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Konferenz Leipzig

Beyond the Kremlin's Reach? Eastern Europe and China in the Cold War Era – Transfers and Entanglements

30.06.2015 at 17:30  – 02.07.2015 at 17:30 

The conference explores the relations between the People’s Republic of China and the non-Soviet socialist states of Poland, Czechoslovakia, GDR, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Albanian during the Cold War with a focus on the social and everyday dimension – from the exchange of students and the sending of advisers to large-scale cooperation projects in industry and infrastructure. It brings together researchers from East-Central Europe, other parts of Europe and the US with leading experts in the field from China.



17.30–17.45 Opening Remarks
Stefan Troebst (Leipzig), Jan Zofka (Leipzig)

17.45–19.00 Keynote Speech
Shen Zhihua (Shanghai): Structural Problems of Socialist International Relations
19.15 Dinner


PART I Transfers and Entanglements between China and Eastern Europe

9.00–10.40 Panel 1: Trade and Economic Cooperation during the Sino-Soviet Alliance
Ge Jun (Shanghai): The GDR as Gate to the West? Early Trade Agreements between PRC and GDR
Daniela Kolenovská (Prague): Sino-Czechoslovak Cooperation on Agricultural Cooperatives
Comments: Uwe Müller (Leipzig)

10.40–11.00 Coffee Break

11.00–12.30 Panel 2: Cultural Exchange during the
Sino-Soviet Alliance Austin Jersild (Norfolk, VA): From ‘Originality’ (samobytnost’) to Beethoven: Socialist Bloc Ideas about Culture in Revolutionary China, 1950–1964
József Böröcz (New Brunswick, NJ): Performing Socialist Hungary. The Ensemble of the Hungarian People‘s Army Visits to China in the Fall of 1956
Comments: Beáta Hock (Leipzig)

12.30–14.00 Lunch

14.00–15.40 Panel 3: Deviations in the Soviet Bloc in the Context of Changing Sino-Soviet Relations
Jan Zofk a (Leipzig): Repercussions of the Chinese Great Leap Forward in Bulgaria
Margaret K. Gnoinska (Troy, AL): China’s Differentiation Policy toward Poland: the Case of Kazimierz Mijal (1960–1976)
Comments: Stefan Troebst (Leipzig)

15.40–16.00 Coffee Break

16.00–17.40 Panel 4: Changing Representations of the “Other” in the Chinese and Eastern European Press
Sören Urbansky/Max Trecker (Munich): Népszabadság, Neues Deutschland, TrybunaLudu. The Nuances of Reporting on China in Eastern Bloc Press
Li Rui (Beijing): The Changing Image of Eastern Europe in the Chinese Press during the early 1980s
Comments: Dennis Deletant (Washington, DC)

17.40–18.15 Intermediate Resumée and Discussion /
Practical Issues Concerning Publication


9.00–11.00 Panel 5: Transfers of Development Models, Policies and Technologies
Ana Lalaj (Tirana): The Influence of the Chinese Cultural Revoluti on and the Reproduction of Some of its Features in Albania
Jovan Čavoški (Belgrade): The Yugoslav Dimension of the Chinese Reforms and Opening up Policy in the late 1970s and early 1980s
Péter Vámos (Budapest): A Hungarian Model for China? Economic Reforms in China and Sino-Hungarian Relations, 1979–1989
Comments: Jordan Baev (Sofia)

11.00–11.15 Coffee Break

PART II China and Eastern Europe during the Cold War:
Mapping Sources

11.15–12.30 Roundtable: Mapping Sources I:
China and East-Central Europe
Chair: Yu Weimin (Shanghai)
GDR: Ge Jun
Poland: Li Rui (Beijing), Wu Wei (Beijing) – Margaret K. Gnoinska
Czechoslovakia: Gao Xiaochuan (Shanghai) – Daniela Kolenovská
Hungary: Tai Yuri (Shanghai) – Péter Vámos

12.30–14.00 Lunch

14.00–16.00 Roundtable: Mapping Sources II:
China and Southeastern Europe
Chair: Shen Zhihua
Yugoslavia: Kong Fanjun (Beijing) – Jovan Čavoški
Romania: Liu Yong (Beijing) – Dennis Deletant
Bulgaria: Xiang Zuotao (Beijing) – Jordan Baev
Albania: Ana Lalaj

16.00–16.15 Coffee Break

16.15–17.30 Final Discussion

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