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Call for Papers on “Perceptions of China,” AAS/ICAS conference 2011

The panel titles are “Global Representations of China” and “China Sees the World ,” and the papers are to be presented at the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in 2011. The convenor is Qing CAO of John Moores Liverpool University. The conference is being held in Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 March – 3 April 2011. PDFs are linked at the bottom of the email (for posting) and the text is pasted immediately below. Please feel free to post in your department or forward to colleagues who are working on these topics.

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Karen CHRISTENSEN
Berkshire Publishing
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1: “Global Representations of China”
International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 March – 3 April 2011 Images of China have always been complex, fluid, and controversial, and China’s rapid rise in recent years has not led to significant improvement in how the country is perceived abroad, especially in the Western media. Joshua Ramo recently observed that China’s image abroad could become her “strategic threat.” With the continued emergence of China as a global power, especially in the wake of the Olympics and in the context of the current global economic slowdown, it is more important than ever before to improve the understanding between China and the world. With this in mind, the panel “Global Representations of China” examines important factors in the way China is represented, portrayed, and explained, especially in the Western media. Western media is particularly important because popular perceptions of China are largely shaped by the mass media. Popular perceptions in turn influence the actions of government and corporations.
This panel brings together papers that reflect on global representations of China, contemporary and historic. It aims to present critical analysis and to assess key issues that affect the coverage of China, as well as to explore how the representations of China could be improved. We are calling for panellists to present papers that are historical, theoretical, or practical, ideally including specific case studies from any disciplinary areas. We seek varied perspectives on how China is perceived, constructed, and represented to audiences outside China. The panel is most interested in how the image of China is produced and then reproduced through various media. The panel is organised in association with Berkshire Publishing Group which is publishing a series of books on China.
Please send (1) a 150-250 word proposal, with (2) your full name, (3) title, (4) postal address, (5) e-mail, and (6) institutional affiliation for all authors before 29 July to:
Karen Christensen, Panel Chair (through dave@berkshirepublishing.com) CEO, Berkshire Publishing Group and to:
Dr. Qing Cao, Panel Convenor (q.cao@ljmu.ac.uk) Liverpool John Moores University

2: “China Sees the World”
International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 March – 3 April 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, 31 March – 3 April 2011 Since its collision with the West in the early 19th century, China has come under sustained pressure to change itself in order to survive in the modern world. Chinese elites have been deeply divided on the issue of how to meet the challenges posed by the West. Behind the broad consensus about “Chinese learning as essence and Western learning as instrument” (zhongxue weiti, xixue weiyong) lies a shared and deep-seated inclination to rely on China’s indigenous values to see the world. Today, following three decades of economic reform, China is rapidly rising as a global power in the context of a changing international order, and has renewed confidence in its traditional (Confucian) values, boosted by economic performance and a growing role in international affairs. As a result, how China sees the world has become increasingly important.
This panel brings together papers that reflect on Chinese views of the global order and on its self-perception in the contemporary world. It aims to present critical analysis and assessment of such key issues as Chinese worldviews, China’s self-image, and China’s self-promotion. Examples may be traditional ideas of tianxia, tatong world, and its modern variant ‘harmonious world.’ How do these various worldviews relate to the nation-state system? How will Chinese images of itself affect the current transformation of the world order? What role, if any, do these Chinese conceptions play in reshaping the world order? The panel welcomes papers from different theoretical and epistemological backgrounds and diverse perspectives, and from Western and Asian scholars. The panel is organised in association with Berkshire Publishing Group which is publishing a series of books on China.
Please send (1) a 150-250 word proposal, with (2) your full name, (3) title, (4) postal address, (5) e-mail, and (6) institutional affiliation for all authors before 29 July to:
Karen Christensen, Panel Chair (through dave@berkshirepublishing.com) CEO, Berkshire Publishing Group and to:
Dr. Qing Cao, Panel Convenor (q.cao@ljmu.ac.uk) Liverpool John Moores University

Panel 1: Global Representations of China
Panel 2: China Sees the World

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One thought on “Call for Papers on “Perceptions of China,” AAS/ICAS conference 2011

  1. Hello. A friend shared your announcement. Is the conference being held on any college campus in Hawaii?

    Best wishes,

    JL

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