BACS Annual Conference

British Association for Chinese Studies Conference

University of Birmingham

6-10 September 2021



BACS is pleased to announce that the 2021 conference of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) will be hosted online by the University of Birmingham on 6-10 September 2021.

BACS holds a Chinese Studies conference each year at a different location around the UK, and this is the first time the meeting will be hosted at Birmingham.

Keynote speakers

Professor PANG Laikwan (CUHK)

Dr Rian THUM (Manchester)

BACS members and non-members may all propose papers and panels. We welcome participants from all countries and backgrounds, and particularly encourage proposals including people from underrepresented groups and fields of study.

We invite panel proposals and individual paper abstracts from across the full range of humanities and social science disciplines, addressing topics related to the territory and peoples of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, related regions, relations with other regions, and diaspora communities. Panels are expected to reflect the diversity of our profession, including, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity and career status. The diversity of panels will be taken into consideration during the selection process.


Submission of abstracts and panels

All paper proposals must be submitted to our abstract submission system, here: Abstracts (max 250 words) for both individual papers and panel contributions should be submitted by 31 May 2021, and should include the paper title and the name, affiliation and email address of the proposed presenter, together with indications of career stage and, optionally, gender.

For panel proposals (max 250 words) please download the panel submission form and attach this to each individual abstract in your panel in the abstract submission system. The panel submission form is essential and can be downloaded here.

Panels and papers will be selected by the organising committee, which will also assign submissions of individual papers to panels. Notification of acceptance will be made during June 2021.

Note for those who submitted in 2020: All complete proposals currently in the system will be considered for the 2021 conference. The system is open for new proposals or for modifications to proposals. If you wish to leave all aspects of your proposal unchanged, then you do not have to do anything. If you wish to make changes or to remove your proposal, you may do so.

The British Association for Chinese Studies has an online peer-reviewed journal, BJoCS, and presenters are invited to submit their papers for consideration by the journal editors following the conference.


Key dates

  • Call for Papers: Open
  • Deadline for submission of proposals (250 words): 31 May 2021
  • Notification of acceptance: June 2021
  • Registration Opens: July 2021
  • Standard Online Registration: by 17 August 2021
  • Final Programme: late August 2021
  • Conference dates: 6-10 September 2021

BACS members are eligible for a reduced conference registration fee. Please visit here for information on how to become a BACS member, or to renew your membership.

For more information on the conference, please see here.

To contact the organiser: