Call for Papers August 2016

Mapping China, Germany’s first Student Network on Chinese Studies & Political Science, is pleased to announce its first ever Call for Papers on:

Integration and Disintegration in Asia: Mapping Domestic and Regional Challenges for China


Asia today is facing a multitude of partly overlapping integration and disintegration processes, where institutions and actors follow conflicting and reinforcing strategies of integration. China as a major rising power is playing an increasingly important and at times contradictory role of its handling of security issues, domestic ambitions, relations to neighbouring states and the framing of its ‘Chinese dream’. China is influencing regional integration and disintegration while at the same time being influenced by other players in the region.

This call for papers wants to take a student-led look at China’s role on regional integration and disintegration while at the same time analysing how China’s regional integration policy is being influenced by domestic and regional challenges.

Mapping China is especially interested to publish papers which address:

  • The implications and reach of ‘One Belt, One Road’, particularly in Central Asia
  • South China Sea conflicts, implications for the US role in Asia and for East Asian security
  • New challenges for China’s relations with ASEAN and/or neighbouring states
  • China’s balancing act between (conflicting) domestic ambitions and its role in Asian regionalism
  • Papers addressing: soft power, migrant networks, Chinese dream, foreign policy under Xi Jinping and/or rising nationalism in China

This Call for Papers is explicitly aimed at those Bachelor and Master students (and all interested PhD students) with an interdisciplinary background in Area Studies, Political and Social Science or in International Relations who have been working on or want to work on China and who are looking to publish their first research for a wider audience.

All accepted and reviewed papers and all author’s short bios will be published on Mapping China’s website. Exceptional essays and research papers will be published in the Mapping China Journal which will be launched in October 2017. Students can choose to either submit a two to five-page short essay or a full research paper (6000 to 8000 words). Papers in both English and German will be accepted.

Interested participants are invited to submit an abstract in English or German (max. 250 words) of their paper to the organisers at Mapping China ( until 06 September 2016. Participants should indicate whether they intend to publish a short essay or a research paper. The results of the selection process will be communicated by 10 September 2016. Finished short essays and research papers will be published online in the category  China in regional integration processes by the end of October.

For further information including Mapping China’s preferred citation style, visit the website at or write an email to contact the organisers directly.

We are looking forward to your submissions!

Aya Adachi, Tatjana Romig and Julia Tatrai

Mapping China Directors



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