Call for papers

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the 4th China-CEE conference that will take place in Fall 2023 at the School of Economics and Business, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Following the 1st China-CEE conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2013, the 2nd conference in historic Krakow, Poland in September 2015 and the 3rd China-CEE conference in October 2017 at Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, the 4th China-CEE conference will return to vibrant Ljubljana at the occasion of 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute – CI Ljubljana.

Like the previous conferences, the 4th China-CEE conference will be an interdisciplinary conference, welcoming submissions related to language and culture, education, business, economics and international relations. China-CEE conference aims to gather distinguished scholars, young researchers and practitioners from China, CEE and all over the world. It provides an opportunity for the academia, policy makers and business community to collaborate, share and discuss the opportunities and challenges of China-Europe cooperation and connectivity.

The theme of the 4th China-CEE conference will revolve around the “The Three C’s in China-CEE Relations: Culture, Connectivity and Creativity”. Rising global uncertainties in the era of rapid technological transformations and weakening of the fundamentals of multilateral institutions in a highly intertwined and interdependent world pose increasing challenges to the global prosperity, peaceful relations among nations and a shared future. Regional initiatives and integration processes are becoming increasingly important, promoting stability and fostering connectivity. In this regard, the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) creates an important platform and provides valuable facilities for promoting CEE – China cooperation along routes reminiscent of the ancient Silk Road. Furthermore, a new EU strategy “Connecting Europe & Asia” emphasizes sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity in terms of transport, energy, digital networks and people-to-people exchange between the EU and China. Both China and the EU recognised the importance of sustainable connectivity, though they differ in their approach and implementation.

How to bridge these differences, guarantee a sustainable connectivity between China and CEE and maintain constructive dialogue in a changing global landscape? What role can the BRI initiative play in this changing global landscape? What are the economic, political, cultural, and environmental implications of connectivity for China, CEE, and the world? The 4th China-CEE conference aims to move beyond the traditional understanding of China-CEE relations by focusing on the role that culture and creativity play in overcoming sometimes differing interests and leveraging the synergies from regional initiatives in new, innovative ways.

We are encouraging submissions of extended abstracts or full papers on various China-CEE issues in across different disciplines (e.g., economics, business, international relations, sinology, regional studies, history, linguistics etc.), which will be organized within the following conference tracks associated with the three C’s, as the main conference theme:

Track #1: Culture
This track welcomes submissions related to culture, societies and language, which may include:

  • Promoting Chinese language and culture within CEE: experience and best practices
  • CEE language and cultural competencies in China: issues, experiences and best practices
  • Comparative cross-cultural research between China and the CEE region or specific CEE countries
  • A look at China’s and CEE intra-regional cultures
  • Building bridges through cross-cultural dialogue and people-to-people exchanges
  • Culture and human capital along the Belt and Road Initiative
  • The future of the Confucius institute network (in CEE)
  • How to reconcile traditional Confucian values with new forms of Confucianism?
  • Societal challenges in dynamic societies (e.g., demographic changes, generational shifts etc.)

Track #2: Connectivity – Economic and Business Perspective
This track welcomes submissions related to economic and business aspects in China-CEE relations:

  • Leveraging the Belt and Road initiative and China-CEE 17+1 within China-CEE cooperation
  • The Belt and Road initiative and EU strategy “Connecting Europe & Asia”: synergies or discord?
  • China-CEE relations in light of the China-US trade war and growing de-globalization
  • The position of CEE and China in global value chains
  • Connectivity through trade and investment
  • Transport, logistics and technology links between China, CEE and the world: implications for firms and people
  • Changing patterns and trends in consumption: consumer cultures and more responsible consumption

Track #3: Connectivity – Policy Perspective
This track welcomes submissions related to policy challenges of connectivity, including:

  • Connectivity in infrastructure and transport
  • Energy connectivity
  • Digital connectivity
  • People-to-people connectivity
  • Sustainable connectivity and the environment

Track #4: Creativity
This track welcomes submissions addressing issues related to creativity, innovation and technology, which may include:

  • Strategic positioning and competitive advantages of China and CEE countries in industry 4.0 environment
  • Scientific and technological innovation and cooperation between China and CEE countries
  • China’s transformation into an innovation-driven society
  • Development role of creative economies and creative cities in China and CEE
  • Cultural and Creative Industries trends in China and CEE 2023
  • Cross-cultural differences in shaping creativity

The conference will also include a special research-skills and Paper Development Workshop sponsored by the European Journal of International Management (EJIM) published by Inderscience (Clarivate Analytics, JCR Impact factor 2019: 1.349). Selected papers at the workshop will be considered for publication in EJIM.

Accepted works will be published in Conference Proceedings (with ISBN); authors will have the option of publishing either the full paper or the extended abstract in the proceedings. Additionally, the full papers will have the opportunity to be considered for publication in the affiliated journals. All submissions should be prepared in line with the submission guidelines.

NEW important dates

  • Submission of extended abstracts: Fall 2023
  • Acceptance notification to authors: Fall 2023
  • Registration deadline: Fall 2023
  • Submission of full papers (optional): Fall 2023
  • Conference: Fall 2023

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