The full website for the China Road conference is now up, with the deadline for panel and paper proposals on 1 May, 2016. See the website for registration, travel and accommodation suggestions.

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The China Road conference is sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the University of Newcastle, Australia.

When 13 to 15 August 2016

Where Noah’s on the Beach Hotel, Cnr Shortland Esplanade & Zaara Street, Newcastle, NSW, Australia



Deadline: panel and paper proposals for The China Road international conference due 1 May 2016.

We invite paper and panel proposals for the first China Road international conference in the Southern Hemisphere.

The China Road has a number of levels of meaning. It concerns China’s distinct path in the modern world, a path that has also been called the ‘Beijing Consensus’ and ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’, with deep historical roots and a broad basis in reality. It also refers to the new ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, which seeks to revitalise countries along and around the old Silk Road – a revitalisation that includes economic, cultural, social and educational dimensions. These levels of meaning continue to generate significant debate and discussion: is China’s path distinct? If so, what are the features of this path? What role does China’s distant and recent history play in such a path?

In this light, the conference will examine the China Road from a range of perspectives. These include philosophy, Marxism, economics, politics, society, education, culture, different forms of democracy, and international relations in the Asian Century. With an eye on past and present, the conference will also examine possible future developments. It will be undertaken in a supportive environment, seeking insight, understanding and constructive criticism.

The conference will involve keynote speakers and delegates from China and around the world giving panel and paper presentations.


The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will send a significant number of leading Chinese scholars to participate in the conference. These scholars will be chosen on the basis of a nationwide search.


Panel proposals should include a panel title, rationale, list of presenters (up to four), abstracts for each presentation.

Paper proposals should include a title, abstract of up to 200 words, name of presenter and location.

NOTE: the deadline for panel and paper proposals is 1 May 2016.

Participants whose proposals are accepted will be required to register at the time for the conference.