Thursday, January 10, 2019

Cfp: A Conference on the Xi Jinping Effect, Banff, Alberta, Canada, from June 26-28, 2019

Ashley Esarey at University of Alberta and Rongbin Han at University of Georgia are co-organizing a conference on the Xi Jinping Effect. The conference will be held in Banff, from June 26-28, 2019. 
For details, please click the following link:
We welcome the submission of abstracts from scholars in any discipline in the humanities and the social sciences, with the aim of revising select conference papers for an edited volume published by a university press. Interested researchers should send abstracts of 400 words or less to by January 21, 2019. For questions about the Xi Effect conference or book project, email Ashley Esarey at Notifications of acceptance will go out on February 4. The China Institute will provide participants with lodging for three nights in Banff, meals during the conference, and limited travel expenses, when necessary. 
Does President Xi Jinping’s leadership mark the dawn of a new era for China? 
In what ways has his rule transformed “politics as usual” in the People’s Republic? 

Since Xi’s elevation to General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012 and to the Chinese presidency in the following year, he has pursued policies with far-reaching ramifications. His unprecedented anti-corruption campaign, effort to consolidate authority leading up to the 19th Party Congress, widespread suppression of political dissent, and initiatives to build new linkages between China and global markets are indicative of the momentous nature of Xi’s ascent in Chinese and world politics. Meanwhile, his nationalist vision has also extended deep into official cultural policy, limiting education in English language and foreign cultures at the secondary and post-secondary levels, while extending patriotic education in the Chinese classical tradition.

From June 26-28, 2019, the China Institute at the University of Alberta will host a group of international scholars to present interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research at a conference on the “Xi Jinping Effect” in China to be held in Banff.

The conference will cover a range of topics. However, papers on the following subjects are of particular interest:

·       Xi's engagement with China's classical traditions, and how those are turned to political use in his published writings
·       Xi Jinping’s leadership in comparative perspective
·       Reforms to the state structure and changes to norms governing leadership succession
·       The anti-corruption campaign and its impact on political and economic development
·       Central-local relations and the centralization of political authority
·       Propaganda work and media censorship
·       Ideological control and monitoring of Chinese academic institutions
·       Popular support for Xi’s government and changing patterns of political participation
·       Nationalism, ethnic policy, and United Front work
·       International trade, sustainable development, and poverty alleviation
·       The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Belt Road Initiative
·       Sovereignty disputes concerning, for example, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the South China Sea
·       The “export” of the norms and practices of Chinese politics to the developing world and to international organizations
·       Promoting the export of Chinese cultural goods while limiting the reach of foreign cultural influences
·       New narratives concerning Chinese aspirations for global leadership 

Co-organizers Ashley Esarey and Rongbin Han encourage the submission of abstracts from scholars in any discipline in the humanities and the social sciences, with the aim of revising select conference papers for an edited volume published by a university press. Interested researchers should send abstracts of 400 words or less to by January 21, 2019. For questions about the Xi Effect conference or book project, email Ashley Esarey at Notifications of acceptance will go out on February 4. The China Institute will provide participants with lodging for three nights in Banff, meals during the conference, and limited travel expenses, when necessary. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Cfp: Ganga to Volga: India’s Connectivity with Inner Asia 6-7 March 2019 Venue: School of International Studies (I & II) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Call for Paper Submission INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Ganga to Volga: India’s Connectivity with Inner Asia 6-7 March 2019 Venue: School of International Studies (I & II) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Concept Note
India’s connection with Inner Asia, which constitutes five republics of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), Mongolia, three regions of China – Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Tibet, and Afghanistan, is as old as Methuselah. The foundation stone of this linkage was laid by land trade that witnessed regular contacts between traders/merchants from India and Inner Asia. The knowledge and wisdom of India during ancient period had percolated into the hearts and minds of people in Inner Asia, which has been reflected in the discoveries and explorations of western scholars. The civilizational linkage between the two regions not only blossomed with the influx of religion and philosophy, arts and culture from India, but also thrived for centuries. Reproduction of Ajanta in Dun Huang, replica of Kailasa Monolith on the Khullam or the work of Indian scholars/monks in Tibet, the overhaul of Kushan antiquities etc. demonstrates India’s academic pursuits. Sanskrit words, such as Ratna, Mani and Guru in Tibet and Mongolia, and the transformation of the word Vihara into Bukhara or of Sartha into Sart in western Turkestan are symbols of Indian culture in the entire Inner Asian region. In contemporary times, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and several other Indian scholars and historians continued to highlight role of Inner Asia in the life, culture and civilisations of India, and narrated how races from Inner Asia had found their permanent habitat in India as well. At the present juncture, the age-old bonding between the two regions is strengthened further, as the countries in Inner Asian region and India have been braving new challenges in the post- Soviet period, such as non-traditional security threats, posing serious threat to humanity. However, this situation brings a new opportunity for both to have a common stand against the aforesaid challenges. It is against this background, the UGC Area Studies Programme of the Centre for Inner Asian Studies proposes to organize a two-day International Conference on the theme “Ganga to Volga: India’s Connectivity with Inner Asia” at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 6-7 March 2019. The following themes/issues are proposed to be dilated upon:

1. Historicallinkages
2. TheFabledSilkRoute:Fro
3. Geo-strategic,Geo-politicalandGeo-economicDynamics
4. Culture, Commerce and Connectivity (trade and economy, industry,

education, and science & technology, people to people contact)
  1. EnergyIssues,TransportationNetworksandlinkages
  2. CommonIssues:Ethnicity,Politics,NationalismandReligion
  3. Common Challenges: Non-traditional security threats, religious
    extremism, terrorism, human security, ecology and sustainable development
Submission of Paper
This international conference is open to scholars/academics, who wish to submit full paper and make a presentation. The full-length papers (preferably 5000 words) must be submitted to the conference organizers in the following e-mail IDs: / on or before 15th February 2019. All papers submitted for presentation at the Conference are subjected to a double-blind peer review process. Decision on the acceptance of papers for this Conference will be communicated by 22nd February 2019. Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in an edited book by a reputed national/international publisher. The guidelines for submission of full paper for the Conference are given below:
Details of the Paper Presenter (name, designation, organization, address, telephone, mobile and email) must be mentioned along with a short biographical note (100 words).
A 200-word Abstract narrating objective/scope/rationale, research methods, main arguments, findings/conclusions and recommendations.
At least five Keywords should be given.
The participants must adhere to plagiarism rules (in the paper) as per
UGC notification (below 10 per cent). 
Full paper submission (maximum 5000 words) must follow the referencing style as per SIS Research Manual 2006.
Style-sheet of the paper: Format (MS Word), Font (Times New Roman), Font size (12) and Spacing (1.5).
Local Hospitality for Paper Presenters
Local travel and hospitality (boarding, lodging and transport in New Delhi) will be provided to paper presenters. In case of jointly authored paper, the main author/one presenter only can avail the aforesaid facilities. All outstation paper presenters will be provided modest accommodation in the University Guest Houses (Aravali, Aravali International and Gomti) from the evening of 5th to 7th March 2019. Accommodation for accompanying persons and extended stay shall be chargeable and has to be communicated well in advance to the conference organisers.
Important Dates of Conference
Deadline for Submission of Paper: Notification of Acceptance of Paper: Conference Date:
Conference Organizing Committee
15 February 2019 20 February 2019 6-7 March 2019
Prof. Sharad K. Soni, Chairperson, Centre for Inner Asian Studies Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal, Centre for Inner Asian Studies Dr.Ambrish Dhaka, Centre for Inner Asian Studies
Dr.Tsetan Namgyal, Centre for Inner Asian Studies
Dr. Mukesh K. Mishra (Research Associate)
Research Scholars of Centre for Inner Asian Studies
Conference Coordinator
Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata
Director, UGC Area Studies Programme, Centre for Inner Asian Studies School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi Tel: 011-26704750 (Office) 9818105957 (Mobile)
Email: /

Call for Applications: 2019 Penn State Global Asias Summer Institute “Digital Asias”

Penn State University invites applicants for its annual Global Asias Summer Institute, to be held June 3-7, 2019. This year’s Institute, co-directed by Joseph Jonghyun Jeon (UC-Irvine) and Jonathan E. Abel (Penn State), focuses on the topic of “Digital Asias.”
Institute participants spend a week reading and thinking about the annual theme, as well as significant time workshopping their work in progress. Particularly strong work will be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue of the award-winning journal, Verge: Studies in Global Asias (
Penn State will cover housing and meals, and offer an honorarium to help defray travel costs (USD 400 from the East Coast, 600 from the Midwest, 800 from the West Coast; USD 1000 from Europe; USD 1350 from Asia). Applicants must have completed their PhDs no earlier than June 2014, or be advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations.
On the theme:
We have been willing participants in our own digital colonization. This digitalization has some historical roots in Asia and today is routed through Asia. It is saturated in stereotypical techno-orientalist images of a futuristic Asia, and proliferates through Asian media, finance capital, and artistic production. In short, Asia has been entangled in the global digital culture that occupies our everyday. As a major node in digital mediations of the world, Asia plays a primary part in producing computational gadgets (whether made by Sunway, LG, or Fujitsu), designing new forms of social media (Line, Weibo, SyncYu, and KakaoTalk), or creating innovative digital content (Bollywood, K-pop, anime). The 2019 Global Asias Summer Institute is interested in promoting scholarship on all forms of Digital Asia. This may include, for instance, the role Asian diasporas play in global digital life; the social, political, economic, and artistic functions of digital connectivity in Asian communities around the world; the stereotype of Asian identity as binary; the global infrastructures and logistical innovations that increasingly characterize global Asia; and Asian inflections of global activities like the algorithimic determination of risk for venture capital and the corporate and government abuse of big data.
We seek to answer, at least provisionally, some of the following interrelated questions: How has the digitalization of life in Asia, and of Asian lives, transformed the world? How does a consideration of cultures that are born digital differ from those that grow up analog? If daily life has been colonized by the digital, what is globally consistent about contemporary digitalization? How is Asian cultural digitalization different from, innovating on, or
resistant to popular modes elsewhere? If the putatively real public persona has reigned supreme online since the dawn of Web 2.0, why have anonymous internet activities continued to flourish in Asia? How do the supposed “new” economies that surround digital production reimagine and/or restructure late capitalist practices, particularly as deindustrialization becomes an increasingly global phenomenon? What is new about Digital Asia and what is atavistic? What does this focus on the digital in all of its forms bring to the surface in Asian and Asian American Studies that would not otherwise be visible?
The Institute broadly will broadly consider how the study of digitalization and digitization impacts our understanding of Global Asias—itself a nebulously defined, contested, and generative concept. As such, we invite applications from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for projects that examine the culture, politics, economics, mathematics, networks, and aesthetics of “Digital Asias” as they manifest in Asia, Asian America, and global Asian communities.
To apply, please send the following documents to by March 4, 2019. Items #1-3 must be sent as a single PDF file; the recommendation letter for applications from advanced graduate students may be sent separately.
1. An abstract of 1500 words outlining research project and clarifying its
connection to the Institute theme.
2. A sample of current work.
3. A current c.v. (no longer than 2 pp).
4. A letter from a principal advisor about the advanced status of work (in the case
of graduate students).
Decisions will be made by mid-April 2019. Other inquiries regarding the Summer Institute may be directed to Jonathan E. Abel (

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Cfp: Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens - 8-11 November, 2019 Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

Call for Papers

International Conference of ISSCO X

Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens

Organizers: organized by the School of International Studies and Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO)

Dates:                                 8-11 November, 2019
                                            Arrival Date:                      8 November 2019
                                            Conference: 9-10 November 2019
                                            Fieldtrip:       11 November 2019  (qiaoxiang)
Languages:  Chinese   English
Venue:            Jinan University, Guangzhou

As we move deeper into the 21st century, we are witnessing an intensification of various global flows impacting on a changing socio-economic, socio-political, and socio-cultural landscape. Existing communities have been reconfigured and new communities have arisen as a result of these global flows intersecting and inter-relating in variable ways. From territorial-based to virtual communities, at the local and global levels, communities have become more diverse.

Historically, the Chinese overseas have maintained different kinds of identity, affinity, and relationship with China, as an actual or imagined ancestral homeland.  The sentiments and relationships of this group of people with China vary from place to place and change over time, depending on the politics of the respective host countries, China’s position in the world-system, and China’s policies towards ethnic Chinese abroad. In the 21st century, with China’s rise to a position of power on the global stage, a different set of opportunities and challenges for the Chinese overseas has also emerged. The opportunities and challenges are intertwined with mixed feelings about China’s role on the global stage (whether a powerful ally or competitive foe), robust or weak connections to China as an ancestral homeland, and personal life and economic strategies, among other forces. Irrespective of their actual relationships with or sentiments about China, however, the Chinese overseas are implicated in all things related to China.

The ISCCO X Conference theme “Chinese Overseas and China: Through A Global Lens” welcomes multidisciplinary scholarship on Chinese Overseas and China that will shed light on various issues including migration, identity and cultural formation, social, economic and political interaction.

Proposed topics include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Chinese diaspora identities and China
  • Transnational, circulatory, and talent migration
  • New and old Chinese diaspora communities and the nation-state
  • Chinese overseas entrepreneurship and China
  • Gender, marriage, and kinship
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Chinese overseas cultural activities and China
  • Histories and personalities


Important Deadlines
Deadline for submitting abstract: 15 March 2019
Notification of selected abstracts: 10 May 2019
Deadline for submitting full paper: 16 September 2019

Further Details
  • English and Chinese will be the main languages used during the conference.
  • There will be no registration fee, but all conference participants will pay for their own transportation and accommodation.
  • On the last day of the conference (11 November 2019), there will be a self-paid excursion to a Chinese overseas village (qiaoxiang) in Guangdong Province.
  • Information on hotels in Guangzhou will be provided in May.

Contact person: Ms. XU Hanpeng          
Tel. (+86) 15626210541 (mobile);   email:

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A New Book: What Is China? by Ge Zhaoguang

What Is China?

Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History

Ge Zhaoguang
Translated by Michael Gibbs Hill

Harvadr University Press, 2018

Ge Zhaoguang, an eminent historian of traditional China and a public intellectual, takes on fundamental questions that shape the domestic and international politics of the world’s most populous country and its second largest economy. What Is China? offers an insider’s account that addresses sensitive problems of Chinese identity and shows how modern scholarship about China—whether conducted in China, East Asia, or the West—has attempted to make sense of the country’s shifting territorial boundaries and its diversity of ethnic groups and cultures.
Ge considers, for example, the ancient concept of tianxia, or All-Under-Heaven, which assigned supremacy to the imperial court and lesser status to officials, citizens, tributary states, and tribal peoples. Does China’s government still operate with a belief in divine rule of All-Under-Heaven, or has it taken a different view of other actors, inside and outside its current borders? Responding both to Western theories of the nation-state and to Chinese intellectuals eager to promote “national learning,” Ge offers an insightful and erudite account of how China sees its place in the world. As he wrestles with complex historical and cultural forces guiding the inner workings of an often misunderstood nation, Ge also teases out many nuances of China’s encounter with the contemporary world, using China’s past to explain aspects of its present and to provide insight into various paths the nation might follow as the twenty-first century unfolds.

Table of Contents
Preface Translator’s Introduction
Introduction: On the Historical Formation of “China” and the Dilemma of Chinese Identity
1. Worldviews: From “All-under-Heaven” in Ancient China to the “Myriad States” in the Modern World
2. Borders: On “Chinese” Territory
3. Ethnicity: Including the “Four Barbarians” in “China”?
4. History: Chinese Culture from a Long-Term Perspective
5. Peripheries: How China, Korea, and Japan Have Understood One Another since the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
6. Practical Questions: Will Cultural Differences between China and the West Lead to Conflict?

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cfp: Multilateral Dynamics between the Middle East and Asia, 16-18 December 2019, Haifa University, Israel

Dear Tugrul,

I hope this email finds you well.
Attached is a call for paper for a conference on multilateral connections between Asia and the Middle East.
The conference will be held on 16-18 December 2019 at Haifa University.
Paper proposals' submission deadline: 20 February 2018

I'd be grateful if you circulate this email.

Best wishes,

Yoram Evron, PhD
Department of Asian Studies
University of Haifa
199 Aba Khoushy Ave.
Haifa 3498838, Israel
Mobile: +972-52-2308402 ׀ Fax: +972-3-9013581

The Asian Sphere: Trans-Cultural Flows 

An Inter-University Graduate Program
The University of Haifa and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

Call for Papers for an International Conference: 

Multilateral Dynamics between the Middle East and Asia


We are delighted to announce that the fifth annual conference of the Asian Sphere Program will take place on Monday-Wednesday, 16-18 December 2019, at the University of Haifa, Israel.  The Asian Sphere Program takes a fresh look at the continent of Asia as a concept and as a reality. It aims at exploring and analyzing the numerous interconnections that have tied its people, cities, and nations. Our fifth conference is devoted to the complex relations between West Asia, also known as the Middle East, and other parts of the continent in the past and present. We are interested in particular in the political, military, economic and cultural aspects of the relations, their determinants, undercurrents, and trajectories, as well as in other external players in the region.  We invite paper proposals in one of the following thematic domains: 

a)  Prehistorical and historical multilateral connections (including unilateral  migrations) between the Middle East and Asia (East, South, Central). 
b)  New perspectives on historical involvement, competition and rivalry of Asian powers in the Middle East. 
c)  Globalization, the Middle East and Asia. 
d)  World powers' involvement in Asia-Middle East interaction. 
e)  The role of the Middle East in Asian powers' relations with other world/ regional powers. 
f)  Asian countries' interaction with non-Mideast players in the context of the Middle East. 
g)  Involvement of Mideast players in Asian affairs. 
h)  Israel’s current involvement in Asian dynamics. 
i)  Asian countries' interaction with Israel. 
j)  The involvement of non-Asian players in Israel's relations with Asian powers.  

Proposals for papers, as well as further enquiries, should be sent by email to the conference secretariat ( Single-page proposals should include the following four items: 

1.Title of the presentation 
2.Abstract (150-200 words) 
3.Bio-note (150-200 words) with details about affiliation, education, and major relevant publications. 
4.An explicit statement to which of the above domains the proposal relates. 
The deadline for submitting proposals is 20 February 2019.  Accepted proposals will be notified by 20 March 2019.  Full papers (5,000-7,000 words, excluding bibliography) are an essential requirement of participation. The papers should be submitted to the Conference's secretariat by 15 November 2019. We plan to publish an edited volume based on the conference papers.  The organizers will cover three-night stay in Haifa and will be able to assist in defraying the transportation cost from Europe and Western Asia/Middle East (up to US$600) and beyond these regions (up to US$1,000) for scholars whose proposals will be accepted.  The conference will be conducted in English. It is open to the public and participation is free of charge. We would be grateful if you could distribute this call for papers among your colleagues. Please save the dates! 

Conference steering committee: 
Dr. Nimrod Baranovitch
Prof. Michal Biran  
Dr. Yoram Evron 
Prof. Rotem Kowner
Prof. Gideon Shelach 
Prof. Itzchak Weismann  
Conference's secretariat and address for proposal submssion

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bureaucracy, Politics, and Decision Making in Post-Mao China by Kenneth G. Lieberthal David M. Lampton

Bureaucracy, Politics, and Decision Making in Post-Mao China

Kenneth G. Lieberthal David M. Lampton

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS - 1992;query=;brand=ucpress

 expand sectionOne  Introduction: The "Fragmented Authoritarianism" Model and Its Limitations
 collapse sectionPart One  National Issues
 expand sectionTwo  A Plum for a Peach:Bargaining, Interest, and Bureaucratic Politics in China
 expand sectionThree  The Chinese Political System and the Political Strategy of Economic Reform

 collapse sectionPart Two  The Center
 expand sectionFour  The Party Leadership System
 expand sectionFive  Information Flows and Policy Coordination in the Chinese Bureaucracy

 collapse sectionPart Three  Bureaucratic Clusters
 expand sectionSix  Structure and Process in the Chinese Military System
 expand sectionSeven  The Educational Policy Process: A Case Study of Bureaucratic Action in China
 expand sectionEight  The Behavior of Middlemen in the Cadre Retirement Policy Process
 expand sectionNine  Hierarchy and the Bargaining Economy: Government and Enterprise in the Reform Process

 collapse sectionPart Four  Subnational Levels
 expand sectionTen  Territorial Actors as Competitors for Power: The Case of Hubei and Wuhan
 expand sectionEleven  Local Bargaining Relationships and Urban Industrial Finance
 expand sectionTwelve  Urbanizing Rural China: Bureaucratic Authority and Local Autonomy
expand section

Policy Making in China by Kenneth Lieberthal & Michel Oksenberg

Policy Making in China

by Kenneth Lieberthal & Michel Oksenberg

Princeton University, 1990


The Western Literature on the Chinese Policy Process
Introducing Bureaucratic Structure
Limitations of the Study
Principal Findings
Outline of the Study
The Top Leadership
Staff, Research, and Coordinating Offices
Three Energy Sector Leaders
The Question of Factionalism among the Leaders
State Planning Commission
State Economic Commission
State Science and Technology Commission
Ministry of Petroleum
Ministry of Coal
Ministry of Water Resources and Electric Power
Ministry of Finance
Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade
Bank of China
China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Formal Policy Process
Fragmented Structure of Authority
The Integrative Mechanisms
Behavioral Consequences
Stage One: The Daqing Years, 1960-63
Stage Two: The Petroleum Group Emerges on the National Scene, 1964-71
Stage Three: The Petroleum Group Turns Outward, 1972-77
Stage Four: Foreign Equity Holdings Will Be Permitted, 1977-79
Stage Five: Establishing a Partnership with the Multination(Jls, 1979-83
Stage Six: Creating Interface Organizations
The End of an Era?
The Rationality Model and Its Limits
The Pertinent Bureaucracies
Three Gorges Project History
The State of Play in 1986
Conclusion: Three Gorges and the Policy'Process
Central-Provincial Relations
Central-Provincial Relations and the Development of Shanxi Coal Organizing the South China Sea Effort Conclusion
New Items on the Research Agenda on Burealicracy in Soviet- Style System
Core Issues in Comparative Communist Studies
Explaining the Evolution of Bureaucratic Structures and Processes in Communist Systems
The Capacity for Reform

Friday, November 23, 2018

Conference: 5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference, Shanghai University, May 17 and 18, 2019

Call for papers:

5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference:

Institute of Global Studies
Shanghai University
People’s Republic of China
May 17 and 18, 2019

Co-Sponsored by

Cappadocia University, Republic of Turkey

Description and Objectives:
We organized four very successful academic conferences on this topic in collaboration with Beijing 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 and Cappadocia University on June 20-22, 2018. This year, we will have5th China and the Middle East Conference in Shanghai, on May 17 and 18, 2019.

We therefore invite submissions on the following and related topics:

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
China’s Foreign Policy Toward Middle East/West Asia
Economic Integration
The Belt and Road Initiative

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)

·       Abstract Submission for the Conference:       April 15, 2019
·       Conference Draft Paper Submission:             May 6, 2019
·       The Conference Dates:                                   May 17 and 18, 2019

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: May 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2019) AND FOOD DURING YOUR STAY IN SHANGHAI.



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

Any additional queries should be sent to

Organizing Committee:
·      Dr. Guo Changgang, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies - Shanghai University, China.
·      Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar, President - Cappadocia University, Turkey.
·      Dr. Kemal Silay, Professor and Director of Turkish Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
·      Dr. Merthan Dundar, Professor Ankara University, Turkey.
·      Dr. Suha Atature, Professor and Chair of International Relations - Gedik University, Turkey.
·      Dr. Mohammedmoin Sadeq, Professor - Qatar University, Qatar.
·      Dr. Gokhan Bozbas, Assistant Professor – Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey.
·      Dr. Tugrul Keskin, Professor - Shanghai University, China.
·      Dr. Ejaz Akram, Professor – NDU, Pakistan.
·      Dr. Sean Foley, Associate Professor - Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
·      Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor - University of Alberta, Canada.
·      Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Professor – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.  
·      Dr. Juan Cole, Professor - University of Michigan, USA.
·      Dr. Mehran Kamrava, Professor – Georgetown University-Qatar.
·      Dr. Hakan Yavuz, Professor – University of Utah, USA.
·      Dr. Mohammad Marandi, Professor – University of Tehran, Iran.
·      Dr. Yang Chen, Assistant Professor and Director of Center forTurkish Studies - Shanghai University, China.

Conference Program

Friday May 17, 2019

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction and Welcome Speech Guo Changgang, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies - Shanghai University, China.

9:15 - 9:30 Welcome Speech and Introduction Professor Yang Guang, President of Middle East Studies Association of China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai University.

9:30 – 10:00 Keynote Speech Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

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

Moderator: Professor Yang Guang
·      Professor Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University, Qatar
·      Professor Kemal Silay, Director of Turkish Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
·      Professor Hakan Yavuz, University of Utah, USA.
·      Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor - University of Alberta, Canada.

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

Saturday May 18, 2019

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