CALL FOR PAPERS : Workshop for Chinese United Front Work and Sharp Power

Post date:2019-07-11


Workshop for

Chinese United Front Work and Sharp Power

Dates: November 1 and 19, 2019

Place: The Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan



The Institute of International Relations (IIR) is currently calling for papers that examine the issues of Chinese united front work (tongzhàn) and sharp power. Successful submissions will be presented in one of our workshops and may be invited to be reviewed for publication in the special issue of our quarterly journal, Issues & Studies (indexed by SCOPUS).


The Chinese Communist Party under Xi Jinping’s command has exerted significant global influences by exploiting transnational cooperation projects like the “one belt one road” scheme and by manipulating media, religious, and oversea Chinese agencies via the so-called “grand united front work” and/or “grand propaganda” platform. These cases and incidents have provoked concerns in many societies, which involve multi-level, multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary issues. Understanding these complex issues should be and has been critical to academic researchers and policy-makers; however, the discussion of valid research methods is scarce and the development of useful theories is limited.


Based on favorable reflections and positive results from the first workshop held in 2018, which will be shared in two special issues of Mainland China Studies (TSSCI indexed) in 2019 and 2020, IIR plans to continue to hold the 2nd workshop on November 1 and 18, 2019, where we invite experienced scholars to present papers in research panels and hold seminars to junior researchers and students in separate teaching panels. 


Special Guests:

Dr. Bates Gill (季北慈), Macquarie University, Australia

Dr. Sonny Lo (盧兆興), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Michael Jensen, University of Canberra, Australia

Dr. Titus Chen (陳至潔), National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan


Deadline to submit abstracts: September 15. 2019. The English abstract should be between 300 and 800 words. Please include a brief c.v. and send them to Jasper Lio: jasper10@nccu.edu.tw. We will announce the result before October 1st.


Deadline to submit the full paper: January 31, 2020. The paper should be between 7000 and 10000 words (in English). Format of notes and references and the submission please see: https://www.worldscientific.com/page/is/submission-guidelines. Papers should be submitted to Issues & Studies at http://www.editorialmanager.com/wspc-is/default.aspx. Submission will be sent for peer review. Papers that pass initial review by the editors will receive a remuneration.


Suggested or Proposed Topics:

1.      Methods and methodology behind processing qualitative or quantitative data on China’s foreign influence operations;

2.      The definitions, debates, and theoretical frameworks on united front work and sharp power;

3.      Understanding bilateral relationships between China and ‘one-belt-one-road’ countries through the concepts of united front work or sharp power;

4.      How China utilizes and expands its influence through sponsorship, investment, business mergers and acquisitions, tourism, cultural and academic exchanges and other civil activities;

5.      The history, cases, development, or institutions of CCP’s ‘Grand Foreign Propaganda’ (da wai xuan);

6.      Issues related to Overseas Chinese Offices, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Offices, Hanban, Confucius Institutes and other offices dealing with overseas affairs;

7.      Studies on CCP’s Central United Front Work Department, provincial and local united front work activities, and their social and overseas organs;

8.      Studies on the nine UFW ‘targets’:  Chinese democrats, religious and ethnic minorities, Hong Kong-Macao-Taiwan residents, bureaucrats, businessmen, intellectuals, Tibetans, Uyghurs, and the ‘New Social Stratum’;

9.      History, policy, regulations, institutions of religious and ethnic relations; domestically, transnationally, or comparatively (broadly defined);

10.  Studies on think tanks, social media, publications, or subjects related to agenda setting, public opinion management, or the ‘struggle for the power of discourse’ (huayu quan zheng duo).





Organizers: Dr. Chien-wen Kou & Dr. Ray Wang, National Chengchi University

Phone:  886 + 2  8237-7256


Issues & Studies

Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Chien-wen Kou

Executive Editor: Dr. Chih-shian Liou

Email: issues@nccu.edu.tw

Website: https://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/is

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