In order to promote studies in Sinology, the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (Belgium) has set up a Marthe Engelborghs-Bertels Fund.

The prize named “Marthe Engelborghs-Bertels Prize for Sinology” will be given to the author of a memoir of great scientific value, unpublished or published for less than three years, written in English, French, Dutch or German, on a subject related to the Chinese world in the broader sense of the word, i.e. continental China, Taiwan and Chinese diaspora.

The Prize, which amounts to 12,500 EUR, is intended for scientists coming from a European country who know Chinese or a language of the minorities living in China. These scientists should either have completed higher education studies in Belgium or in a member state of the European Union, or be attached to a higher education or research establishment located in a member state of the European Union.

The scientific work (six paper copies and one electronic version),a summary of 1,200 words maximum, a curriculum vitae and a cover letter shuld be sent to the Academy’s secretariat before 1 February 2018.

More info on:

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague and friend Raoul David Findeisen, who was a founding member of our association and its regional representative for Austria. Raoul suffered from a lung cancer, which was diagnosed only a few months ago. With his passing, our association has lost a veritable scholar. Although his research interests were mainly linked to modern Chinese literature and culture, he also published quite a few significant works in the field of Chinese thought and comparative philosophy, especially regarding Nietzsche and the reception of Western thought in modern China.

Dear members,

the results of the Board Elections are out. We had altogether 28 voters who voted for the following Board Members (in alphabetical order):

Selusi Ambrogio: 19 votes
Ivana Buljan: 17 votes
Bart Dessein: 21 votes
Lun Du: 19 votes
Helena Motoh: 19 votes
Jana Rošker: 25 votes
Vytis Silius: 25 votes
Christian Soffel: 20 votes
Ady van den Stock: 17 votes
Ralph Weber: 28 votes

We also announce our new Executive Committee, which consists of:
Ralph Weber, President
Bart Dessein, Vice-President
Christian Soffel, Secretary
Helena Motoh, Treasurer

Our next conference will be hosted in 2019 by the Vice-President Bart Dessein and his team in Ghent. Let us use the two years between our conferences to advance our association and build a structure to enlarge our membership, our offered services and our scholalry reputation.

All best wishes,

Ralph Weber, President

Dear EACP Members,

in the link and attachment below please find the Report from the Board and Regional Representative Meeting, which was held during the 2nd EACP Conference in Basel. We also have to resolve an important issue regarding new Board Members.

October 13-14, 2017 at Ghent University

From official webpage of the event:

... The conference aims to redefine the fundamental process of change and modernisation taking place outside of Europe between the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. We are interested, in particular, in re-considering the terminology and narrative that intellectual and political actors from North America and Asian countries used in their effort to define the path of development taken by their nations and communities during a time of rapid change. The prime objective of the conference is to elaborate alternatives to the classic historiographic model of the history of reception from the centre to the periphery. This is not to be intended as the effacing of the European origin of the global narrative on modernity. We are rather interested in highlighting the complex web of relationships that linked other cultural and national areas, among themselves, in the expanding discourse on modernity.

For the whole conference program see here. The event is jointly organised by Ghent University and KU Leuven.

Selected papers from the 2nd Biennial EACP Conference in Basel (September 7-9 2017) will be published in a Special Issue of the Asian Studies journal.

The journal has been listed in the following databases/resources:

The editorial board of the journal invites all participants to submit their papers to the journal webpage until January 31, 2018.

The submission instructions and guidelines can be found here.

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.

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:

Sad news has reached Asian studies community in Nordic-Baltic region of passing of a longtime friend, colleague, and mentor prof. Henry Rosemont, Jr. (Brown University, USA).

Location and Date: Trier University on July 21–23 2017.
Conference languages: Chinese (preferred) and English.

Selected scholars from Europe accepted for the conference will receive free accommodation in Trier during the conference. If funds are sufficient, a travel subsidiary may also be granted. We are mainly looking for participants affiliated to European institutions. Young scholars are especially welcome.

To register, please send your personal information, the title of the paper and a Chinese or English abstract of about 300 characters or words to Prof. Dr. Christian Soffel soffel [at] until April 06 2017.

Please refer also to the Chinese “Call for Papers” attached.

The Faculty of Society & Design, which houses the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, is seeking to appoint a dedicated and enthusiastic professional to the role of Assistant Professor to develop and teach an online and blended learning style course, on the subject of Confucian philosophy and its relevance in the modern world.

The successful candidate would also be expected to conduct research in the area of Confucian thought, and to collaborate with the International Relations staff in their research in the East/West area. 

This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for three years. For further details regarding this appointment please reference the position descriptions and selection criteria available from:

Completed applications should be sent to Peta Dawson/Tanya Anderson: employment [at]

Applications close 5.00pm, Wednesday 15 March 2017