The Sixteenth Graduate Seminar on Modern and Contemporary China (GSOC 2022)


GSOC 2022 has been postponed until further notice due to public health concerns and travel restrictions during the pandemic. 

About the Graduate Seminar

This event continues The Seminar which has since 2005 been organized at CUHK by the Universities Service Centre for China Studies (USC) with support from our Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies. In the wake of the extended hiatus on in-person events due to Covid-19 and the closure of the USC, CUHK has launched a major reorganization intent on, first, ensuring the preservation and enhanced public accessibility of the USC Collection on Post-1949 China within the University Library; and, second, on expanding research activities and events on modern and contemporary China under the auspices of the Institute of Chinese Studies in cooperation with the multiple research units and academic departments in which our more than seventy fulltime modern and contemporary China specialist scholars are based. 

The Centre for Centre Studies (CCS) is an interdisciplinary teaching-unit with its own faculty that offers undergraduate, MA, MPhil and PhD degree programmes. It is committed to continuing this Graduate Seminar’s tradition of fostering exchange among young Chinese and international scholars and providing opportunities to enhance promising modern and contemporary China research projects at the pre-publication stage.

The Seminar theme is “Land in China, 1900-2022.” We welcome paper proposals on subjects from across the spectrum of environmental, economic, political, legal, social, ideological and cultural approaches to examining changes of the land in China over the last century until today. All disciplines and theoretical frameworks will be considered, provided the papers are based on original, empirical research. We will not accept papers on preliminary work, potential future projects, or of a primarily speculative nature.

Participants are welcome to undertake research in our well-known University Library USC Collection and Archives on Post-1949 China prior to and following the Seminar. 

Organizing Committee  (in alphabetical order):

  • Jan KIELY, Centre for China Studies (Chairman)
  • Pierre LANDRY, Department of Government and Public Administration
  • 凌旻華 LING MINHUA, Centre for China Studies
  • Kristof VAN DEN TROOST, Centre for China Studies
  • 詹晶 ZHAN Jing Vivian, Department of Government and Public Administration


6-7 January 2022

*If public health conditions for travel to or in Hong Kong do not permit the holding of the Seminar in-person, it will be rescheduled to a time when that will be possible.


16 August 2021 Application deadline  
30 August 2021 Notification of application results  
4 October 2021 Confirmation of participation deadline  
1 December 2021 Full paper submission deadline  
6-7 January 2022 Graduate Seminar


Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong [Campus Map]


English and Mandarin


All PhD candidates (ABDs) and new PhD degree holders (within 5 years of graduation) who are doing research on issues relating to land in modern and contemporary China are eligible to apply.

The Seminar sessions are open to the public. All are welcome!

Application Procedures:

The following documents should be submitted as email attachments to by 16 August 2021:

  • An application form: Hong KongMainlandTaiwan & MacauOverseas
  • An updated CV
  • Recommendation letter from dissertation supervisor (for ABDs)
  • Title and abstract (up to 250-word) of the paper to be presented

In addition to assisting with booking affordable and convenient lodging during the Seminar, we will provide some travel subsidies to participants.  

Poster and CFP

Please click to access the symposium poster (English/中文).

Please click to access the CFP (English/中文)


Telephone: 3943 1088


Acknowledgement of Support

This symposium is organized under the generous support of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies and the Institute for Chinese Studies.