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March 02, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS: The 13th OYCF Annual Conference

The 13th OYCF Annual Conference
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617
May 14-15, 2011

Debating the China Model
After a three-decade streak of double-digit GDP growth, China has surpassed Japan to become the second largest economy in the world. Its ascendency seems to have defied a lot of the theories and assumptions in Western scholarship, such as the dichotomy between communism and capitalism, democracy and autocracy, the state and the market. What exactly is the China model, if there is indeed one? What does it mean for the global political and economic order? Can it be modeled after by other developing countries? Does China’s case provide any ground for reframing the dominant discourse of development and globalization informed largely by neoliberalism? Funded by St. Lawrence University’s Freeman Grant, the 2011 Overseas Young Chinese Forum Annual Conference aims at gathering scholars across disciplines and countries to discuss these issues from diverse perspectives.

The Conference Organizing Committee welcomes submissions related to the conference’s theme either as individual papers (only a 1-2-page abstract) or wholly constituted panels (with names and affiliations of all presenters) along with each author’s brief CV (professional experience and/or publications). The conference is bi-lingual, so papers can be written and delivered in either English or Chinese, although English is preferred. If Chinese is the chosen language,
please also include a brief English translation in your presentation. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

- What is the China model?
- The social and ecological cost of the China model
- Comparing the China model with other developmental strategies (such as the East Asian model and the Latin American model)
- China’s role on the global stage (outward investment in Africa, Australia, Latin America, etc., and the building of its soft power)
- The Beijing Consensus vs. the Washington Consensus

Please send your submissions to oycf2011@gmail.com by March 20. A notification of acceptance will be sent by April 3. Once selected, presenters’ board and lodging will be covered and travel expenses will be subsidized up to $400.

The OYCF will publish a summary of the conference panels and selected papers on its electronic journal “Perspectives: China and the World.” Information about past OYCF conferences can be found at http://oycf.org/Retreats/retreat.htm.

The Overseas Young Chinese Forum (OYCF) is a self-governing non-profit organization established in 1999 to provide a forum to discuss issues related to China’s development and to explore solutions. Among other activities, OYCF sponsors teaching and research in China, publishes an on-line journal (Perspectives: China and the World), organizes local discussion groups, publishes book series, and holds a conference each year. OYCF’s annual conference is increasingly becoming a major forum for China-related studies. For more information about OYCF, please visit the organization’s website: www.oycf.org.

St. Lawrence University (SLU) is a liberal arts college of inspiring faculty, serious students, and accomplished alumni, guided by tradition and focused on the future. Founded in 1856, it is ideally located in the St. Lawrence River Valley in Canton, upstate New York, close to the Adirondacks and Canada. Among St. Lawrence's distinguished alumni are communications magnate and diplomat Owen D.
Young, for whom the Young Plan for European war reparations was named; Olympia Brown, the first woman in U.S. history to be ordained a minister; author Lorrie Moore; United States Senator Susan Collins; and actors Kirk Douglas and Viggo Mortensen. For more information about SLU, please visit its website: www.stlawu.edu. For more information about the Asian Studies program at SLU, please visit

Posted by zzhu at March 2, 2011 04:22 PM