of the leading centres for research, teaching and policy analysis on contemporary China in Europe, and SHSS has become a prominent centre in China in the fields of society building and good governance. Previous IFCCS conferences, held in Nottingham in 2008, 2009, and 2011 respectively, and in Xi’an in 2010, attracted around 200 delegates each from some 20 countries. IFCCS5 will be held on 8th – 9th August 2012 in Beijing, China.