Upcoming Events

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 ⤻

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 (https://www.crcao.fr/), 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: https://commentillustrate.sciencesconf.org/
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 (barend.noordam@uab.cat). 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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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: https://commentillustrate.sciencesconf.org
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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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: baas2024lv@gmail.com

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 ⤻

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 ⤻

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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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

15th Annual Conference on Asian Studies (ACAS) “Continuity and Change”

Online | Olomouc, Czech Republic 26–27th Nov 2021 Deadline: 30th Jun 2021 The Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University Olomouc is currently accepting individual paper, organized panel, and research poster proposals for its 15th Annual Conference on Asian Studies to be held on November 26–27, 2021 in Olomouc, Czech Republic and online, using Whova, a conference (web)app. The general theme of the conference this year is Continuity and Change. We invite contributions that concern any region or culture in Asia and address the conference theme from a variety of perspectives. We welcome both synchronic and diachronic approaches grounded in a range of disciplines

China in the 17th Century: Trauma, Transition and Global Transformations

An International Workshop to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the journal Ming Qing Yanjiu 20-21st Oct 2021 This will be an online workshop hosted by the University of Naples "L'Orientale". Should the global situation allow it, it will be held as a hybrid event. Organized by : Prof. Donatella Guida, Dr. Federico Brusadelli. Keynote Lecture : Prof. Timothy Brook (University of British Columbia) Deadline for Abstract Proposals: Apr 25th 2021 Notification of Acceptance: May 25th 2021 Within the “global crisis” of the 17 th century (Parker 2013), that put under