Scottish Centre for China Research Postgraduate Network Postgraduate Chinese Studies Conference 2018

Understanding China: Challenges and New Perspectives


Friday 26 October and Saturday 27 October 2018

 University of Glasgow

Keynote speakers:

Dr Jonathan Sullivan, University of Nottingham

Jessica Harrison-Hall, British Museum

Postgraduate students and early career researchers in the UK and elsewhere are invited to submit abstracts for the Chinese studies conference “Understanding China: Challenges and New Perspectives”. The conference is organised by the Postgraduate Network of the Scottish Centre for China Research.

We welcome abstracts from postgraduate students and early career researchers (having completed their PhD within the last two years) engaged in research in any discipline related to the study of China including politics, economics, international relations, language, history and the humanities. We aim to explore how current modes of research improve our understanding of China’s present and its past: What perspectives are researchers bringing to China’s current challenges and to the challenges of research on China’s past? And what of China’s future?

The conference will provide an opportunity to present and receive feedback on your work from other researchers and academics specialising in China, and to engage in professional development and exchange. Each panel will include an academic from a related field to aid discussion. We particularly encourage debate and collaboration across disciplinary boundaries and for diverse research interests. The conference will include two keynote presentations and one career/research training session, as well as ample opportunity for academic exchange.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

  1. Society, including the environment, health care, urbanisation and food safety
  2. Politics
  3. Economics
  4. Culture, art, literature, film, theatre and language
  5. Education
  6. Traditional media, the Internet and other communications
  7. International relations
  8. Premodern and modern history
  9. Philosophy

The conference will be held at the University of Glasgow and be supported by colleagues of the University of Edinburgh.

Individual papers or panels welcome. Please submit a 250-word abstract to

Deadline for submissions: 23:59 (GMT) on Wednesday 29 August 2018.

Please direct any enquiries to:

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