Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Corona Virus and Racism/Orientalism Against China

The coronavirus exposes the history of racism and “cleanliness”
While the epidemic may be new, xenophobia has been intertwined with public health discourse for a very long time.
By Nylah Burton
Feb 7, 2020

Chinese in UK report 'shocking' levels of racism after coronavirus outbreak
Asian community faces verbal and physical abuse in aftermath of first recorded cases of virus in Britain
Lucy Campbell 
The Guardian - Mon 10 Feb 2020

The new coronavirus is not an excuse to be racist  This is the latest disease outbreak to become racialized 
By Eleanor Cummins 
Feb 4, 2020 

‘No Chinese allowed’: Racism and fear are now spreading along with the coronavirus 
‘This week, my ethnicity has made me feel like I was part of a threatening and diseased mass’
Feb 3, 2020

Fear of coronavirus fuels racist sentiment targeting Asians
By Suhauna HussainStaff
Feb. 3, 2020

Coronavirus: France faces 'epidemic' of anti-Asian racism Comments
By Vincent Coste  & Sandrine Amiel

On Social Media, Racist Responses To Coronavirus Can Have Their Own Contagion
February 2, 2020
Maria Godoy at NPR

An Outbreak of Racist Sentiment as Coronavirus Reaches Australia
A newspaper front page called it a “Chinese virus.” Fake posts have warned people to avoid Chinese products. As the outbreak spreads, some worry about xenophobia.
By Isabella Kwai    
Jan. 31, 2020

Chinese Canadians denounce rising xenophobia tied to coronavirus 
Chinese Canadians say they are already facing a repeat of the racism they experienced during the SARS outbreak.
by Jillian Kestler-D'Amours
3 Feb 2020

The coronavirus reawakens old racist tropes against Chinese people
By John Pomfret 
Feb. 5, 2020

Anti-Chinese racism spikes as virus spreads globally 
Australia under fire for plans to house Wuhan evacuees in Christmas Island detention centre
By Nicola Smith, Asia correspondent and Giovanni Torre
1 February 2020

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 gbozbash@gmail.com or Tugrul Keskin tugrulkeskin@t.shu.edu.cn 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