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CFP: Memories and Visions: China’s Ties with the Outside World through the Belt and Road Initiative (Xi’an, China, September 22-25, 2017)

Scholars interested in China’s Ties with the Outside world will be interested in this conference taking place in Xi’an, China from September 22-25, 2017. The conference is sponsored by the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Office for Humanities and Social Sciences Research, and International Cooperation Office at Northwestern Polytechnical University.

 This multidisciplinary conference aims to explore themes and topics on China’s ties with the outside world through the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative. Inspired by trade and cultural interactions between China and the countries and regions along the historical overland and maritime Silk Road, the B&R Initiative represents China’s vision and strategy for developing mutually beneficial relations with the outside world in our rapidly changing era.

     Located in Xi’an, the birthplace of Chinese civilization and gateway to the legendary Silk Road, NWPU provides an ideal venue to promote ongoing dialogues on the B&R Initiative. The conference seeks to bring together Chinese and international scholars from diverse transnational and  transcultural perspectives to engage creatively and critically in conversations on cultural and socio-political issues related to the Initiative. We invite submissions of papers, reports, and pre-formed panels on topics related, but not limited, to the following themes:

1. Chinese Culture Overseas: Past, Present, Perspectives

2. Cultural and Historical Memories of the Overland/Maritime Silk Road

3. China’s Soft Power and the Belt and Road Initiative

4. Multicultural Interactions and Global-Local Nexus in the Context of the Belt and Road Initiative

5. The Role of Chinese Communities Overseas in Developing the Belt and Road Initiative

6. Language, Translation,and Cross-Cultural Communication

7. Emerging Trends in Multilingual and Multicultural Education

8. The Impact of Transnationalism on Migration and Return Migration

9. The Influence of Think Tanks and NGOs in Sustainable Development

10. The Coverage of the Belt and Road Initiative in Transnational Chinese Literature and Media Networks

Scholars interested in participating in the conference should submit a  proposal (250 words) with a biography (200 words) to Ms. Li Miao and Dr. Zang Xiaojia at by July 10, 2017. 

CFP: Rethinking and Renewing the Study of International Law in/from/about Latin America (Bogotá, September 26-28, 2017)

The universities Externado de Colombia, Rosario and Los Andes as well as the History Section of the Latin American Society of International Law, the Network on Rethinking International Law Teaching in Latin América (REDIAL) and the Red de Aproximaciones Postcoloniales al Derecho Internacional have joined in a collaborative effort to convene a three day symposium on “Rethinking and Renewing the Study of International Law in/from/about/ Latin America”, taking place September 26-28, 2017.

The event looks to address three main topics of concern: 1) the colonial/postcolonial heritage and structures of international law in the region 2) the revised or untold histories and historiography of Latin America’s international law 3) the past, present and future of teaching international law in the region and its relation to both its colonial/post-or neo-colonial dimensions as well as its history and historiography.

Some general questions that we are interested in: Is there a “Latin America” in international law today? What did “Latin America” mean in international legal histories in the past? Is a regionalist perspective still an effective way to examine our past, present and future in relation to international law and global governance? How should scholars re-engage with the regions colonial past and neo-colonial present? What histories are told about the region’s role and how should they be re-examined? In what ways are we teaching international law today and how do our pedagogy re- inforce blindspots and bad legacies? How should we teach international law from Latin America today?

Paper proposals, due April 3, 2017, may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese, French or English and presented in either language but we cannot guarantee simultaneous translation for all events. Proposals should include the day in which the applicant wants to present, a 500 word (max) abstract description and a biographical paragraph of the applicant’s education, current institutional location, and relevant publications.

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