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.


Proposals/bios due: November 17, 2014
(5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance by: December 31, 2014
Full papers due: March 31, 2015
Conference: April 17-18, 2015

Applications are no longer being accepted. The application period for the 2016 conference will begin some time in August/September 2015.


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)


Weihong Bao, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures & Film and Media Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Alexander Cook, Assistant Professor, History, University of California, Berkeley
Andrew Jones, Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
Haiyan Lee, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Jean Ma, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
Jason McGrath, Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Minnesota
Thomas S. Mullaney, Associate Professor, History, Stanford University
Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University


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)