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Special Feature on Internet Governance in China

China Perspectives and Perspectives Chinoises: Call for papers

Much less is known, however, about the more diversified forms of power that are embedded in Internet governance, broadly conceived as the incremental conception, implementation, regulation, management and uses of Internet networks and services. Political positions and ideological visions are embedded in technological choices, from the layout of physical networks and routers to the development of applications like search engines or expression platforms. The crafting, implementation and interpretation of regulatory measures are also of crucial importance in framing the users’ agency, and so do business models, funding or pricing issues among other aspects.

These issues are not only in the hands of central and local governments, but also of a variety of more or less independent agencies like registrars, self-regulation associations, private companies, individual developers and hackers. Users, either individually or collectively, also contribute to building the characteristics of the Chinese Internet, as they may adopt or not online services, complain about particular features or even use them in a way that was not foreseen by the developers or regulators. In other words, these various aspects of Internet governance offer insights on the complex and often ambiguous (power) relationships between the local and central government, private actors and Chinese citizens.

It is all the more important to further document these aspects as China has become more assertive on the global stage, and now strives to push Chinese interests through technological standards, economic and cultural domination and global Internet governance schemes. As a result, Chinese positions carry increasing weight on such global issues as net neutrality, copyright, privacy, or freedom of speech, to mention but a few.

China Perspectives thus plans to publish a special feature on Internet governance in China, which will cover these aspects from a multidisciplinary perspective, including law, political science, political economy, political sociology, communication, or international relations.

Contributions are welcome on such topics as:

  • the political and ideological foundations of Internet development in China
  • the political stakes of technological choices
  • the central / local relationship within the Chinese administration and Internet service providers
  • the role of businesses
  • the political economy of the Internet in China
  • the motivations and stakes of the Chinese positions on global Internet governance innovative usage of Internet services, apps etc.
  • the maker / hacker movement and its role in the development of the Chinese Internet (list not exhaustive)

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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Call for papers: New European Research on Contemporary China


2-4 July, 2014


Beijing (Delegation of the European Union to China)

Deadline for submission

15 February 2014


Ms. Miriam Yang, cefc@cefc.com.hk

This conference aims to bring together doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers and recent PhDs based in China, either European nationals or affiliated with European research institutions, in order to produce an overview of the emerging problematics in Chinese studies. The focus of the conference is on contemporary China, in a multi-disciplinary social science perspective.

Along with the growing exchanges between China and Europe, the number of European doctoral candidates and recent PhDs in humanities and social sciences doing research in and studying China has increased; many young Chinese scholars also choose to bring their expertise on contemporary China to European academic institutions. They all represent the future of European research on contemporary China. The main purpose of this Conference held for the second time in Beijing is to provide a forum for these young researchers at the European level and in China. The success of the first edition held in 2012 which gathered 50 young researchers from 15 countries (selected among 130 applicants) confirmed the necessity to provide such a forum for reflection and discussion. The Conference will be an occasion to facilitate exchanges on common research subjects, compare perspectives and methodologies, and promote interdisciplinary dialogue. By providing a space for debate and reflection, the Conference intends to contribute to the emergence of more diverse theoretical approaches on the subject. It will enable the participants not only to expand their network and broaden their horizon, but also to take part in the construction of European research networks and promote China-Europe dialogue.


  • French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) and Sino-French Academic Center (CFC, Tsinghua University)
  • EURAXESS Links China

Supported by

  • Delegation of the European Union to China
  • European Center for China Studies (ECCS), Peking University
  • Heinrich-Böll Foundation
  • Think in China

Who can apply?

The Conference is designed for doctoral candidates and recent PhDs in humanities and social sciences currently in China or planning to be in China in the summer of 2014, either European nationals or affiliated with a European university or research institute, regardless of nationality. Among the different disciplines that will be considered: anthropology, law, economics, geography, history, literature, international relations, political sciences and sociology.

Practical arrangements

The conference will sponsor domestic travel within China and accommodation in Beijing for selected participants; however, no funding is available for international travel.

Registration details and schedule

  1. A paper title and abstract (up to 20 lines) in English is to be sent by 15 February 2014 to Ms. Miriam Yang: cefc@cefc.com.hk.
  2. The selected participants will be notified by 15 April 2014.
  3. The final papers (up to 8000 words) should be sent by 31 May 2014.
  4. Selected papers may be published in the journal China Perspectives/ Perspectives chinoises.

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Aurélia Martin

Chargée de communications et des médias pour l'UMR Chine Corée Japon (CNRS)

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In the Name of the State: Interactions between local administrators and citizens

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  • Editorial – Isabelle Thireau (Free access)
  • Operating Norms and Practices of Residents’ Committees: The consequences and limits of management by numbers – Wang Di (Free access)
  • Interactions Between Chengguan and Street Vendors in Beijing: How the unpopularity of an administration affects relations with the public – Emmanuel Caron
  • Who is Relocating Whom in the Renovation of Shanghai’s Old City? – Zhang Kai
  • The Leap to the City: Resistance and transition in a Chinese village facing urbanisation – Boris Svartzman
  • Recognising Adoption: Family relationships tested by birth control – Karine-Hinano Guérin
  • Providing Access to Water: The pump, the spring, and the klu. Brokerage and local development on the Tibetan Plateau – Xénia de Heering

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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Chinese women: becoming half the sky?

Special issue of China Perspectives on Chinese women.

  • p.2,  Editorial 2012/4 Isabelle Attané Full text available on line
  • p.5, Being a Woman in China Today: A demography of gender Isabelle Attané Full text available on line
  • p.17, Equality, Did You Say? Chinese feminism after 30 years of reforms Tania AngeloffMarylène Lieber
  • p.25 ,“Jumping Out of the Agricultural Gate” (tiaochu nongmen): Social mobility and gendered intra-household resource distribution among children in a central Chinese village, 1950-2012  Huang Yuqin
  • p.35 , Why Women Own Less, And Why It Matters More in Rural China’s Urban Transformation  Sally Sargeson
  • Special Feature
  • p.43, The Migration of Women from Northern China: A gender-oriented choice? Florence Lévy


Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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