Call for Papers for the Biennial Conference of the Historical Society for Twentieth Century China

Past Futures and Future Pasts: Expanding the Horizons of Twentieth Century Chinese History 

September 13-15, 2024, hybrid at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA and on Zoom *

We are pleased to issue a call for papers for the 2024 Biennial HSTCC conference to be held in-person at Lehigh University and virtually over Zoom (*please note that on any one panel, no more than half of panel presenters can be virtual). The conference theme, “Past Futures and Future Pasts,” encourages innovative narratives and methodologies that challenge the spatial and temporal constraints of twentieth century Chinese history. We particularly encourage panel and paper submissions on global China and history of science and technology topics. Limited travel and accommodation subsidies will be available for in-person presenters, with graduate students given priority.

Dr. Mingwei Song (President of the Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature) is the confirmed keynote speaker on Saturday, September 14. Dr. Song’s recent monograph, Fear of Seeing: A Poetics of Chinese Science Fiction (Columbia University Press, 2023), makes the case for recent Chinese science fiction as uniquely illuminating what had been invisible—what society had chosen not to see and what conventional literature had failed to represent.

Proposals should include the following information:

  1. Panels: Panel title, panel abstract (250 words), participants’ names (three plus a discussant), affiliation and contact information, individual presentation titles, and one-paragraph abstract for each paper (200 words). Each presentation should be 15-20 minutes in length.
  2. Roundtables: Session title, session abstract (250 words), organizer’s name, participants’ names, affiliation and contact information, titles, or subjects to be discussed by respective participants. A roundtable should consist of 4-5 participants, each of whom should prepare to speak for 5-7 minutes.

We encourage panel and roundtable submissions over individual papers.

  1. Individual papers: Paper title, paper abstract (200 words), author’s name, affiliation, and contact information.

The proposal deadline is June 1, 2024.

All proposals should be addressed to:  Dr. Shellen Wu, Lehigh University, Applicants will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted by July 20, 2024.

The HSTCC’s working languages are both English and Chinese. You may submit your proposal in either language. The presentation could be conducted in either English or Chinese.

Please note that you must be an active member of HSTCC (and up to date on your dues payment) to take part in the conference as a presenter.

Two ways to pay membership dues:

  1. Mail check ( payable to Historical Society for Twentieth Century China) to: 

Di Luo

Department of History, University of Alabama

Box 870212

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 

  1. PayPal: pay to


二十世纪历史学会两年一度的年会将在2024913-15在理海大学(Lehigh University)与线上举行。


本次会议的主题是“过去的未来与未来的过去.”  鼓励提交关于全球中国和科技史主题的论文。对于线下参会者,将提供有限的差旅和住宿补助 (研究生优先考虑).


鼓励提交小组讨论和圆桌会议议题 :

  1. 专题小组:请提交小组讨论的题目、专题提纲(250字为限)、小组成员姓名(三位发言人及评论人)、每位成员所属单位和联系方式、每位发言人的题目以及提纲(200字为限)。每位成员发言以15-20分钟为限。
  2. 圆桌讨论:请提交圆桌讨论题目,提纲(250字为限),列明组织者、参与者姓名、所属单位和联系方式,以及每位参与者发言的题目或主题。圆桌讨论应包括4-5人,每人应准备5-7分钟的发言。
  1. 个人论文:请提交论文题目、论文提纲(200字)、提交人姓名、所属单位和联系方式。

所有会议提纲应在2024年6月1日前提交给论文委员会,邮箱地址如下 。委员会将于7月20日前通知专题小组、圆桌讨论或个人论文是否被会议接受。




  1. Mail check (payable to Historical Society for Twentieth Century China) to: 

Di Luo

Department of History, University of Alabama

Box 870212

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 

  1. PayPal: pay to

In Memoriam: R. Keith Schoppa

Thanks to AAS having reposted the obituary released by Loyola University, where R. Keith Schoppa was Professor Emeritus, most of you will have already seen the sad news of Keith’s death on June 27, 2022, aged 78 ( Although the obituary is a fitting tribute to one of the most prolific and influential scholars of modern Chinese history, it did not reflect Keith’s important contributions to developing the journal Twentieth-Century China (TCC). He, in fact, played a pivotal role in transforming the Republican Studies Newsletter—edited by Barry Kennan—into the journal Republican China. Keith served as the journal’s editor from its first issue, Vol. 9, no. 1 in November 1983. In 1991,  Keith also assisted Stephen C. Averill, who had taken over the editorship, in changing the journal’s name to Twentieth-Century China and encouraging its expansion into coverage of the history of the PRC period.

In addition to his role guiding the transition from newsletter to fully fledged journal, Keith was also a founding member of the Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China (HSTCC)—now TCC’s sponsoring organization. He served as HSTCC’s president (2006-2008) and organized the biannual conference at the East-West Center in Hawaii in June 2008.