2019 SEA International Young Scholars Conference

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2019 SEA International Young Scholars Conference


The 1st “Sinophone Studies in Europe and the Americas” (SEA) International Young Scholars Conference Call for Abstracts is now open.

We are pleased to announce this Call for Abstracts for the oncoming 1st SEA International Young Scholars Conference.

This call is open to every graduate student, Ph. D. candidate and postdoc with a research interest in the fields of Sinophone and Chinese studies. We want to encourage the development of new research topics and approaches to these fields, as well as to promote dialogue and collaboration between young scholars from Europe, the Americas and Asia.


  • To submit an abstract, the following criteria must be met:
  • Submitter should be Post-doctoral researcher, Ph. D. candidate or Master degree student.
  • Abstract and full paper can be written in English or Chinese. If written in Chinese, the submitter will need to provide a briefing of the full paper in English. Presentations in Chinese are preferable, but not required.
  • Research and/or studies must fit into one of the Core Topics:
    • Perspectives on Transcultural Thinking
    • Psychology and Society in the Sinophone Contexts
    • Religion and Culture in the Sinophone Contexts

Key Infos

  • Date: 19th-21st November 2019
  • Venue: On Campus of National Chengchi University in Taiwan
  • Submission link: https://reurl.cc/71KRD
  • Contact E-mail: info@nccuccs.com

Important dates

  • Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30th August 2019
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 10th September 2019
  • Submission of Full Paper: 4th November 2019

Confirmation Notice

You will receive a confirmation email if your abstract is received. After the review by CCS, authors will be notified about results by 10th September 2019. If the abstract is accepted, the author will need to submit full paper before 4th November 2019. Airfare reimbursement and accommodation will be provided for accepted applicants.

General Introduction

Research Center for Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan (CCS) will be holding the 2019 “Sinophone Studies in Europe and the Americas”(SEA) International Young Scholars Conference at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, November 19-21, 2019. The conference invites both critical scholarship and creative writing in various field of Sinophone studies.

Contemporary research in the field of Sinophone studies faces a double challenge: on the one hand, scholars need to develop critical approaches to understand the increasingly global dimension of the Sinophone culture; on the other hand, international scholarship needs to become aware of the relevance of Sinophone perspectives on global problems.

We believe that a global approach to Sinophone studies requires a spirit of international cooperation that should be fostered from the early stages of academic careers. Therefore, we invite doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in Sinology, Sinophone and East-Asian studies from Europe and the Americas to come to Taiwan and discuss different research approaches with their Taiwanese counterparts. We hope to provide an opportunity to discover new research horizons and to develop international approaches to transcultural and interdisciplinary research.

We call for contributions in different fields of Sinology and Sinophone studies relating to the following topics:

1. Perspectives on Transcultural Thinking; 2. Psychology and Society in the Sinophone Contexts, and 3. Religion and Culture in the Sinophone Contexts.

Details of Core Topics

Perspectives on Transcultural Thinking

From philosophy to literature and the arts, the development of transcultural ways of thinking constitutes a keystone of research in fields traditionally included under the category of the Humanities. Transculturality is both an open, critical and non essentialist attitude toward academic research, and the starting point of any scholarship dealing with the contemporary Sinophone world, where to think means already to think in translation, not only in the crossroads between East and West, but also by acknowledging the cultural heterogeneity of the East.

We invite papers addressing the problem of transcultural thinking in China and the Sinophone world, or developing transcultural perspectives of their own, in different fields such as Philosophy, Literature, History, Languages and the Arts.

Psychology and Society in the Sinophone Contexts:

The fast-developing modern Western civilization has brought forth cultural lag and influenced different fields of Chinese-speaking societies. The challenges of globalization do not only concern Chinese-speaking societies but also the Western world. These battles include same-sex marriage, decline in the number of children, aging of population, long-term care, and so on, affecting intergenerational transmission of family values and individual achievement. Besides, the rise of global mobility is pressing us to accept new immigrants and think how to build a multicultural community. As we pursue economic development, increasingly extreme weather is compelling us to accept the scarcity of resources, think about the sustaining capacity of our ecosystem, and take into consideration the needs of the future generations. Such is the mission of eco-conservation.

It is necessary to exchange experiences between Chinese-speaking societies and the West, furthermore, to find out how the thinking patterns and cultural ressources of Sinophone societies can contribute to the global humanity as a whole.

Religion and Culture in the Sinophone Contexts:

Based on textual analyses and fieldwork in Sinophone countries and Sinophone communities around the globe, scholars have long studied Chinese religion. Faced with the resurgence of religion and moreover shaped by a clash of civilizations and the rise of fundamentalism, Sinophone religions have simultaneous held on to their traditions and found new ways of cultural expression. Sinophone societies or communities, which are known for valuing interpersonal relationships, have found distinct ways of expressing a range of religious beliefs and Chinese religions, which in their teachings focus on the human world and harmonious, inclusive societies, are generally met with approval in a global context. It is the aim of this Conference that contributions to this topic may explore the relationship of Sinophone culture and religion and to bring together scholars from different backgrounds, both geographically and methodologically, to further our understanding of religious production of culture.