The 16th International Conference
The Association of Chinese Professors of
Humanities and Social Sciences in the U.S. (www.acpssus.org)
Call for Papers
SINO-AMERICAN RELATIONS, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND BEYOND
The Association of Chinese Professors of Humanities and Social Sciences (U.S.)
In Cooperation with the Harvard-Yenching Institute,
Harvard Kennedy School of Government Ash Center,
and United Societies of China Studies (USCS)
November 5-7th, 2010
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
The Association of Chinese Professors of Humanities and Social Sciences in the United States (ACPSS), in cooperation with the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center, and United Societies of China Studies (USCS), will hold its 16th international conference at Harvard University from November 5th to 7th, 2010.
ACPSS (美国华人人文社科教授协会) is an academic organization founded in 1995 with its first annual international conference held at the University of Maryland at College Park. Since its inception, the ACPSS has adhered to its mission of vigorously promoting innovative idea exchange and engaging itself in research projects on China studies involving interdisciplinary collaboration among interested scholars across the world. The Harvard-Yenching Institute (HYI) was founded in 1928 with funding provided solely from the estate of Charles M. Hall "to conduct and provide research, instruction and publication in the culture of China and/or elsewhere in Continental Asia”. The institute is an independent foundation dedicated to advancing higher education in Asia in the humanities and social sciences, with special attention to the study of Asian culture. Today, HYI is one of the top research institutes focusing on China and other Asia countries. Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center was established in 2003. It advances excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens. The mission of United Societies of China Studies (USCS) is primarily that of promoting academic information sharing, consultation, and coordinated projects of China studies among the member organizations in the United States as well as around the world. The USCS is composed of 5 member organizations (Association of Chinese Professors in Social Sciences, Chinese Communication Association, Chinese Historians in the United States, Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists, Association for Information Systems) and 5 affiliated institutions (Center for Asian Studies at the American University, Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville, Center for International Strategic Studies at Peking University, School of International Studies at the People University of China, China Program at the Carter Center)
The theme of the conference, “Engaging China: Sino-American Relations, Sustainable Development, and Beyond”, is aimed to bring together a broad cross-discipline of scholars from the field of social sciences and humanities, to address the world’s most important, yet rather complex and multi-faceted, bilateral relationship of the 21st century that not only affects these two countries in almost every aspect of their domestic and diplomatic affairs but also the world as a whole in its sustainable economic, political, cultural, and environmental developments.
As its theme suggests, the conference cordially invites paper and panel proposals focused on, but not limited to, the following topics:
· Historical perspectives on Sino-American relations
· Cultural perspectives on Sino-American relations
· Economic perspectives on Sino-American relations
· Political perspectives on Sino-American relations
· Social perspectives on Sino-American relations
· Humanistic perspectives on Sino-American relations
· Sino-American relations and the War on Terror
· Sustainable development in Sino-American relations
· Sustainable economic development in Sino-American relations
· Energy cooperation and challenges faced by the US and China
· Environmental cooperation and challenges faced by the US and China (Copenhagen Conference and other related issues)
· Developmental models for developing countries: “Washington Consensus” vs. “Beijing Consensus” –on a collision path or serving a complementary role?
· Sino-American competition, conflict, or cooperation in regional and world affairs.
· Confucius Institute in the U.S. and its role as a “cultural ambassador”
· Chinese and American library cooperation
· Using social networks and IT to support cross-cultural communication and business development for Sino-American organizations
· The role of Hai-Gui (Overseas Returnees) in fostering the Sino-American relationship in cultural exchange, business and politics
· China’s rise and its impact on the world
· Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang issues
· Urban and rural development
· Social harmony, religion, philosophy, and cultural values
· Economic development of China/Asia
· Economic stability and sustainability of China/Asia
· Outsourcing and global sourcing
· Informatization, emerging technology & global business/economy
· Corporate social responsibility and environmental protection
· Political reforms and democratization
· Social equality and justice
· Non-governmental organizations
· Community development, grassroots democracy, and governance
· Educational development and reforms
· Social security system and healthcare
· Women’s studies
· Gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual issues
· Religion and its influence
Overseas Chinese Community Studies
· Chinese language schools in the U.S.
· Overseas Chinese language media and e-communication
· Overseas Chinese literature studies
· Education, psychology, and well-being of overseas Chinese communities
· Issues concerning Chinese students studying at U.S. colleges and universities
· Chinatown studies
· Chinese Americans and their relations with other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.
· Acculturation, assimilation, and identity issues
· Overseas Chinese business and social networks
· Political participation of overseas Chinese in their adopted countries
· China’s policy towards overseas Chinese and the dual citizenship issue
· Roles played by Overseas Chinese in China’s modernization
All scholars and researchers working in the above topic-related fields are invited to submit proposals for consideration and as a part of the ACPSS tradition the conference will accept papers in both English and Chinese.
Please send proposals (300-500 words) via email to the organizing committee co-chair Professor Jieli Li at
. The deadline for paper proposal submission is July 15, 2010. After your proposal is accepted, we require that the full paper be submitted no later than September 15, 2010.
Proposals must include paper title, name of author, institutional affiliation, title/position, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. A notification of acceptance will be issued within two or three weeks after the conference organizing committee receives the proposal.
Well-researched conference papers will have the opportunity to be published:
· in an edited thematic book possibly by Harvard University Press (pending for approval), or
· in American Review of China Studies (in English), or
· in Peace and Conflict (in English)
· in International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management (IJIEM), Europe (in English), or
· <当代海外中国研究> (in Chinese)
· <二十一世纪国际评论> (in Chinese)
ACPSS members with paper: $90
Non-ACPSS member with paper: $180
Attendance with no paper: $200
Student with paper: $80
Our chosen hotel for conference participants is Harvard Square Hotel. Those who attend the conference should cover their own lodging expenses, but free meals will be provided for all the registered participants.