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China Time
Rethinking Cultural Encounters

About the conference

The 13th biennial conference of the Nordic Association of China Studies (NACS), will be held on June 6 – 8, 2017 at Aarhus University, Denmark.

The conference theme  “China Time –  Rethinking Cultural Encounters” asks the participants to rethink cultural encounters with China based on the widespread notion that China’s time is coming. China’s rapid rise has changed world-wide perceptions of China as well as China’s perception of the world, thereby setting the scene for a new understanding of cross-cultural encounters.

Therefore, the conference invites all academic disciplines to ‘Rethink’ these cultural encounters within their field of expertise  in the light of China’s development over the past decades.

While the conference organizers especially encourage papers rethinking cultural encounters, all China related papers and panels will be taken into consideration. This includes papers from non-NACS members.

The conference language is English. 

PhD workshop        

The conference will be followed by a PhD Workshop on the theme of “Researching Cultural Encounters with China” (June 8 – 9). The workshop will be open to all applicants, not just NACS members, but the number of participants is limited to 15. It is possible to join the workshop without participating in the NACS conference.

The three keynote speakers from the NACS conference will conduct the workshop. The workshop is organized by the Section for China Studies at Arhus University in cooperation with the Graduate School at Arts.   

Applications including a CV and an abstract of the PHD thesis (400 words) must be sent to nacs2017@cas.au.dk, Subject “PhD Workshop”. Deadline for application is March 31.

Accepted participants are eligible for a travel grant of 1000 DKK. The grants will primarily be given to students without alternative sources of funding. Applications for the grants will open after the workshop participants have been selected.


The three keynote speakers for the NACS 2017 conference will provide fascinating perspectives on  history and memory, language and intercultural communication, media and the internet:

  • Prof. Kirk Denton, Ohio State University, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures.
  • Prof. Zhu Hua, Department of Applied Linguistics & Communication, University of London.
  • Prof. Marina Svensson, Center for East- and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University.


The conference is genereously sponsored by the Carslberg Foundation and  the S.C. Van Foundation.


Conference information

Important dates:

  • Submission of abstracts/panel proposals: March 1st, 2017
  • Submission of abstracts for PhD workshop: March 31st, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: March 25th, 2017
  • Deadline for registration: May 15th, 2017
  • Conference dates June 6th – 8th, 2017
  • PhD workshop June 8th - 9th

As Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture in 2017, we strongly encourage participants to book hotel rooms immediately after receiving the acceptance notification.

Submission of abstracts

  • Max 250 words for individual papers
  • 800 words for panels (including brief descriptions of the individual papers, as well as an indication of whether the panel is open to other contributions)

Please submit your abstract/panel proposal by sending an email to nacs2017@cas.au.dk.

Please include the following information in the email: name, title/position and institutional affiliation.

Conference fee

Includes NACS membership fee 2017/2018, conference materials, and some meals:

  • 100 euro
  • 75 euro for students