Lingnan University's Department of Sociology and Social Policy hosts two major international conferences on its Tuen Mun campus

Two major international conferences at Lingnan University attracted over 150 participants from over 20 countries to discuss contemporary social policies and social transformations in rapidly changing societies in China and around the world. Organized by the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, the two conferences were part of the events in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University’s re-establishment in Hong Kong.

The "Doing" comparative social policy in changing global context International Conference took place on 8th and 9th December. Sponsored by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and supported by the Sino-British Fellowship Trust, this conference was a first in providing representatives and chairs of key learned societies in social policy, including the East Asian Social Policy Research Network, the Australian Social Policy Association, the Indian Social Policy Network, and the UK Social Policy Association, a platform to share ideas in a single joint, research-focused event. In addition, luncheon was arranged for scholars and experts to further understand and discuss collaboration opportunities.

A total of 20 research papers, covering a wide range of areas of social policy analysis from education, health care, families, and welfare in East and South-East Asia, Europe and Northern America, Latin America, and Africa, were presented. Two keynote lectures by Prof. Nicola Yeates of the Open University and Prof. Traute Meyer, University of Southampton, United Kingdom summarized the key issues in designing and delivering social policies in the global knowledge economy and compared the recent developments in providing support for elderly pensioners in Europe and Mainland China, respectively. Several PhD students from across the UGC funded universities in Hong Kong presented their work to the expert panel of international social policy scholars, and the organizers were particularly proud to also attract interest from several policy makers, professionals and social service providers outside of the Hong Kong academy.

The Hong Kong Sociological Association (HKSA) 19th Annual Meeting and Conference, Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, took place at Lingnan University on 9th December. The HKSA conference theme followed the title of its official journal Social Transformations in Chinese Societies which highlights the unique positioning of Hong Kong as a place where sociologists from the region and around the world gather to share their research findings on Chinese societies. The Conference is an annual event for the HKSA and this was the third time that it took place at Lingnan University. A total of 34 papers, covering a wide range of topics from marriage, families, the media, citizenship and religion to music education, housing, gender and sports, were presented.

The two conferences shared a keynote session. Prof. PUN Ngai from the University of Hong Kong, a renowned scholar in the field of Chinese labor studies, gave a keynote speech on “Clashing gender: Vocational education and the making of the young working class”, which examined the relationship between the rise of China as a global player, vocational education and the role of gender in contemporary political technologies of subject making.

The successful completion of the two conferences was the result of the joint efforts of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and Division of Graduate Studies.

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