Call for Papers: The 2018 Annual Conference of the ICSA & PRCC

April 6, 2018

The 2018 Annual Conference of the International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA) & Princeton Research Network on Contemporary China (PRCC)

Call for Papers

Princeton’s Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China establishes a collaborative research network on contemporary China. Members of the network include other research centers or institutions with similar missions or individual scholars with similar research interests. For the first annual conference taking place August 2018, the Princeton Research Network on Contemporary China will be a joint venture with the International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA). The network is interdisciplinary, including sociology, economics, political science, psychology, demography, and history. Two annual conferences are held, with one at Princeton and one in China.

The International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA) was recently renamed from the North American Chinese Sociologists Association (NACSA), a nonprofit organization established in 1981 to promote social scientific research on Chinese societies, cultures, and populations in the world. ICSA will continue to NACSA’s missions through organizing research symposiums and annual conferences to facilitate the interaction and collaboration between scholars in North American and scholars in the Greater China Region and elsewhere.

We are pleased to announce that the Annual Conference of the ICSA/PRCC will be held on August 10th, 2018 in Princeton University, preceding the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association on August 11-14 in Philadelphia, PA. The conference will be hosted and partially sponsored by the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) (

The program committee (Xiaogang Wu [HKUST], Emily Hannum [U Penn], Xiaoling Shu [UC Davis], Lijun Song [Vanderbilt], Qiang Fu [UBC]) welcomes submissions on topics of interest to the ICSA members. Papers offering comparative perspectives on the themes of the conference are also welcome.

For junior scholars and grad students who need financial aid to attend the ICSA/PRCC annual conference, please submit your request here:

You may be contacted for further information. Funding is limited; assistance will be given based on need and your participation in the conference (if you will be presenting or serving as a discussant).  If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Graduate students are invited to compete for the ICSA 2018 Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award. The Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award Committee consists of Dr. Xiaoling Shu (UC Davis,Chair), Dr. Emily Hannum (U Penn), and Dr. Anning Hu (Fudan). One paper (published or unpublished) will be selected and the award will be announced and presented with a plaque and a travel subsidy to at the conference dinner.

Both complete papers and extended paper abstracts in English will be considered. Paper abstracts must contain sufficient details to suggest timely completion (normally, 5 pages or more). Please provide all authors’ names, organizational affiliations, and email addresses.

Papers considered for the Graduate Student Paper Award must be (1) authored by student(s) only, (2) in English, and (3) to be presented at the 2018 ICSA Conference. Student status must be valid as of the end of Spring 2018. Only complete papers will be considered. Please mark *Student Paper Award* in the Subject Area when submitting online.

The ICSA Paper Submission Information Submission Site is available on March 12th at The submission deadline is May 12th, 2018.  In the event of any technical difficulties, submissions may be emailed to Shaoping She ([email protected]).

For those who will need to attend both the ICSA meeting and the ASA meeting, a shuttle bus from Princeton to Philadelphia will be arranged after the conference dinner on August 10. The trip takes about an hour. For other logistics issues regarding travel and hotel information in Princeton, please see update at or contact Mr. Phillip Rush ([email protected]).

Important Dates:

May 12, 2018: Submission deadline.

May 26, 2018: Formal acceptance letters distributed for visa applications.

June 30, 2018: Provisional program available on the website.

July 14, 2018: Full papers due to organizers/presiders/discussants.

August 10, 2018: Conference

Selected papers presented in the conference will be invited to submit to the following peer review journals:

1.      Chinese Journal of Sociology (CJS) (eISSN: 20571518 | ISSN: 2057150X), founded in 2015 and published by SAGE, is a peer-reviewed, international journal issued by Shanghai University and co-sponsored with Princeton's Center on Contemporary China (CCC), with an aim to building an academic platform for in-depth discussion of the issues facing contemporary Chinese society from the sociological perspectives.

2.      China Review (ISSN: 16802012), published by Chinese University Press in Hong Kong, is the only China-based English journal devoted to the study of Greater China and its people. The journal’s SSCI Impact Factor 0.906 in 2016, being ranked in Q1, 16/69 in area studies.

3.      Chinese Sociological Review (CSR) (Print ISSN: 2162-0555 Online ISSN: 2162-0563), founded in 1968, now published by Taylor & Francis Inc. 530 Walnut Street, Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. The journal’s SSCI impact factor is 1.472 in 2016, being ranked in Q2, 42/143 in sociology.

Please click here for ICSA/PRCC Conference Program.
Please click here for Travel and Hotel information.