LINGUIST List 30.98

Tue Jan 08 2019

Confs: Applied Linguistics, General Linguistics, Translation/Norway

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 08-Jan-2019
From: Guowen Shang <>
Subject: 14th Biennial Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) Conference
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14th Biennial Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) Conference
Short Title: 14th NACS Conference

Date: 13-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Bergen, Norway
Contact: Guowen Shang
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Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Translation

Meeting Description:

The 14th Biennial Conference of Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS)
(13-14 June 2019, University of Bergen, Norway)

When China Faces the World: Engagement or Disengagement?
Marking the Centenary Anniversary of the May 4th Movement

Modernization is a painful process for any nation with a great tradition. To engage or not engage with the world is still a core question for present-day China - even after one century’s vicissitudes since the May Fourth Movement of 1919 that marked elites’ consensus to revolutionize the core values of indigenous traditions.

The question of how to engage with the world is increasingly urgent after four decades of “opening and reform”. With China rapidly ascending to the center of the international platform as one of the strongest economic powers in the twenty-first century, it also wants to stand tall as an actor with soft power. While China integrates itself more deeply into the global system, it, on the one hand, strives to have a bigger stake in shaping the international system and in formulating the game rules, but on the other hand, it also wishes to assert its distinction more forcefully.

China’s ambiguous relations with the outside world is of consequence to a wide range of study areas – not only international relations or politics, but also, for example, language policy analysis. Should China researchers engage in international academic debates, or should they aim for Chinese discourses to shape the international ones?

During this two-day interdisciplinary conference, when contemplating various challenges to China’s maintenance of identity amidst its rapid rise to prominence, all participants are encouraged to take a nuanced view with the aim to deepen and enrich the topic of China's interaction with the globalizing world.

Although the conference has a theme, it should be treated broadly for submissions under individual topics of interest, including, but not limited to:

Sociology and Anthropology
Politics and Law
Environmental Studies
International Relations
Translation, Sinology and Linguistics
Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
Cinema, Media and Performing Arts
Art and Archaeology
Gender Studies
Philosophy and Religion

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