2020 BPCS Conference

British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies

Annual Conference 2020 (Online)


China and the Shared Future:

Transformation, Collaboration, and Challenges


Time: 27-29 June 2020

Venue: Online (via Zoom)


(For any queries, please contact:bpcsconference2020@gmail.com)


In a strongly connected world, the destiny of humanity has been closely tied together. Countries are seeking for international collaboration for development in the face of growing global problems while the increasing uncertainties and instabilities impact on the international order and globalisation. The world today faces choices such as protectionism or openness, cooperation or conflicts, unilateralism or multilateralism.


China added the concept “A Community with Shared Future for Mankind” into its Constitution in 2018. To build a community for all mankind provides a significant perspective of world development. Since Economic Reform in 1978, China has experienced a dramatic transformation and developed more economic, political, social and cultural exchanges with other countries. In the new era, China is playing an active role in international cooperation and global governance with other responsible organisations and states. Looking into the future, it is necessary to explore possible opportunities as well as challenges regarding the shared future of humanity. Thus, BPCS 2020 Annual Conference will share insights on diverse aspects of global life and contribute to our understanding of a changing world.


We are going to explore this topic from:

– Anthropology and Sociology

– History

– Politics and Law

– Economics

– International Studies

– Environment and Geography

– Education and Culture Studies

– Sinology, Linguistics and Translation

– Philosophy and Religions

– Art and Archaeology

– Film, Media and Performing

– Gender Studies

– Literature



Confirmed Keynote speakers:

Professor Kent Deng

Professor of Economic History, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor Deng research interests and writing includes the rise of the literati in the economic life of pre-modern China; the maritime economic history of pre-modern China; the economic role of the Chinese peasantry.


Professor Rachel Murphy

Professor of Chinese Development and Society, University of Oxford

Professor Murphy’s research examines social changes occurring in China because of industrialization, urbanization, demographic transition, migration, marketization, education, and state policy.


Professor William A Callahan

Professor of International Relations, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor Callahan’s research interests are in global politics of China; visual international politics; documentary filmmaking; International Relations theory.


Schedule (UK Time/GMT+1)

Saturday, 27 June 2020

08:30-08:45 Welcome and Introduction

08:45-10:35 Keynote Speeches

10:45-12:00 Panel 1 China and Asia

12:15-13:15 Panel 2 Society and Government

13:30-14:45 Panel 3 Chinese History Group 1

15:00-16:30 Panel 4 Ethnics and Social Development


Sunday, 28 June 2020

08:30-09:30 Panel 5 Film and Literature

09:40-10:40 Panel 6 Chinese History Group 2

11:00-12:00 Panel 7 China and International Relations

12:15-13:00 Panel 8 Social Media

13:15-14:15 Panel 9 Gender, Culture and Literature

14:30-15:30 Panel 10 China Africa and EU

15:45-16:30 Panel 11 Public Health


Monday, 29 June 2020

08:30-09:45 Panel 12 Culture and Literature

10:00-11:15 Panel 13 Education and Education Reform

11:45-12:30 Panel 14 Belt and Road Initiative

13:00-14:15 Panel 15 Chinese History Group 3


We are grateful to have generous Supporters:

– The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS)

– Lau China Institute, King’s College London

– Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding (SACU)

– The London Society for Chinese Studies

– Lancaster University China Centre

– Scottish Centre for China Research Postgraduate Network (SCCR PGN), University of Glasgow


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Scholarship or Funding Support for Conference Participation

For the application phase, NO financial support is available for successful applicants. You are encouraged to apply for funding from your home institutes. BPCS might announce a small amount of transportation reimbursement after the conference according to the budget. People who are willing to apply for this will be required for sending the full paper. Please follow the information from the BPCS weekly newsletter.


  1. Visa Support

If you travel from abroad and need a Visa to attend the conference in the UK, you are responsible for the Visa Application. BPCS can only offer a conference invitation letter to the successful applicants as the support document.


  1. Transportation Support and Flight/Accommodation Booking

Unfortunately, due to the lack of human resources and budget, BPCS cannot provide help on this and you are responsible for all these costs. King’s College London, Strand Campus (Postcode: WC2R 2LS) is in the city central. We suggest you book your flight/hotel in advance if applicable, and we recommend you use Google map or Citymapper to guide your visit in London.


  1. Certification of Attendance

The Certification of Attendance will be handed by the Panel Chairman on each panel and it will only give to people who successfully complete the presentations.


  1. The Registration Fee

No. There is no registration fee.


  1. Catering During the Conference

Thank the generous host- Lau China Institute, King’s College London, during the two-day conference, we offer light meal and tea break. And you have many options (coffee shops and nearby restaurants for both hot/cold meal) around the campus if you want to explore more.