Appel à contributions : “Moving accross borders in China”

Moving across borders in China: an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Cultural Diversity in marginal areas

1. Significance and purpose

Chinese Studies are a dynamic and quickly developing research field, which evolves along with the increasingly complex Chinese society. Until the 1980s, studies on historical and contemporary China have been conducted through a few classical approaches: from philology to comparative literature and cultural studies, from economics to demographic and social statistics, from anthropology to ethnology and sociology. The ‘Chinese Universe’ has been studied from a wide array of perspectives and methods, that have been most of the times incapable to interact organically one with the other, and only occasionally have pushed the academia towards a deeper and broader understanding of social phenomena. Most of the research outcomes and findings were generally based upon and shaped by a few epistemological beliefs supporting this or that discipline, or weighing arguments for relevance of this or that branch of knowledge. The use of sources was also limited to the particular field of study the researches belonged to. As a consequence, interdisciplinary programs and scholarships proved to be ineffective, and failed to offer an epistemological structure suitable enough to foster dialogue between diciplines, and reframe the whole field of Chinese Studies [Read more…]

2. Applicant eligibility and submission requirements

We invite scholars from all fields of humanities and social sciences to submit first a brief description of the intended research and the experience gained (please do not exceed one page). Submissions might be relevant to the topic and visibly engaged with the conceptual frame herewith proposed. Discursive formulation of ideas and models suitable to overcome disciplinary compartmentalization and facilitate cross-disciplinary understanding are particularly encouraged.

Submission date

Applications are due on March 31, 2014 and may be sent electronically to the editors at the following email addresses:tommaso.previato@gmail.com and alessandra.cappelletti@gmail.com. They include the following items: proposed research paper, abstract and a short (200-words maximum) biographical statement.

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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