Alumni Postdoc Fellow

Dr Hung-Jen Wang

Alumni Fellows

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstr. 196
47059 Duisburg
Germany

Tel:  +49 (0)203 29861-100
Fax: +49 (0)203 29861-199
E-mail: wang@spam protectgcr21.uni-due.de

Fellowship

Dr Hung-Jen Wang joined the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Postdoc Fellow. He conducted his research in Research Unit 4 “Paradoxes and Perspectives of Democratisation” from September 2012 to January 2014.

Research Project at the Centre

Hung-Jen Wang’s first research project at the Centre - "China’s Rising Power and Global Governance" - analysed China’s rising role in world politics in two aspects: (1) Chinese perspectives on global governance concepts; and (2) Chinese legitimacy strategies in justifying their rule of order.

From October 2013 Hung-Jen Wang will work on a second project, entitled "Understanding Global Governance and Cooperation: A Comparative Study of the European Union, Great Britain, China, Japan and the United States".

Research on global issues has been long beset by an important problem, that is, it is inherently Western or American-centric. This may be something of an exaggeration. Other intellectual/diplomatic traditions, most notably those coming from the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, have also influenced the evolution of international studies and real global politics, not to mention China’s recent ascendancy and its potential impact on the contemporary world.

It is still the case, though, that the field of global governance has remained a profoundly Western affair. It is American and European authors that have given it its basic vocabulary: the understandings of the state, the market, governance, democracy and similar concepts, which have framed the central claims and debates in the field of global issues.

The aim of the proposed research project is thus trying to place the entire discipline as well as the researchers within it with unavoidable and crucially important questions: What exactly does it mean to say that global studies are Western-centric? What has been overlooked or misunderstood, when it comes to the global politics of the non-Western world? Moreover, what would a discipline which is no longer Western-centric actually look like? Finally, but not the least important, why and how can different cultural/national/historical cases support different (or even similar) approaches to global issues? These are vexing questions for all who work in global studies, not least because the field is yet appear to have the intellectual tools and insights that would allow to answer them in full.

Research Interests

  • IR Theory, International Security, Global Governance
  • Democractisation, Comparative Authoritarianism
  • Chinese Foreign Policy, Cross-Strait Relations (China-Taiwan)

Vita

2009 - 2012 ERCCT - European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan, University of Tübingen
PhD

Publications

Wang, Hung-Jen (expected 2013): The Rise of China and Chinese International Relations, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books

Wang, Hung-Jen (2013): Being Uniquely Universal: Building Chinese International Relations Theory in: Journal of Contemporary China, 22: 81, pp. 518-534

Wang, Hung-Jen (2012): Liberalist Variation in Taiwan: Four Democratization Orientations in: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 41:3, pp.93-116

Awards

  • Conference Grant for Workshop on "Revolution and Its Legacy in China" at Freie Universität Berlin of Taipeh Vertretung in der BRD (November 2011)
  • Dissertation Scholarship of Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Taiwan (2011-2012)
  • Summer Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) (2010)
  • Teaching Assistantship of Cornell University Graduate School (2007-2009)
  • Sage Fellowship of Cornell University (2006-2007)
  • University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies Scholarship (2004-2006)
  • Mark of Distinction for MA Thesis, Queen’s University of Belfast (2002)
  • Merit Award, Queen’s University of Belfast (2002)
  • President’s Award (top 5% of academic class), National Taiwan University, Department of Political Science (2001)

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