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 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

Past Conferences


Cybernationalism in China and the World: Populism, Identity, and Symbolic Politics in the Digital Age

- Virtual Conference

This one-day symposium brings together distinguished scholars from around the world to address important questions about the technological and symbolic aspects of nationalism and populism and their implications for…


Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the World: Technology, Society, and Nations

Mar 19, 2021 - Mar 20, 2021 at -

This virtual, international two-day symposium will examine narratives of COVID-19 in China and the world, considering topics like technology, society, and nations.  This event is co-sponsored by …


Non-western Model: Urban and Rural China in Transition

Mar 5, 2021 - Mar 6, 2021 at - Virtual Event

This two-day event is organized by Urban China Collective at Penn, will focus on China’s opportunities and challenges today from the perspective of urban planning, design, economy, and governance. Please see details…


The Chinese Communist Party at 100: Assessing Its Roles

CSCC 8th Annual Conference

Sep 3, 2020 - Sep 4, 2020 at - Virtual Conference via Zoom

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Penn China Research Symposium

- Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Please join us for this year’s Penn China Research Symposium on Friday, January 31, 2020. The Symposium highlights China-related research from across the University, and this year will address topics including the…


Workshop on Regulatory Policy and Competitive Neutrality

- CSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th St.

1. Background


Security and US-China Relations: Differences, Dangers, and Dilemmas

CSCC 7th Annual Conference

May 2, 2019 - May 3, 2019 at - Silverman Hall 240B, Penn Law School

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Following the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1979, US-China ties have been characterized by…


Courts, Law, and Politics in the United States and Asia

Apr 5, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019 at - Penn Law School--Silverman Hall 240A, 3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Scholars, jurists, and policy-makers in every major jurisdiction in Asia are debating, and sometimes reforming, the selection and appointment of judges, the role of specialized courts, the autonomy and accountability…


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…


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…