Wednesday, January 8, 2020

CFP: 6th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference - Necmettin Erbakan University, June 4 - 5, 2020 Konya, Turkey

Call for papers:

Collaboration with
Necmettin Erbakan University
Center for Turkish Area Studies

June 4 - 5, 2020
Konya, Turkey

Co-Sponsored by
Sociology of Islam Journal, Brill
Center for Global Governance, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University

Description and Objectives:
We organized five very successful academic conferences on this topic in collaboration with Pekin University, on March 17-18, 2015; Qatar University, on March 23-24, 2016; Shanghai University, on June 7-8, 2017; and Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University, Cappadocia University on June 20-22, 2018 and Shanghai University on May 17-18, 2019.

This year, we will have 6th China and the Middle East and North Africa Conference on June 4 – 5, 2020 at Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey.

We therefore invite submissions on the following and related topics:

China and the Middle East
China and North Africa
Islam and Muslims in China
US-China Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa
Cold War in the Middle East
China’s Foreign Policy Toward Middle East/West Asia
The Belt and Road Initiative
Asia and the Middle East
Political Economy of the Middle East
Nationalism and Nation-State
Political Parties
Environmental Issues
Social Movements
Religion and Politics
Gender Issues in the Middle East
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 
Modern Middle East and Modern China
Economic Integration

Please include the following in your email:

-Author full name;
-Email address;
-Abstract in Word format (200 to 300 words);
-Title of your paper
-A short Biography (NOT A CV)

·       Submitting Proposals: by April 17, 2020
·       Information about accepting the proposal: By May 1, 2020
·       Preliminary conference program: May 11, 2020
·       Final conference program: May 22, 2020
·       Submitting Draft Version of Paper: May 29, 2020 
·       Submitting Papers for Publication: August 30, 2020

In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 3000 - 4000 words is due two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international reference publisher.

There is no fee for this conference. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL COVER YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS (4 nights: June 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2020) AND FOOD DURING YOUR STAY IN KONYA, TURKEY.

Please note that this is an academic conference only, no non-academic presenters will be accepted.

Any additional queries should be sent to
Gokhan Bozbas or Tugrul Keskin or

Organizing Committee:
·      Cem Zorlu, Professor and President, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey.
·      Hasan Ali Karasar, President - Cappadocia University, Turkey.
·      Gokhan Bozbas, Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya, Turkey.
·      Tugrul Keskin, Professor, Shanghai University, China.
·      Mohammad Marandi, Professor – University of Tehran, Iran.
·      Guo Changgang, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China.
·      Yang Chen, Assistant Professor, Shanghai University, China.
·      ChenNing, PhD Student and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.
·      Juan Cole, Professor - University of Michigan, USA.
·      Mehran Kamrava, Professor – Georgetown University-Qatar.
·      Hakan Yavuz, Professor – University of Utah, USA.
·      Ejaz Akram, Professor – NDU, Pakistan.
·      Sean Foley, Associate Professor - Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
·      Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor - University of Alberta, Canada.
·      Zeng Guie, Professor – Center for Global Governance, Shanghai University, China
·      Merthan Dundar, Professor and Director of Asian Studies, Ankara University, Turkey.
·      Suha Atature, Professor and Chair of International Relations - Gedik University, Turkey.
·      David Perez-Des Rosiers, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China and Canada.

Conference Program


9:00 – 9:15 Introduction and Welcome Speech

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome Speech and Introduction

9:30 – 10:00 Keynote Speech

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 - 12:00 Panel -1 Current Realities in the Middle East

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel – 1 and 2

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel 3 and 4

18:00 DINNER


8:30 – 10:00 Panel – 5 and 6

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 7 and 8

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel – 9 and 10

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel 11 and 12

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee Break

Discussion for future projects and Closing Remarks by TBA 17:30 – 18:00

19:00 DINNER

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Chinese Israeli Relations in the Context of US Foreign Policy

Chinese Israeli Relations in the Context of US Foreign Policy

Shanghai University

ABSTRACT: Israel was established as a result of European colonialism in the Middle East and anti-Semitism in Europe; whereas, China was established with the combination of socialism and nationalism which was against British and American imperialism. Both countries had to deal with substantial political obstacles within their respective geographical neighborhoods. Achieving the milestone of mutual official recognition, between these two countries has led to dilemmas in their political relations with third parties. Israel established official diplomatic ties with China in 1992. On the other hand, China heavily supported the Palestinian struggle against Israel at the same time as seeking secretive relations with Israel. Both were hesitant to pursue direct and open political and economic relations until Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit in 2013. China now seeks advanced technology cooperation with Israeli companies, while Israel seeks to deepen its economic relations with China. On the other hand, the US openly criticizes Israeli’s military, political and economic cooperation with China. In this paper, I argue that Chinese and Israeli relations are being shaped by the challenges of US-Israeli relations, and I will critically analyze these dynamics.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East The Silk Roads and Beyond - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA - April 8th-10th, 2021

Rethinking Narratives of China and the Middle East
The Silk Roads and Beyond

Where: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
When: April 8th-10th, 2021

The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania invites the submission of abstracts for a conference that examines the relationship between China and the Middle East, both ancient and modern.

Keynote Address: Peter Frankopan
Program Committee: William Figueroa, Mohammadbagher Forough, John Garver, John Ghazvinian, Dru Gladney, Renata Holod, Tugrul Keskin, Victor Mair, Dorraj Manochehr, Eleanor Sims, Jinping Wang, Bingbing Wu 

Details below:

The last decade has seen a great deal of scholarly attention on the relationship between China and the Middle East. The majority of these works have been focused on the role of the modern Chinese state in the region. Countless studies and reports have been authored exploring Chinese investment in Middle Eastern economies, its impact on the politics of oil, and the growing interest that Beijing has taken in the region as a whole. Seen through the prism of U.S. foreign policy, China has been configured as a potential threat, possible ally, and above all a growing challenge to U.S. hegemony. New economic and trade initiatives and a flurry of Chinese goods and construction services throughout the region have had a significant impact on existing relationships and geopolitical calculations. The growing presence of Chinese workers and products have transformed the daily lives, consumption habits, and attitudes of many people who are witnessing these transformations first-hand. Whether these changes are disruptive and exploitative, or stabilizing and mutually beneficial is a hotly debated question, but there is no denying that China is becoming a major player in the Middle East.

Studies of the ancient, medieval, and pre-modern relationship between these two major cultural centers have also been flourishing. From maritime trade routes that stretched from the Chinese coast to the Red Sea, to the spread of Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle Kingdom, researchers have begun to recognize the historical roots of China’s seemingly novel interest in the Middle East. Mutual influences have been identified in the fields of art, literature, and architecture, especially after the Mongol invasions of the 13th century, which directly connected all of Asia for the first time in history. The world’s two largest collections of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain wares outside China proper are in Turkey and Iran, respectively, collected meticulously by Ottoman sultans and by Shah Abbas I, founder of the Safavid Dynasty in Iran. Although partly spurred by the rise of modern interest in Sino-Middle Eastern connections, this turn in the literature has provided new ways to explore the history of both regions without direct comparison to developments in the West.

“The Silk Road” has often provided a common framework for both fields, from the traditional overland and maritime Silk Roads of ancient times to the “One Belt, One Road” initiative promoted by China today. This framework tends to emphasize a long history of friendly and mutually beneficial interactions, interrupted by the intrusions of Western colonialism, and currently being restored to its former glory. The purpose of this conference is to foster a creative dialogue between scholars of modern Sino-Middle Eastern relations with those working on earlier periods, with the goal of questioning and complicating these conventional narratives. By treating modern Sino-Middle Eastern connections as historically rooted phenomena that expresses complex economic, political, and cultural interactions, it hopes to encourage scholars to move beyond the conventional and explore the many forms of interaction and exchange between China and the Middle East, both in ancient times and today.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of potential topics; however, we will consider any paper that explores connections between China and the Middle East. 

Papers that incorporate additional regions, such as Europe, Central Asia, or South/Southeast Asia are also encouraged, provided they are also incorporate both China and a country in the Middle East, broadly construed.

Ancient and Modern…
Religious and Philosophical Exchange
Cultural and Artistic Exchange
Political and Ideological Exchange
Economic and Technological Exchange
Linguistic and Literary Exchange
Trade and Transportation  Networks 
Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)           
Politics of Modern Sino-Middle Eastern Relations                            
Security and Political Stability
Geopolitics and Geoeconomics of China and the Middle East

Please send abstracts (350 word limit) and a 1-page CV to 
Deadline: 11:59 PM EST Monday, January 21st, 2020

Saturday, September 28, 2019

WORKSHOP: China- US Cooperation (Relations) in Global Governance Cooperation or Conflict? - December 6, 2019 Shanghai University


China- US Cooperation (Relations) in Global Governance
Cooperation or Conflict?

December 6, 2019

Organized by
The Center for Global Governance
Institute of Global Studies
Shanghai University

Information and Objectives

Since Modern China was established in 1949 under the leadership CPC and Mao Zedong, US – China Relations have undergone many changes trigerred by social, political and economic circumstances in both countries. Some of the obstacles, challenges and major historical events experienced in the course of US China relations include the Korean War in 1950, the First Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1954, the Tibetan Uprising in 1959, China’s First Atomic Test in 1969, the Sino-Soviet Border Conflict in 1969, Ping-Pong Diplomacy in 1971, Nixon’s Visit to China in 1972, the establishment of formal ties with the US and the One China Policy in 1979, China vis a vis Reagan’s neoliberal era begun in 1982, the Belgrade Chinese Embassy Bombing by USA in 1999, normalizing trade relations between the US and China in 2000, the U.S.-Sino Spy Plane Standoff in 2001, initiations of a strategic dialogue with China as “Responsible Stakeholder,” China becoming the largest U.S. foreign creditor in 2008, China ranked as the world’s second-largest economy in 2010, the U.S. ‘pivot’ toward Asia initiated by Hillary Clinton in 2010, rising trade tensions under the Obama administration in 2012, China’s emerging domestic leadership in 2012, Sunnylands’ Summit with Barack Obama in 2013, the Joint Climate Announcement in 2014, U.S. warning China over the South China Sea in 2015, Trump hosting Xi at Mar-a-Lago in 2017 and Trump’s tariffs targeting China spurring the escalation of a U.S.-China trade war, Pence’s speech signaling a hardline approach to trade and China policy at the Hudson Institute in 2018, Canada arresting a Huawei Executive in 2018 resulting in Huawei suing the United States, intensification of the trade war in 2019.

From our perspective, US – China relations are not different than US hegemonic relations with other countries in terms of its containment policy. However, China is a unique case due to its own demographics; more than 1.4 billion people, including 350 to 450 million strong middle class, combined with its rapid urbanization, dynamic economy, advanced levels of industrialization and modernization, transformation of its gender relations,  new educational system under President Xi Jinping, and Chinese investments in Africa, Latin America, Middle East, South East Asia, Europe and the USA. China offers an example of one of the most important and large scale social, political and economic modernizations in human history. US and China relations between 1979 to 2008 have been somehow stable in comparison to other time periods, however, over the last few years, what we call the China Studies Industry has become more powerful inside the beltway and has dominated US- China relations. As a result, there have been new Trade Wars, US support for Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan, escalation of the conflict in the South China sea and many others that will follow.

This “New Cold War” will not benefit anyone, but drains the resources from both the US and Chinese education and healthcare system, diverting resources that would be put towards infrastructure projects, alleviating poverty, and so on. Furthermore, US economic problems are not related with China! Outsourcing American jobs from Ohio or Iowa are directly related with the neoliberal policies of the US administration since the Reagan policies begun in 1982. We should also remember what happened to the GM factory in Flint, Michigan. Using Taiwan or Honk Kong against China is not a friendly policy. On the other hand, China is not a perfect place, nor is the US. Both countries have significant obstacles and challenges. Both are currently facing similar issues with terrorism, creating jobs for their citizens, building infrastructure, updating educational system and enabling the diversity of their own citizens. Therefore, global governance and collaboration is very important to US-China Relations.

Our objective in organizing this small workshop is to bring scholars and policy makers together to discuss and exchange ideas in a scholarly environment at Shanghai University. We plan to publish conference proceedings in a scholarly journal or edited volume. This year, we will organize this workshop at Shanghai University and next year, we seek to organize a similar workshop in the USA in collaboration with US universities or think-tanks.

If you are working on US – China relations,
if you are a PhD candidate, professor or think-tank scholar,
if you would like to be a part of this workshop and network,
please send us the following:

Abstract (200 to 300 words)
Your Institutional affiliation
Your Short Bio       

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2019
The Conference will take place on December 6, 2019.  

We invite submissions on the following and related topics:

China-US Cooperation in G20
China-US Cooperation in Global Trade
China-US Cooperation in Financial Globalization
China US Cooperation in Dealing with Global Climate Governance
China -US Cooperation in Anti-terrorism
China-US Cooperation in Development
China-US Cooperation in Cybersecurity
China-US Cooperation in Peacekeeping
China-US Relations in Technology and Innovation
SDG – Sustainable Development Goals (UN Development Goal)
History of China-US Relations (1949 to present)

There is no fee for this conference. please note that we will cover your accommodations for 3 nights and food during your stay in Shanghai.
We also have some funding for airfare.

Important dates
Submitting Proposals: October 15, 2019
Information about accepting the proposal: By October 20, 2019
Preliminary conference program: by October 24, 2019
Final conference program: November 1, 2019
Submitting Draft Version of Paper: November 20, 2019  
Submitting Papers for Publication: January 20, 2020

Any additional queries should be sent to:
·      Tugrul Keskin, Professor, Shanghai University, China. 
·      Guo Changgang, PhD, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University. 
·      Yang Chen, Assistant Professor, Shanghai University, China. 
·      ChenNing, PhD Student and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China .
·      David Perez-Des Rosiers, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.
·      Andrew Alexander, Grdauate Student and Research Assistant, Institute of Global Studies, Shanghai University, China.