Current Announcements

JEACS, Volume 3, 2022 “New Views on Visual Materials 視覺影像刮目相看”

We are happy to announce that vol. 3 (2022) of the Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies is now online. As usual, it is fully open access (CC BY 4.0). This volume contains a special section on « Visual materials in local gazetteers » and three other research articles, four book reviews, and a list of PhDs defended in 2021 (at European institutions). You’ll be able to download each contribution there:

Finally, we would like to remind you of the ongoing call for vol. 4:

Best wishes and a happy new year to all,

The editors of the JEACS

Table of Contents
Alexis Lycas, Marie Bizais-Lillig, Laura De Giorgi, Alison Hardie, Sascha Klotzbücher, Frank Kraushaar
Editorial: New Views on Visual Materials 視覺影像刮目相看
Kenneth Hammond 
Visual Materials in Chinese Local Gazetteers 中國視覺方志
Xin Yu 余 欣
Scenic Views of Administrative Units in Ming China 明代方志中的府州縣景致研究
Sander Molenaar 
Locating the Sea: A Visual and Social Analysis of Coastal Gazetteers in Late Imperial China 給海洋定位: 明清時期沿海方志的視覺及社會分析
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Call for Papers: Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies 2023 Edition

Deadline: 30th Apr 2023

The Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies (Bochumer Jahrbuch zur Ostasienforschung) is now accepting submissions in either English or German for edition 46, which is scheduled for publication in winter 2023‒24. All papers submitted will undergo double-blind peer review.
The Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies (BJOAF) has been published since 1978 by the Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. It serves as an international forum for academic publications on East Asian research.
To get an idea of the scope of topics and research approaches that have received coverage in the Bochum Yearbook of East Asian Studies, please view the PDF files of back issues (
Authors are kindly requested to use our template ( and to send their paper as an email attachment to ‹ › by April 30, 2023.

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Vacant Positions: Three Postdoctoral Researchers

Erlangen, Germany
Deadline: 31st Jan 2023

The Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations — at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) currently invites applications for three Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/d) positions.

1 Postdoctoral Researcher (100%, E13 TV-L, 2,5 years) – Mathematics in 19th Century China

The position is part of the interdisciplinary project “The Language of Algorithmic Mathematics” funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2021–2026). Although this project has a strong digital humanities component, we also welcome research that focuses on small corpora of texts or specific mathematical domains (for example conic sections).

1 Postdoctoral Researcher (100%, E13 TV-L, 3 years) – Quantification in Modern or Contemporary China

The position is part of the interdisciplinary project “Quantification from Europe to East-Asia”. This project focusses on political and historical epistemologies of statistical production and forecasting practices and their global/transregional circulation.

1 Postdoctoral Researcher (100%, E13 TV-L, 2,5 years) – Statistics in Contemporary China

The position is part of the interdisciplinary project “Quantification from Europe to East-Asia” funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2021–2026).… Read more ⤻

Open Positions in Modern Chinese Literature

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Deadline: 31st Jan 2023

Open positions – Professor(s) / Associate Professor(s) / Assistant Professor(s) in Modern Chinese Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Department/ Institution: Department of Chinese Language and Literature, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Closing Date: 31 January 2023

The Department of Chinese Language and Literature is now inviting applications for the posts of Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor in the area of modern Chinese literature. Applicants with research interests in (1) modern Chinese literature, transnational/global Chinese literature, and (2) Chinese film and media studies are particularly preferred.
Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research falls in the period of 1970s and beyond for the post in modern Chinese literature. Applicants of the last recruitment exercise are welcome to apply.

For more details, please refer to

For general inquiries, please contact the Department by email at… Read more ⤻

CfP – Conference: The Evolution of the Global Payments System – A GloCoBank Project Event

St Hilda’s College
University of Oxford
23-24 March 2023
Extended Deadline: 2nd Jan 2023

The global payments system represents the underlying plumbing of globalisation, determining the efficiency and security of cross-border payments for goods and services. Despite its fundamental importance surprisingly little is known about the evolution of this system, especially the dynamics of the network of bilateral bank relationships used for cross-border settlements across the past 150 years.
The European Research Council funded ‘Global Correspondent Banking 1870–2000’ project would like to invite proposals from researchers at all levels for a conference on the evolution of the global payments system during the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• Correspondent banking, international banking networks and the development of the global payments system

• The changing shape, patterns and dynamics of international banking networks, and the impact of financial crises, world events and regulatory changes

• Banking technologies and the ‘plumbing’ of the international payments system, e.g.… Read more ⤻

For EACS Members: EACS Newsletter #57, Nov 2022

Access to our latest newsletter (#57) is restricted to our members. If you want to apply for membership in the EACS, please fill in the registration form. If you already are an EACS member but didn’t receive the newsletter or wish to have it re-sent, please contact the mailing list-operator Justyna Jaguścik (

Topics in this issue

EACS Addresses ………………………………………………………… 3
Message from the Newsletter Editor …………………………. 5
Report from the President …………………………………………. 6
Report from the Former President…………………………….. 7
Report on the Ukraine Emergency Package ……………. 12
Report from the Secretary ……………………………………… 13
Financial Report from the Treasurer ………………………. 15
CCK Foundation Library Travel Grant ……………………… 18
Report on the Olomouc 2022 Conference ………………. 21
New Books …………………………………………………………………24
Call for Papers: JEACS ………………………………………………. 26
Guidelines for sharing information via the
EACS mailing list and website …………………………………… 27
EACS Membership Payments ……………………………………. 29
EACS Officers and Board Members ………………………….. 30

See also:

EACS Newsletter Repository

Open archive from No.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: The Lone Guardian. Politics, Culture, and Society in China under the Yongzheng Emperor

University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Italy
6-7th Jul 2023

Deadline: 31st Dec 2022

Organizers: Dr. habil. Phillip Grimberg (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg), Dr. Federico Brusadelli (University of Naples “L’Orientale”)
The Yongzheng Emperor 雍正 (1678-1735) and his reign (1723-1735), overshadowed by the towering personalities of his father, Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), and his son, Emperor Qianlong (1736-1796), remains an obscure figure in Chinese history with a rather bleak reputation. He ascended the throne after his father’s death under suspicious circumstances that haunted him for the rest of his life and would shape his image to this day. Nevertheless, the emperor was a shrewd statesman and an
efficient administrator who fought rampant corruption within the government and court society, as well as a gifted artist and patron of the arts who laid the foundation for his son’s splendour. The goal of this workshop, which coincides with the 300th anniversary of Yongzheng’s accession to the throne, is to examine the multi-faceted personality of this often overlooked Chinese emperor in all its facets and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: 4th Biennal Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) “Interpretation and Reinvention”

Macerata, Italy
16-18th Jun 2023
Deadline: 31st Dec 2022

The 4th Biennal Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) will take place in Macerata (Italy) on June 16-18, 2023. The theme of the conference is “Interpretation and reinvention.”

Every philosopher always has a forerunner to interpret. Any new philosophical theory is grounded in an existing theory, which it reinvents or contrasts. Every concept has its own history of contrasting and converging interpretations and reinvention. While this is obvious in the case of Western Philosophy, it is not always the case for China, whose cultural history is often improperly represented as static, converging, and repetitive. We all have in mind Raffaello Sanzio’s fresco The School of Athens that plastically represents the opposing visions of nature in ancient Greece. The painting is dynamic and full of individual traits of the more than twenty philosophers represented. Those figures, freshly painted by Raffaello, are opposing, rejecting, or reinventing their masters’ teachings and common sense.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Alison Hardie

New York & Shanghai: SCPG, 2023

Alison Hardie, An Illustrated Brief History of Chinese Gardens: People, Activities, Culture, New York & Shanghai: SCPG, 2023, 164pp., US$19.95, ISBN 978-1-93836-887-5.

This book, illustrated with many images of Chinese gardens, ancient paintings, block prints, and other artefacts, is a social history of Chinese gardens, focusing on how gardens have functioned and been used in Chinese society through the ages. Apart from the aesthetic or philosophical aspects of Chinese gardens, it discusses how gardens functioned as real estate, how they gave opportunities of employment to skilled artisans, how they opened up outdoor space to both elite and lower-class women, and how they allowed men of different social classes and of different ethnicities to interact and gain mutual benefit; in short, how the existence of gardens exerted an influence on society as a whole. At the same time, the reader can find how the wider society, and even socio-economic changes beyond China’s own borders, had an impact on how gardens in China developed.… Read more ⤻

Vacant Position: Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chinese studies

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Review begins 7th Nov 2022

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chinese studies to start July 1, 2023. Candidates should have completed Ph.D. in Chinese studies or related field and should possess native or near-native fluency in English and Mandarin. Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; conducting research on transcultural Chinese studies, Chinese thought/philosophy, or Chinese new materialist studies; and service work such as participating in the continued development of the Department’s program in Chinese studies. Qualified applicants should apply online at Applications should include a letter detailing research and teaching interests, CV, sample syllabi (if available), writing sample, and a list with names, titles, and email addresses of four professional references who may be asked for letters of recommendation. The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies seeks to foster a climate where diversity is valued in all its forms.… Read more ⤻

First All-Mediterranean Chinese Studies Conference “Chinese Studies Beyond the Centre of Gravity”

1-3rd Feb 2023
Deadline: 15th Nov 2022
University of Malta

The Department of Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures at the University of Malta and Confucius Institute at the University of Malta

present the

First All-Mediterranean Chinese Studies Conference

“Chinese Studies Beyond the Centre of Gravity”

The geographical location of Malta has made it a gathering place for peoples across the world. As such, it has become a salient point of contact between Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Mediterranean. The Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Malta was established in 1999. The Chinese studies programme was formalized in 2009 with the help of the Confucius Institute. Since that time, the Department has been dedicated to Chinese language teaching and research in Chinese area studies and has recently been renamed the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures. The Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures, in conjunction with the Confucius Institute, warmly extends an invitation for scholars around the world to participate in its inaugural conference on Chinese studies to be held in February 2023.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Björn Alpermann

Björn Alpermann, Xinjiang — China and the Uyghurs, Würzburg University Press, (open access in French and German)

I am happy to announce that my book “Xinjiang — China and the Uyghurs” published last year in German (Würzburg University Press) is now also available in French. Both versions are open access. You find the blurbs in both languages and the download links below.

Le Xinjiang – la Chine et les Ouïghours
La situation au Xinjiang, région du Nord-Ouest de la Chine, a ces dernières années suscité une attention internationale croissante. Les rapports sur les internements massifs de Ouïghours et d’autres groupes ethniques dans des camps de rééducation, le travail forcé, les stérilisations forcées et autres atteintes aux droits humains font la une de l’actualité et affectent les relations entre la Chine et ceux qui la critiquent. Le gouvernement chinois, en revanche, justifie sa manière d’agir par la lutte contre le terrorisme, l’extrémisme islamique et le séparatisme ethnique.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: International conference hosted by IDK “Philology: Practices of premodern cultures, global perspectives and future concepts”

Beyond Comparison: Towards a Connected Philology
Munich, Germany
14–16th Jun 2023
Deadline: 30th Nov 2022

Much of the recent work on global philology has focused on pointing out parallels between philological methods and traditions in various cultures; that is, on straightforward comparison. This conference is focused rather on identifying and examining the actual connections that create or lie behind such parallels. As scholars in transcultural studies have pointed out, global connectivity and migration are not only features of modernity, but are in fact an essential part of the formation of culture. Considering the temporal depth and geographical breadth of philological tradition(s), it is limiting to assume that the philological traditions of a specific culture have remained untouched by these connections, no matter the enthusiasm with which a state may employ their manuscripts and philological history in service of their respective “unique” nationalist identities.
This conference topic encourages a practice of philology in full view of the extended contacts and relationships between cultures, against the “methodological nationalism” of our existing disciplinary frameworks.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Alison Hardie

Hong Kong University Press, 2022, 320pp.

Alison Hardie, The Many Faces of Ruan Dacheng: Poet, Playwright, Politician in Seventeenth-Century China, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2022, 320pp., HK$750, ISBN 978-988-8754-07-6.
The Many Faces of Ruan Dacheng: Poet, Playwright, Politician in Seventeenth-Century China is the first monograph in English on a controversial Ming dynasty literary figure. It examines and re-assesses the life and work of Ruan Dacheng (1587–1646), a poet, dramatist, and politician in the late Ming period. Ruan Dacheng was in his own time a highly regarded poet, but is best known as a dramatist, and his poetry is now largely unknown. He is most notorious as a ‘treacherous official’ of the Ming–Qing transition, and as a result his literary work—his plays as well as his poetry—has been neglected and undervalued. Hardie argues that Ruan’s literary work is of much greater significance in the history of Chinese literature than has generally been recognised since his own time.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: Current Scholarship on the Book of Changes 易經

Among Chinese classics, the Book of Changes (or I Ching, Yijing) has been immensely popular among Western readers because of its graphic images, its method of divination, and its philosophy of change. But the Book of Changes is notoriously difficult to read due to its complex textual body and its competing commentarial traditions. The problem is further compounded by differing renditions of the text in western languages, causing a confusion as to how to approach this fascinating text.

For the first time in English, Dao Companion to the Book of Changes will provide the full scope of current scholarship on the Book of Changes. Scheduled to be published by Springer in 2024, this volume will address three fundamental issues:

(1) How do we make sense of the original text?
(2) How do we come to grips with its commentarial traditions?
(3) What do we learn from the Western interpretations of the texts?

As the editor of this volume, I have invited scholars to contribute articles.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Frank Kraushaar

Fern von Geschichte und verheißungsvollen Tagen. Neoklassizistische Cyberlyrik im ChinaNetz und die Schreibweise des Lizilizilizi (2000-2020)

(Distant From History and Auspicious Days. Neoclassicist Cyberpoetry in the ChinaNet and the Poetic Diction of Lizilizilizi (2000-2020))

As a first attempt to explore in greater detail the contemporary phenomena of “modern verse in old style” 舊體新詩 published and read online, this book-essay contributes to a shift of perception in the studies of modern Chinese literature postulated by individual scholars and manifested collectively “not only to set right the misconception of the deterministic view regarding the development of the Chinese literary tradition, but also to affirm its vitality, continuity, and power of rebirth. (“Frankfurt Consensus”,2015)

In the first two parts of the book, the phenomena is approached from various angles: 1. biased perception and representation (via translation) of modern and classical Chinese poetry in the West, 2. transition from “old style poetry” to “new old style poetry” in China, distinction between “classicist” and “neoclassicist” diction, 3.… Read more ⤻

EACS ‘Ukraine Emergency Support Package’

Now that war has, once again, struck Europe, the vulnerability of both individual academics as well as academic communities has yet again become evident. As an academic association, the European Association for Chinese Studies stands in firm solidarity with colleagues and students in Ukraine whose personal and professional lives are deeply affected by the current war, and with Russian academics who disapprove of the military aggression and suffer from the consequences of their stance. Convinced that actions speak louder than words, the EACS, representing Chinese Studies in Europe, is reaching out to the Chinese Studies community in Ukraine with an emergency support package that aims to support Ukrainian colleagues and students in their academic work or studies, so as to help enable their continued involvement in the European sinological community. As part of the emergency package, the EACS has decided to allocate a total of up to €20,000 to implement the following support measures:

  1. Free EACS membership for all academics and students based in Ukraine for four years (2022-2026)
  2. Preferential treatment of applications for Library Travel Grants
  3. Financial support on a case-by-case basis for students applying to Chinese Studies programmes at European universities to continue their studies, including application fees or tuition fee support
  4. Administrative and financial assistance with finding temporal institutional affiliations for academics in Chinese Studies, including subsidies for visa fees, university and research institution bench fees for use of facilities, and other related fees
  5. Support with scholarly materials (e.g.,
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Call for Papers: Youth Political Mobilization and Socialization in Contemporary China

8th Sep 2022 (All day) Virtual event, registration required Deadline: 30th Mar 2022 2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the official establishment of the Chinese Communist Youth League (中国共产主义青年团, CYL), one of the largest youth political organizations in the world. As the Chinese Communist Party’s assistant and reserve force, the CYL is the Party’s main channel to socialize youth in the official political discourse and practices, and mobilize them to support the current system. Despite the importance of the organization, English-language academic work on its history, politics and multifaceted role in contemporary China remains

JEACS, Volume 2, 2021 “Youth”

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest special issue of the Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies (Volume 2, 2021), with a special issue on youth and a spotlight on Jaroslav Průšek, young Taiwanese voters, the recent German-China discourse, book reviews, and the list of PhDs in Sinology/China Studies defended at European institutions in 2020. All articles are open access. We thank our authors and peer-reviewers for their work!


The Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies (JEACS) is a fully open access journal: All content is ready to be downloaded from everywhere and free of charge. No login, no individual subscription fees, no so-called “author processing fees” or hidden transfer-payments by subscriptions of your library or funding organization.
We enhance our authors and readers to store and make available content of the JEACS in their repositories and websites all over the world and to distribute it under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which permit unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Xiaoyan Hu

The Aesthetics of Qiyun and Genius: Spirit Consonance in Chinese Landscape Painting and Some Kantian Echoes. Published by Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield), 320 Pages, 2021.

In The Aesthetics of Qiyun and Genius: Spirit Consonance in Chinese Landscape Painting and Some Kantian Echoes, Xiaoyan Hu provides an interpretation of the notion of qiyun, or spirit consonance, in Chinese painting, and considers why creating a painting—especially a landscape painting—replete with qiyun is regarded as an art of genius, where genius is an innate mental talent. Through a comparison of the role of this innate mental disposition in the aesthetics of qiyun and Kant’s account of artistic genius, the book addresses an important feature of the Chinese aesthetic tradition, one that evades the aesthetic universality assumed by a Kantian lens. 

Drawing on the views of influential sixth to fourteenth-century theorists and art historians and connoisseurs, the first part explains and discusses qiyun and its conceptual development from a notion mainly applied to figure painting to one that also plays an enduring role in the aesthetics of landscape painting.… Read more ⤻

CrossAsia Online-Survey: “Chinese Studies Research Conditions in Europe”

Between research needs and access to resources - Getting an overview of the situation in different countries in Europe Deadline: 5th Sep 2021 Despite the growing importance of Asia-related expertise, European researchers and their communities often have only limited access to digital material published on Asian and international markets because researchers are comparatively small in number and dispersed over institutions, countries and regions. We at CrossAsia would like to check and underpin our assumption with this questionnaire on the research conditions and requirements in Chinese studies in different countries in Europe. Our goal - together with European

Statement by the EACS Board regarding the sanctions issued by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs against European China researchers 

The European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS) supports and advocates for independent academic research on China and hence disapproves of the People’s Republic of China’s reaction to foreign governments’ and administrations’ diplomatic actions by holding directly responsible academic researchers, their relatives, and their institutions in Europe. As an independent professional academic association of European scholars, EACS trusts in the good faith of researchers and in the transparency of academic research on China, and firmly believes that such approaches contribute significantly to the sustainability of international relations.