International Conference on Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia: Present and Future

Yaoping  Liu's picture
Call for Papers
April 15, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, Contemporary History, Social Sciences, Southeast Asian History / Studies


Call for Papers

International Conference on Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia:

Present and Future      

06-07 March 2020

Mahidol University, Thailand

Co-organized by

Center for China and Globalizing Asia Studies, Mahidol University


Nanyang Center for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University


               As a result of rapid Chinese economic progress and its increasing stature in the international arena, China Studies has become one of the most popular academic endeavors in recent years. In response, many leading institutes from different parts of the world have begun to set up research units and design specific courses on China from multiple dimensions. Courtesy of its location as one of China’s nearest neighbors, Southeast Asia is not an exception to this trend. Indeed, a better understanding of China is imperative because of its status, in recent years, as the region’s largest trading partner, biggest tourist source country, and one of the region’s more prominent foreign investors.

This conference aims to make sense of the above development, focusing on how China Studies have been approached by Southeast Asia (not only as individual countries but also as a bloc). To this end, four questions stand out for us. Firstly, how does Southeast Asia perceive China, not least by key stakeholders such as universities, government bodies, think tanks, and business firms? Secondly, how does the region perceive China-Southeast Asian ties, and how do such ties play out across different dimensions and different sub-regions? Thirdly, what are the key characteristic of China Studies in Southeast Asia? Lastly, what are the policy implications of these observations?

I. Theme and Sub-themes

The main theme for this conference is Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia: Present and Future. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Key characteristics of China Studies in Southeast Asia

2. People-to-People Exchanges between China and Southeast Asia

3. Southeast Asian Students in China

4. Chinese Students in Southeast Asia

5. Trends of Chinese Education across Southeast Asia

6. ASEAN-China Collaborations: Present and Future

7. ASEAN-China Policy Evolution in the Context of Changing US-China Relations

The proposed timeline for abstract submission and notification of proposal acceptance to the conference is as follows:

       - Call for Papers: 01 July 2019
       - Submission Deadline: 01 December 2019
       - Notifications of Acceptance: 15 December 2019

Participants will have the opportunity to publish their papers in the conference proceeding.

II. Proposal Submission Guidelines

Proposals may be in Word format only and must contain the following information:

  • Name of author(s)
  • Affiliation as you would like it to appear in the program
  • Email address
  • Title of proposal
  • The body of a proposal should be no more than 250 words
  • Up to 6 keywords

Proposals should be submitted to the following email: 

III. Keynote Speakers/Panelists (Subject to Change)

  • Prof. Liu Hong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Assoc. Prof. Luechai Sringernyuang (Mahidol University, Thailand)
  • Prof. Thida Win (University of Mandalay, Myanmar)
  • Prof. Danny Wong (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
  • Prof. Shih Chih-yu (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • Assoc. Prof. Yow Cheun Hoe (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Dr. Chow Bing Ngeow (University of Malaya, Malaysia)

IV. Contact

Dr. Guanie LIM

Dr. Yaoping LIU

Notice: No free international airfares are granted to participate in this Conference, while the organizing committee provides free accommodation and food to the invited speakers and honorable guests.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Guanie Lim, Nanyang Center for Public Administration at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

Dr. Yaoping Liu, Center for China and Globalizing Asia Studies at Mahidol University in Thailand