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From Hegel to Mao and Beyond

Call for Papers

Theme: From Hegel to Mao and Beyond
Subtitle: The Long March of Sinicizing Marxism
Type: 5th International STCS Conference
Institution: Department of Asian Studies, University of Ljubljana
Location: Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Date: 20.–22.4.2018
Deadline: 25.11.2017

The 5th International STCS Conference will be held in Ljubljana
between April 20-22, 2018. The main goal of the STCS (Specific Topics
in Chinese Studies) conferences (organized by the Department of Asian
Studies at the University of Ljubljana) is to use knowledge and flow
of information through various disciplines to encourage and advance
the study of specific topics related to China. We also hope to create
and maintain a multidisciplinary platform for a fruitful exchange of
ideas on different types, images, and categories of Chinese cultures.
The 2018 conference is dedicated to the sinization of Marxism as a
paradigm for research on Marxist philosophy in contemporary China.

Even though its constitution declares China to be a socialist state,
it is hard to think about it as a Marxist or socialist society.
Nonetheless, the socialist theory and ideology remains a resilient
power and Marxism a subject of continuous investigation in China’s
academic world. However, despite the vast academic efforts to
understand and evaluate twentieth-century Chinese Marxism, numerous
problems regarding the reasons behind why Marxism has been
transformed into its current form in modern China remain open.
Although it is hard to evaluate the actual function and impact of
socialist and Marxist theories in present-day China, their complex
importance and their historical implications are certainly worth
considering for political, as well as theoretical and intellectual

Our main motives for organizing this event are based on the growing
international relevance of these discourses, which is linked to the
raise of the new Chinese superpower and the global redistribution of
political and economic power in contemporary societies. We hope that
the presentations and debates surrounding the new ideas and research
insights will highlight and critically evaluate the significance of
the Chinese theoretical approaches and developments that were shaped
during the recent history of Neo-Marxist and Post-Marxist theoretical
discourses. Due to the urgent need for historical reflections and
reinterpretations of these theories in light of contemporary concerns
we aim to highlight the importance of exchanges and mutual influences
between the different interpretations of Marxism in contemporary
societies. We also hope to illuminate the relation between various
current post-Maoist legitimization models and CCP ideologies on one
hand, and the various aspects of topical social discourses on the

In order to facilitate a fruitful academic dialogue between scholars
and students working in these research topics, we particularly (but
not exclusively) welcome papers focusing on the following aspects:

- Marxist, Neo-Marxist and Post-Marxist philosophical concepts and
- Hegelian dialectics, the traditional Chinese principle of
 correlative complementarity and new dialectical models
- Kant, Hegel and Marx through the prism of modern Chinese
- The question of estrangement
- Chinese interpretations of early and late Marx
- Intercultural and comparative implications of socialism as a
 concept and a theory
- Neo-Marxist aesthetics in China and abroad
- Dialectical materialism and related concepts in Chinese tradition
- Ontology, epistemology and phenomenology of sinicized Marxism
- The concept of permanent revolution and its connotations
- The relational Self and the modern subject in traditional and
 contemporary Chinese theory
- Ethical and political implications of sinicized Marxism
- Political and ideological applications/appropriations
- Moral and ethical systems behind human relationships in the scope
 of Marxist studies
- Traditional and modern understandings of social justice
- The role of trade unions, cooperatives and other alternative forms
 of self-management
- Socialism and communism “with Chinese characteristics”
- Collectivism vs. communitarianism
- Comparative Marxist studies
- Relations between philosophy, ideology and discourse in sinicized
 Marxism, etc.

We invite proposals for panels, round table discussions, and papers
addressing the outlined conference theme. Abstracts of under 250
words should be sent to Jana S. Rošker <jana.rosker(at)>
and/or Katja Kolšek <katja.kolsek(at)> by November 25, 2017
at the latest.

Submissions should include the author's name, academic qualification,
institutional affiliation, position, contact information – address,
telephone number, email. Scholars who will submit their proposals by
this deadline will be notified of their acceptance prior to January
15, 2018. The official languages of the conference are English and

The conference organizers will publish a selection of conference
papers in a special issue of our academic journal Asian Studies.

The conference fee which includes conference materials, a welcome
reception, a banquet dinner for all participants and coffee break
refreshments amounts to 80 Euro (40 Euro for PhD Students). This fee
is to be paid on the day of registration.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Organizational committee:
Prof. Dr. Jana S. Rošker
Assoc. Prof. Nataša Vampelj Suhadolnik
Assist. Prof. Dr. Katja Kolšek
Lect. Téa Sernelj, PhD Candidate
Matej Zima, PhD Candidate, junior researcher
Marko Ogrizek, PhD Candidate, junior researcher

Conference website: