2013 BCCDS / HUB Annual lectures

posted Jul 17, 2013, 3:54 PM by Lutgard Lams   [ updated Dec 6, 2013, 5:38 AM ]
"Different perspectives on Intellectual Property Rights in China-EU Trade Talks", Mr Benoît Lory, EU Commission DG for Trade, Policy Officer, 5 December 2013

For this lecture, we were glad to welcome Mr Lory, EU CommissionTrade Negotiator responsible for IPR issues with China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Mongolia, who shared his rich insight into IPR matters in the EU as well as in China. He first discussed a study on 'IPR-intensive industries' by the EU Observatory on IPR infringements, and talked about new production patterns and China's ambition to move up the value chain in certain areas like biotechnology, new materials, etc.  Then we were given a survey of current IP legislative actions in China and its growing IP awareness (record numbers in patent filings and dramatic increase of IP litigation). Mr Lory also explained in detail the EU-China cooperation (e.g. IP Dialogue, IP Working Group, Technical cooperation programmes, Custom Action Plan, bilateral agreement on GIs, etc.). The presentation was followed by a lively debate on the origin of Chinese perspectives on IPR (combination of culture, politics, education) and different negotiation styles between Chinese and EU trade negotiators. The lecture also served as a useful exercise for our students of simultaneous interpretation. Thanks to the speaker, audience, and interpreters!


"Diversity underlying surface similarity: a debate of values - Case study: changing values of Shanghai and Beijing managers?", dr. Thomas Herdin (University of Salzburg), 7 November 2013

In this lecture, Prof. Herdin offered a keen insight into findings of his research project aimed to understand China's transformation. Interestingly, factors like the Chinese rural/urban divide and differences between life in Shanghai/Beijing seem to play more of a role in shaping managers' values than demographics such as generational differences. Thomas Herdin also showed how underneath the homogenization/decline of exotic-ness/cultural surface synchronization (secondary values) through transcultural lifestyles, basic (primary) values remain deeply rooted and hidden beneath the surface of the iceberg.

"Epistemological challenges: Aristotelian Logic vs Taoist & Dialectical Thought", dr. Thomas Herdin (University of Salzburg), 8 November 2013

In a sequel to the evening lecture on  the dynamics of cultural surface synchronization and deep-rooted primary values, Prof. Herdin approached the value debate from a more philospohical angle and looked at implications for the academic mindset and for analyzing intercultural/transcultural communication.


"Progress of Cross-Strait Integration between China and Taiwan: Are Models of European Integration Relevant?", dr. David Huang (Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University), 2 July 2013
On 2 July, Dr. David Huang brought a lecture on the relevance of European integration model for the progress of Cross-Strait integration between China and Taiwan. He gave a survey of essential features of European and Cross-Strait integration, discussing its political aspect disguised as a functional and economic integration. In his opinion, the functioning and implementation of new regulations for Cross-Strait exchanges since the Kuomintang President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, so far cannot match the highly institutionalized and legalized status of the European integration. Dr. Huang explained the various interpretations of some key phrases in the debate on the China/Taiwan relations and discussed the more recent Chinese government’s discursive move to enhance a common perception and recognition of the ‘one China framework’ while allowing economic and social integration between China and Taiwan to intensify.  On the basis of several opinion polls on cultural and political identity, he concluded that further Cross-Strait integration does not only institutionalize the distinction of administrative jurisdiction between the Chinese and Taiwanese governments, but it also sharpens the distinction between Taiwan and Chinese identity among Taiwanese people.
Lutgard Lams,
Jul 17, 2013, 3:56 PM