“Chinese History in a Global World: An International Conference on New Approaches to Chinese Historical Studies”–Call for Papers

“Chinese History in a Global World: An International Conference on New Approaches to Chinese Historical Studies”–Call for Papers

Call for Papers

“Chinese History in a Global World: An International Conference on New Approaches to Chinese Historical Studies, June 6-8, 2014, Shanghai”

Jointly sponsored by East China Normal University (华东师范大学) and the Chinese Historians in the United States


The study of Chinese history across the globe has matured significantly in the last few decades, as evidenced by the boom in scholarly publications in Chinese, Western, and other languages. Collectively, this body of historical scholarship has manifested important transformations in the intellectual paradigms that until the late 1980s dictated the research agenda in the field. Scholars of late have fruitfully applied novel methodologies and approaches in examining Chinese history, unearthed vast amount of new sources and asked many new questions that have never been explored before. Past misunderstandings have been laid to rest even as new ones are born. Dates and periodization schemes have undergone thorough reexamination. Technological developments have facilitated numerous digitization projects. Demographic shifts mark the emergence of new generations of Chinese historians trained in China, the US, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, ideological shifts and uncertainties have imbued the work of historians with even greater currency in the present. The time is certainly ripe for a “state of the field” review to both reflect on the path we have travelled and to develop a sense of future directions for students of Chinese history. For this purpose, the Chinese Historians in the United States and Eastern China Normal University will jointly organize a conference that focuses on the recent trends and developments in the history and historiography of China. The purpose of this conference is to bring together different generations of China historians, from various sub-fields and time periods, and working in various locations across the globe in order to critically examine the themes that dominate our field. Interested scholars are invited to submit proposals that discuss the following topics:

–          What are some of the most notable trends in the historical scholarship on China in the last few decades?

–          In what ways has the availability of hitherto inaccessible research materials and newly declassified archival sources challenged and revised conventional wisdom on key issues in Chinese history?

–          Conversely, how have new research methodologies and theoretical perspectives brought scholars’ attention to sources neglected in the historiography of the past?

–          Are there fundamental differences between the ways in which historians inside and outside China approach the country’s past? How have national identities and boundaries receded or gained in influence?

–          What are the divergences and convergences between the Chinese and Western language scholarship? What are the best possibilities for more dialogue and collaboration?

–          In addition, we welcome case studies and research papers that address or illustrate the above the issues. All interested scholars are invited to submit proposals.

CHUS is working with ECNU to ensure that members who participate in the conference as paper presenter, panel chair, or discussant will have their room and board covered during the period of the conference.

Please send proposals for panels and individual paper presentation of no more than 500 words to Dr. Danke Li (DLi@fairfield.edu) before December 15, 2013. The conference program committee will make its selection by late January 2014.


Associate Professor at University of Scranton

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