Call for Applications - 2020 Graduate Workshop on China in the Urban Age

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August 3, 2020 to August 9, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Chinese History / Studies, Social Sciences, Urban History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Asian History / Studies


The University of Sydney China Studies Centre is organising the second graduate workshop under our multidisciplinary research agenda China in the Urban Age. The workshop theme is Health, Food and Waste in the Chinese City: practical, utopian and systemic solutions, seeking to include contributions from any branch of the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

The urban age in China has been an age of waste and excess. Waste happens at the point of production and consumption, from sometimes honest efforts that do not consider the unexpected consequences, but also from the dominance of short-term solutions aimed at maximising profit. More is often seen as better – more value, more efficiency, more popularity. But when is it excess? Such values as waste, profit, excess, surplus, all warrant reconsideration, in turn reframing concepts of technology, development and progress. These questions are of historical and contemporary relevance to societies everywhere, so what can China learn from other contexts, and what can they learn from China?

See the detailed workshop overview on our website.


Dates and location
The Graduate Workshop will be held at the University of Sydney Centre in China (Suzhou, China) from 3 to 9 August, 2020. 

It will include lectures and seminars with leading experts and a series of discussion fora that will try to expand the conversation through knowledge sharing around these important challenges. 

See the 2019 Graduate Workshop program here.

Fees and scholarships
There is no enrollment fee for the graduate workshop. Participants will receive free accommodation. A number of scholarships will be available to help cover the cost of transport to Suzhou, relative to country of residence.


This workshop is open to current graduate research students and early-career researchers (up to five years post-PhD) who have a broad interest in questions of health, food and waste, sustainability and technology, and whose research relates to China. We firmly believe in a multidisciplinary approach to these issues, and therefore encourage applications from all fields, including the material and environmental sciences. politics, history, the arts and cultural studies, architecture, literature and the critical combination of such fields (e.g. environmental humanities).

How to apply
Please visit our website to submit your online application by 5pm (AEST) on Friday 28 February 2020.

All questions regarding the Graduate Workshop should be addressed to