Call for proposals

Soong Translation Studies awards – call for entries

Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards

Stephen C. Soong (1919–1996) was a prolific writer and translator, as well as an active figure in the promotion of translation education and research. To commemorate his contributions in this field, the Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards were set up in 1997 by RCT, with a generous donation from the Soong family. They give recognition to academics who have made contributions to original research in Chinese Translation Studies, particularly in the use of first-hand materials for historical and cultural investigations.

Upcoming: Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards (2015–2016)

I.Call for Entries

RCT invites Chinese scholars or research students in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau or overseas regions to participate the 18th Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards (2015–2016). General regulations are as follows:

II.General regulations

(i)All Chinese scholars or research students affiliated to higher education/research institutes in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau or overseas regions are eligible to apply.

(ii)Submitted articles must be written in either Chinese or English and published in a refereed journal within the calendar year 2015. Each candidate can enter up to two articles for the Awards. The publication date, title and volume/number of the journal in which the article(s) appeared must be provided.

(iii)Up to three articles are selected as winners each year. A certificate and a cheque of HK$3,000 will be awarded for each winning entry.

(iv)The adjudication committee, which consists of renowned scholars in Translation Studies from Greater China, will meet in May 2016. The results will be announced in June 2016 and winners will be notified individually.

(v)Articles submitted will not be returned to the candidates.

(vi)Two new submission mechanisms have been introduced since 2010 to the Stephen C. Soong Translation Studies Memorial Awards. They are:

Nomination: scholars are welcome to nominate outstanding journal articles in the field for the Awards.

Email submission: in addition to mail-in submissions, electronic or scanned journal papers via emails are also accepted.


Entries can be made by email attachment or by post (postmarked on or before the deadline). For email submission, please attach a scanned PDF version of the published article. For postal submission, please provide the original or a photocopy of the journal entry.

Email address:

Postal address: Research Centre for Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong (with "Entry for Awards" marked on the envelope)

All entries should be submitted on or before 29 February 2016. For enquiries, please contact Ms Nicole Zhang ( ).

To read the Chinese version of the above information, please click here.

China’s Propaganda System–cfp

Call for Papers: China’s Propaganda System: Legacies and Enduring Themes
Conference date: 30th June – 1st of July 2016.
Location: University of Kent, United Kingdom

Purpose of the conference:

Propaganda has always been integral to the post-1949 Chinese state. Following the success of the Revolution, the Communist Party of China rapidly took control of all forms of media with the aim of utilising them to further its ambition of creating a new society. The aim of this conference is to investigate both the rationale and implementation of the various forms of propaganda in the Chinese state. We are keen to explore the historical development of propaganda within the People’s Republic. To this end we wish to investigate the way in which media and institutions were used to further ideological objectives and convince the populous of the benefits of the new society that the Party were determined to construct. We are particularly keen to encourage a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, we would welcome a diversity of perspectives from different areas of historical research that share a link with the development of propaganda; for example, art history, photography or film studies. Consequently, topics may include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • The influence of pre-1949 Chinese society on the development of Communist propaganda.
  • The development of propaganda systems and institutions within the state following the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.
  • Media representations of the early stages of the Mao era, 1949-1965.
  • Media representations of the later stages of the Mao era, 1965-1976.
  • The nature of propaganda and its ability to articulate the requirements of the state to its citizenry.
  • Theories of nationalism and social development and their translation into propaganda.
  • International responses to Chinese communist propaganda.
  • Post-Mao era developments in propaganda.

Keynote speakers include Professor Chris Berry, specialist in Chinese cinema, and Yang Pei Ming, curator of the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre.

Doctoral students as well as established scholars are invited to submit an abstract of a maximum 300 words as well as a short CV by the 29th of February 2016. Papers are expected to be maximum 20 minutes in length.

Please address proposals and questions to James Farley, include your name, contact details and institutional affiliation.

This is a repost from Ohio State's MCLC.  Click here to see the original post.

Call for Papers: Asia Unmapped

Asia Unmapped:

Featuring Dr. Kerry Ward (Rice University) as Keynote


The TAGS-C Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the fourth annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, encompassing Asia-related research across a wide range of fields. The aim of this conference is to facilitate greater communication among disciplines, approaching Asia from multiple viewpoints in literature, linguistics, art history, geography, anthropology, political science, religious studies, sociology, history, folklore, gender and women’s studies, performance studies, visual culture studies, and other related fields.  Participants will have a valuable opportunity to share work and receive feedback from peers and professors in the UW system, as well as to gain insight into recent developments in Asia-related research across various disciplines. The "mapping of Asia" is no doubt an enterprise that is fraught with the intertwined histories of colonialism and hypernationalism. Growing out of these colonial pasts, the academic disciplines within 'Asian Studies' as a whole have since become increasingly interested with how exactly we re-imagine our spaces of study, push the bounds of our disciplines, draw parallels across spaces and times, and twist about the foci of bodies and language, in order to better suit our contemporary post-colonial circumstances. "Asia Unmapped" is therefore not necessarily a reference to those parts of Asia that were not "mapped" by colonialism, but rather a reference to the process by which, in the field of Asian Studies, individuals draw connections beyond borders, bounds, and regions.

Submission guidelines:

Interested graduate students may submit an individual or panel proposal. This year, we are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students interested in presenting quality academic papers. Undergraduate proposals should be centered on a well-researched academic project of a senior thesis or honors thesis project caliber.

Proposals for group panels should be submitted in a single email by a designated organizer and should include a 300-word abstract for the panel as a whole in addition to abstracts for each individual paper. 

All proposals should be sent in an email as an attached MS Word file.  They should include title (20 word limit) and abstract (300 word limit).  Do not include your name or affiliation in the MS Word file.  In the body of the email, please include the following information in the following order:  
1) Name and contact information
2) Presentation title (20 words or less)
3) University affiliation
4) General research interests.

The papers themselves should be about 8-9 pages double spaced in 12-point Times font. Those presenting audio-visual or performance projects should submit a 4-5 page discussion of their work. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Submit proposals to:

Submission deadlines:

Abstract Due: December 1, 2015

Acceptance Notification: December 16, 2015

Full paper due: February 5, 2016

Conference Date: 26-28 February, 2016


Questions about the abstract submissions or the conference in general should be directed to:

Michigan-Fudan Collaboration in the Social Sciences: 2015 Progress Report

In order to foster more faculty and student collaboration and exchange between Fudan University (Shanghai, China) and the University of Michigan, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at U-M invites U-M faculty and research scientists to submit proposals for either 1) short-term exploratory travel to Fudan or 2) joint research proposals with Fudan faculty.

Any U-M faculty members and research scientists (not just LRCCS faculty) who would like to apply for this funding can go to the LRCCS website for more information:

Recently, LRCCS received progress reports from some of the 2014 funding recipients:

Examining the Local Management Practices of the Housing Provident Fund Program in Three Selected Chinese Cities
Principal investigators: Lan Deng, U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning; and Qianjin Hao, Fudan University Center for Housing Policy Studies (and Jie Chen, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics).

It seems that due to the concern on the anti-corruption movement, government officials have become reluctant in sharing their work with us. We will work on on this in year two, making good use of the contacts we have already made...

Exploring Design of Mail Surveys in China
Principal investigators: James Lepkowski, U-M School of Public Health and U-M Institute for Social Research; and Chan Zhang, Fudan University School of Journalism.

Overall, we are satisfied with our progress, and we are confident about carrying out the study successfully. We are very excited about this research and the opportunity to contribute to the scientific literature describing mail survey methodology in China, and eventually compare it to findings in the US.

Call for papers: Translators in the Making of Chinese Translation History

The First International Conference on Chinese Translation History

Organized by Research Centre for Translation,
Institute of Chinese Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Date: 17–19 December 2015

Venue: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

Sponsor: Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK

The “International Conference on Chinese Translation History” series aspires to explore Chinese translation history within the bigger framework of world civilization and human thought, and aims to lay groundwork for new models, methods, and perspectives in this innovative interdisciplinary branch of learning through detailed case studies. The conference series will be held every two years, with a different central theme for every conference, and welcomes researchers from across the world to participate.