Keynote Speakers


Cecilia Milwertz

Senior Researcher,Nordic Institute of Asian Studies/ Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen


Cecilia Milwertz


Cecilia Milwertz works as senior researcher at NIAS. With communication studies scholar Professor Bu Wei from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences she is developing a research project on linkages and inseparabilities between workers in the PRC and consumers in urban China as well as in the Nordic countries. Together with philosopher/sociologist Wang Fengxian, the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences she has for many years, and is still, engaged in studying relations of  NGOs in the PRC with domestic party-state institutions and foreign development aid entities. Their book on non-governmental organizing in the PRC  was published by China Social Sciences Press in December  2014.Her more than twenty years of research on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has included a study of the population control policy as viewed from the perspective of one-child mothers, work on the first bottom up women’s organizations in Beijing and on non-governmental gender and development organizing in three PRC provinces.She applies a hybrid and always inductive approach to studying China based on a humanities and social sciences educational background in China studies and cultural sociology and a lot of borrowing and inspiration from anthropology, gender studies and other fields.



Raewyn Connell

University Professor, University of Sydney.


Raewyn Connell


Raewyn Connell, usually cited as R. W. Connell, is an Australian sociologist. She gained prominence as an intellectual of the Australian New Left.She was appointed University Professor at the University of Sydney in 2004, and retired from her University Chair on July, 2014. She has been Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney since her retirement. She is known for the concept of hegemonic masculinity and her book, Southern Theory. She was a rank-and-file member of the Australian Labor Party until the early 1980s and a trade unionist, currently in the National Tertiary Education Union.Connell's sociology emphasises the historical nature of social reality and the transformative character of social practice. Her writing tries to combine empirical detail, structural analysis, critique, and relevance to practice. Much of her empirical work uses biographical (life-history) interviewing, in education, family life and workplaces. She has written or co-written twenty-one books and more than 150 research papers. Her work is translated into 16 languages.



Pei-Chia Lan  (邀請中)

Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, National Taiwan University, and Director, Global Asia Research Center, College of Social Science, National Taiwan University




Professor Pei-Chia Lan received a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University and is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology at NTU. Prof. Lan’s fields of research include sociology of gender, sociology of work, and migration and globalization. Prof. Lan has also held a number of appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, New York University, and the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, and has published a number of works in highly regarded periodicals both in Taiwan and abroad. Prof. Lan’s first book, Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan (and later revised Kuaguo huiguniang: dang dongnanya bangyong yushang Taiwan xin fu guzhe), has received numerous rewards and accolades, including the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association, and Prof. Lan’s second book, Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US, was recently published in 2018 by Stanford University Press, and compares how Taiwanese families and those who have immigrated to the United States respond to and cope with different challenges in child-rearing brought on by globalization, cultural differences, and other factors.



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