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Call for Papers


The University of Leicester China Studies Research Alliance (ChiSRA)

Inaugural Conference

24-26 September 2014

College Court, University of Leicester

Leicester, UK

The CHINA DREAM: Passions, Policies and Power

China’s cultural, political and civil landscape is continuing to change profoundly, in line with her extraordinary economic progress. Currently, the Chinese leadership seeks to satisfy the Chinese people’s desire for an increasingly higher standard of living, world-class education, health, food and water security, clean living environments, as well as global cultural influence in the arts, media, fashion, entertainment, technological innovation, research and development.

In every one of these areas (and more), the ‘China Dream’ looks set to capture the world’s attention anew in the next two to three decades.‘The China Dream’ – a policy statement first used by President Xi Jinping in November 2013 to denote ‘the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ – has been dissected extensively by the world’s media and China watchers but the vision remains elusive and oblique. What does it mean? What does it comprise? How will it be realised? What are the emotional, political, sociological, legal, cultural, ideological, technological and ethical dimensions of the China Dream?

Against this backdrop, we are delighted to announce the first international conference in the UK to examine the ‘China Dream.’ Hosted and organized by the University of Leicester’s China Studies Research Alliance (ChiSRA), the conference represents a unique opportunity to bring several key dimensions of the China Dream phenomenon together in provocative and exciting ways. We welcome multi-disciplinary and innovative papers from across the arts and social sciences – business, international relations, politics, economics, cultural studies, media and communications, urban and cultural geography, sociology, history, work, employment, gender studies and so on — on the contours, implications and future directions of the China Dream.

Thus, themes and topics include, but are not limited to the following questions:

  • How has the China Dream evolved?

  • When, what and how will it play out in the years to come?

  • What are its political, cultural and economic dimensions and implications?

  • How relevant and/or reliant is it on cross-national and cross-cultural contexts of understanding and expression?

  • How will it affect production, consumption and innovation?

 All papers should be in English.


Please submit extended abstracts of 500 to 600 words to: no later than the 25 April 2014 (Friday). At least one author of accepted papers must be available to present the work in person at the conference. Successful presenters will be notified on 21 May 2014.

Details of a specially-commissioned edited volume of the best papers will be released nearer the date of the conference.

Delegate Fees

The fee is all-inclusive. It includes:

  • four-star quality accommodation at the University of Leicester’s newly opened conference venue, College Court

  • all meals and refreshments

  • transportation to dinner and cultural visits

  • the delegate pack, including the book of abstracts

Free wifi and on-site car parking are available. College Court is just minutes from the main University campus and within easy reach of Leicester Railway Station. Please see the College Court website for information about rooms and facilities on-site and nearby:

All fees are payable in pounds sterling. Details of the dedicated registration and e-payment gateway will be provided through the conference website by the end of February 2014 (see

 Delegate rate: £395.00

PhD students (limited spaces): £250.00

 Please note that all presenters and participants must register to attend the conference.

Organizing Committee:

Chair: Dr Ming Lim, School of Management

Dr Toby Lincoln, School of History

Dr Amy Jane Barnes, School of Management

Jiang Mengjie, School of Education

Zhao Yupei, Department of Media & Communication

Senior Advisory Committee:

Prof Kevin Schurer, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise

Prof Martin Halliwell, Pro-Vice Chancellor, International

Prof Peter Jackson, School of Management

Prof Simon Lilley, School of Management

Further enquiries: please contact Amy Barnes at

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