Wine and crackers for the new term – Monday 30 April, 5pm
Yesterday marked the beginning of the term and I’m happy to announce that China Study Group will resume work next week! For the first meeting after the break, please join us in the China Reading Room on Monday, April 30 at 5pm for wine and crackers. We will have time to chat, update each other on what we’ve been working on recently, as well as discuss issues relating to our work this term.
This term we will highlight two themes: methodological problems in Chinese Studies and writing conference papers.
Those of you who attended the last meeting had the chance to familiarise themselves with the draft version of the reading list. It includes literature on both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, fieldwork practices, problems with statistical data quality and accessibility of resources in areas of politics, economy, historical research, media and communication, corporate governance and management. I drafted the list so that it encompasses literature useful for group members and their research areas and methods. Hopefully, this literature will not only relate to specific methodological and research problems we face, but will also equip us with wider understanding of ‘researching China’ useful in assignments and jobs both in and outside of academia.
Second theme for this term is writing conference papers. Most of us have conference presentations or journal article submissions scheduled for the next couple of months- I would like to propose you bring them over to our meetings for first round of feedback and peer-review process. Whether academic papers, newspaper articles or policy documents- they all have to share the quality of being readable and understandable, and I believe we could considerably help each other with that.
We had a very good last term- let’s keep it this way!
Hope to see you all on Monday, 5pm in China Reading Room,