CFP: Stanford-Berkeley Grad Student Conference on Pre-Modern Chinese Humanities

Call for Papers: Stanford-Berkeley Grad Student Conference on Pre-Modern Chinese Humanities

April 5-6, 2019, Institute for East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Application deadline: Dec 2, 2018 (see below)

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 the pre-modern period to discuss innovative research on China.

The conference, alternating sites each year between Stanford and Berkeley, features up to fourteen 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 and critical perspectives, utilize recent developments in digital technology, or either reconfigure or cross disciplinary boundaries.

Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, dinner on Friday, and—because the conference will last two full days—lunch both Friday and Saturday. There is limited partial funding assistance for those who cannot find their own funding.

Each conference has benefited from the presence of international as well as domestic students.

Application Instructions:

To apply please upload your abstract (not to exceed 500 words) and a short bio (not to exceed 100 words) as directed on the website.  For the abstract, include: Author Name, Main Title, Subtitle (optional), Keywords, and Abstract.

Please follow the link to apply:

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 welcome to present papers associated with ongoing or projected dissertation research, but the papers need not be generated by thesis work.


Proposals/bios due: deadline extended December 2, 2018 (by 5:00 pm PST)
Notification of acceptance by: January 22, 2019
Full papers due: March 15, 2019
Conference: April 5-6, 2019

Please address all inquiries regarding logistics to Ms. Xiaojie Ma, Program Director of the Center for Chinese Studies (; and all other inquiries to Berkeley organizers, Prof. Paula Varsano ( or Prof. Michael Nylan (



Paula Varsano, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley (

Michael Nylan, Professor, History, University of California, UC Berkeley (

Ron Egan, Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford (

Yiqun Zhou, Director of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford (

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