Time: 14:15 - 16:00
Although the coronavirus pandemic seems to have abated the 2019 "global protests wave”, Hong Kong has remained at the frontline of political contestation worldwide. China’s increasingly assertive stance has, in fact, found a counterweight in the protests throughout 2019, revealing how important the city is to Beijing. Apart from Hong Kong’s role as a major global trade and financial centre, China’s actions towards the city have also served as a litmus test for Beijing’s ability to mediate and pacify its neighbourhood. Based on the edited book “Between Politics and Finance: Hong Kong’s infinity war”, Alessia Amighini, Guido Samarani and Giulia Sciorati will look at the relation between the city and the Mainland, assessing the extent to which the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the requests of Hong Kong protesters and how the city’s past yields clues to its future.
Alessia Amighini - Co-Head of Asia Centre and Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI. She is Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economic and Business Studies (DiSEI) at the University of Piemonte Orientale (Novara, Italy), and Adjunct Professor of International Economics at the Catholic University (Milan, Italy). Amighini previously worked as an Associate Economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD, Geneva, Switzerland). Alessia holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Florence (Italy) and a Master in Economics as well as a BA in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). She has published in many international peer-reviewed journals such as China Economic Review, World Development, The World Economy, International Economics, China and the World Economy. Alessia also published chapters in several books for Edwar Elgar, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge; she coauthored ‘L’economia della Cina’ (Carocci, 2007) and Macroeconomics: A European Perspective (Pearson, 2010 and 2013). She has contributed to several international research projects sponsored by Central Bank of Sweden, Inter-American Development Bank and UNU-WIDER. Alessia is a member of the ASEFUAN (Asia-Europe Foundation University) Alumni Network since 1998
Giulia Sciorati - Associate Research Fellow at ISPI Asia Centre, for the China Programme. She earned a PhD in International Studies from the School of International Studies of the University of Trento with a dissertation on the international, domestic, and individual constraints to China's counterterrorism policy choices in Xinjiang from 1996 to 2017. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at the University of Nottingham and the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. Giulia received her combined BA in International Relations/Foreign Languages from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and her MA (with distinction) in African and Asian Studies from the University of Pavia. She was a visiting student at Beijing Language and Culture University during both degrees. Her research interests include China's foreign and security policy, terrorism and counterterrorism in Asia, China's relations with Central Asia, and relations between the state and Muslim communities in Asia. Giulia is a member of the Italian Association of Chinese Studies and the China Soccer Observatory of the University of Nottingham.
Guido Samarani - Senior Researcher and former Professor of History and Institutions of Asia at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. He is Director of the Marco Polo Centre for Europe-Asia Global Connections, Guest Professor at the Research Center for the Study of China’s Modern and Contemporary History, Zhejiang University, China, and a member of the editorial board and scientific committees of various national and international journals. During the last years he published the volumes La Cina contemporanea (2017) and La rivoluzione in movimento. La Cina della Lunga Marciain (2018) and edited the volume La Cina nella storia globale. Percorsi e tendenze (2019). He edited the special issue of the “Rivista Italiana di Storia Internazionale” on “Nuovi approcci alla storia delle relazioni internazionali della Repubblica Poplare Cinese” (2/2019) and co-edited the special issue (in Chinese) Essays from the International Symposium on Italy-Europe and China during the Cold War Years, published in Lengzhan guojishi yanjiu (Cold War International History Studies), 19/20 (Summer/Winter 2015), the volumes Roads to Reconciliation. People’s Republic of China, Western Europe and Italy during the Cold War period (1949-1971) and Chiang Kai-shek and His Time. New Historical and Historiographical Perspectives and the volume La Cina di Mao, l’Italia e l’Europa negli anni della Guerra fredda.
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