Book Launch: Infrastructure and the Remaking of Asia. A panel discussion with Max Hirsh, Gökçe Günel, Tim Oakes, and Emily Yeh. University of Colorado Boulder, November 9, 2022.

What is Global China? A panel discussion hosted by the Mapping Global China project at NYU-Shanghai. Panelists include Lauren Johnston (University of Sydney), Tim Oakes (University of Colorado Boulder) and Tansen Sen (NYU-ShanghaI). Moderated by Maria Adele Carrai. November 1, 2002.

Concrete Futures? The (im)material lives of new cities built from scratch. A workshop hosted by McGill’s New Cities Lab with a Keynote address by Tim Oakes and presentations by Jasmine Ali, Favour Daka, Kai Liu, Cat Carkner, Alyssa Wilbur, Laurence Côté-Roy, Sarah Moser, and Robin Laille| Montreal, May 26th, 2022. In person and on Zoom. Program here.

Fourth ChinaMade Workshop: From ‘China Model’ to ‘Global China’ 第四次中国制造学术研讨会: 从’中国模式‘ 到 ‘地球中国’. University of Toronto Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, May 20-21, 2022.

China’s Nuclear Belt & Road: Socio-Technical Perspectives on China’s Export Nuclear Infrastructures. University of Colorado Boulder Center for Asian Studies, April 22-23, 2022. A workshop featuring presentations by Lynn Lee (Princeton), Lami Kim (US Army War College), MV Ramana (University of British Columbia), Ipshita Bhattacharya (Jagran LakeCity University), and Yi-chong Xu (Griffith University). Keynote address by Jessica Lovering (Good Energy Collective).

Global Chinese Infrastructures: A Writing Workshop. October 20-22, 2021, Splügen, Switzerland. This workshop was co-organized with the Roadwork Asia and Environing Infrastructure projects, and will produce two factsheets on China’s infrastructure developments in Asia.

Global Chinas: Environments, Epistemologies, Ethics. A workshop directed by Alessandro Rippa with Anna Lisa Ahlers, Susanne Brandtstädter, Charlotte Bruckermann, Jessica Clendenning, Wilfried Hinsch, Robert Kramm, Huiying Ng, Roger Norum, Panitda Saiyarod. Followed by a book launch of Borderland Infrastructures: Trade Development, and Control in Western China with Alessandro Rippa in conversation with Anna Lisa Ahlers and Susanne Brandtstädter. LMU Center for Advanced Studies, September 15th, 2021.

Third ChinaMade Workshop: The Social Life of Chinese Infrastructure in Southeast Asia 第三次中国制造学术研讨会: 东南亚中国基础设施的社会生活. National University of Singapore. May 17 2021 – May 20 2021.

China Goes Urban: the city to come. An exhibition at MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale di Torino. October 16th 2020 – February 14th 2021.

Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones: Alternative Imaginaries of China’s Presence in Southeast Asia in Contemporary Contexts. A virtual workshop organized by China Made affiliates Yang Yang and Shaun Lin and hosted by the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. August 13-14, 2020.

Second ChinaMade Workshop: China’s Domestic Infrastructures 第二次中国制造学术研讨会: 中国国内基础设施. Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. January 9-10, 2020.

First ChinaMade Workshop: Conceiving Infrastructures in a Chinese Register |首次中国制造学术研讨会:构想中国框架内的基础设施. University of Colorado Boulder. October 19-20, 2018

conference panels

Beyond Exception: The Chinese “Zone” as Export Model across Asian Borderlands, a double-panel at the 7th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, June 23, 2022, 13:15-17:00. Organized by Alessandro Rippa and Tim Oakes, with presentations by Darren Byler, Jessica DiCarlo, Max Hirsh, Verena La Mala, Dorothy Tang, and Juan Zhang.

Infrastructures of Urban Life Yet-to-Come, a double-panel at the AAS Annual Meetings in Honolulu, March 26th, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM HST. Organized by Courtney Whittekind (Harvard University) and Jessica DiCarlo (University of British Columbia), and featuring presentations by Jessica DiCarlo, Pallavi Gupta, Dan Luo, Sarah Moser, Tim Oakes, Jesse Rodenbiker, Laurence Côté-Roy, Courtney Whitekind, Grace Yixian Zhou.

Roundtable discussion on BRI as method: forging theoretical agendas, a pre-workshop discussion hosted by the Asia Research Institute for the Third China Made Workshop: the social life of Chinese infrastructures in Southeast Asia. Panelists include Tim Bunnell, Darren Byler, Chong Ja Ian, Tim Oakes, Woon Chih Yuan, and Yang Yang. May 14th, 2021, 9:30-11:00 SGT.

The techno-politics of the ‘China Model’ of development. Paper session featuring work by Darren Byler, Jianqing Chen, Tim Karis, and Adam Liebman, with discussion comments by Tim Oakes. Annual meetings of the American Association of Geographers, April 8th, 2021, 11:10 AM PDT.

Critical Perspectives on Chinese Infrastructures. AAS-in-Asia 2020 conference. Tuesday September 1 13:15-14:45 (Japan Standard Time). Presentations by Thorben Pelzer, Bo Wang, Goeun Lee, and Leif Johnson. Discussion by Tim Oakes.


Cities just out of reach: infrastructures of post-urbanism in China. Keynote presentation by Tim Oakes (University of Colorado Boulder) for Development Days 2022: Infrastructures, Technologies, and Vulnerabilities in Global Development, February 17th 10:00 AM, Helsinki, Finland.

The Cement-Steel-Infrastructure Interface: China’s Export and Investment Boom in the Philippines. An in-person / remote hybrid lecture by Alvin Camba, University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies. University of Colorado Boulder Department of Geography Spring Colloquium Series. Friday January 21 2022, 3:30 PM MST.

Infrastructure Imagination: Charting Hong Kong’s Futures Through Construction Photography. Webinar with Cecilia Chu (HKU) and Dorothy Tang (MIT) hosted by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative. May 21 2021, 19:00-20:30 PDT.

New Districts and Beautified Villages in Urban China. A dialogue with Gary Hack, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tim Oakes, University of Colorado Boulder. China Goes Urban: The City to Come, Head to Head Interview Series, MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale di Torino. April 8, 2021, 6:00 PM CEST / 10:00 AM MDT.

The National New Area as an Infrastructure Space. Remote lecture by Tim Oakes at the University of Hong Kong’s China Development Studies Elite Seminar Series. March 31, 2021, 10:00 AM HKT.

China Made: The techno-politics, materialities, and and legacies of infrastructure development. Panel Discussion with Tim Oakes, Alessandro Rippa, Darren Byler, and Dorothy Tang at The New School’s India China Institute, February 10th, 2021, 10:00 AM EST.

Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia’s China Challenge. Remote book talk by Murray Hiebert, senior associate of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). January 27th, 2021, 4:30 PM MST.

China’s Belt & Road Initiative in Nepal: national imaginaries, ethnographic anxieties, and geopolitical power. Remote lecture by Galen Murton at the Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Religion and Empire Online Lecture Series. November 5, 2020, 20:00 HKT.

City in a box? Rethinking the Special Economic Zone as the ‘China Model’ of development. Remote lecture by Tim Oakes at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Global China Center’s Virtual Engagements with Global China Speaker Series. October 23/24, 2020

Hong Kong: Global China’s Restive Frontier. Remote lecture by Ching Kwan Lee (Director, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Global China Center and Professor of Sociology, UCLA). Moderated by Tim Oakes. “The politics of infrastructure is a key element in this historic struggle between Hong Kong and China.” September 16th, 2020, 7:00 PM MDT.

Natural infrastructure in China’s era of ecological civilization. Remote lecture by Emily Yeh, with discussion by Juliet Lu (University of California, Berkeley) and Yu Luo (City University of Hong Kong). Part of the University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Institute on Ecological Civilization and Chinese Studies, June 4th, 2020, 2:00 EDT.

Technologies of Terror Capitalism: The Turn to Uyghur ‘Reeducation’ in Northwest China. Public lecture by Darren Byler at the Center for Asian Studies Luncheon Series, University of Colorado, Boulder, March 12, 2020.

Terror Capitalism: Turkic Muslim Dispossession in Northwest China. Public lecture by Darren Byler at the Global Studies Forum, School of Social Sciences, University of California at Irvine, February 20, 2020.

Terror Capitalism: Uyghur ‘Reeducation’ and the Chinese Security Industrial Complex. Public lecture by Darren Byler at the Department of Philosophy, University of Puget Sound, February 11, 2020.

Terror Capitalism: Turkic Muslim Dispossession in Northwest China. Public lecture by Darren Byler at the East Asia Seminar Series, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, February 3, 2020.

Infrastructure Maniac (基建狂魔): The Techno-Politics of the ‘China Model’ of Development. Keynote lecture by Tim Oakes at the NZASIA 23rd Biennial International Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, November 25, 2019.

Infrastructural urbanism and the techno-politics of zone development in China. Public lecture by Tim Oakes at the Environmental Studies Program’s Fall Colloquium Series. November 20, 2019. SEEC S372, 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO.

Immigrant Workers, Roads, and Nation Building: Legacies of the Transcontinental Railroad on its 150th Anniversary. Public Conversation at the Center for the American West and Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder. October 30, 2019.

Infrastructure Maniac (基建狂魔): The Techno-Politics of the ‘China Model’ of Development. Public lecture by Tim Oakes at the China Global Summer School “Politics of Infrastructure.” University of Nottingham, Ningbo, September 6, 2019.

China’s Urban Revolution |社科讲坛第六十期. Public lecture by Tim Oakes at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen. March 7, 2019


China Made / Albert Smith Nuclear Age Fund. A Tale of Two Asias: Living in and Beyond the Nuclear Age. A series of workshops on the sociotechnical dimensions of nuclear power infrastructure development, risk, and sustainability in Japan and China. First workshop, “A Decade of Fukushima,” March 18-19, 2021.

China Made / CEKP workshop: Keywords for Infrastructure and Media. Denver, Colorado. March 24-25, 2019

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