Chinese migration, entrepreneurship and development in the new global economy

6th Chinese in Prato & 4th Wenzhouese Diaspora Symposia

Chinese migration, entrepreneurship and development in the new global economyPhotograph of China on map of globe

29-30 October 2013

 

Organisers

PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’ – University of Florence
Monash University Prato Centre

in collaboration with
Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
Business School, Wenzhou University 
 
Program
 
Tuesday 29 October 2013
 
2pm-6pm Registration and symposia sessions
Monash University Prato Centre, Palazzo Vai, via Pugliesi, 26, Prato, Tuscany, Italy
 
6.30pm Welcome reception and screening of ‘L’Occupazione Cinese: Made in Prato’, a documentary by Massimo Luconi, produced by D4 with Rai Cinema (Italian with English subtitles)
PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’, Piazza Giovanni Ciardi, 25, Prato, Tuscany, Italy
 
Wednesday 30 October 2013

9am-6pm Symposia sessions
Monash University Prato Centre, Palazzo Vai, via Pugliesi, 26, Prato, Tuscany, Italy
 
NB: A more detailed session program will be made available in due course.
 
Language
English
 

Background

Since 2007, the symposia have been held in alternate years at the Monash Prato Centre and Wenzhou University as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between these universities, the PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’ - University of Florence, and the Prato Province. This collaboration has fostered valuable contributions to knowledge and understanding of the migrant experience, in the sending and receiving societies, by means of symposia and conferences, cultural events and the many publications in multiple languages which have resulted from our research.

About the 2013 symposia

It is common that migrants coming from the same sending areas form communities in the receiving societies, in which members are linked by social and economic networks. These networks usually extend to people who remain in the sending areas. It is also known that Wenzhou Chinese migration is characterised by a specific entrepreneurial culture (small family businesses which are often interconnected) and that Chinese communities are scattered all over the world and linked by networks. In recent decades, marked by increasing globalisation and the rise of China as an economic superpower, the role of Chinese migrants and in particular of Chinese entrepreneurs (especially transnational entrepreneurs) has dramatically changed, with important consequences for the economic, social and political contexts of both the sending and receiving areas. Despite the significance of this change, little is known about its processes and consequences. Gathering to discuss new research from an interdisciplinary perspective on these issues, the 2013 symposia aim at reaching a better understanding of Chinese migration in the present era of globalisation.

Main topics

1. Chinese investment strategies and migration: Do diaspora matter, and to whom?
2. Chinese entrepreneurship.
3. The role of returnees.
4. Chinese migrant transnational networks and cross-regional/national bridges.
5. Impact of Chinese migration for the sending area/country.
6. Impact of Chinese migration for the receiving area/country.
7. Policy experiences/implications related to Chinese migration.

Call for papers

The call for papers closed on 19 April 2013. The symposia organisers will notify authors of the outcome of their submission by 31 May 2013.

Registration

Symposia registration details will be available on this webpage in due course.

Scientific advisers
 
PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’ - University of Florence

Prof. Gabi Dei Ottati, Prof. Simone Guercini

Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies 
European University Institute
Prof. Philippe Fargues, Agnieszka Weinar, Marco Sanfilippo, Kathryn Lum
 
Monash University Prato Centre
Dr Cecilia Hewlett 
Monash University, Melbourne
Prof. Loretta Baldassar, A/Prof. Graeme Johanson
 
Business School, University of Wenzhou
Prof. Yili Zhang
 

Contact

Enquiries about the symposia may be directed to Narelle McAuliffe at the Monash University Prato Centre:chineseinprato2013@monash.it or +39 (0)574 43691.

 

Time and Place:

Date:   Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Venue:   Monash University Prato Centre, Palazzo Vai, via Pugliesi, 26, Prato, Tuscany, Italy
Address:   Monash University Prato Centre, Palazzo Vai, via Pugliesi, 26, Prato, Tuscany, Italy
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