Centre activities for 2017-2020

The Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies provides an ongoing focus for research, teaching, interdisciplinary applications and public education on the interactions among culture, society, economics and politics in the dynamic Indo-Pacific region.

The Centre helps link Bond University with the international academic community. This joint cooperation has fostered several ongoing research agendas, including a historical analysis of Chinese foreign policy orientations, an analysis of China’s conceptions of strategic and soft power options, a critical assessment of the Belt and Road Initiative, and a collaborative assessment of the D8 developing nations. The Centre continues to administer a successful staff/student exchange program with the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University, along with links to other universities in the PRC such as Beijing Foreign Studies University and the Beijing International Studies University.  

The Centre’s research overlaps with many undergraduate and postgraduate subjects taught within the Faculty, and its members regularly supervise Masters and PhD theses on related topics.  

The Centre operates both within the Faculty of Society & Design and as a ‘virtual think-tank’ that links diverse scholars worldwide. Director of the Centre, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Dr R. James Ferguson researches Eurasian politics, Chinese history in its global context, and the interaction between regionalism and globalization. Dr Rosita Dellios, Associate Professor of International Relations, one of the Centre’s founders, focusses on China and East Asia, with a special interest on Chinese defence policy and philosophy, geopolitics, concepts for world order and future trends in global politics. Dr Alica Kizekova, Centre Honorary Adjunct Fellow, maintains a strong research base on soft balancing, the SCO and ASEAN, and Japan-China relations. Honorary Adjunct Professor Kartik Roy is an expert in the economics of development and has recently written and edited books on the Millennium Development Goals, Governance Institutions and Economic Development. Associate Professor Bhishna Bajracharya has brought in his expertise in urban planning, smart cities, disaster management and policy research in the Asia Pacific Region. Most recently, Dr Yi Chen has joined the group as an Assistant Professor of Confucian Philosophy, bringing her expertise in Chinese classics, philosophy, aesthetics and comparative literature to the Faculty.

The Global Development Forum (GDF) is another focus area for the Centre. The GDF was co-founded by Professor Ahmed Khalid (PhD, John Hopkins) and Dr Maziar Falarti (PhD, QUT), and is a new focus area, developed from 2014. This interdisciplinary research forum explores socio-economic, political and global developments with respect to emerging global economies. This ongoing project will focus on the D8, a group of mid-level developing Muslim countries that represent four different regions in the world. The Forum is in the midst of a major project, The Developing-8: Economic Integration and Global Governance in Emerging Muslim Countries, which will consist of a collection of edited chapters focusing on the D8 as an institution as well as the particular challenges each country faces.

Valuable relationships have been developed with other institutions, including Suzhou University (China) and the Koch University (Turkey). External advisors to the Centre include Ms Vivian Man Wai Fung (Chairman, Sino-Australia Cultural Association), Dr Shan Chun (Professor, Law School of The China University of Politics and Law), and Dr Tevor Carolan, a Canadian author, journal and Associate Professor (at the University of Fraser Valley) with a focus on Asian culture and literature

The Centre is proud of its emerging strengths in Asian and Chinese affairs, strategic studies, international relations, and new perspectives on inter-cultural relations. The Centre promotes research and dialogue through regular contacts with Australian and international academics, including colleagues in China, USA, Germany, Turkey, Malaysia, and India.

Alan Chan Fellowship Exchanges with China 

Since 2013, the Alan Chan Fellowship has facilitated annual staff and postgraduate student exchanges among Bond University, China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) and other Chinese institutions. The inaugural staff exchange in 2014 was undertaken by prominent Chinese international relations scholar, Professor Su Hao. Since that time, selected academics and PhD students from China are supported in visits to Bond University, and Australian academic and PhD students in turn spent time at major Chinese universities.

Our Centre members are actively publishing and writing new books, conference papers and articles, and have either completed or are in the midst of major research projects. The Centre has grown its online presence through its ongoing E-publications, such as the Culture Mandala, which provide an avenue for staff, postgraduates, alumni and overseas academics to publish and promote their ideas and perspectives. A general awareness blog, ‘Confucian Weekly Bulletin’, was created to provide ongoing public coverage of a range of cultural and philosophical issues.

An active community of scholars has been sustained through facilitations of numerous seminar programs and presentations including a strong presence at major international conferences, facilitated by the International Confucius Association, the International Studies Association, the International Institute for Development Studies (IIDS),and at annual East Asia Security Conference held in Beijing. Recent Conference presentations were made at the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the International Studies Association (ISA): Narratives of Security in Asian Geopolitics (Singapore 2019), the China-Australia Cooperation Forum: Promoting Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region, (Fujian Province, PRC, 2018), the First International Seminar on Development in Action, (Kolkata, India, 2018), the 10th International Symposium of the Institute of International Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (Prague 2018), and The 10th International Conference on Development (Belgrade 2017).

The Centre has an emerging profile in supporting university and external research. It has built collaborative teams across members and honorary fellows, engaged foreign scholars via the Alan Chan travelling fellowships, and participates in ongoing projects with several universities and institutes.

Members and fellows, such as Rosita Dellios, are often consulted by national and international media, and facilitate seminars both in Australia and during international research visits. They are either current members of, or have had active roles in, major professional organizations, e.g. the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the International Confucian Association and the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures. Regular collaborations with China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and the International Institute for Development StudiesIIDS have led to a number of symposiums, conferences and book publications.

In May 2015, the Faculty and Centre delivered its inaugural international symposium, Confucianism and Modern Society, which  provided presenters from China, Singapore, South Korea, the US, New Zealand and Australia the opportunity to engage in a fresh assessment of Confucian contributions to the 21st century. A second symposium, Confucianism, Governance and the Emerging Economic Order, was held at Beijing in October 2016, run in conjunction with Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). The third major international conference, Confucianism and World Disharmony: The Quest for Harmony in Difference, will be held at Bond University in conjunction with the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures (August 2019).

Selected publications

Samad Aftab "Viewpoint: Of What Use is An Ancient Philosopher, Confucius, to 21st Century China", Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies,Vol. 11, No. 1, September- December 2014, pp7-9

Scott Blakemore "Chinese Regionalism: China's Engagement with ASEAN and SCO", Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, September-December 2014, pp22-28

William Cannon "How Will Australia's Strategic Culture Inform Its Engagement in the Indo-Pacific Region?", Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, September-December 2014, pp10-21

Lukas K. Danner “Rising Assertiveness Versus Peaceful Development: Making Sense of China’s Ambivalent International Behaviour”, Culture Mandala, Vol. 12 Issue 1, January 2016, pp23-44

Natasha Graham "An Analysis of the Opportunities for Brand Business Development within the Chinese Social Media Landscape", Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, September-December 2014, pp1-6.

Rosita Dellios "A Brief Overview of Chinese and Confucian Studies in Australia", Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11, No. 1, September-December 2014, pp29-34

Rosita Dellios “China: An old Hand at Soft Power,” Asia and the Pacific Society Policy Forum, 14 August 2015 [http://www.policyforum.net/china-an-old-hand-at-soft-power/]

Rosita Dellios “The City-God Temple of Shanghai: A Protective Presence” Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11 no. 2, September-December 2015, pp55-60

Rosita Dellios “Silk Roads of the 21stCentury: The Cultural Dimension,” Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Vol. 4 no. 2, 25 February 2017

Rosita Dellios “Alternative Futures for Asia-Pacific Cooperation: Four Scenarios, One Surprise,” Paper Presented at the China-Australia Cooperation Forum: Promoting Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region, Organised by National Institute for Global Strategy (NIGS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, and Fuzhou University, Fujian Province, PRC, May 2018

Rosita Dellios & R. James Ferguson China’s Quest for Global Order: From Peaceful Rise to Harmonious World, Lanham Md: Lexington Books, 2013

Rosita Dellios & R. James Ferguson “Confucian Geopolitics in the Age of Competitive Regionalism”, International Symposium in commemorating 2565th Anniversary of Confucius’ Birthday: The 5th Meeting of International Confucian Association Beijing, PRC 23-29 Sept. 2014

Rosita Dellios & R. James Ferguson “Thinking Through Srivijaya: Polycentric Networks in Traditional Southeast Asia.” Paper presented at the Second Global South International Relations Conference – Voices from Outside: Re-shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation, 8-10 January 2015, Connecticut, US, International Studies Association (ISA).

Rosita Dellios & R. James Ferguson “Confucian Geopolitics in the Age of Competitive Regionalism, Proceedings Vol. 1, International Symposium Commemorating 2565th Anniversary of Confucius’ Birthday, International Confucian Association,  Jiuzhou Press, Beijing, 2015, pp. 668-683

Rosita Dellios & R. James Ferguson, “New Buddhist Silk Roads,” Conference paper, Fourth World Buddhist Forum, Wuxi, China, 24-25 October 2015; Published in Buddhist Association of China and the China Religions Cultural Communication Association, Fourth World Buddhist Forum, Conference Proceedings, Vol. 2, Lingshan, Wuxi, PRC, 24 October 2015, pp174-195

Rosita Dellios & R. James Ferguson “The Human Security Dimension of China’s Belt and Road Initiative”, Journal of Management and SustainabilityVol. 7, No. 3, pp48-62  ">http://doi.org/10.5539/jms.v7n3p48] 

Rosita Dellios & R. James Ferguson “Geopolitics of Development: Opportunities for China and India”, in Roy, K. & Kar, Sandip (eds) Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2018, pp285-298

Rosita Dellios, and R. James Ferguson “Geopolitics of Development: Opportunities for China and India”, in Roy, K. & Kar, Sandip (eds) Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2018, pp285-298

Rosita Dellios, Arundhati Bhattacharyya & Cindy Minarova-Banjac “Ecofeminism in a World of BRICS: Opportunities and Challenges”, Culture Mandala, Vol.13, Issue 2, 2019

R. James Ferguson “Gnosticism: The Wise Sister of Christianity,” The Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11 no. 2, September-December 2015, pp24-54

R. James Ferguson The Ancient Egyptian Concept of Maat: Reflections on Social Order and Natural Justice, Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Research Paper No 15, February 2016

R. James Ferguson “The Forgotten Ingredient in Classical Chinese Governance: The Art of Persuasion,” Confucian Weekly Bulletin, 11 March 2016 [https://confucianweeklybulletin.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/featured-article-the-forgotten-ingredient-in-classical-chinese-governance-the-art-of-persuasion/]

R. James Ferguson China’s Eurasian Dilemmas: Roads and Risks for a Sustainable Global Power, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018

R. James Ferguson “Rome and Parthia: Power Politics and Diplomacy Across Cultural Frontiers”, Culture Mandala, Vol 13, Issue 3, 2019, pp1-43

R. James Ferguson “Reflection and Aspiration: Mirrors and Models in Traditional European and Chinese Thought”, in Patron, Marie Claire & Kraven, Julia (eds) Intercultural Mirrors: Dynamic Reconstruction of Identity, Leiden: Brill Sense, 2019

R. James Ferguson “China’s Eco-Civilization: From History to Policy”, in K. Roy & C. Clarke (eds) A Discourse of Economic Development, New York: Nova Publishers, 2019, pp87-118

R. James Ferguson & Dellios, Rosita (2017) The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power: The Timeless and the Timely, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017 

R. James Ferguson & Dellios, Rosita “Between Development and Sustainability: Adaptation Strategies for China and Indonesia”, in Roy, K. & Kar, Sandip (eds) Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2018, pp257-284

Jason Fritz “Satellite Hacking: A Guide for the Perplexed”, Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1, May 2013, pp21-50

Vivian Fung “Conference Report on the 4th World Buddhist Forum in China: Exploring the Value of Buddhism in Modern Times”, Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11 no. 2, September-December 2015, pp61-64

Amy Hiscox “Modern Mongolia: Geopolitics Amid Great Powers”, Culture Mandala, Vol 13 Issue 1, 23 December 2018, pp1-15

Alica Kizekova “Russia and Southeast Asia: Reciprocity in Engagements and Transnational Crime,” Russian Analytical Digest, no. 169, 6 July 2015, pp9-11

Alica Kizekova et al. Czech Foreign Policy in 2017: Analysis, Prague: Institute of International Relations, 2018

Darryl Lupton, “Can the 'Apology Standoff' between China and Japan be Resolved?” Culture Mandala: Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11 no. 2, September-December 2015, pp19-23

Cindy Minarova-Banjac “Gender Culture in Diplomacy: A Feminist Perspective”, Culture Mandala, Vol. 13 Issue 1, December 2018 

Jemilla Raphael “South of South – Australia and its Influence in the Antarctic”, Culture Mandala, Vol. 12, Issue 2, January 2018

Kartik Roy Governance Institutions and Economic Development: Emerging China, India, East and Brazil, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2018

Kartik Roy & Sandip Kar (eds) Developmental State and Millennium Development Goals, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2018

Kartik Roy & C. Clarke (eds) A Discourse of Economic Development, New York: Nova Publishers, 2019

Keith Sypott “India's Military Modernisation: Assessing the Impact on India's Relative Power and Foreign Relations,” Culture Mandala:Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, Vol. 11 no. 2, September-December 2015, pp1-18

Future projects

Major ongoing and future projects include:

  • Rosita Dellios, The Defence of the People’s Republic of China: Philosophy, Capabilities and Contingencies
  • R. James Ferguson Greening China’s New Silk Roads: The Sustainable Governance of Belt and Road (major book project, contracted for completion in late 2020).
  • Ahmed Khalid and R. James Ferguson The Developing-8: Economic Integration And Global Governance in Emerging Muslim Countries (this is part of an ongoing joint project with research funding and independent donor funds.
  • 3rd Annual International Conference/Symposium on Confucianism to be held in August 2019