SDN was delighted to host Professor Yu Keping of Peking University, Beijing on a visit to the University of Sydney in the second week of April, 2016. During his time at the University, Yu Keping delivered a public lecture on Chinese Conceptions of Power and Authority: new perspectives and was also guest of honour at the second annual SDN Encounter where he responded to presentations and questions on his work spanning the publication of The Globalisation Paradox (1998); Democracy is a Good Thing (2010); China in the Next 30 Years (2011); Happiness and Dignity (2012); Governance and Rule of Law in China (2012); Globalisation and Changes in China’s Governance (2013); and On China’s Cultural Transformation (2015).
Professor Yu also delivered a seminar on Thursday 14 April on Modernising state governance in China: restructuring the relationship between government, the market and society since the Deng Xiaoping reforms of the 1980s.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Professor Yu Keping is the new Director of the Research Centre for Chinese Politics and Dean of the School of Government, Peking University. He was previously Deputy President of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau. Yu Keping is widely known for his commentaries on Chinese society and politics, and for his influential writings in the fields of political philosophy, law, globalisation, civil society, culture and democratic governance.
Yu Keping has written columns for such platforms as The New York Times, The Globalist and the Huffington Post. As a leading intellectual and advocate of democratic governance in China, he has earned honorary titles at many universities and was officially selected (in 2008) as one of the ‘30 most influential figures in the past 30 years of reforms in China’. In 2011, he was ranked in the ‘Global Top 100 Thinkers’ by Foreign Policy in the United States. Yu Keping was recently selected by the Chinese News Weekly as the ‘Most Influential Scholar of 2015’.
Photos from an Encounter with Professor Yu Keping Tuesday 12 April, Senate Room, Quadrangle Building. All images by Lindy Baker.