Mentoring Sessions

Introducing Future CHOICE Mentoring Sessions, our brand-new series aimed at the development of young promising China experts’ soft skills.

In these sessions, leading specialists in the field will take up the role of mentors in order to advise their younger counterparts on the obstacles they may encounter when conducting research on China and share their experience that has shaped their career paths. The mentoring sessions are a crucial component of the broader Future CHOICE initiative, which seeks to foster the development of a new generation of China scholars in CEE and beyond.

The online program consists of five closed-door meetings, to be held from October 2021 to June 2022. The meetings will offer an opportunity for a small-group interaction with established experts on a wide array of challenges related to the study of China both on a professional as well as personal level.

Young professionals and advanced students from across Europe are encouraged to register for the mentoring series.

Contact Person

VERONIKA BLABLOVÁ

Project Coordinator of the Future CHOICE Initiative, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Czech Republic

veronika.blablova@amo.cz

Please find the detailed schedule of the sessions including their focus and speakers below.

Session 4: How to Make an Impact
April 25, 4.00-5.00 PM CET

The April mentoring session aims to provide our experts’ insights and strategies on contributing to the public debate on China-related issues and more. This session’s objective is to share practical advice on making your work impactful, both in content and reach. It is crucial to address these issues as they may present challenges for aspiring China researchers, especially at the outset of their careers. The discussion will be devoted to the effective utilization of social media, strategies for media appearances, and tips on how to best utilize each opportunity. Similarly, this debate intends to touch upon dealing with reactions to the media appearances and strengthening confidence in your research area.

Speakers:

Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy – Ph.D. Research Fellow at the European Union Centre at National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Matej Šimalčík – Executive Director of the Central European Institute of Asian ‎Studies (CEIAS), Slovakia


The session will be moderated by Veronika Blablová from the Association for International Affairs (AMO), the Project Coordinator of the Future CHOICE initiative.

Session 5: Mastering the Tricks of Trade, June 2022

The last mentoring session of this series will be devoted to the practical tips & tricks that might be useful to any China scholar. The topics discussed will focus on a wide range of issues, including communication with journalists, self-promotion, or advice on writing good articles.

Past sessions

Session 1: The Making of a Next-Generation China Scholar
October 19, 6.00-7.00 PM CET

The introductory mentoring session was devoted to the future of China studies, especially concerning the obstacles that China researchers are likely to face in coming years. With China becoming increasingly insular even while the need to understand the country keeps growing, the research of China is entering a new, uncertain period. The crucial objective of the session is to enable established experts in the field to share inspiration and ideas regarding the knowledge and skills that are needed for the future professional development of the new generation of China researchers.

Speakers:

Dr. Ivana Karásková, Leader and Founder of CHOICE, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Czech Republic, and a European China Policy Fellow at MERICS, Germany

Dr. Jakub Jakóbowski, Senior Fellow at the China Programme at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Poland

Dr. Mathieu Duchâtel, Director of the Asia Program at Institut Montaigne, France

The session was moderated by Veronika Blablová from the Association for International Affairs (AMO), the Project Coordinator of the Future CHOICE initiative.

Session 2: The Challenges of Reporting & Pursuing Academic Career in China
December 7, 2021, 6.00-7.00 PM CET

The first session of 2022 was dedicated to sharing experience with various opportunities available for students of China studies and related fields.

Firsthand experience is an invaluable asset in pursuing a career as China experts. Studying in China or Taiwan, therefore, represents a key advantage for those seeking to immerse themselves in the local environment working on language but also other skills.

Speakers:

Marcin Jerzewski – Research Fellow, Taiwan NextGen Foundation

Filip Šebok – Project Manager and China Research Fellow, Association for International Affairs (AMO)

The session will be moderated by Veronika Blablová from the Association for International Affairs (AMO), the Project Coordinator of the Future CHOICE initiative.

Session 3: Studying in China and Taiwan
February 16, 2022, 5.00-6.00 PM CET

The December session concentrated on sharing our experts’ insights regarding the performance of various professional activities in China, each of whom has a wealth of experience working on the ground in the country. As identified during the introductory session in October, gathering information in China is increasingly arduous due to political and other constraints. Thus, it is crucial to not only build on experience but address the new challenges that have emerged as of late. This session is designed for aspiring researchers and journalists considering a career in China-related topics and especially those interested in working on the ground in China.

Speakers:

Marije Vlaskamp – journalist and former China correspondent, Netherlands

Rubén Ruiz-Ramas – Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Science and Administration at the UNED, Spain

The session was moderated by Veronika Blablová from the Association for International Affairs (AMO), the Project Coordinator of the Future CHOICE initiative.