Reimagining China Studies in North America: Current Conditions and Prospects Roundtable

Saturday, 27 May 2023 | 14:00 to 15:00 EDT | Room X106, Executive Learning Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University

This roundtable at Congress 2023 at York University tackles the topic of reimagining China Studies in North America in a new era. Geopolitical tensions between China and the West (United States in particular) were already rising ominously, as such the field literally does not look the same now and down the road. In the meantime, the horizon of topics of study and methods has significantly broadened, and cooperation with scholars in China has been raised to a higher and more productive level over the past two decades. Against this backdrop, the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies organized the China Studies Advisory Group in 2020–21, which identified issues, conducted research, drew implications and made recommendations in a report that summarizes the Group’s findings and reflections, namely, China Studies in North America: A Report on Survey Research by the Luce/ACLS Advisory Group. This roundtable is meant to introduce this discussion to the Canadian context, and help reflect on evolution of this field, anticipate future demand and challenges as well as address diversity and inclusion in China Studies in Canada.

Chair/Moderator: Qiang Zha, Faculty of Education, York University


Joan Judge is Professor in the Department of History at York University, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is a cultural historian of print and knowledge in modern China, and her recent works include Women Warriors and National Heroes: Global Histories (co-edited with Boyd Cothran and Adrian Shubert, Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), and Women and the Periodical Press in China’s Global Twentieth Century: A Space of Their Own? (co-edited with Michel Hockx and Barbara Mittler, Cambridge University Press, 2018). She is currently engaged in a project with the working title “China’s Mundane Revolution: Vernacular Knowledge and the Rise of the Common Reader, 1894-1954.”

Yingyi Ma is Professor of Sociology and Director of Asian/Asian American Studies at Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is also the National Faculty Advisor for Luce/ACLS China Studies Program from 2021–23. Her recent monograph, Ambitious and Anxious: How Chinese College Students Succeed and Struggle in American Higher Education, published in 2020 by Columbia University Press, won 2021 Best Book Award, Higher Education Special Interest Group, Comparative and International Education Association, and Bourdieu Book Award Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association.

Jeremy Paltiel is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Carleton University. He has authored numerous articles on Chinese politics, human rights and the Chinese tradition, civil-military relations in China, East Asian foreign relations, and Sino-Canadian relations. His recent works include Canada and Great Power Competition: Canada Among Nations 2021 (co-edited with David Carment and Laura Macdonald, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) and a book chapter “Between Two Orders in the Asia Pacific Navigating a Treacherous Reef” in The New Asian Disorder (edited by Lowell Dittmer, The University of Hong Kong Press, 2022).

Michael Szonyi is the Frank Wen-hsiung Wu Professor of Chinese History and former Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. His most recent works are The China Questions 2: Critical Insights into US-China Relations (co-edited with Adele Carrai and Jennifer Rudolph, Harvard University Press, 2022) and Making Meritocracy: Lessons from China and India, from Antiquity to the Present (co-edited with Tarun Khanna, Oxford University Press, 2022).

The roundtable is presented with the support of the York Centre for Asian Research.

This event is presented as part of Congress 2023 at York University. Conference registration is required to attend this event. More information is available at this link.