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

Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in pre-modern Chinese studies.This national meeting of graduate students specializing in premodern Chinese studies aims to bring together young scholars from geographically distant institutions to present and discuss innovative research on China.

The conference, alternating sites each year between Stanford and Berkeley, will feature up to twelve competitively-selected graduate student presentations of original research on any aspect of pre-modern (technically, beginnings to 1911) 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 conference will cover lodging expenses for the conference presenters, who are encouraged to seek the coverage of transportation costs from their home institutions or other sources. Confirmed presenters who demonstrate that no such funding is available may apply for a travel subsidy. 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: November 20, 2015
(5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance by: December 11, 2015
Full papers due: Februray 19, 2016
Conference: March 4-5, 2016

The application period for the 2016 conference is now over.
Submissions for the 2017 conference will be accepted beginning in late-Summer 2016.

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


2015 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)
2014 Conference schedule (Stanford)


Ron Egan, Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford
Michael Nylan, Professor, History, University of California, Berkeley
Paula Varsano, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley