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Call for Papers February 2017

Mapping China, Germany’s First Student Network on Chinese Studies & Political Science, is pleased to announce its double and final Call for Papers for the 2017 journal on EU-China relations.

1. Research Papers on:
Changing Dynamics between a Fragmented EU and China’s Rise as Rule-shaper in Global Politics

Both China and the EU are relatively new actors in global politics. The EU has long faced constraints in defining its role in global politics. In recent years, China has increasingly acted as a rule-shaper in global affairs. As interdependent trade partners, both sides have vested interests in being able to enjoy maximum access to each other’s markets. However, disagreements over human rights, arms embargo, market access and trade conflicts have constrained China-EU relations and their proclaimed strategic partnership. While the partnership has been elevated from when it was first announced (2003), to include the EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation that lays out four areas, it has not been operationalized nor does the non-binding nature of the agenda encourage utilization of the strategic partnership. Furthermore, while the EU is faced with economic and political crises in the face of severe challenges (from national debts to refugees) that fuel disunity and disintegration, China prefers bilateral relations over engagement with the EU as a whole. How can the EU-China partnership be elevated to a higher level? How can the EU act and engage in order to prevent being acted upon by an increasingly self-confident China?

Mapping China is especially interested to publish research papers which:

  • Investigate disunity within EU that pose as challenges for implementing a coherent EU China policy
  • Analyse areas of conflicts (human rights, arms embargo, market access and trade conflicts) or cooperation (e.g. urbanisation) in China-EU relations
  • Evaluate the strategic nature of the EU-China Strategic Partnership
  • Map out the bilateral relations between China and one individual member state in context of overall EU-China relations
  • Account for China and EU as non-unitary actors

2. Furthermore, Mapping China is pleased to announce a Call for Essays on:
How OBOR impacts China-EU Relations

While the EU is faced with disunity and disintegration, China’s role in regional integration is gaining momentum. The EU has long served as a model for regional integration. However, as China is projecting its own contrasting vision for mega-regional integration, One Belt One Road (OBOR), the EU is increasingly forced to act and engage in order to prevent being acted upon.

Is OBOR suited to deepen EU-China relations? Who leads whom in regional integration?

Mapping China would like to feature 3-page essay on EU and China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, which deals with one or more of the following questions:

  • What implications has OBOR for the EU?
  • How can EU engage with China through OBOR?
  • How does OBOR affect EU relations with other affiliated countries?

This Call for Papers is explicitly aimed at those Bachelor and Master students (and all interested PhD students in their early stages of their dissertation) 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 shortlisted for being published in the Mapping China Journal which will be launched in October 2017. Students can choose to either submit an essay (3 pages) 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 along with a CV or short bio to the organizers at Mapping China ( until 09 March 2017. Participants should indicate whether they intend to publish an essay or a research paper. The results of the selection process will be communicated by the end of March 2017. Finished short essays and research papers will be published online in the category “China-EU”.

For further information, including Mapping China’s preferred citation style, kindly 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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