Sinologia: History and Memory in Contemporary China
SupChina’s Sinologia Conference is an online workshop that seeks to bridge the gap between journalism and academia by offering a forum for the newest generation of China-focused scholars in Political Science and Applied History. Presenters are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a diverse audience of practitioners.
SupChina’s Sinologia Conference is an online workshop that seeks to bridge the gap between journalism and academia by connecting the SupChina community with the newest generation of China-focused graduate students in Political Science and Applied History. Sinologia represents a practical exchange. Presenters are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a diverse audience of practitioners, while attendees get to engage with highly-polished, multi-disciplinary work that draws from the latest cutting-edge methodological innovations from the academy.
This year’s theme is History and Memory in Contemporary China; our presentations will focus specifically on how perceptions of China’s past shape the policies of its future. Presenters will be selected based on the novelty of their ideas and methods, the policy relevance of their work, and potential of their work to fill notable gaps in existing literature. Preference will be given to outstanding work that also originates from graduate students in underrepresented academic institutions within the field of China studies.
Interested in presenting?
If you are a current Master’s or Ph.D. student, be sure not to miss the opportunity to present your work at the Sinologia Conference! This new online workshop seeks to bridge the gap between journalism and academia by connecting the SupChina community with the newest generation of China-focused scholars in Political Science and Applied History.
How the presentation works:
Selected participants will give a presentation of their current work in progress in the style of the American Political Science Association (APSA) meeting. Presenters will speak for 15 minutes about their research question, why it is important or puzzling, the methods used to study it, and their findings. Their slide deck should contain no more than 10 pages and be bundled as a PDF.
- Please submit a working draft of the research you intend to present. We will prioritize polished manuscripts or dissertation chapters. However, we also welcome detailed and complete (i.e., containing a fully-formed research question, literature review, methods sections, and preliminary evidence) research prospectuses or dissertation proposals; we understand that participants may want feedback at this stage in their research before going out into the field. Unfortunately, we cannot accept half-completed papers. Note that the paper is for SupChina’s reviewers only and will not be circulated to conference participants unless requested.
- A paragraph abstract of the research and a few sentences about the gap in the literature it intends to fill, a brief description of the methodology used (archival, qualitative, quantitative, competitive theory-testing, etc.)
- A brief biography of the presenter and their credentials.
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Nick Ackert is a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Department of Political Science specializing in Security Studies and International Relations. His research interests include China's engagement with its periphery, the dynamics of international patron-client relationships, small state coercion, and political violence in Southeast Asia. Nick graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with a concentration in Classics. Before joining the MIT community, he completed a double MSc in International Affairs (Political Science and International History) with Peking University and the London School of Economics.
Natasha Lock holds a degree in History, International Relations and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Exeter. As a Yenching Scholar at Peking University, her work focused on the Party’s use of historical narratives and modern Chinese nationalism. Natasha currently resides in Taipei, where she is conducting field research alongside working in political consultancy.
Kaiser Kuo is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast, the most popular English-language podcast on current affairs in China, which he hosts with Jeremy Goldkorn. The show has run since April 2010, and has published nearly 400 episodes. Until April 2016, Kaiser served as director of international communications for Baidu, China’s leading search engine. In 2016, Kaiser returned to the U.S. after a 20-year stint in Beijing, where his career spanned the gamut from music to journalism to technology. Kaiser also spent a year in Beijing from 1988 to 1989, when he co-founded the seminal Chinese heavy metal band Tang Dynasty as lead guitarist.
Cheng Li is the director of the John L. Thornton China Center and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is also a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Li focuses on the transformation of political leaders, generational change, the Chinese middle class, and technological development in China. Li is also the author or the editor of numerous books, including “Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership” (2016), “The Power of Ideas: The Rising Influence of Thinkers and Think Tanks in China” (2017), and “Middle Class Shanghai: Reshaping U.S.-China Engagement” (Spring 2021). He is currently completing a book manuscript with the working title “Xi Jinping’s Protégés: Rising Elite Groups in the Chinese Leadership”. He is the principal editor of the Thornton Center Chinese Thinkers Series published by the Brookings Institution Press.