Sunday, April 8, 2018

Call for papers: 4th China and The Middle East Conference 第四届“中国与中东”国际学术研讨会 中国与西亚:经济发展与社会政治合作

4th China and The Middle East Conference:
China and West Asia: Economic Development; and Social and Political Cooperation
Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University
Cappadocia - TURKEY
June 20-22, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Prints a Plan to Deepen the Reform of the Party and State Institutions

2018-03-21 16:05:25 来源: 新华网 
新华社北京3月21日电 近日,中共中央印发了《深化党和国家机构改革方案》,并发出通知,要求各地区各部门结合实际认真贯彻执行。   《深化党和国家机构改革方案》全文如下。

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Join Us in Shanghai University (SHU) - Shanghai University 2018 International Forum for Young Scholars

Shanghai University 2018 International Forum for Young Scholars
Sub-Forum for Humanities and Social Sciences


Supported by key development funds at both the national and municipal levels, the field of Humanities and Social Sciences play a foundational role at Shanghai University. Currently it covers six first-tier disciplines: Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, World history, Archaeology, and Sociology and Politics, with four undergraduate programs being offered in Chinese Language and Literature, Teaching Chinese as a foreign language, History and Sociology; four first-level PhD programs in Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, World History and Sociology; and three professional MA programs in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Cultural Relics and Museums and Social Work. In addition, there are four postdoctoral fellowship positions in Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, World History and Sociology. The disciplines of Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, World history and Sociology have been chosen for the Summit and Plateau Discipline Programsponsored by the Shanghai Municipality. In addition, Sociology has been designated as one of the top four Sociology departments in the country.  

By organizing this forum, we invite young scholars in Literature, Chinese history, World History, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, International Relations and International Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, Folklore, Public Administration or other related backgrounds to join us at Shanghai University to discuss and explore new approaches and methods inHumanities and Social Sciences. Through this event, we hope to recruit young academics who can help us build the field of Humanities and Social Sciences at Shanghai University.

The forum includes symposiums, academic seminars and a talent fair, all of which serve as a platform for young Chinese and foreign scholars to exchange ideas and explore opportunities at Shanghai University.

Profile of Shanghai University
As a public university, selected for the state key construction “Project 211”, Shanghai University is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. Shanghai University is listed among those statewide universities transforming their own preeminent disciplines into first-class programmes under China’s “Double-First Class” initiative.

Shanghai University has multiple disciplines, covering Philosophy, Economics, Law, Literature, History, Natural Science, Engineering, Management and Arts. Has over 25 colleges; 1 Academic Administrative Department; and two university-administrated faculties; 71 undergraduate programmes; 171 master degree programmes; 13 majors for master degree programmes; 79 doctoral degree programmes; 18 independently increased doctoral degree programmes in second-class disciplines (including seven interdisciplinary doctoral degree programmes) and 19 postdoctoral workstations. Moreover, SHU has 4 national-level key disciplines; 11 first-level disciplines in Shanghai, and 8 disciplines ranked in the top 1% in ESI. In 2017, it ranked among the world’s top 60 universities with a history of less than 50 years, topping the list of such universities in China’s mainland; was ranked 31st in 2017’s ‘US News Global University Rankings’ (within Mainland China), and 15th in 2018’s ‘QS World University Rankings’. (In Mainland China) 

Shanghai University is open to the world’s academics and researchers, attracting first-rate scholars to join SHU through the “Talents Plan” platform, set up by China’s central government and Shanghai’s local government, focusing on the “First-Class Basic Discipline Construction Plan” and “Frontier and Key Discipline Development Plan”.

1. Applicants should be aged below 45, have a PhD qualification from top universities or institutions; plusmore than two years research experience abroad.
2. Possess recognized, outstanding academic achievement and excellent research potential in the related field.
3. Aspire to return to China, be based in the Shanghai area, and engaged in academic research work.

Literature, Linguistics, Chinese History, World History, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, International Relations and International Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, Folklore and Public Administration, and related fields.

Meals and Accommodation
Meals and accommodation for the invited participants will be arranged by Shanghai University during the forum.

Shanghai University will reimburse round-trip air tickets for invited participants (economy class, up to RMB 12, 000 Rmb/person, for Europe, America and Australia; and up to RMB 6,000 Rmb/person for other countries or regions. Travel expenses for invited participants from China will be reimbursed upon presentation of original receipts based on the relevant state financial regulations).

Venue: New Lehu Hotel, Shanghai University, No.716, Jinqiu Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai.

Agenda and Contact Details

May 25th -27, 2018

Applicants are expected to submit applications via e-mail before 10th April and mark their applications: “Sub-Forum for Humanities and Social Sciences”. 
Application materials include the registration form for ‘Shanghai University Forum for International Young Scholars Sub-Forum for Humanities and Social Sciences,personal resumes, table of contents for three representative achievements, and related materials.

Literature, Linguistics, Chinese History, World History, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, International Relations and International Politics and related fields;
 please contact: Qin Feifei (Tel: +86-021-66133228; Email:

Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, Folklore and Public Administration; 
please contact: Fan Jie (Tel: +86-021-66135205, +86-021-66134142;

Attachment Application Form
2018 Shanghai University Junior Scholar Forum of
Humanities and Social Sciences Application Form
Applicant Name


Date of Birth


Mobile phone No. (China)

Current Organization/University/Title/Position

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(Additional pages can be attached)

Notes: Please send this application form together with your resume to qinfeifei1123 (at) (Ms. Qin)fanjie (at) (Mr. Fan). Please specify “2018 Shanghai University Junior Scholar Forum ofHumanities and social studies Application” in the email subject bar.

Tugrul Keskin
Associate Professor
Shanghai University 

China: 86+15000-465734

Recent Books:
Middle East Studies after September 11 Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia. Brill, 2018.

U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From American Missionaries to the Islamic State. Palgrave, 2018.

Editor of Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill)
Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Global Sixties: Transnational Connectivity and Global Consciousness - November 30 to December 1, 2018 - SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY

Global Sixties: Transnational Connectivity and Global Consciousness
If one year epitomized the Sixties, a tumultuous decade during which major social movements seemed to have stormed the whole world, 1968 stands out. In this year, massive protest movements erupted in Paris, Prague, Chicago, Mexico City, Tokyo, and other major cities across the globe. All these movements not only precipitated novel political and cultural experiments but also shaped the global power structure. The events of 1968, however, left us with a controversial legacy, including not just a conservative counter-revolution, known as the neo-liberal agenda in the subsequent decades, but also the achievements of the Civil Rights movement and a growing public awareness about gender equality and environment protection.
Taking the opportunity to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 1968, the Institute of Global Studies at Shanghai University invites paper and panel submissions for an interdisciplinary conference titled: Global Sixties: Transnational Connectivity and Global Consciousness, to be held from November 30 to December 1, 2018 at Shanghai University, P.R.C. The conference seeks to encourage research which makes empirical or theoretical contributions to the Global Sixties, a new research paradigm recently established, by inviting submissions that address any of (but not limited to) the themes listed below:
  1. Specific events of 1968, explored through either local and transnational lens. E.g. The May 1968 events in Paris, the Japanese student uprising, the Tlatelolco massacre, etc.
  2. The Second/Third World ‘Sixty-Eight’: the crisis of ‘actually existing socialism’ and domestic discontent in former colonies, e.g. the Prague Spring, the Naxalite movement in India, the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) in Peru, Apartheid in South Africa.
  3. Iconic figures with global influence: Che Guevara, Martin Luther King, Jr, Nelson Mandela, etc.
  4. ‘Revolutionaries’ on the road: fellow-travelers and the establishment of (in)formal transnational networks and connections prior to and after 1968.
  5. The gendered 1968: the rising feminist movement in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and its complicated relationship with the New Left
  6. The catalyzing effect of image and sound: e.g. street graffiti in Paris, the music of Bob Dylan, and the world-wide circulation of the Little Red Book.
  7. The intersection of counter-culture and radical politics: the hippies, the Situationist International, etc.
  8. The legacies of 1968 and its contemporary heirs: the demise of welfarism and the rise of neo-liberalism as a dominant global ideology, the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall-street movement, etc.
Those interested in presenting at the conference are invited to send the complete paper, together with a short abstract of no more than 250 words and a curriculum vitae to by September 30, 2018. The selection process is competitive. Inquiries about submissions and other issues should be directed to the conference secretariat at or The conference does not charge a fee but will also not cover travel and hotel expenses. (Suggestions can be offered regarding finding suitable hotels near the campus upon inquiry).

China: Time of Xi Episode 1, 2 and 3 -- People’s Republic

China: Time of Xi Episode 1 -- People’s Republic 

China: Time of Xi Episode 2 -- Running China Now

China: Time of Xi Episode 3 -- All Aboard

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Legendary Silk Road

Legendary Silk Road

Travel to Kashgar! Josh's Top Recommendations in Xinjiang's Best Silk Road Oasis

Travel to Kashgar! Josh's Top Recommendations in Xinjiang's Best Silk Road Oasis

Karakoram Highway in HD! Adventure of a Lifetime from Kashgar (China) to Pakistan

Thursday, February 15, 2018

新年快乐 Happy 'DOG' New Year 2018 and Fortune Tales | The Story of Chinese New Year

Fortune Tales | The Story of Chinese New Year

新年快乐 Happy 'DOG' New Year 2018

A New Book: The New Frontier of the Middle East Politics and Economy by Sun Degang, Liu Zhongmin, (eds)

World Knowledge Publishing House 
August 1, 2017 
PAGES:246 pages

Dr. Degang SUN is Professor and Deputy Director of the Middle East Studies Institute of Shanghai International Studies University, China. He was a Senior Associate Member at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and an Academic Visitor to Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (2012-2013). His research interests are great powers’ Middle East Strategy, Middle East Security and China’s Middle East Diplomacy. His most recent works are Quasi-alliance Diplomacy in Theory and Practice: An Empirical Studies of the Relations between Great Powers and the Middle East (Beijing: World Affairs, 2012); “China’s Response to the Revolts in the Arab World: A Case of Pragmatic Diplomacy”, (Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2014, with Professor Yahia Zoubir); and “China’s Economic Diplomacy towards the Arab Countries: Challenges Ahead?” (Journal of Contemporary China with Professor Yahia Zoubir).  Zhongming Liu, Ph.D. in Laws, is the professor, Ph.D. supervisor and director of the Middle East Studies Institute (MESI) of Shanghai International Studies University, editor-in-chief of Arab World Studies which is a Chinese core journal, as well as a member of the academic committee of Shanghai International Studies University. Prior to joining the MESI, he has severed at Hebei Normal University and the Ocean University of China successively. He also performs the responsibilities of vice president at the Chinese Society of Asian and African Studies, standing director of Chinese Association of Middle East Studies, standing director of Chinese Society of World Ethno-National Studies, member of the editorial board of the journal West Asia and Africa, etc. In recent years, he has visited the U.S., UK and more than a dozen Middle East countries for academic exchanges. He has hosted many research projects on provincial and ministerial levels or above funded by National Social Science Fund and important projects of key research bases on humanities and social sciences of Ministry of Education. More than 10 of his research results have been awarded as provincial or ministerial-level outstanding scientific achievements. Liu was selected to the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University in 2006, and awarded as Shanghai “Dawn Scholar” in 2007.
The Middle East “Quagmire”: Reflections on What Lies Ahead / Beenish SULTAN
Cracking Down on ISIL - A Long Way Ahead / JIANG Sheng
Will ISIS Be Killed by Low Oil Prices? / ZHOU Yimin
Religious Institution as Minority Representative: The Authoritarian Corporatism in Egypt / DUAN Jiuzhou
Arab Uprisings: Political and Social Transformation in West Asia and North Africa / Mahendra Pratap RANA
The Perspective of Saudi Arabia’s Economic Reform - Internal and External Elements / ZHOU Jiaxi & ZHANG Jianping
Say Goodbye to Oil Dependence? Key Points and Cooperative Prospects in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 / JING Danyang
The Perspective of Modernization: Iranian Women’s Employment since 1979 / HAN Jianwei
China’s Beidou Navigation Satellite System in the Arab World: A New Frontier of Cooperation? / SUN Degang & WANG Yaqing
China-Egypt Diplomatic Relations and the Current Development / YU Jianhua
Moroccan-Chinese Relationship: The Interaction of “Going East” and “Going Out” Strategies / Youssef HAFTI