World Association for Chinese Studies
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now for the 2nd
World Conference of Chinese Studies & 17th Intl.
Conference on the [Digitalization of] Premodern
Chinese Novel & Drama 2018 jointly held in
Germany and Austria! [Download pdf.]
Abstracts and Proceedings of the 2017 and the 2018
conference will be available soon here and in bookstores.
Selections have been published in journals and the
On September 24, 2016, the World Association of
Chinese Studies (WACS) was founded in an Inaugural
Ceremony and live broadcasted to 36 countries.
As an international organization with famous scholars
from China and Harvard scholar Stephen Owen and French
Léon Vandermeersch as Vice Chairmen, the World Association
for Chinese Studies keeps the balance between the
necessary support from and cooperation with China, which
is its object and field of study, on the one hand, and the
independency necessary to carry out critical research on
an international level on the other hand.
The Director General Zhai Mu from Jilin University
explains why the Association did not use Chinese terms
like [Zhong]guoxue (Sinology) for its name, but the
English term "Chinese Studies": “Chinese studies is
carried out all over the world, it is not just a Chinese
thing any more and our Association will be internationally
oriented.” Actually, the Executive Board lists Korean Jae
Woo Park and German Martin Woesler as members.
WACS has been registered in August 2016 as a non-profit
Association in the USA and in December 2016 in
Germany/Europe and establishes in its Bylaws the freedom
and independence of research and teaching as a core
principle. The Ceremony was attended by 163
representatives from 36 countries, live broadcasted on the
WhatsApp comparable chat service “WeChat” and covered by
Since 2003, the Chinese government through its
‘Han’-Office sponsors the export of Chinese culture and
language with Confucius Institutes, with sponsorship of
Meetings like one of the European Association of Chinese
Studies, with scholarships and since recently with the
Great Congress of Chinese Studies held annually in
Beijing. All of these government-sponsored initiatives are
questioned regarding its independency. WACS now puts
independency top, specifically rejecting any ideological
or political influence. However, as symbolized in its
emblem “peace”, it is a purely academic association and
does neither seek confrontation nor pocketing.
WACS also wants to help combine the efforts of national
Associations of Chinese Studies by establishing a
longterm-oriented umbrella Association, offering
institutional membership to all existing associations in
the field and striving for strategic partnerships with
established organizations like the Association of Asian
Studies and others.
Sign up for membership. See photo gallery. Website: http://china-studies.com/wacs/