Conferences

Each year, the Center organizes an academic conference focused on topics consistent with the mission to study contemporary China. These annual conferences focus on themes proposed by Penn faculty and will feature leading experts on contemporary China from institutions around the world who will present original research papers and serve as discussants. Conference papers will be revised for publication— in edited volumes, special issues of academic journals, and/or working papers issued by the Center. The CSCC’s Executive Committee will evaluate proposals for organizing each academic year’s annual conference. Penn faculty may submit proposals to cscc-contact@sas.upenn.edu. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis with a decision about the following year’s conference announced no later than April 30. If there is more than one outstanding proposal, or two complementary proposals, the Executive Committee could decide to fund two conferences for consecutive years. It is also possible that less expensive or smaller scale conferences in some years would permit funding more than one.

The conferences, the research that precedes them and the publications that follow them will contribute significantly to the quantity, quality and prominence of Penn-centered research on contemporary China, including especially the research agendas of Penn faculty in the field. Unless special circumstances make it impractical, attendance at the CSCC annual conferences is open to Penn faculty, staff, and students who are encouraged to participate in reading the papers and engaging the authors in the question and answer sessions that will follow the presentations. Penn graduate or advanced undergraduate students who are interested in playing a more active in the conference (e.g., as paper discussants, research assistants serving as rapporteurs, or helping to prepare conference proceedings for dissemination) should contact the CSCC at cscc-contact@sas.upenn.edu

Upcoming Speaker Series



2018

(CANCELLED) Migration, Social Institutions, and Popular Resistance in Rural China

Yao Lu, Associate Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

How does migration shape collective resistance in migrant-sending communities (rural China)? This study integrates perspectives from social movements and migration to develop a framework in which migration…



2018

Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China

Ling Chen, Assistant Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, Rm 100, 133 S. 36th St.

Although China is a global manufacturing titan, the "made in China" model has begun to wane. Starting in the 2000s, China shifted from attracting foreign investment to promoting domestic firms. This shift led…



2018

The Political Beliefs of Chinese Officials

Greg Distelhorst, Mitsubishi Career Development Professor in International Management, MIT
Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, Rm 100, 133 S. 36th St.

What are the stated beliefs of officials in China’s single-party regime? Can they express different views on policy, and if so, do their disagreements reflect deeper ideological orientations? We study these questions…



2018

Contested Cyberspace in Contemporary China

Rongbin Han, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, University of Georgia
CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.



2018

TBD

Ann Harrison, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, Rm 100, 133 S. 36th St.



2018

China’s Automobile Industry

Judith and Marshall Meyer Lectures on China’s Economy
Jie Bai, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics, Rm 100, 133 S. 36th St.



2019

TBD

Edmund Malesky, Professor of Political Science, Duke University



2019

End of an Era: How China's Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise

Carl Minzner, Professor of Law, Fordham University

Cosponsored by the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy



2019

Energy Innovation in China

Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University



2019

TBD

Molly Roberts



2019

Welfare and Poverty in Contemporary China

Qin Gao, Professor of Social Policy and Social Work, Columbia University
Political Science & Economics, Second Floor Forum, 133 S. 36th St.

Past Conferences



2018

Reform and Opening: 40 years and Counting

CSCC 6th Annual Conference

Apr 26, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018 Silverman 147, Penn Law School

Penn China Center's sixth annual conference, scheduled for April 26-27, 2018 will have as its theme “Reform and Opening: 40 years and Counting.” The conference will address China’s 40 years of reform and opening to…



2018

Politics and Policy of East Asia’s Economic Future

A Foreign Policy Research Institute and Woodrow Wilson Center Symposium
Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the most recent, and a highly ambitious, step along a familiar road of international economic liberalization and integration through multilateral trade-plus pacts.  It promised…



2018

2018 Penn Symposium on Contemporary China

https://www.pennchina.org/
Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104



2017

Penn China Education Summit:

Educational Reform and Innovation in Globalized Era
Main Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St

https://pennchinaeducactionsummit.com/

Globalization and Technological Innovation have been transforming the world dramatically. During the past three…



2017

Challenges to Children’s Welfare in Contemporary China

Center for the Study of Contemporary China 5th Annual Conference

Apr 25, 2017 - Apr 26, 2017 Silverman 245, Levy Conference Room, Penn Law School

The 2017 annual conference brings together experts from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to share their views on challenges to children’s welfare in contemporary China. Topics include poverty, nutrition and…



2016

CSCC 4th Annual Conference

The U.S., China, and International Law

Oct 6, 2016 - Oct 7, 2016 Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk

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China’s growing power and deepening engagement in the international system are among…



2015

Comparative Approaches to Regulation in India and China Conferenc

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 Silverman 245A

Leading scholars, policy-makers and practitioners from law and related fields will present their perspectives on topics within the conference theme. Papers will address patterns and challenges of regulation in the…



2015

CSCC 3rd Annual Conference

China in a Changing World
Penn China Center's third annual conference, scheduled for April 30-May 1, 2015 will have as its theme “China in a Changing World.” The conference will address various aspects of an increasingly engaged China’s role in, and its effects on, global affairs in the 21st century. Three panels and twelve papers presented by leading scholars, followed by comments from expert discussants and open Q&A.

Apr 30, 2015 - May 1, 2015 Penn Law School Silverman 245, Levy Conference Room

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2015

China Education Workshop

Organized by Professor Emily Hannum, Department of Sociology
CSCC Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett 345

Session 1: Disparities in Opportunity and Outcome

Session 2: Internet as Informal Education

Session 3: Teachers and Teaching

Session 4: Schools and Socialization