Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-Modern Chinese Humanities

A joint organizing committee of Stanford and UC Berkeley faculty announces the inaugural Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities, to be held April 12, 2014 at Stanford University. We plan this as a regional and national annual meeting of graduate students specializing in pre-modern Chinese studies, alternating sites in future years between Stanford and Berkeley. The conference aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

The one-day conference will feature up to eight competitively-selected graduate student presentations of original research on any aspect of pre-modern Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought. We encourage proposals that explore new methodologies, utilize recent developments in digital technology, or reconfigure or cross disciplinary boundaries.

The organizers will cover lodging and round-trip transportation expenses for conference presenters within North America. Selected international presenters may receive only partial reimbursement. Interested students from all institutions are encouraged to apply. Conference registration is free.

Papers will be selected by a joint faculty-student committee of China specialists at the two institutions. Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers. Applicants are encouraged to present papers associated with ongoing or projected dissertation research.


Proposals/bios due: December 10, 2013
(5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance by: January 15, 2014
Full papers due: March 20, 2014
Conference: April 12, 2014

To apply, submit a single-spaced 300-word paper proposal and short bio via our
online submission system.

For inquiries, email the Stanford organizers: Ronald Egan or Yiqun Zhou.