Call for Abstracts: Global China Research Centre Graduate and ECR Seminar Series

Thomas Burnham Discussion

The University of Exeter Global China Research Centre would like to welcome proposals for the inaugural session of our graduate and early-career researcher seminar series in China Studies.  This series will open with a keynote lecture by Professor Henrietta Harrison (University of Oxford, Pembroke College), a leading scholar in Chinese history and Sinology and, most recently, author of The Perils of Interpreting: The Extraordinary Lives of Two Translators between Qing China and the British Empire (Princeton University Press, 2021).


For the series of graduate and ECR seminars which is to follow Professor Harrison’s keynote lecture, we welcome proposals for presentations on not only modern history and translation studies, but also any work which falls under the rubric of China Studies.  This includes but is not limited to comparative literature, visual culture, film and media studies, as well as museum studies, to name just a few. Interdisciplinary approaches with a strong historical, cultural, or linguistic focus are particularly welcome.


We invite fellow graduate students and early-career researchers to submit proposals for seminar presentations on any topic pertaining to China Studies.  The convenors are interested in a wide range of topics, including but not limited to PRC history, public history in China, the maintenance and management of heritage sites, Sino-Anglo literary entanglements, the influence of feminism on contemporary Chinese media, and the culture and dissemination of Chinese artforms and artefacts.


Our keynote lecture will be open to the public, and the subsequent graduate and ECR seminar series will be open to students and staff of any affiliation. All convenors are current graduate students or early career researchers, and the seminar series is intended to provide an environment in which speakers may present research at any stage of completion to an audience of peers. This session of seminars will be held in person and/or online (depending on the availability of the selected presenters) during the University of Exeter’s spring term, which is between 9 January and 31 March 2023. Presentations are expected to last between 15 and 20 minutes and will be followed by Q&A to be moderated by the convenors.


Those interested in presenting their research are invited to send a provisional title, an abstract no longer than 300 words, and a short biographical note to by 9 December 2022.  Any queries should be directed to the same address.


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