Kick Off Meeting “Liberalism In Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC), 25, 26 and 27 March, 2013 (Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, France)

Liberalism In Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) is a project coordinate by the Aix-Marseille University (AMU) and involving the GREQAM and the CEPERC. It is a multidisciplinary project based on a comparative study of European and Chinese political philosophy and political economy, legal practice and philosophy of right.

LIBEAC is a programme funded by the European Commission Research Executive Agency, as an International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) (Marie Curie Action, FP7-PEOPLE-2013-CIG).

All interested persons, please turn to the Global Network Coordinator: Gilles Campagnolo (Full research Professor, AMSE, GREQAM).

The project officially began on 1st January, 2013 and the kick-off meeting will take place in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille from 25 to 27 March, 2013.


For this occasion, a first workshop (Aix-en-Provence, Faculté Schuman, 3 avenue Schuman, Salle des Actes, 27 March, from 2.00 to 6.00 pm) will be organised:

Professor Han Sang-jin, (Beijing University, Chine), “A Universal but Nonhegemonic Approach to Human Rights in International Politics: A Cosmopolitan Exploration for China” (co-authored with and presented by Professor Tang Lei, China Academy of social sciences, Beijing).

Abstract: Human rights as a global regime strongly implies universalism. Human rights as a global regime, however, can also be hegemonic. In this paper we would like to explore whether it is possible to conceive of human rights in terms of universal but nonhegemonic values, and whether the Chinese discourse of human rights will be able to evolve in that direction. We are well aware of the shortsightedness and ambiguities frequently found from the official and semiofficial positions taken by the Chinese government as well as the contexts of politicization of human rights in international politics. Yet when we interpret Chinese discourse, we are not so much interested in its obvious message at the surface level as in its potential significance, which remains only implicit. This requires a particular method of reading that makes the implicit explicit by dislocating a claim from the original context of its expression and by relocating it within a broader context of human rights discourses. In this way we would like to pay sympathetic attention to the potentially significant normative orientation underlying a claim that can be further developed.

Professor Masataka Muramatsu (University d’Hokkaido, Japon) will present « Progress of the Liberalism and Problems of Intermediary Groups in Modern Japan ».

Abstract (in French, but the presentation will be in English): Le statut des corps intermédiaires en général est une question qui regarde le pouvoir des lobbies ou “interest groups” mais aussi l’expression d’ “Iron Triangle” et l’incompréhension manifestée parfois pour les ONG (Nonprofit Organization), ce qui peut venir de la mentalité japonaise. L’introduction des sciences sociales au Japon joue là son rôle indirectement. L’aspect caractéristique de cette introduction est la négligence de l’importance des corps intermédiaires dans la démocratie.

The workshop will end by a roundtable gathering some academics met in the previous two days and where all the people involved in the LIBEAC project will be invited to participate.

For further information, see the complete program of the kick-off meeting three days.

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