Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Premodern Chinese Humanities

DATES: Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, 2019

PLACE: IEAS Conference Room, 1995 University Avenue

SPONSORS: Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley
Stanford Center for East Asian Studies


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Initiated in 2014, the annual Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities brings together graduate students from around the country and around the world who specialize in the pre-modern period to discuss innovative research on China.

The conference, alternating sites each year between Stanford and Berkeley, features up to fourteen competitively-selected graduate student presentations of original research on any aspect of pre-modern (technically, beginnings to 1911) Chinese humanistic culture, drawing on but not limited to the traditional disciplines of history, literature, religion, art, social sciences, and thought. We encourage proposals that explore new methodologies and critical perspectives, utilize recent developments in digital technology, or either reconfigure or cross disciplinary boundaries.

Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, dinner on Friday, andóbecause the conference will last two full daysólunch both Friday and Saturday. There is limited partial funding assistance for those who cannot find their own funding.

Each conference has benefited from the presence of international students, as well as domestic.

Download the conference program here. (Updated 3/25/19.)

Faculty Organizers

  • Paula Varsano, Associate Professor
    Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
  • Michael Nylan, Professor
    Department of History, UC Berkeley
  • Ron Egan, Professor
    Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford
  • Yiqun Zhou, Associate Professor
    Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford

Student Organizers

  • Trenton Wilson (trenton.wilson@gmail.com)
  • Lucia Tang (lqtang@berkeley.edu)
  • Yunxin Li (yunxinli@stanford.edu)
  • Likun Yang (lkyang@stanford.edu)


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You will need to upload your abstract (max. 500 words, 12 pt. font, 1.5-spaced lines) and a short bio
(not a full CV) as a one-page document.

For the abstract, include:

  • Author Name
  • Main Title
  • Subtitle (optional)
  • Keywords
  • Abstract

The short bio must be no more than one quarter of a page.

Papers will be selected by a joint faculty-student committee of China specialists at the two institutions.
Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers.

Applicants are welcome to present papers associated with ongoing or projected dissertation research,
but the papers need not be generated by thesis work.

Please address all inquiries regarding logistics to
Ms. Xiaojie Ma,
Program Director of the Center for Chinese Studies

and all other inquiries to Berkeley organizers,
Prof. Paula Varsano (pvarsano@berkeley.edu) or
Prof. Michael Nylan (mnylan@berkeley.edu).


Proposals/bios December 2, 2018
(5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance January 22, 2019
Full papers March 15, 2019
Conference April 5-6, 2019



Download the conference program here. (Updated 3/25/19.)



The Institute of East Asian Studies is located on the fifth floor of 1995 University Avenue — two blocks west of the University Avenue entrance to campus at the intersection of Milvia Street and University Avenue. The building is three blocks from BART and also has a public parking garage which is accessed off Bonita Street.

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