Current Announcements

Call for Papers – Workshop: Apathy and Activation: Rethinking Political Passivity in Authoritarian and Hybrid Regimes

Center for Modern East Asian Studies, Göttingen University, Germany
15-16th Nov 2024
Deadline: 30th Apr 2024

Organizers: Dr. Henrike Rudolph, Dr. Bertram Lang (Göttingen University)
In Western political science literature, political passivity is generally regarded either as a symptom of weakening democratic institutions or, if it is observed in an illiberal regime, as an expression of citizens’ acquiescence with authoritarian rule. This binary view in which civic engagement is situated on the democratic end of the spectrum of political systems, while “passive obedience” is associated with non-democratic rule, assumes that individual agency in the public sphere is preconditioned by a clear division of state and civil society as is characteristic of liberal democracies. On the contrary, autocratic systems are believed to offer little to no space for political activism beyond the ruling party or government. There is, however, also the possibility of constituting an alternative dichotomy in which the opposite of political passivity is not civic engagement but mobilization.… Read more ⤻

International Conference: “Walking” Practices and Trades in East Asia. Traces and Techniques of Circulation on Foot: Modern and Contemporary Perspectives

17 & 18th Oct 2024
Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France
Deadline: 31st Mar 2024

D2iA – Asian Dynamics, Interactions, Interculturality – Until the arrival of various modern means of locomotion, there was “no alternative to walking for the vast majority of people”, as tells us Joseph A. Amato. Moving on foot seemed to be a necessity in many situations and, as Antoine de Baecque points out, walking is through time “a continual reinvention of a pedestrian tradition”: from shepherds and pedlars in the Alps to communities of Compagnonnage, from Tuareg caravanners to the Sami, not forgetting certain Native Americans such as the Sioux, there are peoples, practices and trades “whose very identity is pedestrian”.

What about East Asia, where, depending on the region, it took a relatively long time to modernise certain modes of transport? To what extent did this human “animal machine” made for the terrestrial locomotion, as described by the physiologist Étienne-Jules Marey, play a part in weaving the remarkable Est-Asian network, perhaps more often than we think by treading on paths, roads and tracks?… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: International Conference “Tradition and New Mission: Confucianism from the Perspective of Modernity”

Trier University, Germany
6-7th Jul 2024
Deadline: 29th Apr 2024

The emergence and the development of the notion of “modernity” in Europe is related to the industrial revolution, the rise of cities and scientific progress. It is accompanied by spiritual renovations, like “renaissance”, “reformation” and “enlightenment”. Their basic ideas and values are still forming the way modern humans think and live, not only in Europe. This development is a continuing process and subject of constant discussion.

In the course of the reception of European culture, Confucianism also came into contact with ideas and values related to “modernity”. An exchange began, accompanied by conflicts and resistance, as well as a reflection upon its genuine values and potential for further development. This process is continuing today and leads also to the question, whether Confucianism might be able to develop a form of modernity appropriate for Chinese culture.

Taking a look at Confucianism from the perspective of “modernity” means on the one hand, to analyze how Confucianism looks at “modern” values and ideas, like individualism, subjective right, explicit expression of own interests, freedom, equality, rule of law, the culture of contract just to name a few, and to investigate whether there exist corresponding spiritual resources in its own tradition.… Read more ⤻

Revised & Extended Edition of the Hanyu Da Cidian 漢語大詞典

In collaboration with Shanghai Cishu Chubanshe 上海辞书出版社, a revised & extended edition of the Hanyu Da Cidian has been published: Hanyu Da Cidian Chongxin Paiban 《漢語大詞典》(重新排版). It was created based on the original print data and is exclusively available as a digital resource at the following address:

The digital dictionary platform includes numerous other reference works, such as a newly digitized version of the Kangxi Zidian 康熙字典, the Xiandai Hanyu Da Cidian 现代汉语大词典, and specialized works like the Zhonguo Wenxue Da Cidian 中国文学大辞典, Zhonguo Lishi Da Cidian 中国历史大辞典, or the Zhongguo Kaogu Wenxue Da Cidian 中国考古学大辞典. In total, over 120 volumes and databases are available. Interested individuals are offered free trial periods. Universities, libraries, and institutions can request separate test accounts upon inquiry.… Read more ⤻

Upcoming Online Workshop « Commentary and the Dissemination of Knowledge »

20-22nd Nov 2024
Deadline: 18th Mar 2024

« Illustration as a Mode of Commentary in Chinese Textual Traditions », the first workshop of the research program entitled « Commentary and the Dissemination of Knowledge », at the CRCAO (, will take place online from the 20th to the 22nd of November 2024.
The call for paper and all information about the organization of the workshop are available on the conference website:
To submit a proposal, the deadline is March 18th 2024.… Read more ⤻

Summer School in Classical Chinese and Japanese/Kanbun (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Princeton University)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
1-26 Jul 2024

Deadline: 15th Apr 2024

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Learn Classical Chinese or Japanese/Kanbun in an international environment. Get academic credits during a summer abroad.

The Ca’ Foscari – Princeton Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun is globally unique in its kind. Its two tracks of comprehensive, grammar-focused instruction are designed to offer undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline of premodern China or Japan a solid linguistic foundation for the reading of classical texts.

Both tracks are taught by the principal instructors of the classical language programs at Ca’ Foscari and Princeton. In addition to language classes, students will follow a lecture series on topics in premodern Chinese and Japanese culture (history, literature, thought). Both tracks welcome students who are beginners in Classical Chinese or Japanese, as well as those who already have some background foundation.

Credits: 12 ECTS or equivalent of one full-year university course at Ca’ Foscari (60 classroom hours plus 16 hours of additional lectures)

Tuition: € 1.000 (access to University facilities and services, course materials and issue of final transcript)

Housing (optional): € 560 for doubleoccupancy or € 630 for single-occupancy housing for the entire duration of the course

Programme directors:

Professors Tiziana Lippiello (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)

Martin Kern (Princeton University, USA)

Course Instructors

Prof.… Read more ⤻

Webinar Series: Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598

The second half of the schedule of the Aftermath of the East Asian War of 1592-1598 Project new Webinar Series will take place from March 2024 to June 2024. This will be the final semester of the Webinar because the Aftermath project will be ending in November this year. As in previous years, it will not be necessary to register again if you have already attended one of the webinars in the past. If you are new to our webinar series and wish to attend, please send an email to Dr. Barend Noordam ( The Zoom link to access the webinars will be sent a few days in advance. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have further questions!

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Members’ Publications: Humanism in Trans-Civilizational Perspectives: Relational Subjectivity and Social Ethics in Classical Chinese Philosophy

Springer, 2023

Jana S. Rošker, 2023. Humanism in Trans-Civilizational Perspectives: Relational Subjectivity and Social Ethics in Classical Chinese Philosophy. Cham: Springer.

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Jana Rošker is pleased to announce the publication of some of her recent books. Two of these works, both published by Brill, are already freely available in Open Access format:

Furthermore, We are looking forward to the upcoming Open Access release of two additional titles, currently not yet available online:

Thank you for your attention and support.… Read more ⤻

Youth in Chinese History: Bibliography and Video-Papers

The research project ‘Youth in Chinese History: Education and Representations of Young People in Chinese Sources between Tradition and Modernity,’ coordinated by Giulia Falato (University of Parma, former Oxford University) and Renata Vinci (University of Palermo), included the organisation of the Youth in Chinese History Workshop at the China Centre, University of Oxford, in September 2023. From this rich moment of exchange and dialogue, the idea arose to create digital resources to make the research of project participants available to the academic community and a broader audience.

On the project’s website, you can consult a thematic bibliography and a video-papers series produced by project participants on topics related to education and the representation of young people in imperial times. Both resources are constantly updated, so we invite you to visit the website and subscribe to the Youtube channel. You will already find the first four video-papers, and by subscribing to the channel, you will receive a notification whenever a new video is uploaded.… Read more ⤻

Olympia Summer Academy: Cycle C: The Rise of China

Delphi, Greece
9-12th Jul 2024
Deadline: 29th Mar 2024

The Olympia Summer Academy and the European International Studies Association are pleased to announce the 22nd edition of their summer program in Politics and International Studies. Cycle C of the OSA is dedicated to China.

The Olympia Summer Academy will take place from July 9 to 12, 2024 at the European Cultural Center of Delphi.

The 2024 Olympia Summer Academy is co-organized by the Navarino Network, the European International Studies Association and the China Program of the Institute of International Relations (IDIS).

This year’s course will run in three parallel cycles:

A: Geopolitical Risk Analysis

Kristin Fabbe, Chair in Business and Comparative Politics at the Florence School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute.
Wolfango Piccoli, Co-president and Director of Research, Teneo Intelligence.

B: Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Diego Muro, Associate Professor in International Relations, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St Andrews.… Read more ⤻

Workshop “Illustration as a Mode of Commentary in Chinese Textual Traditions”

Paris, France
20-22nd Nov 2024
Deadline: Mar 18th

We are delighted to inform you of the call for papers for the workshop Illustration as a Mode of Commentary in Chinese Textual Traditions” to be held in November 2024, in Paris, France, and online.
Numerous texts have given rise to illustrations in the course of their transmission, whether literally supplemented by images or figures, or enriched by discourses suggesting parallels, reformulating or arguing by example. By juxtaposing images or other texts, illustration, literally or figuratively, establishes a dialogue with a source text and questions its content. It is this notion of illustration, of exemplification, of image, that we propose to explore, as part of a research program exploring the critical tradition of commentary in China, and its role in the transmission of knowledge.
Please visit our website for all information:
Thank you for your attention and for spreading the word!
Rainier Lanselle, Marie Bizais
East Asian Civilizations Research Centre (CRCAO), Paris, France

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Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC)

We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Modern Chinese Literature and Culture (MCLC) has gone to press. It is available online here: Natascha Gentz and Christopher Rosenmeier

Table of Contents for Volume 35, Number 2 (Winter 2023):
“Note from the Editors,” by Natascha Gentz and Christopher Rosenmeier
“Passion and Passio: The Chahua nü and Late Qing Courtesan Narratives,” by Tony D. QIAN
“Modernizing Classical Poetics and Cultural Traditions: Wu Mi’s Enterprise of Rewriting George Gordon Byron,” by Hanjin YAN
“’A Wider and Stranger Space’: World Literature and World-building in Xue Yiwei’s Fiction,” by Pamela HUNT
“Knowing the World and Educating the Self: Reportage in Chinese Left-Wing Culture in 1936,” by Ying XIONG
“Toward a Regime of Emotional Authenticity: Eileen Chang’s Literary Transmediation of Theater and Cinema in Two 1940s Love Stories,” by Renren YANG
“Patior Ergo Sum: Date Surveillance and Necropolitics in Han Song’s Hospital Trilogy,” by LYU Guangzhao… Read more ⤻

6th BAAS (Baltic Association for Asian Studies) conference on the “Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Accelerated Globalization”

Riga, Latvia
23-26th May 2024
Deadline: 25th Mar 2024

Dear esteemed colleagues and scholars,
We are delighted to invite you to present your paper at our upcoming conference on the dialogue of Asian civilizations, which have experienced intense transformations, from a new angle evaluating their ancient traditions along with Western influences and offering universally relevant ideas based on the Asian heritage in times of accelerated globalization. This event aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and experts from diverse fields to explore the possibilities for the further evolution of the world from the perspective of the strategies proposed by Asian countries.
Conference Details:
· Date: May 23-26, 2024
· Venue: University of Latvia, Raiņa bulvāris 19, Riga, Latvia
Latvian Academy of Sciences, Akadēmijas laukums 1, Riga, Latvia
· Theme: Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Accelerated Globalization
· Working language: English
Conference homepage address with a link to the registration sheet:
conference e-mail:

Looking forward your participation,
Agnese Haijima
Associate Professor
University of Latvia
Department of Asian studies

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Conference “Writing as Visual Experience”

University of Cambridge, UK
20–22nd Sep 2024
Deadline: 31st Mar 2024

The VIEWS project (Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems) at the University of Cambridge is now accepting paper proposals for its first conference.

Writing is an intrinsically visual practice. How script looks—and how it is seen—are often of crucial importance. This conference asks how we may approach the study of the visual aspects of writing. What factors contribute to the way writing looks? How socially and culturally dependent are they? What difference does it make to think of writing as a visual phenomenon and practice? What sensory and aesthetic factors attend the production of written material and encounters with them, by people of differing levels of literacy?

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds and approaches to explore methodologies for studying these aspects of writing practices. We invite papers that address these questions from a wide range of perspectives (e.g.,… Read more ⤻

International Conference “Historiography and Hagiography in Buddhism and Beyond.”

University of Cambridge, UK
8–10th Jul 2024
Deadline: 23rd Feb 2024

This international conference aims to bring together scholars working on practices of record-keeping, historiography, and hagiography in the Buddhist tradition and in related cultural fields. Recent years saw a steadily growing interest in the impact of Buddhism on historiography and hagiography, in tandem with an unprecedented increase in the availability of textual and visual primary sources. Ambitious digitization projects and the changing landscape of the digital realm offer new opportunities to study premodern and contemporary practices of writing and narration. In this three-day conference, we seek to foster an interdisciplinary discussion on practices of textual and visual recording, storytelling, and memory in Chinese Buddhism and beyond – past, present, and future.


This conference is generously sponsored by the Tzu Chi 慈濟 Foundation and hosted by the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.


The conference will take place at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom, on 8-10 July 2024 (08/07/2024-10/07/2024).… Read more ⤻

Members’ Publications: Voiced and Voiceless in Asia

Zawiszová, Halina, ed. / Lavička, Martin, ed. Palacky University Olomouc 2023.

This volume consists of 19 chapters that reflect the titular theme – Voiced and Voiceless in Asia – from a variety of angles, making use of diverse scholarly approaches and disciplines, while focusing specifically on China, India, Japan, and Taiwan. The chapters are broadly divided into two parts: (1) Politics and Society, and (2) Arts and Literature, although the texts included in the second part also deal with social themes. In addition to historical topics, such as Japanese colonialism or Chinese agricultural reforms in the 1950s, the volume also addresses current issues, including restrictive Chinese policies in Xinjiang, Japanese activist movements against gender-based violence and discrimination, or the problems of migrant laborers in India and performing arts in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, it provides insight into satirical woodblock prints from the Boshin War period or works of literature produced in Japanese leprosariums in the first half of the 20th century, as well as into selected topics in contemporary Chinese, Japanese, and Sinophone Tibetan literature.… Read more ⤻

Sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop “First Books in the Ancient World”

International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures
Renmin University of China, Suzhou, PRC
22–26th Aug 2024

The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC) at Renmin University of China, holds its sixth Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar workshop on August 22–26, 2024, in Suzhou (near Shanghai). Four renowned scholars from Ancient Chinese, Greek, and Latin Literature will present lectures and seminars on the topic of “First Books,” that is, the early development of book culture in these different ancient civilizations. Student research activities will complement the lectures. The principal language of instruction and interaction is English.

Meeting Place: Renmin University of China, Suzhou campus

Prof. emeritus Glenn Most, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Greek Literature)
Prof. emeritus Denis Feeney, Princeton University (Latin Literature)
Prof. Jianwei Xu, Renmin University of China (Chinese Literature)
Prof. Martin Kern, Princeton University (Chinese Literature) 

August 21: Arrival and registration
August 22–25: Lectures, seminars, and research activities
August 26: Student presentations and plenary conclusion

Following the workshop, students are invited to stay in Suzhou, a World Heritage site for its beautiful gardens and canals, for an international conference on the same topic, to be held on August 28–29.… Read more ⤻

JEACS, Volume 4, 2023 «Culture and Memory»

The editorial committee of the JEACS is happy to announce that vol. 4 (2023) is now online.

Each contribution may be downloaded here:

Volume 4 contains a special section on « Culture and Memory » along with one separate research article, one spotlight on Sinology, seven book reviews, and a list of PhDs defended in 2022-2023 (at European institutions).

The Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies (JEACS) is a fully open access journal funded by EACS All content is ready to be downloaded from everywhere and free of charge. No login, no individual subscription fees, no paywall, no so-called “author processing fees” or hidden transfer-payments by subscriptions of your library or funding organization.

We encourage 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 ⤻

China Work Group 2024. Current Challenges in Research and Teaching

Munich, Germany
1-2nd Jun 2024

The annual conference of the China Work Group (China-AG) will take place at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich on June 1st and 2nd, 2024.
The goal of the China AG as a work group of young scholars from the field of Chinese cultural studies of the German-speaking sphere, founded in 1992, is to further exchange between junior scholars in Sinology and connected disciplines. The annual conference serves to present ongoing or recently finished research projects, as well as to discuss current challenges in university teaching. Contributions dealing with occurring problems of junior scholars (research contents as well as practical) and how to constructively cope with them are of particular interest.
Junior scholars (including those interested in a doctorate, PostDocs, etc.) are cordially invited to hand in title and a brief description (ca. 200‒250 words) of their presentations. Contributions on all academic topics relating to China are welcome, especially including interdisciplinary approaches, as well as suggestions of desired topics for the discussion of academic teaching.… Read more ⤻

Call for Papers: The 25th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS)

Tallinn, Estonia
27–30th Aug 2024

The conference is organized by the EACS in collaboration with the Department of Asian Studies at the Institute of Humanities of Tallinn University (TLU). Scholars in all areas of Chinese Studies from Europe and beyond are kindly invited to submit their proposals for contributions in one of the following disciplinary categories:

  1. Language and Linguistics
  2. Chinese as Foreign Language, Education
  3. Literature (Premodern)
  4. Literature (Modern)
  5. Philosophy and History of Thought
  6. History (Premodern)
  7. History (Modern)
  8. Religion
  9. Law
  10. Economics
  11. Politics and International Relations
  12. Art and Archaeology
  13. Museum Studies and Material Culture
  14. Environmental Studies
  15. Anthropology and Sociology
  16. Digital Humanities
  17. Music, Media, and Performing Arts
  18. Gender and Queer Studies
  19. Science, Technology and Medicine
  20. Sinophone Worlds
  21. Interdisciplinary field

The board accepts proposals in the following formats:

  1. Individual paper proposal: abstract, max. 250 words.
  2. Panel proposals: panel abstract, max. 250 words; names of the panel organizer, chair, participants, and optionally a discussant; 3-4 individual abstracts, with max. 250 words each.
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Members’ Publications: The ENP-China project

The ENP-China project is pleased to announce the release of the Biographical Dictionary of Occupied China (BDOC) [], an online resources created by historian David Serfass (Inalco). The BDOC seeks to address a significant lacuna in the scholarship surrounding the Japanese occupation of China (1937-1945). The current tally of entries stands at 170, but this number is anticipated to grow steadily, aspiring to emulate the breadth and depth of “the Boorman”. The vision for the BDOC is to evolve into a collaborative endeavor, uniting historians specializing in occupied China. Please check out the full presentation of the  Biographical Dictionary of Occupied China (BDOC) on the ENP-China reasearch blog [].

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Members’ Publications: Helena F. S. Lopes

Cambridge University Press, 2023

Helena F. S. Lopes, Cardiff University, Neutrality and Collaboration in South China: Macau during the Second World War
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2023

The South China enclave of Macau was the first and last European colonial settlement in East Asia and a territory at the crossroads of different empires. In this highly original study, Helena F. S. Lopes analyses the layers of collaboration that developed from neutrality in Macau during the Second World War. Exploring the intersections of local, regional and global dynamics, she unpacks the connections between a plurality of actors with competing and collaborative interests, including Chinese Nationalists, Communists and collaborators with Japan, Portuguese colonial authorities and British and Japanese representatives. Lopes argues that neutrality eased the movement of refugees of different nationalities who sought shelter in Macau during the war and that it helped to guarantee the maintenance of two remnants of European colonialism – Macau and Hong Kong.… Read more ⤻

Member’s Publications: Thorben Pelzer

Brill, 2023

Pelzer, Thorben, 2023. Engineering Trouble: US–Chinese Experiences of Professional Discontent, 1905–1945. China Studies, Volume 52. Boston: Brill, 2023.

In the early twentieth century, the first large batch of Chinese civil engineers had graduated from the USA, and together with their American senior colleagues returned to China. They were enthusiastic about reconstructing the young republic by building new railways, highways, and canals, but what the engineers experienced in China, including mismanaged railways, useless highways, and silted canals, did not always meet their expectations and ideals. In this book, Thorben Pelzer makes the stories of these Chinese and American engineers come to life through exploring previously unpublished letters, rare images, maps, and a rich biographical dataset. He argues that the experiences of these engineers include a myriad of contradictions, disillusionment, and discontent, keeping the engineering profession in a constant flux of searching for its meaning and its place in Republican China.

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Members’ Publications: Nina Borevskaia

Shans 2023, 2 Vols.

Nina Borevskaia, 2023. The translation of Luo Maodeng’s novel The Tale of Zheng He’s Voyage to the Western Ocean (San Bao taijian Xiyang ji, 1597). Moscow, Shans Publishing House. 2 Vols.

The Russian translation of one of the classical Chinese novels Sanbao taijian xia Xiyang tongsu yanyi (Xiyangji, Author Luo Maodeng, 1597) was published in Moscow by Shanse publishing house in May 2023 (slightly abridged version, in two volumes with three appendixes, coloured illustratins and many comments), The translation was made by Nina Borevskaia, EACS member for almost 35 years. The book is in two volumes, each of about 440 pages. It has a welcome address by the famous modern writer Wang Meng and a long Preface in the format of the interview between the translator and the author called “Over the Abyss of Time and Space”. The translation is provided with several thousand comments (references).

English Abstract

Abstract: The translation of Luo Maodeng’s novel
The Tale of Zheng He’s Voyage to the Western Ocean
(San Bao taijian Xiyang ji, 1597)

According to the generally accepted Eurocentric ideas shared by many historians, the era of great geographical discoveries of the 15th — 16th centuries began with the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, Christopher Columbus, and Ferdinand Magellan.… 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 ⤻

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

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.

In Memoriam: Stefano Zacchetti

Professor Stefano Zacchetti, who died on 29 April 2020 at the age of 52, was one of the world’s most distinguished scholars and teachers in the field of Buddhist Studies. His untimely death has shocked all of us who knew him and were fortunate enough to be his friends and colleagues. An intellectual of the highest order whose boundless energy and thoroughness showed in each and every one of his published papers and monographs in both English and Italian, he was also an exceptionally charming and generous man, a loving father, and a steadfast and loyal friend. As I sit down to write this tribute to the Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies and fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, I do it in the full knowledge that he would quite possibly