Call for Proposals: “Rethinking and Reassessing China’s Political Development: A Post-Pandemic Perspective”

June 21, 2022

Call for Proposals:

“Rethinking and Reassessing China’s Political Development: A PostPandemic Perspective”

Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) The 34th ACPS Meeting and International Symposium Co-hosted by Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX November 11-12, 2022


ACPS is pleased to announce that the Association of Chinese Political Studies and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) will co-host the 34th ACPS Annual Meeting and International Symposium between November 11-12, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.

ACPS has provided a robust platform to bring together Chinese political studies scholars from around the world since the association’s founding in 1986. With over 1000 members from more than a dozen countries across four continents, ACPS strives to create more and greater opportunities for the scholarly and academic exchange on China and its political development by hosting and co-hosting meetings and other academic activities around the world. The ACPSSMU partnership on the 2022 ACPS Annual Conference is established to further advance the ACPS mission by bringing Chinese political studies scholars and their research to the rapidly growing DFW metropolitan area.

As a top research university with an international reputation, the SMU’s vibrant campus has helped shape Dallas to a global gateway for people from all backgrounds who want to change the world for over a century. It is home to over 1630 faculty/staff and more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students from eight degree-granting schools. With more than 126, 695 alumni worldwide, SMU has contributed to the world a long list of prominent leaders in all fields including public service, science and education, law, arts and communication, business, etc.. The John Goodwin Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs (Tower Center) is a hub for hosting academic and scholarly events on public policy/international affairs on SMU campus.

The ACPS partnership with the Tower Center at the Southern Methodist University will provide a special opportunity to advance scholarly exchange and dialogue on China at this unique juncture of history.

Conference Theme

Against the backdrop of an unprecedentedly dynamic situation of international politics, China is currently undergoing major re-adjustments of its political economy, government structure and policies, as well as its role in world affairs. The 34th ACPS Annual Meeting and International Symposium seeks to explore the above political dynamics and their implications for China’s future governance and international order.

We invite proposals of papers, panels, and roundtables that are relevant to the conference theme and particularly welcome proposals examining the most recent institutional restructuring and readjustments at the domestic level, as well as proposals assessing China’s positioning/repositioning strategy as a regional and global actor. ACPS values the diversity of methodology and welcomes interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research employing both qualitative and quantitative methods.

In addition to panels/roundtables featuring the most cutting-edge research on Chinese politics, the conference will also include professional development sessions on teaching and publishing as well.

Publication Opportunities

Exemplary conference papers will have the opportunity to be published in edited book volumes as well as to be considered for publication in the ACPS flagship journal, the Journal of Chinese Political Science (JCPS).

Proposal Submission Procedures

The deadline for paper/panel proposal submission is July 29th, 2022. Current ACPS members will receive priority consideration, though we seek high quality proposals in congruence with the conference theme. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted via e-mail to [email protected]

For paper proposals, please include (1) paper title and abstract; (2) keywords indicating topic and methodology; and (3) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. The e-mail subject line for paper submissions should be “Paper Proposal Submission ACPS_2022.”

For panel proposals, please include (1) panel title; (2) each paper’s title and abstract; (3) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (4) full name and contact information of the panel chair and discussant. Please use “Panel Proposal Submission ACPS_2022” as the e-mail subject line.

Acceptance of Proposals

The review committee will issue notifications of acceptance, via email, to the primary author listed in the paper or panel proposal. Notifications will be distributed by late August 2022.

Conference Registration Procedures

The participants whose papers are accepted and plan to attend the conference must register for the conference and pay a non-refundable registration fee via the ACPS website by September 15th, 2022. Individuals who have paid their ACPS membership dues and conference registration fees in full are entitled to two free nights of lodging (11/10 and 11/11) and meals throughout the duration of conference.

Volunteering, Mentoring, and Elections

We welcome expressions of interest among all participants to serve as panel chairs and discussants.

Anyone interested in serving as a mentor or receiving mentoring should contact ACPS Mentoring Director, Dr. Jing Chen, at [email protected] Mentors and mentees will have a chance over Saturday’s lunch to discuss research and career topics.

At this 34th ACPS Annual Meeting and International Symposium, we will hold elections for the next ACPS Board, and, therefore, cordially welcome nominations (including selfnominations) for the following positions: ACPS President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Research Director, Membership and Mentoring Director, Publicity Director, and Newsletter Editor.


For questions regarding the conference, please email: [email protected]