Academic Conferences

The center hosts academic conferences where scholars meet to discuss their research and exchange ideas about future research collaboration. These conferences are closed to the public.

Upcoming Academic Conferences

There are no events scheduled at this time.

Past Academic Conferences

“The Evolution of Communist Political Systems”
Oct. 8 – 9, 2016 | Agenda (PDF)
This workshop, held at UC San Diego, honed in on the evolution of the remaining communist systems in China, Vietnam, North Korea and Cuba. It examined differences in leadership across the four systems; potential explanations for why they diverged; the theoretical implications the comparison provides for understanding the logic of communist institutions; and what the policy consequences of this divergence might be.

“Social Sciences and China Studies”
May 20 – 21, 2016
The Young Scholars Conference is an annual event that brings Chinese and American scholars together so they can exchange ideas and share research findings. The conference this year involved contributions from all social science disciplines that address critical issues in politics, law, economy, environment, media and information, and social change.

Analysis of China’s Institutions: Theory and Evidence

Jan. 16 – 17, 2016 | Beijing | Photos | News
This conference provided a forum for discussing cutting-edge theoretical and empirical analysis of China's economy and governance. It also provided scholars an opportunity to network and explore future joint research opportunities.

Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Survival
Dec. 4 – 5, 2015 | UC San Diego
Organized by professor Victor Shih, this international conference brought together experts on different types of authoritarian countries, ranging from monarchy to Leninist and communist regimes to examine the relationship between external economic shocks and authoritarian survival.

2016

Analysis of China’s Institutions: Theory and Evidence
Jan. 16 – 17, 2016 | Beijing
This conference was a sequel to the first “Theory and Evidence” conference on political economy held at UC San Diego in 2014. Jointly organized by Tsinghua University’s National Institute for Fiscal Studies and the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy’s 21st Century China Center, the conference brought together leading researchers on China’s political and economic institutions for two days of paper presentations and informal discussion. It provided a forum for discussing cutting-edge theoretical and empirical analysis of China's economy and governance. It also provided scholars an opportunity to network and explore future joint research opportunities. This was an invitation only academic conference.

2015

Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Survival (PDF)
Dec. 4 – 5, 2015 | UC San Diego
Organized by professor Victor Shih, this international conference brought together experts on different types of authoritarian countries, ranging from monarchy to Leninist and communist regimes to examine the relationship between external economic shocks and authoritarian survival. 

Graduate Research Conference in PRC History: Life Strategies, Identity Formations, and Political Crises in Socialist China, 1949-1989 (PDF)
June 15, 2015 | UC San Diego
This graduate student research conference in PRC history featured original work based on archival research by the Ph.D students in modern Chinese history at UC San Diego, East China Normal University in Shanghai, and other selected universities. Conference venue alternates between Shanghai and San Diego after 2015.

New Perspectives on Innovation and Intellectual Property Policy in China: What Does the Evidence Say?
May 19, 2015
Sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and UC San Diego (GPS, 21st Century China Center, and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation)

Governance in China
May 14 – 15, 2015 | UC San Diego
This academic conference provided a platform for young scholars from China’s Fudan University and the 10 University of California campuses to present current research on contemporary Chinese society, politics and economy, exchange ideas and network with each other.

Quantitative Studies of the Chinese Elite
Feb. 6 – 7, 2015 | UC San Diego | Interview with Joseph Fewsmith
The Quantifying Structural Transformation project led by researchers David Meyer and Victor Shih aims to develop more precise measures of changes in social networks and apply them to the larger networks within which the Chinese leadership operates.

California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue
Feb. 5 – 6, 2015 
For its inaugural forum, the California-Shanghai Innovation Dialogue gathered high-level business, political and academic leaders from California and Shanghai for influential conversations on topics crucial to the development of both regions.

2014

Religion in China Today: Resurgence and Challenge
Nov. 3, 2014
Over the past three decades, there has been a remarkable resurgence of religious belief and practice in China. This has taken many forms, from the revival and transformation of folk religion, the reinvigoration of Christianity, Buddhism and Islam, and even the creation of new religious movements. These developments present new challenges to the Chinese state and have led to global controversies over the government’s handling of these challenges. This conference brought together distinguished Chinese and American scholars for a dialogue about the causes and political consequences of these developments.

China’s Political Economy: Theory and Evidence
Oct. 6 – 7, 2014
This academic conference brought together leading researchers on China’s political economy. It provided a forum for the presentation and discussion of cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research on important topics about China such as governance, accountability, corruption, reform politics, media and the rise of middle class. It also aimed to provide an opportunity for the political economy scholars to explore joint research projects.

Politics of Stability Maintenance in China
Aug. 21 – 22, 2014
This workshop brought leading sociologists and political scientists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the U.S. for a workshop on the politics of stability maintenance in China. Each participant presented their latest original research at the workshop, the outcome of which will be edited into a volume to be published by an academic press. Cosponsored with Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China.

Social Power in China
May 19 – 20, 2014 | UC San Diego
This academic conference provided a platform for young scholars from China’s Fudan University and the 10 University of California campuses to present current research on contemporary Chinese society, politics and economy, exchange ideas and network with each other.

China-Japan Relations and the Role of the U.S.
March 7, 2014
This conference brought together 14 experts from China, Japan and the United States to discuss the history and current state of China-Japan relations and the role of the U.S. in light of the political and economic changes.

Is China the Next Mexico?
Jan. 16, 2014
Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s Ambassador to Beijing from 2007 to 2013, discussed the parallels and differences he observes between his country in the 1980s and 90s and China today, and how studying the last decades of Mexico’s PRI rule might serve to understand the future of the Chinese Communist Party. Guajardo's public keynote address is a part of a larger two-day conference called "Growth, Trade, Investment and the Future of Manufacturing in China, Mexico and the U.S."

2013

China's Domestic Challenges
March 25, 2013
This conference (hosted by the Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China) brought together scholars from throughout the University of California system and from Fudan University to discuss China’s contemporary domestic challenges.