1:00 PM13:00
4:00 PM16:00

Public lecture by Julia Kristeva: "The Female Genius"

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The world-renowned scholar Julia Kristeva will give a public lecture at Fudan University’s Nordic Centre on November 4, drawing in part on her trilogy Le Génie féminin, in part on her book About Chinese Women. The lecture is open to all, but you must register your particiption, as space is limited.

In addition to professor Kristeva’s lecture, there will be an introduction to the Holberg Prize, which Kristeva was the inaugural recipient of in 2004. The lecture is followed by a reception.

All are welcome to attend, but please register by scanning the QR code in the flyer above. We recommend registering ASAP, due to the level of interest in the speaker and limited seating. If you have any trouble registering, please contact Liu Wen, wen@nordiccentre.net The location is room 101 of Nordic Centre at Fudan University, for a campus map please see nordiccentre.net/find-us


The Chinese civilization has accorded women an important position, dating back to antiquity, passing through the matriarchal family and Taoism, and in a different way through Confucian morality, and up until the first suffragettes in 1912 and the Movement of 4 May; followed by the marriage laws of the Communist Party (1930 – 1950), regulation of contraception and population growth these last years, etc. My book, About Chinese Women (Les Chinoises, 1974; revised edition, Pauvert, 2001) retraces this history and its effects on the 20th Century.

The digital era does not erase this memory, but relies significantly on female creativity. Referring to my trilogy Female Genius I-III (Le Génie féminin, Fayard, 1999 - 2000 - 2001), I propose to revisit research in contemporary psychoanalysis on the development of psycho-sexual femininity (in the precocious bond between the infant and the mother, in the access to the paternal third, in the sexual and social trials of life, etc.). I claim that, in addition, and in a more decisive manner than what the legal and political management of women’s rights does, it is the specific relation of each and every woman – her particular genius – which constitutes the female relation to these fundamental parameters of the social pact: life, the other and time.

I will illustrate these female specificities by referring to my reading of the lives and works of three European women who have marked the 20th Century: the philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906 - 1975), the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein (1882 - 1960) and the writer Colette (1873 - 1954).

This research is an invitation to every woman to raise and to cultivate her own creativity, because such is her genius, at which ever place she finds herself in the social field or in her life.

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to May 29

Nordic Centre’s Biannual Conference 2020: Ageing and Global Healthcare Challenges

Nordic Centre’s Biannual Conference 2020:
Ageing and Global Healthcare Challenges

28-29 May 2020
Nordic Centre, Fudan University Biannual Conference (takes place at Fudan’s Medical Campus)
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Official website: here 

Address and Venue: 
Inside of the Medical Campus of Fudan University
Address: 138 Medical Road, 200032 Shanghai, China 
In Chinese: 上海市医学院路138号 
Meeting room information will be updated here:

Abstract deadline: 6th Dec 2019
Registration and pay: here (will open from October 2019)

Call for Abstracts and Participation
Ageing is the greatest risk factor for many diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and neurodegeneration, especially Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, among others. The global average age is increasing dramatically because of improved healthcare system and changes in lifestyle. Accordingly, the ageing society brings formidable socio-economic challenges. In the past decades, our understanding of the mechanisms of ageing at molecular, cellular, individual, and societal levels has greatly expanded. This enables scientists to develop novel strategies to improve healthy ageing and to prevent or treat age-related diseases through lifestyle modifications, pharmacological interventions, and novel therapeutics. This conference will bring together leading ageing researchers working on molecular, cellular, individual, and societal levels of ageing, from around the world, including The University of Oslo, Copenhagen University, Uppsala University, Karolinska Institute, Fudan University, Peking University, Duke Kunshan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, among others.

The major aim of the conference is to foster communications, interactions, and collaborations among the ageing researchers, and to provide unique training opportunities to the undergraduate and graduate students, postdoc fellows, and early career ageing researchers. Our final goal is to explore new therapeutics and interventions to extend healthspan and lifespan in the elderly.

Organizing Committee
Dr. Evandro Fei Fang, MBBS, Ph.D. (Chair) Group Leader, University of Oslo (UiO) and Akershus University Hospital, Norway The Norwegian Centre on Healthy Ageing, Norway Tel: +47 92230968; Mobile: +47 92230968; Emails: evandrofeifang@yahoo.com; e.f.fang@medisin.uio.no. Web, here

Prof. W. Y. Chan, Ph.D. Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Email: chanwy@cuhk.edu.hk. Web, here

Prof. Na HE, Dean, School of Public Health, Fudan University, China Tel: 86-21-54237625; Email: nhe@fudan.edu.cn. Web, here

Prof. Linda Hildegard Bergersen, Ph.D. Professor of Physiology, Vice-Dean of Research, Faculty of Dentistry, UiO, Norway Professor Neurobiology of Ageing, CEHA, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Mobile: +47 97032049; Email: l.h.bergersen@odont.uio.no. Web, here

Prof. Lene Juel Rasmussen Acting Director, Centre on Healthy Ageing, University of Copenhagen, Denmark Tel: (+45) 35 32 67 17; Email: lenera@sund.ku.dk. Web, here

Prof. Magnar Bjørås Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway Tel: +47 95081497; Email: magnar.bjoras@ntnu.no. Web, here

Prof. Shenglan Tang Director, Global Health Research Center, Duke Kunshan University, China Tel: +1 919-519-0802; Email: Shenglan.tang@duke.edu. Web, here

For abstract submission, please use the provided template (download here), then send to Dr. Evandro F. Fang (e.f.fang@medisin.uio.no) by 6th Dec 2019.  Submissions after the deadline will not be considered, but are still welcome to attend this meeting after registration.   For participants with abstract (poster), registrations are mandatory. Flights and hotels will be covered by the participants themselves. 

Oral talks
Excellent abstracts will be selected for oral talks by the organizing committee. List for oral talks will be released by 20th of November 2019. For participants of oral talks, registrations are mandatory (so please register at the time you submit your abstract). Flights and hotels will be covered by the organizers. 

Invited Speakers
For invited speakers by the organizers, registrations are not necessary. Flights and hotels will be covered by the organizers. 

Registration, including payment of registration fee (open October 2019): here

To Dr. Evandro F. Fang (e.f.fang@medisin.uio.no)

or Magnus Jorem  (magnus@nordiccentre.net )

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Nordic-China Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Seminar and Workshop

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BY INVITATION ONLY. Please contact magnus@nordiccentre.net if you are interested in taking part.

Organized with Umeå University, Aarhus University, Fudan University, and Nordic-China Startup Forum, among others

Being home to some of the world's youngest and fastest growing startup scenes (e.g. Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen), China holds great potential as a setting for insightful entrepreneurship and innovation research, both from a practical and theoretical perspective. Over the past decades, China has seen rapid growth, technological development and a sharp increase in private venture capital investments. This has created a vast range of opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. With growing

government support, successful startup stories (e.g. Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu) and access to a huge

internal market, entrepreneurship as a possible career path has started to gain popularity in China. This is made evident by recent years’ explosive growth of co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators aimed at supporting startup companies.

In comparison, the Nordics have developed a strong tradition of entrepreneurship and innovation over the past century. Despite being small economies geographically far away from financial centers,

the Nordic countries are highly regarded as innovative startup nations. They rank consistently high on favorable conditions for entrepreneurs and produce the highest number of “unicorns” per capita

in Europe.

The two regions thus exemplify successful startup nations but with very different environmental

conditions. Combining insights from both environments can both increase generalizability of

knowledge and deepen our understanding of the specific characteristics of each environment and

implications for entrepreneurs and innovators who attempt to navigate them. Despite the great potential for synergies between Nordic and Chinese entrepreneurship and innovation research, such collaborations are relatively few and sporadic. This project aims to establish closer ties between Nordic and Chinese entrepreneurship and innovation scholars by showcasing the potential value of cross-country data collection and comparative studies in these fields. Reviewers in entrepreneurship journals frequently call for, or even insist on, cross-country comparisons to strengthen research findings. It is the hope of the organizers that this project can build a foundation for further international research collaborations, and thereby pave the way for high-quality studies and impactful research.

Planned activities - TBC

10:00 – 10:45 Welcoming talk and introduction

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break/mingle

11:00 – 12:00 Research presentations

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Workshop on opportunities and challenges of China-Nordic entrepreneurship and

innovation research

14:00 – 14:15 Coffee break/mingle

14:15 – 15:00 Closing discussions

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to Jul 25

Business and Innovation in China

Summer course for grad students from our Nordic member universities on Business and Innovation in China. The course consists of lectures, interactive activities, and company visits, and its main instructor is Associate Professor Dmitrij Slepniov the Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University.

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6:00 PM18:00

Nordic Christmas Party

On 14th December, Nordic, Chinese and international students came to Nordic Centre to celebrate a traditional Nordic Christmas. Co-organized with Association for Norwegian Students Abroad, ANSA, we opened our doors for a Nordic Christmas celebration where glogg, lusekattar, cinnamon rolls and ginger breads were served.

The highlight of the evening was when Santa Claus came and delivered out a present to those who had brought one to the party. Some had wrapped up a box of chocolate and went home with a hand cream. After Santa had emptied his bags, he made the participants sing carols where the last song was Wham’s classic, Last Christmas. With over 150 people present at the event, the building was shaking when everyone sang together.

ANSA and Nordic Centre wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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to Dec 11

Chinese Economy Program for Students from University of Gothenburg

Nordic Centre organized lectures and company visits for exchange students from University of Gothenburg.

LECTURE: China's Evolving Consumer Culture

Benjamin Cavender, Principal at China Market Research Group (CMR) and Market Research Consultant

COMPANY VISIT: Move Shanghai and WeWork

& LECTURE: Chinese E-Commerce Models

Tom Xiong, Founder and CEO of Move Shanghai, owner of podcast Digitally China

COMPANY VISIT: Rhizome Cultural Development  

& LECTURE: The Development of Chinese Economy from an Anthropological Perspective

Guo Li, Founder & CEO of Rhizome, PHD in Anthropology

LECTURE: China’s Foreign Energy Policy and One Belt One Road Initiative

Sun Xia, Associate Professor, Institute of International Relations, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

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6:30 PM18:30

Quiz Night

On November 12, Nordic Centre arranged its semester quiz where the participants’ knowledge about the Nordic region and China was tested. The winning team consisted of two local Chinese and two students from two different Nordic countries made them the perfect team.

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to Jul 26

Summer Course: Business and Innovation in China

Every summer, Nordic Centre organizes two summer courses, each lasting two weeks and featuring a mix of lectures and excursions to professional environments such as consulates and company headquarters.

Main instructor, 2018: Dmitrij Slepniov, Aalborg University
Besides lectures from the main instructor, you will interact with a range of different business people and academics.

Read more here

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to Jul 11

Summer Course: Chinese Politics and Society

Every summer, Nordic Centre organizes two summer courses, each lasting two weeks and featuring a mix of lectures and excursions to professional environments such as consulates and company headquarters.

Main instructor, 2018: Kaisa Kantola, University of Helsinki
Besides the main instructor, you will interact with a range of other academics and professionals during the course

Read more here

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2:30 PM14:30

Norwegian Education and Research Delegation, Welfare Challenges: Chinese and Norwegian Outlooks


Welfare Challenges: Chinese and Norwegian Outlooks

Venue: Nordic Centre, Room 101
Time: 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Organizing institutions: University of Bergen, Fudan University/Nordic Centre, Sino-Nordic Welfare Research network (SNoW)/University of Bergen

Register here


Magnus Jorem, Programme Manager, Nordic Centre, Fudan University;
Jing Yijia, Fudan University, Professor of Public Administration; Associate Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs; Director of the Center for Collaborative Governance Research

“Gerontology innovation and smart senior care””
Chen Honglin, Fudan University, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Department of Social Work
 “The ageing population and innovation in elderly care in Norway”
Karen Christensen, University of Bergen, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
“A comparative outlook on innovation in elderly care”
Lin Ka, Zhejiang University, Professor, College of Public Administration; Deputy Director, Center of European Studies
“Who should pay and deliver? Changing expectations towards state and non-state actors in social security and service provision - Chinese and comparative perspectives”
Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr, University of Bergen, Post-doc, Department of Comparative Politics
Affiliated Senior Researcher, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
“Social transformation, welfare institutions and welfare governance in China”
Ren Yuan, Fudan University, Professor of Demography and Urban Studies; School of Social Development and Public Policy; Vice Director and General Secretary, Fudan University Yangtze River Delta Institute; Deputy Director, Institute of Population Research; Vice Director, Center for Urban and Regional Studies.
“Sustainability of health care provision in an ageing Norwegian population”
Jan Erik Askildsen, University of Bergen, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics; Dean of the Faculty of  Social Sciences
“Sino-Nordic Cross-Disciplinary Platform for Comparative Welfare Research”
Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen, Professor of Comparative Politics, Department of Comparative Politics.

*The event will be held in English

Registration required


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