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Register 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.]

注 冊參加2018年于德國和奧地利同辦第 二 届世界漢學论坛 & 第十七届中国古代小说戏曲文献暨[数字化]国际研讨会![下 載pdf. 微 信邀请函]

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 Association's E-Journal.

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 Chinese scholars as well as Harvard scholar Stephen Owen and French Léon Vandermeersch as Vice Chairmen, it 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 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 Board lists German Martin Woesler and Austrian Richard Trappl as chairmen.

WACS has been registered in August 2016 as a non-profit Association 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 Chinese media.

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.

Among the Vice Directors there are US based Edward L. Shaughnessy and Shang Wei as well as French Antoine Gournay. The list of directors from Western countries contains famous sinologists like Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer, Louise P. Edwards, Kam Louie, Oldřich Král and Marián Gálik. Among the (honorary) board members we find Harro von Senger (Switzerland) and others. Among the Chinese honorary board members there are Rao Zongyi, Ye Jiaying, Jin Xuezhu.


Sign up for membership. See photo gallery. Website: http://china-studies.com/wacs/

Links: 3rd European Hongloumeng Conference 2015 欧洲第三届《红楼梦》国际学术研讨会, cooperation projects with Chinese universities: Southwest Jiaotong University, Nanking University.