• Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
  • Venue: Virtual
  • Theme: China and the World: A Re-Examination in the New Global Landscape
  • Organizer:The Xipu Institution (Think Tank), Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China


As a group focusing on contemporary Chinese studies, we are formed by scholars based on or related to the broader Yangtze Delta area. Hence the informal name of this loosely connected group: the Jiangnan (江南) Research Group of Contemporary Chinese Studies, or the Jiangnan School. Since our coming together in 2016, we have successfully held three annual academic conferences, as well as maintaining ongoing discussions and exchanges of speaker series and other forms.

To continue this exciting enterprise under this year’s epidemic-linked circumstances, we now plan to hold the fourth annual conference, online, scheduled for 30 Oct 2020.

The Fourth Jiangnan Conference takes the theme “China and the World: A Re-Examination in the New Global Landscape”. It will be structured around the following three tracks and corresponding themes:

  1. Society, Politics and Economy: Responses, Resilience, and Revitalization
  2. International Relations: Realities and Possibilities
  3. PhD Students Forum

We should note that, the term “Jiangnan” refers to the main region that most of our professional life takes place. But it by no means restricts the geographical or subjective scope of the research or scholarship we engage in. Therefore, colleagues based in any places around the world are welcome to this conference, and by no means should interested colleagues feel their papers should examinetopics related to or about the Yangtze Delta or the Jiangnan area.

Papers (written and delivered in English) falling under any of the topics relevant to the general themes of the conference are welcome. The Individual submissions as well as ideas and proposals for panels are encouraged, on any of the themes and topics below, or on related subjects:

China’s Society, Politics and Economy

  • Local and Grassroots Government
  • State-society Relations
  • Social Stratification and Change
  • Media/Communications
  • Economics/Political Economy
  • Environmental Politics/Policy/Issues
  • Ethnicity, Gender and Identity

China’sInternational Relations

  • China and Global Governance
  • China’s Interaction w/Int’l Institutions
  • China’s Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy
  • China’s Economic Diplomacy
  • China's Regions in Transnational Context
  • China’s Security and Defence Policies
  • Major Power Relations

The Deadline for abstract/proposal submission is September 18, 2020.With notice of acceptance in September2020, the conference programme will be forthcoming.

Possible Outputs:

  • A special issue with Chinese Political Science Review
  • An edited volume with Routledge

Submissions Information:

Please email your paper proposal and/or panel proposal to Dr. Tian HE at XTJLU ( by September 18, 2020, and include the following information:

For Paper Proposals (we prefer papers but will consider work in early stages via PPT):
  • Author/affiliation/title (and co-authors/affiliations/title, if any):
  • Track Selection:
  • Paper Title:
  • Paper Abstract (max. 200 words):
  • Author E-mail Address (co-author email, if any):
  • Research Discipline(s) of researcher(s):
  • Willing to serve as a discussant(Y/N):
For Panel Proposals (minimum three papers, maximum five):
  • Panel Title/Theme:
  • Track Selection:
  • Panel Abstract (max. 200 words):
  • Name/Email address of person submitting panel:
  • Chair (if any now):
  • Discussant (if any now):
  • Paper 1 Author/Affiliation/Title/Email address:
  • Paper 1 Title:
  • Paper 1 Abstract (max. 200 words):
  • Paper 2 Author/Affiliation/Title/Email address:
  • Paper 2 Title:
  • Paper 2 Abstract (max. 200 words):
  • Paper 3 Author/Affiliation/Title/Email address:
  • Paper 3 Title:
  • Paper 3 Abstract (max. 200 words):
  • Etc….
Members of the Organizational Committee
  • Senior AssoProf Yu Song, Director, the XIPU Institution, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China
  • Prof Zhengxu Wang, Distinguished Professor and Deputy Chair, Department of Political Science, Fudan University, China
  • Dr Tian He, Research Fellow, the XIPU Institution, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China
  • Asso Prof Chunrong Liu, School of International Relations & Public Affairs, Fudan University, China
  • Asso Prof Dragan Pavlicevic, Department of China Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China
  • Asso Prof Ceren Ergenc, Department of China Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China
  • Asso Prof Xiang Gao, School of Public Affairs, Zhejiang University, China
  • Prof Ali Cheshmehzangi, Chair, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham (Ningbo), China
  • Prof Yanhua Deng, Department of Sociology, Nanjing University, China
  • Prof Dongya Huang, Chair, Department of Political Science, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
  • Prof Qing Liu, Chair, Department of PoliticalScience, East China Normal University, China
  • Asso Prof Jing Zhan, Department of Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
  • Dr Minglu Chen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government, the University of Sydney, Australia
  • Mr Xiao Alvin Yang, Universität Kassel, Germany and York Centrefor Asian Studies, Canada