International Conference on Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia: Present and Future

International Conference on Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia: Present and Future 2019-06-04T10:26:12+00:00

Call for Papers

 International Conference on Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia: Present and Future        

6-7 March 2020

Mahidol University, Thailand 

  Co-organized by

The Center for China and Globalizing Asia Studies, Mahidol University


Nanyang Center for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University


China’s economic progress and increased stature in the international arena has become one of the most popular academic topics of recent years. As a result, many leading institutions throughout the world have begun to set up research departments and design specific courses about China.  Courtesy of its location as one of China’s nearest neighbors, Southeast Asia is not an exception to this trend. As the region’s largest trading partner, biggest source of tourism and one of the more prominent foreign investors a better understanding of China is imperative.

This conference aims to make sense of the above developments, focusing on how China Studies have been approached by Southeast Asia, not only as individual countries, but also as a bloc. To this end, four questions stand out.

  1. How does Southeast Asia perceive China, not least by key stakeholders such as universities, government bodies, think tanks, and business firms?
  2. How does the region perceive China-Southeast Asian ties, and how does such ties play out across different dimensions and different sub-regions?
  3. What are the key characteristic of China Studies in Southeast Asia?
  4. What are the policy implications of these observations?

 Theme and Sub-themes

The theme of this conference is Contemporary China Studies in Southeast Asia: Present and Future. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Key characteristics of China Studies in Southeast Asia
  2. People-to-People Exchanges between China and Southeast Asia
  3. Southeast Asian Students in China
  4. Chinese Students in Southeast Asia
  5. Trends of Chinese Education across Southeast Asia
  6. ASEAN-China Collaborations: Present and Future
  7. ASEAN-China Policy Evolution in the Context of Changing US-China Relations
  8. Proposal Submission Guidelines

IIA – Timeline

The proposed timeline for abstract submission and notification of acceptance to the conference is as follows:

01 July 2019 – Call for Papers
01 December 2019 – Submission Deadline:

15 December 2019 – Notifications of Acceptance

Participants may be given the opportunity to have their papers published in the final conference

IIb- Format

The basic formatting options below are in line with those listed by the Modern Language Association (MLA).  Where no specific formatting option is given please defer to the MLA  website which can be found here Using MLA Format.

Heading and Title

Beginning one inch from the top of the first page and flush with the left margin, type your name, your affiliation and academic credentials as you would like them to appear in the program, your email address, and the date on separate lines. double-spacing the lines.

On a new, double-spaced line, center the title of the abstract/paper. Do not italicize or underline your title, put it in quotation marks or boldface, or type it in all capital letters.


Leave margins of one inch at the top and bottom and on both sides of the text. If you plan to submit a printout on paper larger than 8½ by 11 inches, do not print the text in an area greater than 6½ by 9 inches.

Text Formatting

All documents shall be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Always choose an easily readable typeface (Times New Roman is just one example) in which the regular type style contrasts clearly with the italic, and set it to a standard size, such as 12 points. Do not justify the lines of text at the right margin; turn off any automatic hyphenation feature in your writing program. Double-space the entire paper, including quotations, notes, and the list of works cited. Indent the first line of a paragraph half an inch from the left margin.. Leave one space after a period or other concluding punctuation mark, unless your instructor prefers two spaces.


  • The body of the abstract/proposal shall not exceed 250 words.
  • AT least six keywords shall be included at the end of the document
  • Proposals should be submitted via email to:

III. Keynote Speakers/Panelists (Subject to Change)  

  • Prof. Liu Hong (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Assoc. Prof. Luechai Sringernyuang (Mahidol University, Thailand)
  • Prof. Thida Win (University of Mandalay, Myanmar)
  • Prof. Danny Wong (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
  • Prof. Shih Chih-yu (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • Assoc. Prof. Yow Cheun Hoe (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Dr. Chow Bing Ngeow (University of Malaya, Malaysia)


Dr. Guanie LIM –

Dr. Yaoping LIU   –

Notice: No free international airfares are granted to participate in this Conference, while the organizing committee provides free accommodation and food to the invited speakers and honorable guests.