The Centre for Public Policy Research holds regular seminar series. These provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of the work of leading scholars in relation to key issues in the field of public policy. The seminars draw on the social sciences and humanities disciplines and feature interdisciplinary work on a range of substantive foci.
'Juniority' and the Chinese Communist Youth League’s Abortive Adaptation
Dr. Konstantinos Tsimonis
(Lau China Institute, King's College London)
Tuesday 12th March 2019, 1-2pm
Room 2.46 Franklin Wilkins Building
Addressing Communist Youth League (CYL) cadres in 2003, Chinese President Hu Jintao called them to “work hard to keep the party assured and the youth satisfied”. In addition to indoctrinating, mobilizing, preparing young people for party membership and offering a career avenue for aspiring cadres, the former Chinese leader instructed the League to engage and respond to the needs and demands of its youth constituency as a means of cultivating support for the communist regime. This presentation will examine the efforts of the CYL to expand and professionalize its youth work during the Hu Jintao decade (2002-2012) that was characterized by the Chinese government’s emphasis on social policy. It will concentrate on the structural forms of Chinese youth’s subordination and the repercussions for League cadres’ efforts to increase responsiveness. The case of the CYL’s abortive adaptation offers a new perspective into youth politics in China and also showcases the ways generational subordination is institutionalized in government and policy, thereby opening avenues for comparison with communist and non-communist youth organizations elsewhere.
Konstantinos Tsimonis is a lecturer in Chinese Society at the Lau China Institute, KCL. His research interests concentrate on Communist Party institutions and organizations, and their experiences with adapting their mode of operation to serve old purposes and new goals in China’s rapidly changing socioeconomic context since Deng’s reforms. Under this broad theme, he has studied the evolution of the Chinese regime’s youth, feminist and labor organizations, and anticorruption institutions. He is currently working on a BA/Leverhulme funded project on Chinese State Owned Enterprises in Southeast Europe and their impact on labor standards in the region.
The Radical Education Group
The Radical Education Group is a group of postgraduate and post-doctoral students and academics at King’s College London, but we welcome anyone and everyone with an interest in radical education. We meet monthly to discuss an issue of radical educational theory and/practice, and/or the challenges involved in bringing about radical educational change.REG’s first meeting, held on January 24th, was on scholar activism.
The seminar was led by Dr Marlene Ellis, academic and co-Chair of the International Decade for People of African Descent. A video of Marlene’s talk can be accessed here. Marlene’s Race, Intersectionality and Post Compulsory Education: The Untold Story of Black Students will be published by Routledge in 2019.
For further information about REG please contact: Freya Aquarone email@example.com, Nuala Burgess firstname.lastname@example.org or Peter Burgess email@example.com
February 21st at 5.30pm (room tbc).
Sophie Christophy, children’s right activist, will talk about un-schooling and consent-based education.
March 11th at 2.00 pm (room tbc).
Aziz Choudry, author of Learning Activism (University of Toronto Press, 2015)
CPPR Theory and Methods Workshops 2018-19
This group provides an opportunity for CPPR doctoral students and staff to come together in an informal and supportive atmosphere to grapple with methodological and theoretical issues of common interest. Each meeting is usually based on a methodological or theoretical topic or the ideas of one thinker. A relevant text is circulated in advance, with the participants taking turns to choose the reading and introduce the topic or thinker and possible themes for discussion. As far as possible we aim to choose texts and themes that have widespread relevance and significance.
all Thursdays, 5.30-7pm:
7th Feb 2019 – 2/21 WBW
21 March – 2/19 WBW
2 May – 2/21 WBW
13th June – 3/7 WBW
Past CPPR events
- Life in the Debt Trap – researching children and families’ experiences of poverty and problem debt in the UK - Dr Sorcha Mahony, The Children’s Society
- The role of non-state actors in shaping education policy Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello
- Professor Ihron Rensburg (Visiting Professor, KCL) - Society, Misrepresentation, Myth-making and Decoloniality”.
- Dr Aisha Hutchinson (University of Bedford). The impact of displacement on the nature and experience of child marriage: Syrian refugee communities in Jordan and Lebanon
- Dr Chae Young Kim (King’s College London) Rural children’s work and school education in the context of rapid economic growth in South Korea: changing times and changing values