Oxford China Humanities grad conference 2019

University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference 2019
Resistance and Acceptance: Getting China Moving
Call for Papers

Conference Date: Wednesday, 23rd April – Thursday, 24th April
Venue: Dickson Poon China Centre, University of Oxford, OX2 6LU
Abstract deadline: 10th Feb 2019 23:59 (GMT)

China’s position in the world has been constantly shaped by forces of acceptance and resistance, including relations with its different ethnic groups, neighbouring countries, and socioeconomic sectors. It is a challenge for the humanities to unravel the changing paradigms of these relations, in a time when the very concept of “China” has succumbed to revision and reconstruction. As the trend for interdisciplinary methods and theoretical innovation further continues, boundaries among different research agendas and objects are being crossed more and more often, leading to new acceptances and resistances within academia itself. This conference focuses on themes of change, conceived in the broad sense, and seeks to bring into dialogue diverse perspectives on phenomena of acceptance and resistance in the political, social, and cultural spheres of China and beyond

This conference invites submissions which investigate, elaborate and critically engage with these conflicting notions of “resistance and acceptance” within and around China. Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the third University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference 2019. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all the humanistic disciplines, including history, literary and cultural studies, history of art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology, politics, and religion.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Significant conceptual and theoretical shifts and debates in Chinese Studies
  • Aesthetics, notions, ideas and materiality in the field of literature, film, visual art, theatre, music
  • Changing relations between China and the world as reflected in material and non-material exchange
  • Ethics, morality, ideas of justice and their potential consequences
  • Public and private spaces
  • Sexuality
  • Technology and the Internet
  • Environment and ecology
  • Social movements and individuals who strive for change

Please submit a 250–300-word abstract in print-ready format here by 10th Feb 2019 23:59 (GMT)

We will inform applicants of the outcome in late February. Do feel free to contact us if you have any enquiries to oxfordchinagradcon2019@gmail.com, and we look forward to reading your submissions.

The conference will be held predominantly in English but the conference committee encourages a certain number of submissions written in both English and Chinese. The selected papers will be presented in Mandarin.

After the conference, the committee plans to put together a special issue for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Conference participants who wish their work to be considered for inclusion in the special issue are encouraged to submit a full paper at the time of the conference. Unfortunately, due to funding limitations the conference organizers are unable to provide travel grants or accommodation.

Thank you very much!

Xiaochu Wu <xiaochuwuu@gmail.com>

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