This workshop will be held at the University of Oxford, UK.
Workshop Dates: 10-11 June, 2011.
The organizers of this workshop seek papers that address the significance of social programs, movements, and organizations in China during and after the Sino-Japanese War of the mid-twentieth century in order to discover specific ways in which the war and post-war reconstruction changed the trajectory of Chinese society.
The ending of war and the attempts to (re)construct society on the part of individuals, organizations, and the state are of particular interest because they can tell us about the visions, hopes, and aspirations for a peaceful future. While these topics have been explored in great detail for Europe and Japan, less has been said about China. In this context, the workshop seeks to uncover innovative scholarship on Chinese society in transition between 1937 and 1949. We are most interested in papers that address the later years of the conflict and the immediate post-war period, and welcome studies that are local, national, or transnational in scope.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
• the meanings of and discourses on reconstruction (jianguo)
• the provision of social relief
• the work of social welfare institutions or government agencies
• the role of international aid in social reconstruction
• the connection between gender and social organization(s)
• the development of philanthropy and charity organizations
• the understandings of “social work”
• the promotion and formulation of reconstruction projects and social campaigns
Please e-mail an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a short (1-2 page) curriculum vitae to both Helen Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tehyun Ma (email@example.com) by 5 December 2010. Successful applicants will be notified before 31 January and will be asked to send in a completed draft of their papers (6,000-8,000 words) approximately three to four weeks before the event for pre-circulation purposes. A special journal issue or edited volume featuring some of the developed papers is planned following the event, and the organizers therefore would like new, primary source-driven, research.
This workshop is funded by the Leverhulme Trust’s China’s War with Japan Project http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/china/index.htm. Travel expenses and accommodation for participants will be covered.
Helen Schneider and Tehyun Ma
Faculty of History
University of Oxford
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