A POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE SUPPORTED BY RGC, HKSAR

In Search of New Methods, Perspectives and Sources: Hong Kong Postgraduate Students Conference on Ming- Qing Studies

新方法、新視角、新史料之探索:香港明清領域研究生論文發表會


Date:March 11-12, 2016

Venue:The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Keynote Speaker:Professor Peter Kees Bol (Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University)

Keynote Speech Title:Is Local History worth the Work?


Description of the Conference:

The “In Search of New Methods, Perspectives and Sources: Hong Kong Postgraduate Students Conference on Ming-Qing Studies” is designed to act as a platform to spark interest across disciplines and departments among Hong Kong postgraduate students. The Ming-Qing period (1368-1911), an era of vast changes and new challenges in late imperial Chinese history, was characterized by these phenomena: reconstruction of the relations between state and society, growth of mass literacy and increase in the size of gentry, spread of Wang Yangming’s thought in Ming times and emergence of evidential research in the Qing dynasty, commercialization of local managerial activities and development of regional trade, flowering of private historiography, local history, literature, and paintings, as well as cultural exchange between China and the West. The conference seeks to explore new research methods, to develop new perspectives, and to discover new sources for deeper researches into the complexities of this important period that saw China’s transition into modern times.

The conference welcomes postgraduate (MPhil and PhD) students from the University Grants Committee (UGC) funded universities in HKSAR who are engaging in the research of one or more areas in Ming-Qing studies, including literature, language, philosophy, historiography, intellectual and art history, political and legal history, economics, and anthropology. Papers submitted for presentation will be previewed and selected by the academic staffs of the Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Conference Objective:

The two-day conference aims to provide postgraduate students from different institutions funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) with an opportunity to meet and share their latest research in progress with their peers, to interact with the invited distinguished scholar directly to benefit from his insights and instructions, as well as to stimulate discussions and debates on issues concerning research methodology, research perspectives, as well as exploitation of new sources in the current state of Ming-Qing studies. We hope to foster a stronger awareness of the feasibility of interdisciplinary and cross cultural studies in postgraduate level research.


APPLICATION DEADLINE & SUBMISSION:

Abstracts and short biographies due: December 21, 2015
Notification of acceptance by: January 3 , 2016
Full papers due: February 21, 2016

Applicants are encouraged to present papers associated with their on-going or projected dissertation research. The language of the papers and the oral presentations can be either English or Chinese (Putonghua). Interested postgraduate (MPhil and PhD) students from the University Grants Committee (UGC) funded universities in HKSAR are welcome to submit the titles and short biographies via our online submission system, http://www.polyu.edu.hk/cc/mingqingconference2016/en/submit_article.php.


Lunch and refreshments during the two-day conference are provided for presenters and discussants. No registration fee and special charge for all participants.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact us via email: mingqing.conference2016@polyu.edu.hk


The “In Search of New Methods, Perspectives and Sources: Hong Kong Postgraduate Students Conference on Ming- Qing Studies” is supported by the Postgraduate Students Conference/ Seminar Grants of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) and the Department of Chinese Culture of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

Project Leader:Professor CHU Hung-lam (Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Director of Confucius Institute of Hong Kong, Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Culture and Art, Chair Professor of Chinese Culture, and Chang Jiang Scholars Chair Professor of Ancient Chinese History)

Organizer:Mr. CHNG Xing Liang (PhD candidate of Chinese Culture Department, PolyU)

Co-organizers:Mr. HUANG Tao, Mr. YU Jindong, Mr. ZHOU Zhongliang, and Mr. LIN Zhan (PhD candidates of Chinese Culture Department, PolyU)