|Thomas Stiegler, holder of the EUAP international research scholarship, presented a paper on the current state of the EU-China Human Rights Diplomacy at the “New European Research on Contemporary China” conference during 2-4 July 2014 held at the EU Delegation in Beijing. This conference was organized in partnership with the CEFC, EURAXESS Link China and CFC Beijing.In his presentation, Mr. Stiegler discussed the results of a discursive analysis conducted on the bilateral summit-level Human Rights Diplomacy since 1998. Mr. Stiegler argued that China needs to be taken seriously as an influential human rights actor and that the EU, too, has displayed a vulnerability to socializing influences on human rights. He introduced an alternative theory to explain China’s rising discursive power and the EU’s accommodating stances as a process of “symmetrical socialization”. You can find a revised version of his paper entitled “Identifying with sinicized Human Rights? EU-China Human Rights Diplomacy as a process of symmetrical socialization“ below.
The conference brought together more than fifty doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers and recent PhDs based in China, either European nationals or affiliated with European research institutions, with the aim of producing an overview of the emerging problematics in Chinese studies. The focus of the conference was on contemporary China, in a multi-disciplinary social science perspective. Its scientific committee included the EUAP Director General Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Head, Department of Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University).
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