On the 14th to 15th of June 2017, the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS) 2017 Annual Conference was successfully held in the University of Sheffield. The theme of this conference is ‘From local to global: regional aspects of China’. The conference contraposes topics from a wide spectrum of Humanities and Social Sciences, including History, Arts, Religious; Education, Public Health, Public Policies; Heritage, Traditional and Modern Culture; Politics, Economics, Media Studies; Environment, Geography, Urbanization; Regional studies based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc. It focuses on research involving local or global aspects of China, or both.
Global China Institute (GCI) is one of the sponsors for the conference. As a voluntary staff member in GCI, I was honored to participate in this conference and to introduce and display the publications from the Global China Press (GCP), a subsidiary company of GCI. Moreover, according to the academic discussion, new and beneficial knowledge and research about regional aspects of China can be acquired and we can build a cooperative relationship.
I arrived at the University of Sheffield at 9:00am to register. When the conference began, on behalf of Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of Global China Institute, I gave a short talk. I expressed our huge congratulations to Josepha Richard, President of the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS), for organising such a fantastic conference. Then I introduced briefly the Global China Institute (GCI), which is a UK-based academic institution that aims to promote the study of China in comparative perspective in all aspects, and to participate in the building and governance of a global society. The GCI and the BPCS formed a partnership last year. We agreed to support each other’s events in different ways. Finally, I made an enhancement for displaying some selected publications from Global China Press.
Left: Mengdai Yang gave a short presentation Right: selected publications by the Global China Press
At 11:30am, all keynote speakers finished speeches and we went to the student union center building for the exhibition of the publications from Global China Press. During the lunch, participants browsed the samples of the publications, leaflets and the poster and formed principal understandings of Global China Institute and Global China Press. On the afternoon of the 14th, there were 4 panels and one coffee break. During the coffee break, participants had a break in lounge and talked with each other freely. The exhibition of the Global China Press was set up in the lounge to let participants look through publications. In the noon of the 15th, after other keynotes held speeches, the exhibition of Global China Press was set up in the lunch room and participants browsed the publications during the lunch time.
During the exhibition some participants asked some relevant questions. For example, a student who studies at the University of Edinburgh asked if all publications from Global China Press are bilingual. I told her that the most GCP publications are bilingual. However, there are some special publications such as Chinese for Social Science which are only published in Chinese. The reason is that this series aims at serving the purposes of providing better understanding on basic knowledge on China and improving students' and scholars' language skills in English or Chinese on social science issues.
Moreover, the editor from Amsterdam University Press expressed huge enthusiasm for the publications of GCP. We introduced our own press and exchanged leaflets, which is helpful for gaining knowledge on various advantages and characteristics of different presses.
Left: The exhibition of GCP during lunch time; Right: The editor from Amsterdam University Press
Marina Svensson, Professor of Modern China Studies, University of Lund, Sweden, participated in this conference. In short, this conference was extremely successful. PhD Candidate in Chinese Landscape History, University of Sheffield, President, British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS), Josepha Richard, prepared sufficient and meticulous works. She told us, there had been two successful workshops before the conference was held. It was a very successful event with 35 students attending from a wide range of UK & international institutions (the Facebook event does not reflect this), an editor, a scholar and 2 student organizers.
The logo of GCI was on the screen cover of the workshops which held by BPCS
Global China Institute (GCI) was formerly known as CCPN (China in Comparative Perspective Network) at LSE and supported the 2011 China Postgraduate Network Annual Conference, held by the Chinese Postgraduate Network (CPN), the predecessor of the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS). In future, these two institutions will support each other continually and facilitate the China studies with global perspective.
Edited by Mengdai Yang
这次大会有瑞典隆德大学、现代中国研究的教授Marina Svensson做主旨发言，非常成功。谢菲尔德大学中国园林史博士生、英国汉学研究生协会主席Josepha Richard对大会的筹备做了大量的和非常细致准备工作。她告诉我们，在大会之前已经成功地举办了的两个工作坊， 这是由35位来自英国和国际组织的学生、一位编辑、一位学者和两位学生组织者参加的非常成功的研讨会。
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