Graduate Student Conference

Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

A joint organizing committee of Stanford University and UC Berkeley faculty announces the Fourth Annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities, to be held on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2017, at UC Berkeley. 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 will feature up to sixteen student presentations of original research on any aspect of premodern (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 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. Other interested students, at Stanford, Berkeley, and beyond, are encouraged to attend. 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 strongly encouraged to present papers associated with ongoing or projected dissertation research.

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

Proposals Deadline: paper proposal and brief bio due NOVEMBER 20, 2016.

Notification of acceptance by January 17, 2017.

Full paper due March 1, 2017.

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For inquiries, contact Mark Csikszentmihalyi ( or Michael Nylan (

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