PGSS 2010 Nanjing

The China Experience: Rural China and Changing Urbanities in China

4 - 19 July 2010, Nanjing University, China

Financed by Nanjing University, Jiangsu Provincial Government and the Research Councils UK and in collaboration with the Worldwide University Network (WUN), the 2010 Postgraduate Summer School (PGSS 2010) was organised by the National Institute of Chinese Studies and Nanjing University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Department of History.
Held from 4 to 19 July, 2010 at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. PGSS 2010 aimed to enhance the research approaches and techniques of postgraduate research students and early-stage researchers of Chinese studies.

The core themes of the 2010 Postgraduate Summer School were:
  • The International Implications of the Chinese Experience;
  • Rural China: Issues and Development; and
  • Changing Urbanities in China.
The Summer School highlighted the international implications of China's experience against the background of globalisation, while providing young scholars of Chinese studies from around the world with the opportunity to understand Chinese society. By bringing together disciplinary competences, academic knowledge and analytical skills through seminars, group work exercises, and guided field research, PGSS 2010 facilitated theoretical understanding, as well as empirical appreciation, of both urban and rural China.

The Summer School lasted from 4 to 19 July. Teaching sessions (lectures/training) were held from 5 to 11 July, followed by guided field trips to Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from 12 to 16 July, concluding with training sessions on 17 and 18 July. PGSS 2010 had a substantially longer duration than previous Summer Schools with the added attraction of guided field trips.

Participants were required to attend all lectures and seminars on the core theme: The International Implications of the Chinese Experience, and chose to specialise in either of the two elective themes: Rural China or Changing Urbanities.


The Summer School was open to graduate students and early-stage researchers of Chinese Studies anywhere in the world. Applicants were studying for a Masters, PhD or an equivalent research degree in China-relevant social sciences or humanities (economics, sociology, politics - including international politics and international relations, history, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, communications, and management) or were employed as a junior researcher at an institution of higher education or research. All participants were required to have a good command of English. Preference was given to those students with proficiency in Chinese, as students were required to use Chinese in their research.

All successful participants were provided with accommodation, meals, training materials, and a round-trip economy air / train fare to Nanjing University.

Useful Links


A detailed programme for PGSS 2010 is available in English here.
A detailed programme for PGSS 2010 is available in Chinese here.

Required Readings and Training Materials

All participants were required to prepare in advance for the programme. This meant completing the required readings before training sessions began. The reading lists are available here.


One of the funding requirements of the Research Councils UK is that the organisers submit a project report. The report and relevant appendices for PGSS 2010 can be downloaded here.