Call for papers – EU facing global China: sociological, comparative, and risk assessment of Belt and Road Initiative

ESSCA EU-Asia Institute organises a workshop in Angers on the 14th and 15th of May 2020 to analyse and assess Chinese actions around the Belt and Road Initiative and its implications for EU-China relations.

Workshop purposes

1-            Have an “inside-out” analysis of global China’s strategic action system around “Belt & Road Initiative” (BRI).

China’s recent strategic reach from a normal globalizing economy to an extraordinary globalized power results from its internally coherent action system. This globalization system has BRI as core, supported and supplemented by national manufacturing strategies (Made in China 2025, Internet Plus Plan), techno-economic paradigm trans-formation (5G telecommunication technology and digital platform innovation), international political advocacy (new order of global governance, human destiny community, and ‘great power diplomacy’), “relationship network” de-ployment (overseas medias and external communications, person-to-person dialogue, Confucius institutes, so-called ‘united frontiers’ building), and global outreach of Chinese regional city clusters such as the Grand Bay Area of Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macau, etc. BRI can be regarded as a volunteered strategy, but it is in fact more a strategy as practice, as well as the continuation and replication of the very Chinese system of society at a new global level. To gain some new insight into the BRI and its move for the EU, the workshop will put them in the con-text of a broader Chinese action system, break down this system in pieces, and take a “the-other-way-around” perspective to understand the natures, logics and characteristics of current globalization of China.

2-            Establish an objective assessment of risks and challenges of China’s current global actions on EU-China rela-tions.

Different from more and more US thinktanks reports which adopt often a negative geopolitical assumptions on BRI, as well as the Chinese main steam research which, on the contrary, has habit to blur the boarders between aca-demic analysis and BRI communicative promotion, the workshop will invite more disciplinary approaches with soci-ological, historical, institutional, and comparative theoretical foundations for assessing the risks and challenges of BRI based on objective analysis. In terms of implications on more coherent policy strategies, it is believed that both EU and China, as well as third parties in the world, will benefit from such neutral and systemic evaluation.

(…More details in the full call below)

For “EU facing global China”, we invite applications by both senior and junior scholars (Ph D students with fresh first hand field work are strongly encouraged), researchers, graduate students, practitioners and representatives of the private sector and the civil society of all nationalities to send us their paper proposals on the following non-exclusive themes, with strong taste on sociological, comparative and risk-awared analysis:
1.BRI as flagship action of global China 2.0, its impact on EU, and EU response
2. MiC 2025, Chinese digital economy, and 5G innovation as technology spears of BRI, their relevance to EU, and EU response
3. Chinese “new order of global governance and mankind destiny community (Xi Jinping thoughts)”, BRI ideological model, and EU
4. China’s use of diaspora influence in EU and relevance to BRI
5. BRI and its relevance to the approach of Chinese Guanxi network
6. EU at dawn of global China, future and prediction
Proposals should be 500 – 600 words . Deadline for submission is Tue, 14 Jan 2020.
Accepted panellists will be informed on a rolling admissions basis. The full – fledged papers of 5000-8000 words will be expected by Fri , 1 7 April 2020.
Please submit your proposals along with your short biographies to .
Proposed outputs
The workshop papers will be integrated and edited into a focus report for strategy purpose, then transformed
into a book edition.
Peer-reviewed journal for publication is in contact.





EU-Asia Institute (ESSCA)

The Eu-Asia Institute is the research centre for interdisciplinary European Integration Studies of the Essca School of Management in Angers.


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