Opportunities: Call for Papers-The Penn Symposium on Contemporary China

October 4th, 2013


The Second annual Penn Symposium on Contemporary China (PSCC) will be held at the University of Pennsylvania on March 1st, 2014. After a successful inaugural symposium last year, we are excited to continue the new tradition of convening specialists from various disciplines to discuss the issues that matter in today’s China.

The conference brings together graduate students from universities across the northeastern United States to share their research on various facets of modern China. Research is focused in three main fields: foreign policy, domestic policy, and economics.

The conference is a full-day event, conducted through a series of panel sessions and lectures. Selected graduate students will give a presentation of their research, with critiques and Q&A from the panel following each session. In addition to the panels, we will host a number of keynote speakers from diverse fields such as academics, politics, and social service.

Submission of original research papers are currently accepted from those who wish to participate. Possible topics for discussion are listed below each panel track:

• Foreign policy: how do China’s increasing power and influence shape its position in the
world? For example:

-Theoretical characterisations of China’s foreign policy
-Territorial claims in the South China Sea
-Chinese investments in Africa
-Tensions over Japan’s historical interpretations of WWII
-The Sino-American relationship

• Domestic policy: What is the nature of the Chinese government’s interaction with the
people? For example:

-Immigration and related social policies in Chinese cities
-Social effects of economic inequality
-Public health and sanitation
-Demographic change, population movements, and
-Political reform and democratization

• Economics: how sustainable is China’s current model of economic development and what
are its implications? For example:

-China’s development model

-State-owned enterprises

-China’s vulnerability to the middle-income trap

-The shifting composition of China’s economy

-China’s financial markets

Note that the subjects listed here are just examples – possible topics are in no way limited to these. Papers adopting a cross-disciplinary approach (e.g. examining the social and foreign political impacts of chosen economic growth models) are also welcomed and encouraged.

Submission– Instructions

All students currently enrolled in a graduate program (master’s or PhD) in the U.S. are eligible for consideration.

Submissions should take the form of an extended abstract (up to 1000 words) that includes a discussion of the paper’s findings. The extract should be sent through the form on our website by January 10, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to append completed papers or drafts. Those whose papers are accepted will be notified by February 5, 2014.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek financial assistance from their schools for travel and accommodations. Need-based financial assistance is also available by application to the PSCC organizing committee on a case-by-case basis.

For more information: http://www.pennscc.org/

Please direct all questions to cscc-pennsymposium@sas.upenn.edu.