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The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki
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Programme outline

The conference programme is preliminary. Minor changes and additions are possible.

Wednesday 9 November10:00-12:00 Registration (Info desk, entrance hall in front of the Small Hall, 4th floor in the Main Building)

12:00-12:45 Opening Ceremony (Small Hall, Main Building)
Chair: Prof. Markku Kivinen, Director, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Dr. Erkki Tuomioja, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland

12:45–14:15 Plenary Session I (Small Hall, Main Building)
Chair: Prof. Markku Kivinen, Director, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

12:45-13:20 Dr., Chief Research Fellow Alexander V. Lomanov, Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Science: Chinese Model after the Global Financial Crisis

13:20-13:55 Prof. Chunling Li, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: Stratification and Class Formation in China since the 1980s

14:15-14:45 Coffee

14:45-16:45 Panels I

Panel 1 History and Geopolitics (Auditorium IX, Main Building)
Chair: Raimo Väyrynen
Christopher Mott
: The Dancing Nomad between Tiger and Bear: Formless Geopolitics between Russia and China
Konstantin Khakhalin: The Territorial Dimensions of the Chinese and Russian Reforms
Muhittin Tolga Ozsaglam: Russia-China Relations: Inevitability, Opportunities and Limits
Discussant: Alpo Juntunen

Panel 2 Role of Media in Changing Society. Comparisons of China and Russia I (Auditorium VI, Main Building)
Chair: Katja Koikkalainen
Kaarle Nordenstreng: BRICS as a New Framework for Studying the Media Systems in China and Russia
Jukka Pietiläinen: Media and Freedom of Speech in Russia and in China
Svetlana Pasti: Why Are Russian Journalists Happy in Non-Free Media?
Discussant: Salla Nazarenko

Panel 3 Economic Relations between Russia, China and Others (Hall 3, Main Building)
Chair: Mikhail Maslovskiy
Riitta Kosonen, Erja Kettunen and Anu Penttilä: Reflections on China’s Changing Labour Market: Employee Relations of Finnish Companies in China
George Abuselidze: Georgia Economic Development at the Crossroads: China or Russia?
Discussant: Iikka Korhonen

Panel 4 Political Landscapes of Russia’s Modernization (Hall 14, Main Building)
Chair: Nadir Kinossian
Anni Kangas: Snapshots of 'New Moscow': Governmentalities of Russia's Spatial Transformation
Sirke Mäkinen: Discipline of Geopolitics and Education of “Modernization Agents” in Russia
Katri Pynnöniemi: The Political Landscape of Medvedev’s “Technological Modernization”
Sanna Turoma: Narratives of Identity in the Space of Modernization: Siberia in the 1960s
Arja Rosenholm: Water Power in the Fictional Landscape of the Soviet 1930s
Discussant: Viacheslav Morozov

17:00-18:30 Panels II

Panel 5 Changing Ideologies (Hall 14, Main Building)
Chair: Katalin Miklóssy
Peng Lu: The End of Post-Communism: The Beginning of a Super-Communism? China’s Possible New Contribution to Post-Communist Studies
Heitor Romana: Chinese and Russian Technocrat-Nationalism: Some Geopolitical Elements
Lin Ren: Russia and China: Stagnate at the Initiative Stage of Reconciliation?
Discussant: Markku Kangaspuro

Panel 6 Comparative Analysis of the American and the European Crisis Management Systems (Hall 8, Main Building)
Chair: Timo Härkönen
Pamela A. Collins and Ryan K. Baggett: Critical Infrastructure Protection: Lessons Learned from U.S. Tragedies
Timo Hellenberg and Pekka Visuri: European Crisis Management Systems: Lessons Learned from Recent Crises
Discussant: Jaakko Puuperä

Thursday 10 November08:30-10:00 Panels III

Panel 7 Democracy or Authoritarian Rule in Russia and in China (Auditorium XII, Main Building)
Chair: Tiina H. Airaksinen
Mikhail Maslovskiy: Civilizational Analysis in Comparative-Historical Sociology and Post-Soviet Russian Politics
David Lewis: Comparative Authoritarianism: Constructing Russian and Chinese Legitimacy Discourses in the International System?
Discussant: Alexander V. Lomanov

10:15-11:45 Panels IV

Panel 8 China and Russia in Comparison (Hall 3, Main Building)
Chair: Risto Herrala
Natalia Koloskova: Russia and China: a Comparative Analysis of Communication Management and Strategy in Import/Export Deals on Armaments and Technology TBC
Marina Ovchinnikova: Comparative Socio-economic Analysis of the Jewelry Market Development in Russia and China
Ivan Tchalakov: Assessing Russian and Chinese the Capacities for Innovation
Discussant: Jouko Rautava

Panel 9 Role of Media in Changing Society. Comparisons of China and Russia II (Small Hall, Main Building)
Chair: Jukka Pietiläinen
Iiris Ruoho: Crime Series in Mainland China - the Cultural and Political Transformations
Natalia Mikhailova: Democracy Begins at the Midnight. Changes in Russian TV-schedule (1985-2011)
Katja Koikkalainen: Role of Magazines in Changing Society – Comparisons between China and Russia
Discussant: Jukka Pietiläinen

11:45-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-14:30 Panels V

Panel 10 Chinese-Russian Relations: Current State and Alternative Features (Hall 18, Metsätalo)
Chair: Arkady Moshes
Jouko Rautava: Russia-China Economic Relations
Matti Nojonen: How the Chinese View the Sino-Russian Relationship
Arkady Moshes: Russia’s China Discussion and Policy: the Disconnect
Discussant: Hiski Haukkala

Panel 11 Growing Chinese Influence (Hall 3, Main Building)
Chair: Zuzana Fuingacova
Aigul Adibayeva: Neighboring China: Diversification of the Multi-Dimensional Approach TBC
Sergey Zaverskiy: Economic Growth in China – the Chance for Development of Siberia and Far East
Vladimir Sherov-Ignatyev: Bear’s Den and Dragon’s Lair: Russia and China in the Processes of Regional Integration
Discussant: David Dusseault

Panel 12 Chinese and Russian Interests in Central Asia PLEASE NOTE EXCEPTION: Panel starts at 12:30 and lasts until 14:00 (Auditorium XII, Main Building)

Chair:Jeremy Smith
Fabio Indeo
: Sino-Russian strategies towards Central Asia, between cooperation and regional rivalry
Nargis Kassenova: Russia and China in Central Asia: Policy Instruments in Comparative Perspective
A. Tolga Turker: Comparative Analysis of Russian and Chinese Interest in Central Asia
Discussant: Yang Cheng

14:30-15:00 Coffee

15:00-17:00 Panels VI

Panel 13 Energy Governance Challenges (Hall 3, Main Building)
Chair: Laura Solanko
Elena Shadrina: Russia’s Energy Governance Transition in the Twenty-First Century: The Narrative of the (Clumsy) Bear and the (Canny) Dragon
Fatemeh Shayan: A Multidisciplinary Approach to EU Energy Security and Process of Integration in the Caspian Sea Region
Yang Cheng: Risk Management in Sino-Russian Energy Cooperation - from the Chinese Perspective
Younkyoo Kim: Why is Russian Energy Policy Failing in Asia?
Discussants Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen & Nargis Kassenova

Panel 14 The Crisis of the Russian Model? Dynamics and Wider Impact of Political and Economic Changes in Russia (Hall 18, Metsätalo)
Chair: Christer Pursiainen
Sinikukka Saari: From Stability to Stagnation – Changing ‘Dynamics’ of Russian Politics
Katri Pynnöniemi: The Making of the Common Economic Space: Institutional and Quasi-Institutional Political Dynamics of Economic Integration in the Post-Soviet Space
Anaïs Marin: What’s New at the Finnish-Chinese Border? Sub-regional Integration as a Means of Reintegration: the Expansion of Russia´s "Eurasian" Model of Euroregions
Nadir Kinossian: “Authoritarian Modernization” and Regional Development in the Russian Federation
Discussant: Christer Pursiainen

Round Table 1 “East is East, and West is West, and Never the Twain Shall Meet”: Business Cultures of China and Russia in the Past and in the Era of Globalization (Hall 32, Metsätalo)
Chair: Sergei Sutyrin
Peter Zashev
Irina Vorobjeva
Nikolai Samoylov

19:00-20:30 Reception (Helsinki City Hall, address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13)

Friday 11 November09:00-11:00 Panels VII

Panel 15 Multinational Relations: Theoretical Aspects of Russia’s and China’s Relations with Other States (Auditorium IX, Main Building)
Chair: Sanna Turoma
Mette Skak: The BRIC Powers as Soft Balancers: Brazil, Russia, India and China
Viatcheslav Morozov: Subaltern Empire? Alternative World Order(s) Russia’s Political Imagery
Evgeny Pashentsev: The Strategic Communication of Russian and China in Latin America: New Opportunities in the Changing World
Discussant: Markku Kivinen

Panel 16 Power Elite in Post-Soviet Russia: Formal and Informal Practices (Auditorium XVI, Main Building)
Chair: Markku Lonkila
Natalia Khosueva: Regional Elite in Post-Soviet Russia (for example Six Russian Regions)
Svetlana Barsukova: Mechanism of  “Political Investment” of Russian Business
Alexandra Daugavet: Representative Power in St. Petersburg as Informal Institution (1990-2011)
Polina Leshukova: Elite Clubs? Russian Realia and West Studies
Anna Shentyakova: Political and Administrative Elite: the Qualitative Characteristics and Channels of Recruitment
Discussant: Minxin Pei

Panel 17 Minority Rights in China and in Russia (Hall 3, Main Building)
Chair:  Markku Kangaspuro
Yitzhak Shichor: Pawns in Central Asia's Playground: Uyghurs between Moscow and Beijing
Artem Rabogoshvili: Legal Vulnerability and Social Protection of Chinese Migrants in Russia: Online Narratives and Fieldwork Accounts (from the Siberian Cities of Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude)
Discussant: Juha Janhunen

11:15-12:45 Panels VIII

Panel 18 Russian Economic Issues (Auditorium XVI, Main Building)
Chair: Erja Kettunen-Matilainen
Maxim Markin: Logics of Justification for State Regulation in Russia (A Case of the Trade Law)
Svetlana Barsukova: Patriotism or Pragmatism? Strategies of Food Market Actors in Russia
Dmitry Melnikov: Russia and China – Common Universal under Transformation Planned Economy
Discussant: Antti Helanterä

Panel 19 China and Russia from Their Neighbours’ Viewpoints in Central Asia (Auditorium IX, Main Building)
Chair: Fabio Indeo
Assel Bitabarova
: Russia and China Viewed from the Tajik Eye
Gulnara Dadabayeva: Russia and Kazakhstan: Searching for a New Partnership in 2000s
Discussant: Jeremy Smith

Round Table 2 China and Russia in World Economy (Hall 3, Main Building)
Chair: Nikita Lomagin
Liudmila Popova
Elena Efimova
Vladimir Sherov-Ignatiev
Hua Min
He Xiyou
Qiang Yongchang

12:45-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-15:45 Panels IX

Panel 20 China and Russia in the Arctic (Auditorium IX, Main Building)
Chair: Timo Hellenberg
Eini Laaksonen: How to succeed in international project marketing? Identifying challenges of Finnish projects in the Murmansk region
Jussi Huotari: Energy as a Part of Russian Foreign Policy
Sanna Kopra: A responsible Developing Country: The People’s Republic of China and International Negotiations on Climate
Lassi Heininen:  Changes in Northern Geopolitics, and National Interests of Arctic and non-Arctic states
Nadezhda Kharlampyeva: New Geocenter and China
Discussant: Risto Herrala

Panel 21 Relations in Post-Cold War Era (Auditorium XVI, Main Building)
Chair: Linda Jakobson
Bjoern Alexander Dueben: Sino-Russian Relations after the Cold War: Processes of Institutionalisation and the Evolution of Bilateral Cooperation
Kamran Zia Sheikholeslami: Russian Motives behind Chinese Emergence
Discussant: Tatiana Ignatova

Panel 22 Diplomatic, Economic and Military Involvement (Hall 3, Main Building)
Chair: Pekka Visuri
Nicole Jackson: Russia and China and the Emerging Security Complex in Central Asia: Political Norms, Institutions and Statist Multilateralism
Irina Zeleneva: Russia’s and China’s Role in Shanghai Organization Cooperation TBC
Larisa Zabrovskaia: Diplomatic Cooperation between Russia and China at the Six-Party Talks
Discussant: Hanna Smith

15:45-16:15 Coffee

16:15-17:45 Plenary Session II (Small Hall, Main Building)
Chair: Prof. Tuomas Forsberg, International Politics, University of Tampere, Finland

16:15-16:50 East Asia Programme Director Linda Jakobson, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney: China's Energy Relations with Russia: Hopes, Frustrations and Uncertainties

16:50-17.25 Prof. Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College, California: From Communism to Autocratic Crony Capitalism: Lessons from the Transitions in China and Russia

17:45 Closing Ceremony (Small Hall, Main Building)
Dr., Docent Christer Pursiainen, University of Helsinki

ReceptionThe conference reception will be held at the Helsinki City Hall (address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13) on Thursday on 10 November at 19:00-20:30. The meeting point is at 18:45 in front of the University Main Building by the Senate Square side.