The Impact of Education Exchange on US-China Relations: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

The 15th Annual American Studies Network Conference

November 2-4, Shanghai

Co-sponsored by:  East China Normal University

US-China Education Trust

With the support of The U.S.-China New Perspectives Foundation and New York University Shanghai

 

East China Normal University and the US-China Education Trust cordially invite scholars and graduate students from all disciplines to participate in the 15th Annual ASN Conference, “The Impact of Education Exchange on US-China Relations: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” to be held November 2-4, at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.

There will be a special forum for graduate students, who will have an opportunity to win Presentation Awards.  The top two winners will join a USCET Anniversary Delegation attending the American Studies Association annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Conference Theme

Throughout the ups and downs of the US-China relationship, international education exchange has remained a force for mutual understanding. However, in the context of China’s rise, the two nations have arrived at a critical juncture. Competing interests, gaps in perceptions, and differing political systems prevent the two nations from achieving a deeper level of cooperation. Now it is more important than ever for the next generation of leaders to study the use of international education exchange as a force for easing distrust and promoting peace as well as collaboration.  

Beginning in 1854, when Yung Wing became the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university, education and cultural exchange has been an integral element of US-China relations. The Boxer Indemnity scholarships, called “the most important scheme for educating Chinese students in America,” later served as a model for the Fulbright Program, in which China was the first country to participate when a Fulbright accord was signed in 1947 between the nationalist government of China and the United States government. The Fulbright Program resumed after a lapse of several decades in 1980. As of 2016, over 300 thousand Chinese students account for 32% of all international students studying in the United States, while China is the 5th largest recipient of US students at its education institutions. Given the level of distrust and misunderstanding that characterizes the bilateral relationship today, the 2018 ASN Conference will reflect on the history of US-China relations through people-to-people exchange, explore current trends, and determine how the past can inform the future of the most important bilateral relationship in the world.

Conference participants will discuss and debate the tangible impact of international education exchange. How can we quantify the effect of exchanges like the Fulbright Program on US-China relations? How did the earliest exchanges between the United States and China affect the bilateral relationship?  To what extent do the thousands of foreign exchange students bring our nations closer together?

We cordially welcome paper proposals in English from scholars of various disciplines on topics such as:

1.   The Boxer Indemnity Scholarships: A Magnanimous Gift or Imperialist Obligation?

2.   The Fulbright Program and US-China Relations

3.   American Studies in China: History, Impact, and Challenges

4.   US-China Education Exchange: Quantifying Impact

5.   Innovative Practices in International Exchange Around the World

6.   Overcoming Language and Cultural Barriers in US-China Education Exchange

The above list is meant only to suggest a possible range of topics. You are encouraged to submit proposals on other topics related to the overarching theme of the conference. Interdisciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome since the topics themselves stretch across several disciplines.

 

General Guidelines for Paper Submission

You are welcome to submit a proposal by September 14, 2018, using the attached Paper Proposal, which should contain your contact information, title, keywords, and an abstract of 300-500 words. The Organizing Committee will evaluate the proposal on the basis of relevance to the conference theme and notify you of its acceptance.  If you are notified that your proposal was accepted, please send the full text of your paper (no more than 5,000 words in English, excluding references) to asn2018@163.com.  Even if your submission is not accepted, you are still welcome to participate in the conference without presenting.

Please use the Chicago style for documentation and editing. The specific format this conference follows are short footnotes plus bibliography. In case you need further information on the style, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), or visit the Chicago Style Online website: www.chicagomanualofstyle.org

 

The Graduate Student Forum

Sponsored by Beijing Foreign Studies University

Made possible with the Support of the LUCE Foundation

Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) is the sponsor of the Graduate Student Forum at the 15th ASN Conference.

Graduate student participants who have submitted a complete paper before September 14, 2018 are eligible to be considered for the Graduate Presentation Awards, in accordance with the decision of a Panel of Judges. Please include the abstract with the complete paper submission. (Abstract must be between 300-500 words and full text must not exceed 5000 words, not including references). There are no separate deadlines for abstracts and completed conference papers for this competition. Abstracts will be accepted, but preference will be given to those who submit full papers. The winners of the competition will be announced during the week of September 17, 2018.

The Graduate Student Forum will be held at a special session during the conference. The authors of the two top papers will win an opportunity to join the USCET ASN 15th Anniversary Delegation attending the 2018 American Studies Association (ASA) annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, to be held November 8-11.

Please submit your papers to asc@bfsu.edu.cn no later than September 14, 2018.

 

Registration Fee

The registration fee covers meals, conference program, and admission to all conference sessions.

Academics - RMB 1000

Students - RMB 400

Dates: November 2nd (arrival) to 4th, 2018

Venue:  East China Normal University, Shanghai.

Contact

Hengshan Jin  PhD 金衡山
Professor of English & American Studies
Deputy Director, Center for American Studies
East China Normal University
Shanghai, China

Click to Download 2018 Call for Papers

 

 

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第十五届美国联络研究会会议

“教育交流影响下的中美关系:昨天、今天和明天”

11月2-4日,上海

共同主办人:华东师范大学、中美教育基金会(USCET)以及来自美中新视角基金会和纽约大学上海分校的支持

 

华东师范大学和中美教育基金会诚挚邀请了各学科的学者与研究生学生一起参加11月2-4日在中国上海华东师范大学举办的题为“教育交流影响下的中美关系:昨天、今天和明天”的第十五届美国联络研究会会议。研究生将会有一个特殊的论坛,有机会获得演讲奖。前两名获得者将加入USCET周年纪念代表团,参加在乔治亚州亚特兰大举行的美国研究联络会年会。

 

会议主题

纵观中美关系的起起伏伏,国际教育始终是互相理解的力量。但是,在中国崛起的背景下,两国关系正处于关键时刻。相互竞争的利益、观念上的差距以及不同的政治制度阻碍了两国实现更深层次的合作。现在,下一代领导人比以往任何时候都更重要的是,研究如何利用国际教育交流作为缓解不信任、促进和平以及合作的力量。

从1854年容闳成为第一个从美国大学毕业的中国留学生开始,教育和文化交流就成为中美关系的重要组成部分。被称为“对留美中国学生最重要的教育计划”的庚子赔款奖学金后来成为了福布莱特计划的模型。当中华民国政府与美国政府与1947年签署福布莱特协议时,中国成为了第一个参与国。福布莱特计划在1980年,中断了几十年之后重新启动。截至2016年,占了国际学生32%的30万留学生在美国留学,同时中国也是美国第五大留学教育接收国。鉴于现如今中美关系中存在的不信任与误解,2018年的美国研究联络会将通过人文交流、探索当前局势、以及确定过去是如何影响世界上最重要的双边关系的未来去解读中美关系的历史。

与会者将讨论和思考国际教育交流的实际影响。我们如何量化像福布莱特计划这样的项目对美中关系的影响?中美之间最早的交往是如何影响两国关系的?成千上万的留学生在多大程度上拉近了我们两国之间的距离?

我们诚挚的欢迎各学科的学者们就下列问题提出英文的书面建议:

1. 庚子赔款奖学金:是宽宏大量的礼物还是帝国主义的义务?

 2. 福布莱特计划与中美关系

3. 在中国的美国研究:历史、影响与挑战

4. 中美教育交流:量化的影响

5. 世界范围内国际交流的创新之举

6. 克服中美教育交流中的语言和文化障碍

 

研究生论坛

由北京外国语大学举办,由卢斯基金会(LUCE Foundation)支持。

北京外国语大学是第十五届美国研究联络会会议研究生论坛的主办方。

2018年9月14日前提交一份完整论文的研究生学员,根据评审小组的决定,有资格参加研究生演讲礼。请将摘要连同完整的论文一并提交。(摘要必须在300-500字之间,全文不得超过5000字,不包括参考文献)。这次比赛没有单独的摘要和完成会议论文的截止日期。只有完整的论文才有资格考虑。竞赛的获胜者将于2018年9月17日宣布。

 

论文提交的一般准则

请于2018年9月14日前提交一份提案,使用随附的纸质提案,并包含您的联系方式、题目、关键字和300-500字的摘要。组委会将根据是否与会议主题相关的基础上对提案进行评估,并在2018年8月31日之前通知您该提案是否通过。如果您被告知您的提案已通过,请发送完整的论文(不超过5000个英文单词,不包括参考文献)到asn2018@163.com。即使您的提案没有通过,也欢迎您来参加会议。

请用芝加哥格式(Chicago Style)编辑和撰写论文。本次会议具体使用的形式是脚注(footnote)和参考目录(bibliography)。如果您需要更加详细的信息,请参考芝加哥格式手册(Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.))或登录芝加哥格式网站:www.chicagomanualofstyle.org

 

注册费用

注册费用包括餐食、会议项目和所有会议的参与。

学者:1000人民币

学生:400人民币

日期:11月2-4日

会场地点:上海华东师范大学

联络人:

金衡山博士

英语与美国研究教授

美国研究中心副主任

华东师范大学

上海,中国