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Call for papers NEW EUROPEAN RESEARCH ON CONTEMPORARY CHINA CONFERENCE 3 rd Edition Dates: July 4-6 2016 Venue: Beijing (Delegation of the European Union to China)

This conference aims to bring together doctoral candidates, post-doctoral  researchers and recent PhDs based in China,     either European nationals or affiliated with European research institutions, in order to produce an overview of the
 emerging problematics in Chinese studies. The focus of the conference is on
contemporary China, in a multi-disciplinary social science perspective.
French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC)
The Sino-French Research Centre (CFC)
EURAXESS Links China
Supported by:
Delegation of the European Union to China
Heinrich-Böll Foundation
Institut Français (to be confirmed)
GIS Asie
Scientific Committee
Séverine Arsène (CEFC Hong Kong)
Jean-Pierre Cabestan (Hong Kong Baptist University, Department of Government and
International Studies)
Sébastien Colin (CEFC Hong Kong)
Sabine Dabringhaus (University of Freiburg, Southeast Asian Studies at Freiburg)
Nicolas Douay (CEFC Hong Kong)
Eric Florence (CEFC Hong Kong)
Chloé Froissart (CFC Beijing)
Hu Yong (Peking University, Peking University’s School of Journalism and
Jack Qiu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Journalism and
Bu Maoliang (Nanjing University, School of Business)
David O’Brien (University of Nottingham-Ningbo, School of Contemporary Chinese
Frank Pieke (Leiden University, Modern China Studies)*
Pun Ngai (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Applied Social
Christoph Steinhardt (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Centre for China Studies)
Xie Tao (Beijing Foreign Studies University, American Studies Center, School of
English and International Studies)
Xiong Yihan (Fudan University, School of International Relations and Public Affairs)
Yu Xiaomin (Beijing Normal University, Department of sociology)
Zhao Kejin (Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy)
* Keynote speaker
The reforms launched in the late 1970s have deeply transformed Chinese
society, but also research on China: the theoretical and methodological challenges
raised by reform-era China have opened up a vast laboratory for researchers in
humanities and social sciences. Along with the growing exchanges between China
and Europe, the number of European doctoral candidates and recent PhDs in
humanities and social sciences doing research in and studying contemporary China
has increased; many young Chinese scholars also choose to bring their expertise on
contemporary China to European academic institutions. They all represent the future
of European research on contemporary China.
The main purpose of the third edition of this Conference is to provide a forum
for these young researchers at the European level and in China to engage with
each other’s work and foster a better understanding of economic and
socio-political processes at work in contemporary China as well as at an
international level as China is becoming an increasingly important global actor.
The Conference will be an occasion to facilitate exchanges on common research
subjects, compare perspectives and methodologies, and promote interdisciplinary
dialogue. By providing a space for debate and reflection, the Conference intends to
contribute to the emergence of more diverse theoretical approaches of
contemporary China, both in its domestic and international dimensions. It will enable
the participants not only to expand their network and broaden their horizon, but
also to take part in the construction of research networks and promote
China-Europe dialogue.
The participants will present their research during thematic panels. Each speaker
will deliver a paper in English, followed by a discussion with invited scholars and
specialists. Among the different topics: contributions may focus on, but are not
limited to, the hereafter topics :
Topic 1: Economic, institutional and politico-legal configurations in post-Mao China
(contributions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics : dynamics
of the political and legal systems, disaggregating the Party-state, defining the current
political regime, the political economies of post-Mao China, etc.)
Topic 2: Economic growth and sustainable development (including topics such as:
from the design of public policies to their implementation, environmental protection,
industrial development, enterprises, innovation policies, etc.)
Topic 3: China as a regional and global actor (including topics such as: international
relations, EU-China relations, global governance, Chinese outward investment,
geopolitics of energy, etc.)
Topic 4: Territorial and social reconfigurations (contributions may focus on, but are
not limited to, the following topics : centre-local relations, demography, urban and
rural development, social policies, social stratification and social groups, migration,
Topic 5: Civil society and social movements (including: what theoretical and
empirical tools for the study of state-society relations? Social mobilization and the
digital sphere, the dynamics of the public sphere, rights consciousness/rules
consciousness, etc.)
Topic 6: Communities, institutions and the self in post-Mao China (including topics
such as: social values, moral economies, religious communities, consumption, etc.)
Topic 7: Intellectual debates and cultural production (contributions may focus on,
but are not limited to : literature and arts, cinema and television).
Who can apply?
The Conference is designed for doctoral candidates and recent PhDs in
humanities and social sciences currently in China or planning to be in China in the
summer of 2016, either European nationals or affiliated with a European university
or research institute, regardless of nationality. Among the different disciplines that
will be considered: anthropology, law, economics, geography, history, literature,
international relations, political sciences and sociology.
Practical arrangements:
The conference will sponsor part of the domestic travel within China and/or
accommodation in Beijing for selected participants (this will be confirmed to the
participants once their proposals are accepted by the scientific committee); however,
no funding is available for international travel.
Registration details and schedule
  £¨1£© A paper title and abstract (up to 20 lines) in English is to be sent by 15
February 2016 to Mr Henry WU: [email protected].
 £¨2£© The selected participants will be notified by 15 April 2016
 £¨3£© The final papers (up to 8000 words) should be sent by 31 May 2016
 £¨4£© Selected papers may be published in the journal China Perspectives/
Perspectives chinoises.
Key words: Conference, Contemporary China, Social Sciences.
Schedule and location: Beijing, 4-6 July 2016
Deadline for submission: 15 February 2016
Contact: Mr Henry Wu, [email protected]
Organizers’ Websites:

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