Three Decades of Chinese Political Studies: Reflecting the Past, Prospecting the Future

Association of Chinese Political Studies
The 30th Annual Meeting and International Symposium
Hosted by Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University
June 10-11, 2017
Tianjin, China

The Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) will hold its 30th annual meeting and international symposium between June 10-11, 2017 in Tianjin, China. Since its founding in 1986, ACPS has provided a platform to bring together Chinese political studies scholars from around the world. ACPS now has nearly 1,000 individual members from more than a dozen countries across four continents. The ACPS flagship journal—the Journal of Chinese Political Science—is moving up the ranks and becoming an increasingly influential outlet for some of the best work in the field.

ACPS is pleased to announce that Nankai University’s Zhou Enlai School of Government will host the conference. Founded in 1919, Nankai University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. Named after China’s most respected leader and statesman, the Zhou Enlai School of Government was established in May 2004. It consists of six academic programs (Politics, Public Administration, International Relations, Sociology, Social Work and Social Policy, and Social Psychology) and is the home of multiple world-renowned research centers.

Conference Theme

Over the past few decades, the field of Chinese political studies has experienced very rapid growth. The current areas of active research have embraced a rich variety of new data sources, methodological approaches, and interdisciplinary lenses. To showcase cutting-edge China studies scholarship, we invite papers that analyze China’s contemporary international and domestic political issues from new theoretical frameworks and using sound and innovative methodological tools. At the same time, we are also interested in papers that comment and reflect on the recent history of Chinese political studies.

Publication Opportunities

Exemplary conference papers will have the opportunity to be published in edited book volumes as well as to be considered for publication in the ACPS’s flagship journal, the Journal of Chinese Political Science. JCPS was recently accepted into ESCI, Thomson Reuter's Emerging Sources Citation Index, a new index in the Web of Science Core Collection. The journal is also currently under review for acceptance into SSCI, the Social Sciences Citation Index.

Proposal Submission Procedures

The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Current ACPS members will receive priority consideration, though we seek high quality proposals in congruence with the conference theme. The proposal review committee will also consider panel proposals consisting of 4-5 papers sharing a coherent theme.

Paper and panel proposals should be submitted via e-mail to For paper proposals, please include: (1) paper title and abstract; (2) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation and contact information. The e-mail subject line for paper submissions should be “Paper Proposal Submission ACPS_Nankai 2017.” For panel submissions, please include: (1) panel title; (2) each paper’s title and abstract; (3) each author’s full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information; (4) full name and contact information of the panel chair and discussant. Please use “Panel Proposal Submission ACPS_Nankai 2017” as the e-mail subject line.

Acceptance of Proposals

The review committee will issue notifications of acceptance, via email, to the primary author listed in the paper or panel proposal. Notifications will be distributed in March 2017.

Conference Registration Procedures

Those whose papers are accepted and plan to attend the conference must register for the conference and pay a non-refundable registration fee via the ACPS website by May 1, 2017. Individuals who have paid their ACPS membership dues and conference registration fees in full are entitled to three free nights of lodging (June 9-11) and group meals throughout the duration of the conference.


We welcome expressions of interest from conference participants willing to serve as panel chairs and discussants. All questions regarding the conference should be directed to: