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Assessing 40 Years of Reform and Opening in China

photo from China, high rise buildings in background
Photo by Nicholas Loubere
2018 marks the fortieth anniversary of the initiation of China’s ‘Reform and Opening’ period. Over these four decades the country has seen economic, social and cultural transformation on a scale and at a speed unprecedented in human history.

The Chinese government can rightfully claim major achievements including decades of double-digit economic growth, widespread poverty reduction, improvement in the material wellbeing of hundreds of millions of citizens, and the construction of advanced physical and digital infrastructure connecting people across the country’s vast territory. At the same time, however, the liberalisation of the economy and the focus on economic growth at all costs has resulted in environmental catastrophe and deepening inequality—creating a situation of precarity for those not able to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the shifting socioeconomic landscape. By bringing together scholars from China, Europe and elsewhere, this event aims to provide a much needed forum to reflect on, and assess, the legacy of China’s four decades of reforms from an interdisciplinary perspective.


Confirmed Speakers

David Bandurski (University of Hong Kong)

Jean-Philippe Béja (CNRS, CERI-Sciences-Po)

Stefan Brehm (Lund University)

Kerry Brown (King’s College London)

Bu Wei (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

Lisa Eklund (Lund University)

Ivan Franceschini (Australian National University)

Fu Hualing (University of Hong Kong)

Justin Yifu Lin (Peking University)

Nicholas Loubere (Lund University)

Lu Jixia (China Agricultural University)

Qian Gang (University of Hong Kong)

Annika Pissin (Lund University)

Barbara Schulte (Lund University)

Shen Qiu (China Center for International Knowledge on Development)

Marina Svensson (Lund University)


For further information, programme and registration, please see here

Please note that deadline for registration is 16 January.

The conference is organised by the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies with funding received from the Birgit Rausing Language Foundation and the Swedish Research Council. The Centre also acknowledges support from the Department of Sociology and Department of Economic History in the form of facilities during two panels.

23 January 2018 09:00 to 25 January 2018 18:00
See programme for information on venues
marina.svensson [at]

About the event

23 January 2018 09:00 to 25 January 2018 18:00
See programme for information on venues
marina.svensson [at]

Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies
Lund University
Sölvegatan 18 B, 223 62 Lund

Phone: +46 46 222 38 61
E-mail: info [at] ace [dot] lu [dot] se