PGSS 2006 Nanjing

China and Globalisation in a Historical Perspective

18 - 21 July 2006, Nanjing University, China

Financed by the European Union Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses and in collaboration with the Worldwide University Network (WUN), the 2006 China in the World: Postgraduate Research Summer School was held from 18 to 21 July 2006 at the University of Nanjing, China. With the theme China and Globalisation in a Historical Perspective, it aimed to enhance the research approaches and techniques of postgraduate research students.

"PGSS provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss perspectives and approaches with other researchers in a similar field." PGSS 2006 trainee

Participants were from European universities and Worldwide Universities Network member universities outside Europe: Nanjing (China), Zhejiang (China), Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US), California at San Diego (US), Washington at Seattle (US), Wisconsin-Madison (US) and Pennsylvania State (US). A number of self-funded places were offered to research students and junior scholars from these institutions too. A survey of participant satisfaction and assessment by invited speakers and trainers showed that the 2006 Summer School was a huge success in achieving its aims. The results suggested that it had:
  • increased knowledge and research skills among participating research students in terms of the formative development of research practice. The didactic model of participant-centred activities, development of critical analyses, communication and collaborative skills were successfully applied in most of the activities.
  • promoted mutual cross-national scholarly and professional networking among participants. The distribution of participating research students on nationality was very significant: 45 participants belonged to 11 different nationalities, including 10 places for Chinese students from the University of Nanjing and the University of Zhejiang.
  • stimulated interdisciplinary interaction in Chinese Studies. The academic subjects of participants involved modern/contemporary history, politics, sociology, cultural studies, economics, social anthropology, and development studies. While the European participants had a strong area studies perspective, participants from the US had a stronger lean towards disciplinary belonging. How to promote interdisciplinary interaction at a higher level and to integrate participants from China with those from other countries would be the challenges for the remaining programmes.
  • enhanced research training and research practice. Most sessions requested critical appraisals by participants and emphasised diverse patterns of work. The diversity and originality of research projects presented in peer research seminars, and the creative, dynamic, vibrant and highly supportive discussions among peers facilitated critical and creative analytical interaction of junior researchers on topics they have different approaches to.
  • integrated Chinese Studies of European research community with relevant global research communities. The Summer School exemplified a conjunction of increased collaboration in Chinese studies between China and Europe with the strengthening of global networks, represented by the research communities of both participants and speakers/trainers.
The Steering Committee of the Postgraduate Research Summer School
April 2007

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A detailed programme for PGSS 2006 is available here.


One of the funding requirements of the European Union Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses is that the organisers submit project and financial reports for each year. The reports for PGSS 2006 can be downloaded here.

University of Leeds

National Institute of Chinese Studies

University of Bristol

Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Bristol

University of Oslo

Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo

Nanjing University

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