NACS Conferences


The 14thBiennial Conference of Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) was just held in Bergen, Norway in June 2019. The 2021 conference will be held in Finland. 



Bergen 2019

Abstract from the 2019 conference ara available here.

Call for Papers

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Bergen, Norway,

June 13-14, 2019


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. As China strives to have a bigger stake in shaping the international system, it also wishes to assert its distinction more forcefully.


During this three-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 engagement with the globalizing world. Although the conference has a theme, it will be treated broadly for submissions under individual topics of interest, including, but not limited to:


  • Art and Archaeology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • History (pre-modern, modern)
  • Literature (pre-modern and modern)
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Politics and Law
  • Economics
  • Environmental studies
  • International Relations
  • Cinema, Media and Performing Arts
  • Gender Studies
  • Translation and Sinology
  • Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • Linguistics


For further details, please refer to the conference website.


The 13th Biennial Conference of the Nordic Association of China Studies (NACS)

 was held on June 6 – 8, 2017 at Aarhus University, Denmark

Conference Theme  “China Time”–  Rethinking Cultural Encounters

  • China Time refers to the widespread notion that China’s time is coming due to China’s rapid rise in the world. China’s rise also affects people’s daily life in various ways around the world, thereby changing both our and their perception of China.
  • Rethinking Cultural Encounters has two frames of reference: (1) The slogan ‘Rethink Capital of Culture: Aarhus’ for Aarhus’ status as a European Capital of Culture in 2017 (2) The conference ‘Cultural Encounters’ held at Aarhus University in 1995.
  •  Inspired by the 1995 conference, this conference seeks to ‘Rethink’ cultural encounters in the fields of  artistic, social, and political encounters in pre-modern and modern China. In addition, due to the new media landscape, we would also like to include linguistic encounters and the online global Chinese sphere.

The conference was followed by a PhD Workshop on the theme of “Researching Cultural Encounters with China” (June 8 – 9).



Conference website

Abstracts from NACS 2017


The 12th NACS Conference

“China in the World and the World in China”

was held at Uppsala University, June 9-11, 2015.

The NACS conference theme, China in the World and the World in China, is a way of acknowledging that China is again rapidly returning to its former role in the world. The terms China and Chinese denote not only a country and its population but also a civilization, a way of life and governance. As before, when China interacts with the outside it evokes both admiration and fear. China is now changing by sending out millions of students, and investing in all corners of the world. Simultaneously it is inviting the world to participate in its development with both human and material resources thereby changing China and the Chinese. CFP in PDF-format can be opened here.

A Masters and PhD-workshop “Doing fieldwork in China” was held after the conference June 11-12.

Program of the Conference including abstracts is available here.

Program of the Workshop is available here.


11th NACS Conference  2013: Responsible China”

was held at the University of Turku, Finland, 11.-14 June, 2013.

As China develops rapidly, it faces a number of challenges with/in its natural environment, social structure, governance system and ethnic policies just to name a few of the more salient fields. How can China’s policy makers, ordinary citizens, companies and popular organizations respond to their changing situations? Ultimately, would a richer and more developed China also require more responsible government towards its citizens, environment and region? At the same time, the world is facing a more powerful and self-confident China. With its might growing also its responsibilities to the rest of the world grow. How should and could the global community support China’s development into a responsible superpower, or is it even possible?

PhD course: Argumentation and Getting Published in China Studies, University of Turku 14.-15.6.


10th NACS Conference 2011:Transactions and Transformations”

Oslo 17-19 June, 2011


“9th NACS Conference 2009 China’s Economy, Environment and Education”

(organized together with the 4th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference)
University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 3-5 June 2009.

PhD course: “State, governance and local society in China” organized in collaboration with Asian Century Research School Network (ACRSN) University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 3-7 June 2009.