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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

China in Contemporary International Relations:

 

Beyond the Boundaries of Western and Non-Western Intellectual Traditions

 

Organizers:
Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, SWPS University
Department of Regional and Global Studies, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw


SWPS University’s Department of Asian Studies and the Department of Regional and Global Studies, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw have a pleasure to invite all interested parties to an upcoming conference focused on China in Contemporary International Relations. Currently, we are accepting paper proposals and are looking forward to receiving interesting multidisciplinary submissions.

June 23-24, 2022
Hybrid format

Call for Papers

The rise of China and its impact on international affairs have been the focus of numerous publications and academic debates around the world. This Conference seeks to move this discussion beyond the intellectual boundaries of well-established theories and mainstream academic discourse. The assessment of Chinese influence on the international system and China’s potential status as a global hegemon calls for inclusive, multidisciplinary approaches. It also requires examining China’s international behaviour in the light of its cultural heritage.

We would like to propose the following research questions:

  1. How far do Chinese political traditions determine the decision-making process in the P.R.C.?
  2. What are the domestic and global determinants of China’s contemporary international strategy and foreign policy?
  3. How can China’s approach towards international rules and institutions be interpreted through Western and non-Western intellectual traditions?
  4. What are the consequences of China’s rise for liberal democracies and the liberal world order?
  5. What are the major mutual perceptions of China and the West in international political discourse?
  6. What are the patterns of China’s current bilateral relations with other international players?

Submission Formats

We invite scholars in China Studies and IR to contribute to an interdisciplinary discussion on the role of China in international relations. We welcome papers presenting various perspectives of global academic discourse relating to the above-mentioned research questions.

  • Individual research paper – an individual research presentation on any topic that relates to one of the research questions listed above. The abstract should not exceed 250 words, and the presentation should fit into a 20-minute address.
  • Panel – a group of four or five scholars led by a moderator to discuss a specific topic relating to one of the research questions listed above that will result in one or more papers. A paper proposal should not exceed 300 words and the whole discussion, inclusive of individual presentations, should not exceed 120 minutes.
  • Roundtable – an opportunity for a group of scholars to discuss a particular issue in depth relating to one of the research questions listed above without the constraints of having to present a paper. A roundtable submission described in no more than 300 words should include a minimum of five participants and a chair.

Submission Review Process

All submissions of individual papers, panels and roundtable proposals will be peer reviewed by the Conference Scientific Committee. Working in thematic groups, the committee will collect, accept or reject submissions, as well as contact applicants for further discussion should ideas for any new panels arise based on the submissions received.

All applicants will receive a response to their proposals.

Diversity and equal opportunity  – the organizers of the Conference strongly support diversity of gender, ethnicity and career stage and encourage those proposing panels and roundtables to take such values into consideration.

 

Important Dates:

November 30, 2021 – research paper, panel, and roundtable submissions deadline
January 31, 2022 – submission acceptance/rejection announcement
February 28, 2022 – publication of the conference program

Keynote Speakers

Roger Ames

Roger T. Ames – is Humanities Chair Professor at Peking University, Academic Director of the Peking University Berggruen Research Center, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i. He is former editor of Philosophy East & West and founding editor of China Review International. Ames has authored several interpretative studies of Chinese philosophy and culture: Thinking Through Confucius (1987), Anticipating China (1995), Thinking from the Han (1998), and Democracy of the Dead (1999) (all with D.L. Hall), Confucian Role Ethics: A Vocabulary (2011), and most recently Human Becomings: Theorizing ‘Persons’ for Confucian Role Ethics (2021). His publications also include translations of Chinese classics: Sun-tzu: The Art of Warfare (1993); Sun Pin: The Art of Warfare (1996) (with D.C. Lau); the Confucian Analects (1998) and the Chinese Classic of Family Reverence: The Xiaojing (2009) (both with H. Rosemont), Focusing the Familiar: The Zhongyong (2001), and The Daodejing (with D.L. Hall) (2003). Almost all of his publications are now available in Chinese translation, including his philosophical translations of Chinese canonical texts. He has most recently been engaged in compiling the new Sourcebook of Classical Confucian Philosophy with its companion A Conceptual Lexicon of Classical Confucian Philosophy, and in writing articles promoting a conversation between American pragmatism and Confucianism.

Huiyun Feng

Huiyun Feng, Ph.D. – is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University, Australia. She is a former Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at United States Institute of Peace and Co-CI of a three-year MacArthur Foundation project “How China Sees the World”. Her publications appeared in European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, The Pacific Review, International Politics, International Affairs, Cambridge Review of International Studies, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Journal of Contemporary China, etc. She is the author of Chinese Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy Decision-Making: Confucianism, Leadership and War (Routledge, 2007) and co-author of Prospect Theory and Foreign Policy Analysis in the Asia Pacific: Rational Leaders and Risky Behaviour (Routledge, 2013), How China Sees the World: Insights from China’s International Relations Scholars (Palgrave 2019) and Contesting Revisionism: China, the United States, the Transformation of International Order (Oxford University Press, 2021). Her recent co-edited volume is China’s Challenges and International Order Transition: beyond Thucydides’s Trap (University of Michigan Press, 2020).

Conference Format: Hybrid

The conference will be organised in hybrid form, with participants both on-site in Warsaw, and online. If global health situation permits, we strongly suggest for presenters to arrange for a personal visit to Poland. The first day of the Conference will take place at the SWPS University and the second day at the University of Warsaw. 

While you’re in Warsaw

We propose a series of guided activities during your stay at the Conference:

  • Pre-conference morning walk or run (for joggers) through the Royal Lazienki Museum Park
  • Pre-conference Warsaw World War 2 sightseeing walk (Polin Museum and Warsaw Uprising Museum)
  • Pre-conference pub reception and beer tasting
  • Post-conference cultural event.

More details will be provided at a later stage. We will make sure your stay in Poland is not only academically stimulating but it is also a memorable experience with a good time to enjoy together.

Conference Fees:

EUR 110 – Regular fee
EUR 50  – Ph.D. candidates
EUR 25  – Passive participants

Online payments will be processed through this website via a function that will be activated in January 2022. Payment deadlines are as follows:
♦ January 31st to February 28th, 2022 – accepted speakers and panelists
♦ January 31st to May 31st, 2022  – passive participants


Invoices will be issued upon an e-mail request. 

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Edward Haliżak – University of Warsaw
  • Prof. Marcin Jacoby – SWPS University
  • Prof. Jakub Zajączkowski – University of Warsaw
  • Aleksandra Jaskólska - University of Warsaw
  • Marta Tomczak – SWPS University, Polish Academy of Sciences

Organizers

University of Warsaw

SWPS University

 

Date and Location 

June 23-24, 2022, Warsaw, Poland
Hybrid format

Contact

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions on the paper submission process and other queries:
e-mail: chinaconference2022@swps.edu.pl

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