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 brixian@126.com by July 10, 2017. 

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