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December 12, 2013

The best of Fall 2013!

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CCS/UM-China in the spotlight:

1. A critical gift at a critical time: Read all about Rich and Susan Rogel's US$10-million gift to CCS here, including Chinese media coverage.

2. CCS faculty associates are highly sought after for their expertise on China's past and present. CCS director Mary Gallagher comments on the key messages of the communique released after the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. Emily Wilcox's teaching methods are featured in a piece for the Chinese-language edition of the New York Times. Nicholas Howson analyzes the legal risks and uncertainty of the Shanghai Free-trade Zone. And having just published a groundbreaking dictionary of Buddhism, Donald Lopez and his co-author take up the 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism. And much more!

3. CCS graduate student affiliate Michael Opper and faculty associates Benjamin Brose and San Duanmu receive prestigious Fulbright grants to further their respective research on China.

4. We invite you to like the Center for Chinese Studies on Facebook.

A fond look back at just a few events this term:

5.Tuesday, December 3 - A large crowd helped us welcome back alumnus Damien Ma (MA '06), who discussed his new book In Line Behind a Billion People: How Scarcity Will Define China's Ascent. A reception and book-signing followed.

6. All eyes on Chinese independent films! On Saturday, November 16, the CCS Chinese Documentary Film Series presented Qiu Jiongjiong (邱炯炯)'s "My Mother's Rhapsody (萱堂闲话录)." Watch the trailer here. Two days after that, on Monday, November 18, CCS brought the action to the historic Michigan Theater, where a screening of "Stratum 1: The Visitors (地层1:来客)" took place following a reception in honor of the director of the film. And the next day, Tuesday, November 19: the Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series offered up even more ruminations on independent film in China.

7. On Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, many enthusiastic scholars and students participated in the CCS Annual Conference, the theme of which was "Socialist Culture in China Reconsidered."

'Tis the season for even more opportunities!

8. What's left of December 2013: Reading Communities and the Circulation of Print: Australia, China, and Britain in the 19th century - proposals are due December 15; Postdoctoral Fellowship in Silk Road Studies at Georgetown University - applications are due December 31.

9. January 2014: Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference at University of Hawaii at Manoa - papers are accepted through January 8; The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward - individual paper and panel proposal submissions are accepted through January 10; Association for Asian Performance (AAP) emerging scholars panel - deadline for submissions is January 15; UBC/UW Graduate Student Conference on Changing Vistas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Asia Pacific - abstracts must be received by January 15.

10. Skipping to March 2014: A panel on ecology and landscape in Asian literature and film at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention - proposals are accepted by March 1; Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast 2013 Conference - submission deadline is March 15.

Posted by zzhu at 11:00 PM

Call For Papers: The 9th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies

The 9th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies
Guiyang, China
Date: July 5 - 6, 2014

Since its establishment in 2004, the Consortium for Western China Development Studies has organized eight conferences on various issues concerning the development of western China. The initial conference held in Chengdu in 2004 directed the attention “Towards a New Paradigm for Developing Western China: Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Development and Globalization.” The seven follow-up conferences continued to discuss issues of the region’s development and, at the same time, envisaged further issues—like the topic of sustainable and rural development (Yinchuan 2005), regional anti-poverty actions (Chengdu 2006), the construction of harmonious society in poverty-stricken areas (Guiyang 2007), the assessment of development processes in western China (Xi’an 2008), retrospect and future prospects (Lanzhou 2009), “Ten Years of Western China Development" (Chengdu 2010) , as well as whether the experiences of “vulnerability and sustainability of Western China Development” (Chengdu 2013) had been served as a model for regional development in China. The conferences have gained great support from the Office of Western China Development, State Council, and from Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University, a Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has been a frequent participant of the conferences.

During the past ten years societies on the Western China have witnessed tremendous changes and transformations. In-depth analysis makes clear that a variety of internal (e.g. demography) and external influences (world market integration, global climate change) initiated or helped initiate such changes, with diverse groups being both agents and “victims” of processes that shape the dimension of their vulnerability or resilience. New risks and opportunities contribute to aggravate or mitigate the consequences of such processes, and together with political interventions decide about “households” and “social groups” adaptive capacity. The issue of sustainability, or sustainable development, is a problem that cannot be discussed for peoples in general. Rather it is an issue that must be considered in regional contexts, if not at individual household levels. Here, of course, also starts the problem of state interventions that more often than not want to deliver general solutions to complex problems. They are often reduced to issues of “poverty reduction”, thus, development is often misunderstood as mere programmes to fight poverty. Therefore, it is necessary to debate problems of eco-civilization and urban new districts construction in Western China.

Guizhou University of Finance and Economics, in association with The Consortium for Western China Development Studies, The Western China Development Committee of Regional Science Association of China, and The Chinese Economists Society, is much honored to host the The 9th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies in Guiyang, China from 5th July to 6th July 2014. It is with great pleasure that we now extend this invitation for conference papers.

Theme and Panels:
The theme of conference: Eco-civilization and urban new districts construction in Western China Development

Tentative Panels:
1. The strategy and policy analysis of going and trying beforehand for the construction of urban new districts in Western China development
2. Typical development pattern and path of urban new district in the west
3. Comparison of urban new district and test area construction of eastern and western China
4. The construction of city complex and tourism complex of western China
5. The inland open and interactive cooperation demonstration zone construction of eastern and western China
6. The new-type industrialization, new urbanization and ecological civilization of urban new districts in Western China
7. Mountain urbanization and agricultural modernization of urban new districts in Western China
8. Local characteristic resources development of urban new districts in Western China
9. The construction of urban new districts and western underdeveloped area synchronous well-off in 2020
10. The construction of urban new districts and urban eco-tourism
11. Overtaking method and development path of tourism industry in under-developed area
12. Pro-poor tourism and tourism transition in under-developed area of Western China
13. Protection and development of tourism resources in the process of urbanization in the Western China
14. Research and collaborative innovation of inland open, urban new district construction and poverty reduction of destitute areas
15. Anti-poverty, eco-civilization and international regional cooperation

The final panels will be arranged based on the papers received. Experts and specialists are highly encouraged to initiate and to organize new panels based their expertise and fields.

Abstract Submission:
Interested participants, including specialists, scholars, government officials, entrepreneurs, PhD candidates, and representatives of other organizations, should send an abstract of no longer than 300 words to the Program Committee at along with the name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the author(s), or use the online submission form at http://china-ces.org/Conferences/ConferenceDefault.aspx?ID=38. The Paper Review Committee will screen all the papers and will send you a notification of paper acceptance, together with an invitation letter. Confirmed participants should submit a completed paper in time.

1. Distribute the previous conference proceedings upon the conference
2. Edit and publish a new proceeding
3. Recommend the selected papers to several peer-review journals for publication.

Important Dates:
April 30, 2014 - Deadline for abstracts
May 10, 2014 - Notification of paper acceptance
June 30, 2014 - Deadline for full paper

Registration Fee for the Conference:
Registration before May 31, 2014: RMB600 (USD100)
Registration after May 31, 2014: RMB800 (USD130)
Full-time student: RMB300 (USD50)

Contact Information:

China Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
Prof. Minghong Yang
The Institute of Social Development & Western China Development Studies, Sichuan University
P.O. Box 391, Wuhou District, Chengdu 610065, P. R. China
Email: westchina2014[at]umich[dot]edu
TEL: +86-28-8540-6801

U.S. Office:
The Consortium for Western China Development Studies
Dr. Shuming Bao
China Data Center, University of Michigan
1007 E Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1690, U.S.A
TEL: +1-734-647-9610
Email: westchina2014[at]umich[dot]edu

The Local Organizer Office:
Professor Shao-lun Zeng and Dr. Bei-ming Hu
Research Institute of Gui-An New District and Research Institute of Guizhou Tourism Economics and Management, Guizhou University of Finance and Economics
Huaxi District, Guiyang 550025, China
TEL: +86-851-851-0773
Email: westchina2014[at]umich[dot]edu

Web: http://china-ces.org/Conferences/ConferenceDefault.aspx?ID=38

Posted by zzhu at 10:05 PM

December 05, 2013

Xi Jinping's Strategy and Prospects

Speaker: Kenneth Lieberthal, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, John L. Thornton China Center, The Brookings Institution
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time: 2:00PM
Location: Room 1636 School of Social Work Building, 1080 S. University
Free and open to the public.

Posted by zzhu at 04:00 PM

New Project on "Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society"

December 4, 2013

The Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/crcs) and the China Data Center at the University of Michigan (http://chinadatacenter.org) are pleased to announce the project “Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society" supported by a three-year, $400,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

The project is an extension of a project on the spatial study of Chinese Christianity, which was supported by a prior Luce Foundation grant of $300,000 from 2011 to 2014. The new project will expand the current research on Chinese Christianity to the study of Buddhism, Islam, and Taoism in mainland China.

The project will 1) develop the global research and data collaboration on the study of Chinese religions; 2) provide effective spatial information technology in support of interested global users; 3) promote empirical, qualitative, and quantitative research on Chinese religions; 4) enhance Americans’ knowledge and understanding of Chinese religious studies; 5) educate the general public about Chinese religions; and 6) explore and facilitate international research, teaching, learning, and training collaborations on the social scientific study of religions.

Specifically, the project will 1) complete, validate, and enter spatial data on Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist, Islamic and Taoist sites into an online system; 2) develop an online spatial information explorer which will be accessible to the public, useful to professionals, and valuable to academics teaching about Chinese religions; 3) conduct theory-driven and empirical studies using the spatial data and online system; and 4) use these studies as exemplars for the training of professionals and researchers.

The project is directed by Dr. Z. George Hong (Professor of History at Purdue University Calumet and Co-Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University), Dr. Fenggang Yang (Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University and President-elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2013-2016), and Dr. Shuming Bao (Director of the China Data Center at the University of Michigan).

For more details, please visit http://religioninchina.org/default.aspx or contact director[at]ReligionInChina[dot]org.

Posted by zzhu at 07:04 AM

December 04, 2013

Call for papers: Ecology and landscape panel

Call for Papers for RMMLA 2014 Panel
“Asian Comparative Literature and Film"
Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention
October 9-11, 2014 in Boise, Idaho

Ecology and Landscape in Asian Literature and Film

Co-Chaired by Xinmin Liu, Washington State University, and Géraldine Fiss, University of Southern California

Faced with ecological change and disasters of an unprecedented scale, critical thinkers around the world are re-evaluating the relationship between “Mother Nature” and human beings. How are our views of nature, and the symbiosis between human beings and the natural world, changing and evolving? Should we regard non-human nature as “passive” material objects or as “agential” beings with which we share an equal partnership? If we do share agency with the non-human world, how do we reconfigure our role in it?

This panel explores these eco-critical considerations in the context of Asian ecological writings with a special focus on landscape. For instance, fictional and cinematic texts on the catastrophic aftermath of the recent tsunami, earthquake and typhoon in Asia soberly reflect on the shifted and altered interactions between the human and non-human worlds. Other authors and film-makers engage time-honored Asian cosmologies, philosophies and ethics to propose alternative possibilities of ecological well-being and land-human relationships.

We welcome original papers that examine any aspect of the broad topic of ecology and human/natural landscape in the Asian context in any period of the early modern, modern or contemporary era. We also welcome cross-cultural and non-Asian critical perspectives in a comparative context. Please submit a proposal of 250 words and a brief bio to Xinmin Liu (xinmin[dot]liu[at]wsu[dot]edu) or Géraldine Fiss (gfiss[at]usc[dot]edu) by March 1, 2014. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent out on or before March 31, 2014.


Posted by zzhu at 10:37 AM

Call for Papers: ASPAC 2014 Conference

Conference: Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) 2014
Venue: Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA
Conference Dates: June 20-22, 2013
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2014

Students are encouraged to participate and submit a paper for the
Esterline Prize .

ASPAC welcomes papers and panels related to Asian Studies from all disciplines and encourages inter/multidisciplinary papers and panels.

For more details, please visit: http://www.wwu.edu/eas/ASPAC_conf.shtml

Contact Kristen.Parris[at]wwu[dot]edu

Posted by zzhu at 10:34 AM

Call for Papers: Translation and interpreting symposium

The forthcoming 5th International Symposium for Young Researchers in Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies and East Asian Studies, which will take place on July 4, 2014 at the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

The Fifth Symposium for Young Researchers is aimed at students who recently began their research, master students, doctoral students, and students who have recently completed their PhD theses. The objective of the symposium is to provide a scientific forum within which the next generation of researchers can exchange ideas and present the research they are carrying out in the field of Translation, Interpreting, Intercultural Studies and East Asian Studies.

Papers are welcomed on topics relating to the research interests of the Department of Translation and Interpreting. These include:

Translation and Interpreting
* Specialized translation
* Literary translation
* Audiovisual translation and media accessibility
* Interpreting
* Information and communication technologies in translation
* Translator and interpreter training
* History of translation and interpreting
* Interculturality, ideology and the sociology of translation and
* Textuality and translation
* Cognitive studies in translation and interpreting
* Professional aspects of translation and interpreting
* Empirical research in translation and interpreting

East Asian Studies
* East Asian languages and literatures
* Politics and international relations in East Asia
* Culture, thought, and interculturality in East Asia
* Economy of East Asia

The languages of the symposium are Catalan, Spanish and English.

For more information:


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