Department of Culture and Learning


Final program

The BRICS as an Emerging Power:
Reality or Myth?

Organized by Research Center on Development and International Relations

Department of Culture and Global Studies

Aalborg University

28-29 September, 2017

Venue: Aalborg University, Kroghstraede 3, 9220 Aalborg, room 3.115.

Thursday, 28 September

Welcome and practical information

Welcome message by Marianne Rostgaard, Head of the Department of Culture and Global Studies

Conceptual and Theoretical Discussions (20 min presentation, 10 min discussion)

Chair: Timothy Shaw

  • 9:45-10:15

    Li Xing and Steen Christensen: The International Political Economy of Emerging Powers: Attitudes and Actualities (Aalborg University) 

  • 10:15-10:45 
    Peter Marcus Kristensen: Can the BRICS think? Towards a Power/Knowledge Transition in International Relations (University of Copenhagen)

  • 10:45-11:15
    Xiao (Alvin) Yang: Theorizing the BRICS: Does the BRICS Conform or Provide an Alternative to the Current Global Order and Governance? (University of Kassel)

Coffee and Tea Break

BRICS/Emerging Powers from Global Governance (20 min presentation, 10 min discussion)

Chair: Laura C. Mahrenbach

  • 11:30-12:00
    Liu Bin: The power of BRICS’s New Development Bank in the international economic governance (University of International Relations, Beijing)

  • 12:00-12:30
    Peng Bo: Processual constructivism and the resilience of the BRICS (Aalborg University)

  • 12:30-13:00
    Liu Jianhua: Hard Landing or Soft Landing: An Comparative Political Analysis of The BRIC Countries’ Response to The Ebb of International Capital Flows (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China)


Country-based analysis – BRICS (Russia and India) (20 min presentation, 10 min discussion)

Chair: Javier Vadell

  • 14:00-14:30
    Mette Skak: Russia and the BRICS. On the actual performance of a 21st century great power concert 

  • 14:30-15:00
    Jørge Dige: INDIA – dreaming with the Brics? 

  • 15:00-15:30
    Wu Fuzuo: Sino-Indian Continued Border Dispute in the 21st Century: Fear and Mistrust at Play (Aalborg University)

Coffee and Tea Break

Country-based analysis – Brazil  (20 min presentation, 10 min discussion)

Chair: Li Xing

  • 15:45-16:15
    Javier Vadell: The role of declining Brazil and ascending China into the BRICS initiative (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais – PUC Minas)

  • 16:15-16:45
    Raul Bernal-Meza: Brazil: internal crisis, regional leadership crisis, subordination core-periphery intra BRICS and deterioration of its position in the world political economy. Impacts on BRICS as an Emerging Power (Arturo Prat University, Chile and National University of the Centro de la  Provincia de Buenos Aires and the University of Buenos Aires) 

  • 16:45-17:15
    Danielly Silva Ramos Becard: Brazil in the BRICS after 10 years: past, present and perspectives (University of Brasilia)

Conference Dinner at Sanya Restaurant.

Friday, 29 September

BRICS and misc. (20 min presentation, 10 min discussion)

Chair: Steen Fryba Christensen

  • 10:00-10:30
    Oscar Garcia Agustin: BRICS in the shaping of the Global South (Aalborg University)

  • 10:30-11:00
    Laura C. Mahrenbach: The Domestic Foundations of Emerging and Established State Trade Cooperation (Technical University of Munich/Bavarian School of Public Policy) 

  • 11:00-11:15 
    Coffee and Tea Break 

  • 11:15-11:45
    Timothy Shaw: Saving African Development: BRICS, EMs/EPs & the EU (University of Massachusetts Boston)


Conclusion and discussion of the publication

Chair: Li Xing


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Conference coordinator Li Xing

Conference coordinator Steen Fryba Christensen

Conference secretary Marianne Ellersgaard

Further conference information