Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

The conference provides a window into current research in Chinese studies, and serves as a platform for fostering interaction among budding scholars of geographically disparate institutions, facilitating their exchange of ideas and interests. Specifically, the organizing committee hopes that this conference will encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Each year the conference also features a keynote address from a prominent Chinese studies scholar, chosen by the student organizing committee.

Applications are due in the fall of each year for the conference taking place the following spring. Currently-enrolled graduate students at any institution are encouraged to apply. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance available.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Lydia Liu
Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

Alumni Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Calvin Hui
Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies, William & Mary College


Proposals/bios due: November 15, 2016
(5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance by: December 12, 2016
Full papers due: March 31, 2017
Conference: April 14-15, 2017

The application period for the 2017 conference is now open.
Please use this webform to submit your conference application:


2016 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)
2015 Conference schedule (Stanford)
2014 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)
2013 Conference schedule (Stanford)
2012 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)
2011 Conference schedule (Stanford)
2010 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)


Andrew Jones, Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
Winnie Wong, Assistant Professor, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley
Jianqing Chen, Graduate Student, Film & Media, UC Berkeley
Keru Cai, Lecturer, Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
Thomas Mullaney, Associate Professor, History, Stanford
Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford
Mei Li Inouye, Graduate Student, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Stanford
Jessica Chen, Graduate Student, Religious Studies, Stanford


2016--Xiangjun Feng, Linda Zhang (UC Berkeley);
           Gina Tam, Eunyeong Kim (Stanford)
2015--Hangping Xu, Koji Hirata (Stanford);
           Caleb Ford, Laurence Coderre (UC Berkeley)
2014--Julia Keblinska, Larissa Pitts (UC Berkeley);
           Eldon Pei, Renren Yang (Stanford)
2013--Christine Ho, Yvon Wang (Stanford);
           Lawrence Zi-qiao Yang, Paulina Hartono (UC Berkeley)
2012--Peiting Li, Evelyn Shih (UC Berkeley);
           Lauren Eidel Parker, Anna Pawlowski (Stanford)
2011--Fang Xie, Chenshu Zhou (Stanford);
           Laurence Coderre, Menghsin Cindy Horng (UC Berkeley)
2010--Jeannette Ng, Liu Xiao (UC Berkeley);
           Adrian Thieret, Zhang Yu (Stanford)