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Center for the Study of Contemporary China Annual Conference 
Cultivating Connections: Navigating Contemporary China Studies as a Collective

The Fifth Anniversary of the CSCC
November 3 and 4, 2023

Conference Location: 

  • AB 2103 (Morning and Afternoon of November 3, Morning of November 4)
  • The Once Restaurant (Afternoon of November 4) *A shuttle service will be provided for transportation to the restaurant.

Day #1: Friday, November 3

8:30am-9:00am: Opening Remarks

  • Xin Li, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Duke Kunshan University
  • Melanie Manion, CSCC Founding Director, Vor Broker Family Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Duke University
  • Yu Wang, CSCC Founding Faculty Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Duke Kunshan University

9:00am-10:00am: Keynote Speech

Dr. Dandan Chen, Professor of History, Farmingdale State College, State University of New York

Introduced by Dr. Qian Zhu

Temporality and Spatiality: “Global Jiangnan” as Theoretical and Historical Framework

10:15am-11:00am: Governing China Cluster

Lead: Coraline Goron; Co-Leads: Annemieke van den Dool, Fangsheng Zhu

Exploring the Dynamics of Governance: Insights from the ‘Governing China’ Cluster

11:15am-12:00pm: Care and Gender Cluster

Leads: Nellie Chu, Mengqi Wang, Yu Wang

Redefining Care and Gender: Interdisciplinary Insights and Empowering Narratives

12:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch Break (Lunch Boxes Provided, AB University Dining Area)

2:00pm-2:45pm: Student Poster Exhibit

Presenters: Chloe Alimurong, Hanyang Zhou, Jialin Li, Weijia Zhang, Siyuan Wang, Yihan Chen et al., Chengxi Yin et al., Shiyu Xiong et al., Yutong Quan et al., Lingyu He, Wanlin Deng

3:00pm-3:45pm: Meanings, Identities, and Communities Cluster

Leads: Megan Rogers, Ben Van Overmeire, Keping Wu

Chinese City Soundscapes: Documenting Live Music Scenes in Kunshan and Suzhou (by Andrew Field, and Xinzhe Jiang, Yufei Li, and Qingyuan Zhang)

4:00pm-4:45pm: Citizens and Representation Cluster

Leads: Jiahua Yue, Andrew MacDonald, Jason Todd

Surveying Citizens and States

5:00pm-5:45pm: China and the Global South Cluster

Leads: Yuan Wang, Pippa Morgan, David Landry

Embracing Diversity and Engaging Perspectives: Exploring China and the Global South

Day #2: Saturday, November 4

Morning: AB 2103

8:30am-9:00am: Opening Remarks

  • Prasenjit Duara, Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Institute, Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies, Duke University
  • Ralph Litzinger, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
  • Keping Wu, Former CSCC Co-Director, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

9:00am-9:45am: China Images & Stories Cluster

Leads: Kaley Clements, Cici Cheng, Binbin Li

China Images and Stories Cluster: Research and Upcoming Events

10:00am-10:45am: Digital Technology and Society Cluster

Lead: Fan Liang

The Use of Digital Data and Tools to Study Chinese Society

11:00am-11:45am: the N Aging and Care Initiative

Lead: Baozhen Luo-Hermanson; Co-Lead: Meifang Chen

Putting Care in the Front and Center of Discourses on Aging in China: Integrating Research, Professional Practice, and Policy-Making

2:00pm-5:30pm: Afternoon Social@The Once Restaurant

  • Outdoor Activities
  • Award Ceremony
  • Facilitated Discussion—The Art of Being the “China Center within China”

*The Once Restaurant : 星期九有次Once西餐厅,  Yingbin Xi Rd. No.2999.

 Family members/partners/children are all welcome! Register your group for the Once Restaurant here: