CFP: Chinese Studies Association of Australia 17th Biennial Conference

CFP: Chinese Studies Association of Australia 17th Biennial Conference


Changing China: Then and Now

Monday 29 November – Wednesday 1 December, 2021

The Australian National University, Canberra

Change has been at the centre of the Chinese experience. Yet it has taken a range of forms and has elicited a variety of responses. The recurring cycle of 64 hexagrams in the foundational Yi jing (Classic of Changes) sets out a scheme of gradual permutation that underlies all social and cosmic processes; it postulates continuous substitution rather than instant change. The stadial, unidirectional notion of change that, for example, shaped much of the modern and contemporary Chinese experience produced a more radical displacement of, and rupture with, past identities. Recent generations of Chinese political leaders have revisited the relationship between change and continuity. They have often emphasised what they conceive of as immutable aspects of the Chinese tradition. This interplay between change and continuity has affected how China, in all its facets, is understood internationally. In the case of mainland China, foreign perceptions have wavered between admiration for the striking pace of its developmental change, perplexity over the unchanging persistence of its efforts even when faced with major obstacles or criticism, and rising concern over actual or imagined changes in its role and responsibilities as a global power. Other parts of the Sinophone world have also been at the centre of similar discussions, for both their shifting relationship to the mainland and in their own right.

The Chinese Studies Association of Australia cordially invites proposals for its forthcoming biennial conference. Contributions addressing the conference theme, “Changing China: Then and Now”, are especially encouraged, though proposals on any area of Chinese Studies are welcome. Proposals may be for individual or joint papers or for panels. We look forward to putting together a wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary montage of the best research in Chinese Studies being done both in Australia and overseas.

The conference welcomes presentations in English and Chinese. Abstracts for individual papers (including papers for panels) and roundtables should not exceed 250 words.

This will be an in-person conference on the ANU campus. In the event that international travel remains impossible through 2021, we will aim for dual-delivery methods to accommodate on-line participation.

Conference languages: English and Chinese

Closing date for submissions: 31 July, 2021

Announcement of successful submissions: 31 August, 2021

Please submit your abstract including paper title, authors’ affiliation and contact details, and a short bio (approx. 50 words) via this online form.

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Dr Elly Kent is the editor of the ASAA's blog, Asian Currents and the ANU's Southeast Asia blog, New Mandala. She has worked as a researcher, writer, translator, artist, teacher and intercultural professional over 20 years in academia and the arts in Indonesia and Australia. Elly gained a double degree in Asian Studies (Specialist Indonesia) and Visual Arts (Hons) and a PhD in the same fields from the Australian National University. She is the author of Artists and the People: Ideologies of Indonesian Art (2022) NUS Press, and co-editor (with Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner) of Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History (2022) ANU Press.

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