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Call for Papers — the 4th ICSA Annual Conference

Call for Papers — the 4th International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA) Annual Conference

Shanghai ● November 20-21, 2021

Submission Deadline: Sept 17, 2021

Conference Venue: Shanghai

The International Chinese Sociological Association (ICSA) is pleased to announce to hold its 4th Annual Conference in Shanghai from November 20-21, 2021 (Beijing Time), and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the North American Chinese Sociological Association (NACSA), the predecessor of the ICSA, established in 1981. The conference’s theme is “Migration, Urbanization and Community Governance.”  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, the conference will be held in a mixed mode with both face-to-face and online formats. Those outside of China are recommended to participate online, the conference organizer will not be responsible for invitation letters for visa application.

Migration and urbanization have become an inevitable trend that shapes China’s socioeconomic trajectory for the decades to come. The emerging urban/metropolitan life has not only posed great challenges to people’s livelihood and social governance but also became a research frontier for social scientists. The program committee welcomes submissions on this theme and related topics. Papers offering comparative perspectives and employing interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Both complete papers and extended abstracts in English will be considered. Extended abstracts must contain sufficient details to suggest timely completion (normally, 5 pages or more). Please provide all authors’ names, organizational affiliations, and email addresses.

Graduate students are invited to compete for the ICSA 2021 Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award.  One paper (published or unpublished) will be selected and the award will be announced in the conference and presented with a plaque and a check of USD 500 (by mail).

To be considered for the Nan Lin Graduate Student Paper Award, papers must be (1) authored by student(s) only, (2) in English, and (3) presented at the 2021 ICSA Annual Conference. Student status must be valid as of the end of 2021. Only complete papers will be considered. Please mark *Nan Lin Paper Award* in the Subject Area when submitting online.

Instructions for Paper Submissions

The ICSA Paper Submission Information Site will be available on August 2nd at The submission deadline is Sept 17, 2021. In the event of any technical difficulties, submissions may be emailed to Shaoping She (, or Vivian Liu ( 

Please note that conference participation requires membership in the ICSA. The ICSA board has unanimously agreed to extend current memberships for one more year WITHOUT additional membership fee in 2021. If you are not an active member yet (i.e., you were not a member in 2019 and 2020), please become a member through ICSA’s new homepage: The membership fees are as follows: $10 for a student membership, $30 for a regular membership, and $600 for a lifetime membership. There will be no registration fees for the conference this year.

Those in mainland China who plan to attend the face-to-face conference in Shanghai will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.   

The ICSA is a nonprofit organization, registered in both California, USA and Hong Kong SAR, China. It aims to promote social scientific research on Chinese societies, cultures, and populations in the world.

The Center for Applied Social and Economic Research (CASER) at NYU Shanghai was established in Fall 2020 to promote methodologically rigorous, multi-disciplinary research on the most pressing issues related to China’s socioeconomic development. CASER sponsors the Summer School in Applied Social Science Research Methods (in English) and hosts the editorial office of the Chinese Sociological Review.

Important Dates

August 2, 2021: On-line submission site opens.

Sept. 17, 2021: Submission deadline.

Oct. 11, 2021: Formal acceptance letters by email.

Oct. 18, 2021: Provisional program available on the website.

Oct. 29, 2021: Full papers due to organizers/presiders/discussants.

Nov. 20-21 2021: Conference.

Selected papers presented in the conference will be invited for submission to the following peer-reviewed scholarly journals:    

1.   Chinese Journal of Sociology (CJS) (eISSN: 20571518 | ISSN: 2057150X), founded in 2015 and published by SAGE, is an international journal edited 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.   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 2.576 in 2019, being ranked in Q1, 21/150 in sociology.  

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