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December 04, 2008

Fourth WCILCOS International Conference on Chinese Overseas Studies, Guangzhou, China, May 9-11, 2009

Conference: 4th World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies (WCILCOS) International Conference, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, May 9-11, 2009

Theme: Interaction and Innovation: Multidimensional Perspectives in Chinese Overseas Studies

Languages: Chinese, English

Date: May 9 - 11, 2009

Venue: Jinan University, Guangzhou, China

Co-sponsors: Jinan University, Ohio University

Organizers: Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies in Jinan University, Jinan University Libraries, Ohio University Libraries

It is our pleasure to announce that the 4th WCILCOS International Conference on Chinese Overseas Studies will be held in Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, from May 9 to May 11 2009.

It has been the aim of the World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries in Chinese Overseas Studies (WCILCOS) to promote the nexus between research and documentation and greater interaction between scholars, librarians, and archivists working on the Chinese overseas in different parts of the world. As such, this conference is open to all, and seeks to bring together librarians, archivists, institutes, collectors, scholars, students, and researchers in the field. The first three conferences had been held in the United States (2000), Hong Kong (2003), and Singapore (2005) respectively. This is the first in the series to be held in China.

For the participants and themes in our past conferences, please go to:



Below are some suggested themes and topics. Interested presenters are more than welcome to propose their own topics.

For a more complete list of Research and Documentation themes, please see
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We strongly encourage interested participants to form their own panels.
For those interested,

please go to the website or write to koh@ohio.edu for the panel proposal forms.

Research Themes (selected)

China and the Chinese Overseas; Homelands, Memory, Genealogies; Migration; Business, Trade and Entrepreneurship; Food; Education; Language; Religions Gender; Media; Nation and Ethnicity; Chinatowns; Social Organizations; Chinese Overseas and the Cold War; International relations and the Chinese Overseas etc

Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Themes (Selected)

Specialized Primary Sources; Genealogies; Major Repositories and Collections; Collection Development; Digitizing Projects; Database-building; Documenting the Internet and non-print media; Indexing, Cataloging Issues; Access to Collections; Public Outreach; Exhibitions; Museums

CONFERENCE WEBSITE (English) (Simplified Chinese)

Abstract forms:

Registration forms:


For more information on the organizing bodies, please see the following



Dr. Shao You-Bao Overseas Chinese Documentation Center:
Jinan University Libraries

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our conference.

Posted by zzhu at December 4, 2008 02:56 PM