Call for Proposals
“Rethinking and Reassessing China’s Political Development:
A Post-Pandemic Perspective”
Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS)
The 34th ACPS Meeting and International Symposium
Co-hosted by Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
ACPS is pleased to announce that the Association of Chinese Political Studies and the John
Goodwin Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs at the Southern Methodist
University (SMU) will co-host the 34th ACPS Annual Meeting and International Symposium
between November 11-12, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
ACPS has provided a robust platform to bring together Chinese political studies scholars from
around the world since the association’s founding in 1986. With over 1000 members from more
than a dozen countries across four continents, ACPS strives to create more and greater
opportunities for the scholarly and academic exchange on China and its political development by
hosting and co-hosting meetings and other academic activities around the world. The ACPS-
SMU partnership on the 2022 ACPS Annual Conference is established to further advance the
ACPS mission by bringing Chinese political studies scholars and their research to the rapidly
growing DFW metropolitan area.
As a top research university with an international reputation, the SMU’s vibrant campus has
helped shape Dallas to a global gateway for people from all backgrounds who wants to change
the world for over a century. It is home to over 1630 faculty/staff and more than 12,000
undergraduate and graduate students from eight degree-granting schools. With more than 126,
695 alumni worldwide, SMU has contributed to the world a long list of prominent leaders in all
fields including public service, science and education, law, arts and communication, business,
etc.. The John Goodwin Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs (Tower Center)
is a hub for hosting academic and scholarly events on public policy/international affairs on SMU
The ACPS partnership with the Tower Center at the Southern Methodist University will provide
a special opportunity to advance scholarly exchange and dialogue on China at this unique
juncture of history.
Against the backdrop of an unprecedentedly dynamic situation of international politics, China is
currently undergoing major re-adjustments of its political economy, government structure and
policies, as well as its role in world affairs. The 34th ACPS Annual Meeting and International
Symposium seeks to explore the above political dynamics and their implications for China’s
future governance and international order.
We invite proposals of papers, panels, and roundtables that are relevant to the conference theme
and particularly welcome proposals examining the most recent institutional restructuring and re-
adjustments at the domestic level, as well as proposals assessing China’s positioning/re-
positioning strategy as a regional and global actor. ACPS values the diversity of methodology
and welcomes interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research employing both qualitative and
In addition to panels/roundtables featuring the most cutting-edge research on Chinese politics,
the conference will also include professional development sessions on teaching and publishing as
Proposal Submission Procedures
Exemplary conference papers will have the opportunity to be published in edited book volumes
as well as to be considered for publication in the ACPS flagship journal, the Journal of Chinese
Political Science (JCPS).
The deadline for paper/panel proposal submission is July 29th, 2022. Current ACPS members
will receive priory consideration, though we seek high quality proposals in congruence with the
conference theme. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted via e-mail
For paper proposals, please include (1) paper title and abstract; (2) keywords indicating topic and
methodology; and (3) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information.
The e-mail subject line for paper submissions should be “Paper Proposal Submission
For panel proposals, please include (1) panel title; (2) each paper’s title and abstract; (3) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (4) full name and contact information of the panel chair and discussant. Please use “Panel Proposal Submission
ACPS_2022” as the e-mail subject line.
Acceptance of Proposals
The review committee will issue notifications of acceptance, via email, to the primary author
listed in the paper or panel proposal. Notifications will be distributed by late August 2022.
Conference Registration Procedures
Volunteering, Mentoring, and Elections
The participants whose papers are accepted and plan to attend the conference must register for
the conference and pay a non-refundable registration fee via the ACPS website by September
15th, 2022. Individuals who have paid their ACPS membership dues and conference registration
fees in full are entitled to two free nights of lodging (11/10 and 11/11) and meals throughout
the duration of conference.
We welcome expressions of interest among all participants to serve as panel chairs and
Anyone interested in serving as a mentor or receiving mentoring should contact ACPS
Mentoring Director, Dr. Jing Chen, at email@example.com. Mentors and mentees will have a
chance over Saturday’s lunch to discuss research and career topics.
At this 34th ACPS Annual Meeting and International Symposium, we will hold elections for
the next ACPS Board, and, therefore, cordially welcome nominations (including self-
nominations) for the following positions: ACPS President, President-Elect, Treasurer,
Research Director, Membership and Mentoring Director, Publicity Director, and