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CALL FOR PAPERS *COMPARING CHINA AND THE WEST:* *Bringing the Disciplines Together* The *International Association for Comparative Study of China and the West*(IACSCW) invites proposals for presentations at its conference to be held in Beijing at Peking University from 12 to14 July 2013. Its primary purpose is to bring together from all over the world individuals and organizations with an ongoing interest in comparing China and the West. Our title opens broadly to include cultural comparisons involving one or many disciplines. In particular, we want to bring together researchers with practitioners in the interest of developing new approaches to comparative studies in teaching, theory, analysis, and cultural production. Proposals for presentations are welcome from researchers in any area involving China and the West, whether academic, governmental, or corporate. The plenary speakers will be internationally prominent scholars working on comparative issues in philosophy, translation, history, literature and other modes of cultural production. They include Professors Tang Yijie (PKU), Tu Weiming (Harvard/PKU), Jean Bessiere (Paris III), Roger Ames (Hawaii), Henry Rosemont, Jr. (Brown), and Daniel A. Bell (Tsinghua & Jiaotong). *Suggested range of topics*: Comparative Culturology Problems of Translation (in either direction) and Culture Studies Cultural Production: today, yesterday and tomorrow Theoretical issues on comparing cultures and/or civilizations. Disciplinary debates, humanities and social sciences: China and the West Comparative Literary Relations Comparative studies of arts / dramas / films Comparative studies of politics and laws Overseas Sinology Comparative studies courses: pedagogical practice and theory Bi-national concerns: China and particular Western nations Contemporary issues: *economics* versus *ecology* Testing models for cross-cultural comparisons Cultural domains that resist comparison Funding cultural experimentation and exchange The languages of the Association are English and Chinese. It is expected that English will be used for most conference presentations, with simultaneous interpretation provided for plenary addresses. Some panels, by prior arrangement, may take place in Chinese. Proposals are welcome from individuals (300 words maximum) or panels involving at least three presenters (around 700 words, identifying the proposed Chairperson). Proposals must include an English version but may also include Chinese. Proposals should be submitted by using the application form from the conference website under www.chinaandthewest.org/ The relevant form can be found under Conference > Application. After filling out this two-page form using the free Adobe Reader, please email it to the organizers using the envelope icon or print and then scan to a digital copy to submit by email to email@example.com. The provisional deadline for submissions is 15 January 2013. Proposals received after that date cannot be assured of equal treatment. Participants whose proposals are accepted will be expected to join the Association as full members as part of conference registration. For more detailed conference information, see our website as listed above. The organizers intend to issue their response by late February 2013. Those who are invited to present will be notified in timely fashion of recommended hotel accommodations so that they may make their own bookings and travel arrangements. The conference expects to charge a registration fee to cover meals and activities. In order to keep the amount modest, the Association is seeking subsidies. Hence the figure cannot be announced until closer to the conference dates. Excellent papers presented at the conference will be selected for publishing in some European Journals which are indexed by Scopus, SCI or EI. Also the Association will invite conference papers to be submitted for consideration for its own journal: COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF CHINA AND THE WEST, whose first issue is to be distributed at the conference. -- Prof. John G. Blair University of Geneva & Beijing Foreign Studies University