Annual Lecture: "2035: China and the World"
Professor William A. Callahan, London School of Economics and Political Science.
One of the great puzzles of the early twenty-first century is predicting what world order will look like by mid-century. This annual lecture examines how Chinese futurologists are planning for the PRC to surpass the U.S. to become the most important country in the world between 2021 (the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CCP) and 2049 (the 100th anniversary of the PRC). It argues that China is moving from a defensive and inward-looking notion of the future, exemplified by former president Hu Jintao’s Harmonious World policy, to a more offensive and expansionist view of the future that is informed by Xi Jinping’s China Dream policy, which includes a Sinocentric “World Dream.”
William A. Callahan is professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and author of the books "China: The Pessoptimist Nation", "Cultural Governance and Resistance in Pacific Asia" and "China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future". He uses documentary filmmaking as a critical method.
After the lecture there will be a reception in the cafeteria at Georg Morgenstiernes hus. Patricipation is free, but registration is mandatory for this event. Please send an e-mail by November 23 to Linn A. Christiansen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.