UK-China Humanities Alliance - British Academy

UK China

Call for Applications
UK-China Humanities Alliance - British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Symposium
Friday 27 – Saturday 28 September 2019
Fudan University, Shanghai, China

The British Academy and the UK-China Humanities Alliance are inviting applications for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to attend a research collaboration symposium on the theme of ‘Cities in Literary Imagination’. The symposium aims to incentivise and establish international engagement and collaboration between early career researchers based in China and the UK, encouraging the exchange of ideas across both disciplinary and national boundaries.

The symposium will explore how the city has been (re-)imagined in literary traditions around the world, and the ways in which these imaginaries align with concepts and predictions to have emerged out of other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences.The symposium will enable early career researchers from the UK and China to bring multiple disciplinary and cross-regional insights to our understanding of the city. It will convene approximately 25 early career researchers – for these purposes defined as up to seven years after obtaining a PhD – from across the humanities and social sciences. The symposium is designed to specifically encourage collaboration and networking between early career researchers based in China and the UK, and across disciplinary boundaries. In order to incentivise collaboration and networking, seed funding will be made available for participants to bid for.

In addition to funding a number of collaborative proposals, the symposium will aim to provide opportunities for a range of other outputs. Participants, for example, could be invited to contribute to a publication focused on the symposium theme, either through individual papers or in partnership with other symposium participants, record audio outputs or write posts that will be compiled into a series dedicated to the symposium.

Applicants should provide:
• A CV which should not exceed two pages;
• A one-page summary of their initial thoughts on the theme of ‘Cities in Literary Imagination’;
• A one-page justification of why they are interested in the theme of ‘Cities in Literary Imagination’ based on their research and/or teaching areas; what disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills and/or experience they would contribute to the symposium; and how the symposium would help to develop their research and career goals.
Applicants must submit these documents in Word format individually, and combined as a PDF.
Applications should be sent to no later than 5pm GMT on Thursday 2 May 2019. We will seek to notify successful applicants by the end of May 2019.

Further information is available from Christina Moorhouse (

For more information, please check out the full document of the call for applications here.