20th Biennial Conference of the EACS 2014


Braga/Coimbra, Portugal
22nd – 26th Jul 2014
Extended Registration Deadline: 7th May 2014


From the origins of Sinology to current interdisciplinary research approaches: Bridging the past and future of Chinese Studies.

The 20th Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies will be held in Portugal in the cities of Braga and Coimbra between the 22nd and 26th July 2014. It is jointly organized by the University of Minho and the University of Coimbra, two beautiful historical locations, which will make it a unique conference. The panels include:


  1. Art and Archeology
  2. Cinema, Media, and Performing Arts
  3. Culture
  4. East-West Contact
  5. Economics
  6. Gender Studies
  7. History (pre-modern, modern)
  8. International Relations
  9. Law
  10. Linguistics
  11. Literature (pre-modern and modern)
  12. Macau Studies
  13. Philosophy and Religion
  14. Politics
  15. Sociology
  16. Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  17. Translation Studies


In the July 2013 meeting held in Portugal, the Board nominated 50 referees who will evaluate the paper proposals submitted to the organizers so that the quality of the presentations and the panels will be guaranteed.

Among the highlights of the 2014 EACS Conference, there will be two keynote speeches: for the opening session in Braga, by Ambassador João de Deus Ramos, specialist in Sino-Portuguese Relations, consultant of Orient Foundation, and for the welcome session in Coimbra, given by Professor Ming K. Chan, visiting fellow of the Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University.

Participants are invited to submit their proposals (individual papers and panels) online from September 16th to December 16th 2013, at the site: www.eacs2014.pt. The abstract should not exceed 300 words, with an additional list of 5-8 key-words.

Important dates:

January 6, 2014: Panels and individual papers abstract submission
March 17 – 21, 2014: Notification of acceptance
March 24 – May 31, 2014: Online registration
July 22 – 26, 2014: Conference


The Universities of Minho and Coimbra: reflecting Portugal’s historical legacy with China

University of Minho

The University of Minho’s name derives from the region in which it is located. Minho is a northern province situated 50 kms from Porto. It stands as a comprehensive university since its foundation in 1974 and it is considered a very dynamic institution for teaching and research, highly ranked for its innovation and internationalization among European universities. In 1991, the University of Minho offered its first open course on Chinese Language and Culture, in this being the first among Portuguese universities, and in 1997 the Centre of Oriental Languages and Cultures was created, offering open courses and a Biannual Sinology Course, with four teachers and more than 200 students. In 2004, the University made a historical step by creating the first Degree Course in Chinese Studies. In 2009 the Master’s Degree Course in Cross-cultural Studies (Chinese-Portuguese) started with a total of 25 students, counting now with 21 Masters and 59 (1st and 2nd year) students, of both Portuguese and Chinese nationalities. The University of Minho is looking forward to hosting the 2014 EACS Conference, which will be an important opportunity to enrich Chinese Studies in Portuguese Universities.

University of Coimbra

Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra (UC) is the oldest university in Portugal and was the only university in the Portuguese speaking world until the 20th century, being nominated as World Cultural Heritage in June 2013. Its prestige is shown by the position it holds in the international rankings of universities and research centers. For nearly five centuries, its graduates have contributed both to Macau’s historical evolution with its Luso legacies and the Macau Special Administrative Region current development (as legal personnel, medical practitioners, engineers, architects, priests, academics, interpreters, teachers, other key professionals and civil servants).

Today, UC is a large complex institution with three campuses, 22,635 students, of which 20% are international students from more than 80 different nationalities, and over 3,000 academic and non-academic staff members highly active and committed to the quality of research, education and technology transfer activities. The UC has a multi-secular and special relationship with China and the East. Many of the missionaries who used Portuguese ships to reach China studied in Coimbra where the Jesuits had an important college since the 16th century. From the first maps of China printed in Europe, to first hand descriptions of the Forbidden City, together with many material traces of the fascination of the East through the centuries, the UC is a fascinating testimonial of the secular connections between Europe and China.

More information available at the Conference Website: http://www.eacs2014.pt

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