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General Call for Essays — Special 2020 Journal Issue

The double-blind peer-reviewed Mapping China Journal (founded in 2017) is announcing a General Call for Essays for all interested students and early-stage PhD researchers working on Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).

For a special issue of the 2020 edition of the journal, we accept all essays on:

China Studies Through the Lens of Crisis

From policies against Uighurs in Xinjiang to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan to an increasingly hostile international environment, good press on China in 2020 has been hard to come by. This Call for Essays therefore invites all aspiring authors and researchers to ask how national and international developments are being shaped and are shaping China Studies in 2020.

Topics can cover a wide range – including but not limited to:

  • the deterioration of the US-China relationship under the backdrop of the looming election
  • Covid-19 related racism
  • ethical considerations of research(ers) with regards to Xinjiang and China’s policies against Uighurs
  • problems limited access to the field have created for research
  • general contemplations on the state of China Studies

Research-based as well as personal interpretations and opinion pieces are welcome.

This Call for Essay is explicitly aimed at those Bachelor, Master and PhD students/researchers 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 original research for a wider audience. The selected essays (no more than 12.000 characters without spaces or 2000 words) will be published as part of a special edition within the fourth edition of the Mapping China Journal which will be published in December 2020. Essays in both English and German will be accepted.

Interested authors submit their finished essays until 5th October 2020. Selected authors need to have the time to undergo one round of revisions in October / November. For further information, authors should refer to the journal submission guidelines and the MCJ ethics statement before handing in any work.

Please hand in your essays to Julia Tatrai at juliatatrai@mappingchina.de.

We are looking forward to your submissions!

Aya Adachi, Straton Papagianneas, Tatjana Romig and Julia Tatrai

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