Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Initiated in 2010,the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities brings together current graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in the humanistic disciplines.

The conference provides a window into current research in Chinese studies, and serves as a platform for fostering interaction among budding scholars of geographically disparate institutions, facilitating their exchange of ideas and interests. Specifically, the organizing committee hopes that this conference will encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Each year the conference also features a keynote address from a prominent Chinese studies scholar, chosen by the student organizing committee.

Applications are due in the fall of each year for the conference taking place the following spring. Currently-enrolled graduate students at any institution are encouraged to apply. Conference registration is free. Presenters will be provided with shared lodging, Friday dinner, and Saturday lunch. Partial travel assistance available.

2016 Keynote Speaker:
Carlos Rojas
Associate Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, Women's Studies,
and Arts of the Moving Image, and DGS
Duke University


Proposals/bios due: November 16, 2015
(5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance by: December 11, 2015
Full papers due: March 31, 2016
Conference: April 15-16, 2016

The application period for the 2016 conference is now over.
Submissions for the 2017 conference will be accepted beginning in late-Summer 2016.


2016 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)
2015 Conference schedule (Stanford)
2014 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)
2013 Conference schedule (Stanford)
2012 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)
2011 Conference schedule (Stanford)
2010 Conference schedule (U.C. Berkeley)


Weihong Bao, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures & Film and Media Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Alexander Cook, Assistant Professor, History, University of California, Berkeley
Andrew Jones, Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
Haiyan Lee, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Jean Ma, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University
Jason McGrath, Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Minnesota
Thomas S. Mullaney, Associate Professor, History, Stanford University
Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University


2014--Julia Keblinska, Larissa Pitts (UC Berkeley);
           Eldon Pei, Renren Yang (Stanford)
2013--Christine Ho, Yvon Wang (Stanford);
           Lawrence Zi-qiao Yang, Paulina Hartono (UC Berkeley)
2012--Peiting Li, Evelyn Shih (UC Berkeley);
           Lauren Eidel Parker, Anna Pawlowski (Stanford)
2011--Fang Xie, Chenshu Zhou (Stanford);
           Laurence Coderre, Menghsin Cindy Horng (UC Berkeley)
2010--Jeannette Ng, Liu Xiao (UC Berkeley);
           Adrian Thieret, Zhang Yu (Stanford)