Conference

THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE AND A NEW ERA OF TRANSCULTURAL NETWORKS?

sponsored by IRES Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University

 Monday, 27th May 

9:15 am OPENING REMARKS 

Panels 

9:30 am PANEL 1: Addressing the BRI: inside and outside of China 

 Xu Qinduo, China Media Group, the Pangoal Institution, ‘Behind the BRI: the Chinese culture’ 

 Roza Turarbekava, Centre of Eurasian and European Studies, Belarusian State University, ‘The BRI in Eurasia: an Updated Constructing of the Region? 

 Maria Kobzeva, St. Petersburg State University, ‘China’s debates on the BRI – EAEU conjunction’ 

 Special discussant: Oscar Almen, Department of Government, Uppsala University 

11:00 am MORNING COFFEE 

11:30 am PANEL 2: The BRI-implied political and cultural affiliations in Eurasia 

 Afrasiab Khattak, Pakistan-China Institute, ‘Socio-cultural connectivity between South and Central Asian regions in the BRI framework’ 

 Bettina Ng’weno, University of California, Davis, ‘Demanding Space in the City: Chinese enclaves in Nairobi, Kenya’ 

 Neelima Jeychandran, Pennsylvania State University, ‘Road Blocks in the Belt Road Initiative: India’s resistant stance and other South Asian challenges’ 

1:00 pm LUNCH 

2:00 pm PANEL 3: The BRI and regional security, peace and development 

 Veena Ramachandran, Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Institute of Science and Technology, 

‘BRI: Neutralizing Xinjiang and Legitimizing Stability-Security Paradigm’ 

 Roman Vakulchuk, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, ‘BRI’s Impact in Central Asia from a Project-Level Perspective’ 

 Igbal Abilov, Department of International Relations, Belarusian State University, ‘Implementing the BRI in a Fragile Region: China in the South Caucasus’ 

3:30 pm AFTERNOON COFFEE 

4:00 pm PANEL 4: The BRI in Eurasia: new rules, new networks? 

 Zhou Jiayi, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), ‘The Agricultural Belt and Road: New Geo-Political Economies and Ecologies’ 

 Corine Wood-Donelly, IRES, Uppsala University, ‘Russian Arctic Cosmology and the Ice Silk Road’ 

 Nikolai Fedorov, Department of International Relations, Saint Petersburg State University, ‘The Greater Eurasian Partnership and the Interaction between the BRI and ASEAN 

6 00 pm DINNER 

Tuesday, 28th May 

9:30 am ROUDTABLE DISCUSSION ‘UNDERSTANDING THE BRI-RELATED PROCESSES IN EURASIA: APPROACHES AND ASSESSMENTS’ 

LAUNCHING OF THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES PLATFORM 

CLOSING REMARKS 

11:00 am MORNING COFFEE 

11 30 a guided tour in Uppsala for the conference participants 

1:00 pm LUNCH 

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