2024 BPCS Conference


British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Annual Conference 2024

Braving the Tides: Chinese Individuals Navigating Social Changes

5th – 6th June 2022

University of York


As the third decade of the 21st century begins, monumental changes are occurring worldwide. On the one hand, the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic have tested human survival and exacerbated pre-existing conflicts and crises. On the other, technological advancements, with artificial intelligence at the forefront, have presented new ways of working and living. Waves of social change have swept through societies, leaving imprints on individuals.

Yet social change is nothing new but has affected people in different ways throughout history. How have these societal changes created, engaged and influenced the experiences of individuals in Chinese societies and communities across the globe? From past to present, how have individuals negotiated social, political, economic and/or cultural changes?

This interdisciplinary conference will bring scholars from various fields together to explore how Chinese individuals have navigated social change.


Call for papers closed 17th March – successful applicants will be informed soon.

Keynote speakers to be announced soon.

Registration link to be released soon.


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The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of BPCS, the Social History Society, and the Departments of History and Art History at the University of York.