Dynamic China: British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Annual Conference 2016

Dynamic China: Call for papers

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Kerry Brown (King’s College London)
Prof. Julia C. Strauss (SOAS, University of London)

China is entering a new phase. In Xi’s era, China is characterised by the notions of the ‘Chinese dream’, ‘new normal’, ‘slow growth’, ‘anti-corruption’, ‘middle income status’ and ‘urbanisation’.
Now is the time to revisit old questions and develop new lines of academic inquiry. What is the true nature of power in China? What is the relationship between urbanisation and a consumption-led economic model? How far back can new phenomena in China be traced? What is the future of China in a changing world? What can China’s foreign relations tell us about its global future? How far has popular culture in China been influenced by the proliferation of new media? What impact has China’s popular and literary culture had in the non-Chinese speaking world? Is China’s pre-modern history still relevant today? These are some of the questions that the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Annual Conference will explore.
We welcome abstract submissions from all disciplines, including Social Sciences, Business Studies and Arts and Humanities. Multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged. We also welcome panel submissions consisting of 3 to 4 speakers each. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

– Urbanisation: state-led urbanisation and consumption-led economic growth model
– Chinese Communist Party: the true nature of Xi Jinping’s power and its anti-corruption campaign
– World-Systems & Foreign Affairs: foreign policy and the South China Sea issues
– Greater China: Taiwanese presidential election, relationships with Hong Kong, and studies on overseas Chinese
– Corporate Governance: markets and networks
– Business & Finance: the shadow banking system and government debt
– Nation & Nationalism: the impact of external empires on China and China’s status as an empire or nation-state
– Science, Technology & Society: studies on scientific policy-making, relationship between new technology and politics, and social influence of Chinese development in science and technology
– Modern & Traditional Culture: rethinking Chinese literature, music, folk art, film, language and other kinds of cultural representation
– History: interpreting and explaining Chinese current status and changes in historical perspectives
– Gender & Education: exploring gender, challenges and reforms in modern and historical China, unequal distribution of educational resources
– Public Policy & Public Administration: the modernisation of China’s public sector
– Environment & Public Health: sustainability and social justice

Please send abstracts to bpcsannualconference2016@gmail.com before or on 17th April 2016.


  • 23rd – 24th June 2016


  • King’s College London

Deadline for abstracts

  • 17th April 2016

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Monique Abud

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

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