Call for Papers — 2018 ICSA Asian Conference

Forty Years of China’s Reform and Social Change

The 2018 Asian Conference of the International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA)

Hong Kong ● December 19-20, 2018

Deadline for Submissions: October 14, 2018


Conference Venue: HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

We are pleased to announce that the first Asian Conference of the ICSA will be held on December 19-20, 2018 at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, China. The conference will be organized by the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research ( and co-sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Science ( and the Institute of Advanced Study (

The program committee welcomes submissions on the conference theme: Forty Years of China’s Reform and Social Change. Papers offering comparative perspectives on the conference theme and of interest to ICSA members are also welcome. The committee is particularly interested in papers that analyze multiple waves of Chinese General Social Surveys (CGSS) or China Family Panel Surveys (CFPS) to address the following topics but not limited to these topics: 1) Community and local governance; 2) Education; 3) Gender, marriage and family; 4) Health and Well-being; 5) Migration, urbanization and development; 6) Stratification and inequalities; 7) Culture and value changes; 8) Organizations, social movements.

The International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA) was recently renamed from the North American Chinese Sociologists Association (NACSA), a nonprofit organization established in 1981 to promote social scientific research on Chinese societies, cultures, and populations in the world. ICSA will continue to NACSA’s missions through organizing research symposiums and annual conferences to facilitate the interaction and collaboration between scholars in North American and scholars in the Greater China Region and elsewhere.

The first Annual Conference of ICSA was successfully held on August 10, 2018 at Princeton University. We received 163 abstract submissions. A total of 83 papers were presented in 19 panels of the one-day conference, with over 100 scholars and students joining us from 66 institutions all over the world.

Instructions for Paper Submissions

Online submissions will be made through the ICSA Paper Submission Site at The submission site will open on September 14, 2018 and close on October 14, 2018.

Full paper submissions are particularly welcome. In case only abstracts or extended abstracts are available, they must be sufficiently detailed to allow the conference organizers to judge the merits of the paper. Typically, extended abstracts consist of statement of research question (and the underlying theory, if appropriate), the data and research methods, and the expected findings.

At the time of submission, if there are multiple coauthors, one must be identified as the author who will present the paper. This can be revised until the program is finalized on December 3, 2018.

Upon approval of the organizing committee, travel allowance will be awarded to a selected number of graduate students or junior scholars on the basis of merit and need.

Important Dates

September 14, 2018: Online submission site opens.

October 14, 2018: Deadline for online submissions.

October 20, 2018: Authors are notified of paper acceptance.

November 14, 2018: Deadline for confirmation of attendance.

November 20, 2018: Provisional program available on the website.

December 3, 2018: Final program available on the website.

December 19-20, 2018: Conference

Membership and Registration Fee

Membership Fee Registration Fee Total
Regular Member US$ 15 US$ 45 US$ 60
Student Member US$ 5 US$ 15 US$ 20
Lifetime Member US$ 300 US$ 45 US$ 345
Current Regular Member US$ 0 US$ 45 US$ 45
Current Student Member US$ 0 US$ 15 US$ 15
Current Lifetime Member US$ 0 US$ 45 US$ 45

Please note that conference participation requires membership in the ICSA. If you are not an active member yet, please become a member first through this link: .

ICSA lifetime members or members who have already paid the membership fee for the 2018 Annual Conference will only need to pay the registration fee this time.


For technical enquiries, please contact Shaoping She at

For general enquiries, please contact Maggie Ku at

Collaborating Journals

Selected papers presented in the conference will be invited to submit to the following peer review journals, or contributions to special issues by invitation

  1. Chinese Journal of Sociology(CJS) (eISSN: 20571518 | ISSN: 2057150X), founded in 2015 and published by SAGE, is a peer-reviewed, international journal issued by Shanghai University and co-sponsored with Princeton’s Center on Contemporary China (CCC), with an aim to building an academic platform for in-depth discussion of the issues facing contemporary Chinese society from the sociological perspectives.
  2. China Review(ISSN: 16802012), published by Chinese University Press in Hong Kong, is the only China-based English journal devoted to the study of Greater China and its people. The journal’s SSCI Impact Factor 0.906 in 2016, being ranked in Q1, 16/69 in area studies.
  3. Chinese Sociological Review(CSR) (Print ISSN: 2162-0555 Online ISSN: 2162-0563), founded in 1968, now published by Taylor & Francis Inc. 530 Walnut Street, Suite 850, Philadelphia, PA 19106. The journal’s SSCI impact factor is 2.3 in 2017, being ranked in Q1, 21/146 in sociology.













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