CFP: Contesting Modernisation: The Future of Health, Environment, and Welfare in China

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Contesting Modernisation:

The Future of Health, Environment, and Welfare in China


 May 26, 2017

University of Oxford

Organised by China’s Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW) Research Group 

Hosted and funded by The China Centre &

Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford 


Submissions are now open for the fourth annual CHEW Conference at the University of Oxford.

The CHEW Conference 2017 will focus on the crisis of modernity in contemporary China. While China has made great strides in modernisation, bringing greatbenefits to the population, numerous environmental, health and welfare issues have also arisen from this dramatic transformation.

This 2017 CHEW conference will bring together graduate students, early career researchers, and established academics from across social sciences and humanities to explore whether or not the current paradigm is sufficient in dealing with the complex and multifaceted issues that have arisen from rapid industralisation. Academic researchers, policy workers, and civil society actors working on issues relevant to China’s health, environment and welfare are welcome to submit an abstract of up to 300 words, covering themes including, but not limited to:

Environmental humanities and history in China Agriculture and food safety

Human-animal relationships

The changing role of Chinese consumers

Water, land and air pollution

Social and environmental justice

Desertification and water scarcity Sustainable urbanisation

Ecological civilization

Climate change and China

Grassroots health, environment and welfare groups Environmental politics

Global climate change leadership in the era of Trump


Both theoretical and empirical submissions are encouraged. Please submit your abstracts by April 15th to


Successful applicants will be notified by the end of April.