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Breaking Down Chinese Walls: The Changing Faces of Labor and Employment in China

Conference Agenda

Friday, September 26, 2008

Room 423 ILR Conference Center

9:00-9:30am:  Introductions/Announcements

9:30am-12:30pm:  Panel 1- Institutions

  • Chair and Discussant: Professor Hilary Josephs, Syracuse University
  • Professor Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan: Mass Media Mobilization as a Means of Legal Reform in China
  • Professor Bill Taylor, City University of Hong Kong: Implementation and Enforcement of Legislation
  • Professor Mark Frazier, University of Oklahoma: Pension Rights and the New Foundations of State and Labor in China
  • Dr. E. Patrick McDermott, Salisbury University: An Evaluation of the Labor Contract Arbitration System

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch Break
1:30-4:00pm: Panel 2 - Workers, Unions, and Activism

  • Chair and Discussant: Professor Marc Blecher, Oberlin College
  • Professor C.K. Lee, UCLA, and Professor Yuan Shen, Tsinghua University: The Anti-Solidarity Machine: Labor NGOs in China
  • Mingwei Liu, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University: New Union Organizing Strategies
  • Professor Jieh-Min Wu, National Tsing Hua University: Comparing Three Migrant Citizenship Regimes in Global China

4:00-4:15pm: Break
4:15-5:30pm: Address:Mr. Jian Qiao, China Institute of Industrial Relations
6:00pm: Dinner for Invited Guests at the Statler Hotel

  • Jay Waks: Reflections on International Labor Education and the Lessons for China

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Room 423 ILR Conference Center

8:30am - Noon: Panel 1 - Labor Relations and HR Practices in Industries

  • Chair and Discussant: Professor C.K. Lee, UCLA
  • Professor Anita Chan, Australian National University: Is China's Core Industry Closer to the Japanese-German or the Anglo-American Model?: Management-Employee Relations at a Chinese State Enterprise 
  • Professor Kun-Chin Lin, National University of Singapore: Transforming the Wage Regime in Chinese State-Owned Enterprises: An Organizational Analysis with Case Studies of Oilfields and Refineries
  • Lu Zhang, Johns Hopkins University: Labor Force Dualism and Labor Control in the Chinese Automobile Industries
    • Short Break
  • Professor Amy Hanser, University of British Columbia: The Moral Economy of the Street: Urban Chinese Street Merchants
  • Professor Stephen Frenkel, Australian School of Business: Human Resource Practices and Workers' Attitudes

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch Break
1:00-4:00pm: Panel 2 - Student Panel: Migration and State Protection

  • Chair and Discussant: Professor Mary Gallagher, University of Michigan
  • Aaron Halegua, Harvard Law School: Getting Paid: Processing the Labor Disputes of China's Migrant Workers
  • Kuei-min Chang, Columbia University: The Politics of Reproduction Among Urban Migrant Workers in China
  • Julia Chuang, University of California, Berkeley: Masculinity and Dependency: Reproducing Migrant Workers in China's Construction Industry
  • Sarah Swider, University of Akron: Mediated Employment Among Migrant Workers in China's Construction Industry
  • John Zinda, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Migrant Workers, Rural Safety Nets, and Social Hierarchies in Jiangxi Villages

4:00-4:15pm: Break
4:15–5:15pm: Panel 3 - Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Mr. Dimitri Kessler, Ethical Trading Initiative: Business Struggles with Worker Participation and Its Consequences for the Role of NGOs
  • Edgar Chen, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: The Minimal Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility Within Chinese Factories 
  • Open Discussion

6:30pm:  Dinner for Invited Guests at the Kahin Center

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Room 423 ILR Conference Center

8:30-10:15am: Panel 1 - Introduction of New Labor Law

  • Chair and Discussant: Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University
  • Chia-Chen Chou, Ph.D. Candidate, Cornell University: Farewell to Groping Stones? The Case of the Labor Contract Law 
  • Professor Baohua Dong,East China University of Politics and Law: From Labor Law to Labor Contract Law

10:15-10:30am: Break
10:30am-12:30pm:  Panel 2 - Unions, Factories and Human Resource Management

  • Chair and Discussant: Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University
  • Professor Fang Lee Cooke, University of Manchester: Are Chinese Women Workers Protected? A Study of Female Workers' Representation Needs and Forms and Effects of (Un)Organizing
  • Thomas Peng, Ph.D. Candidate, National Tsinghua University: FromLabor Process to Citizenship: The Hegemonic Factory Regime and Working Subjects in Contemporary South China
  • Professor David Bensman, Rutgers University: Logistics Labor Markets in China
  • Jing Wang, Ph. D. Candidate, University of Toronto: Effects of Minimum Wages on Employment and Wages: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in China

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