The Department of History and the School of History and Cultures is pleased to announce the annual conference of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS), to be held at the University of Birmingham from 9 September to 11 September 2020.

BACS holds a Chinese Studies conference each year at a different location around the UK, and this is the first time the meeting will be held in Birmingham. 

Keynote speakers

Call for Panels & Papers 

BACS members and non-members may all propose papers and panels. We welcome participants from all countries and backgrounds, and particularly encourage proposals including people from underrepresented groups and fields of study.

We invite panel proposals and individual paper abstracts from across the full range of humanities and social science disciplines, addressing topics related to the territory and peoples of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, related regions, relations with other regions, and diaspora communities. Panels are expected to reflect the diversity of our profession, including, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity and career status. The diversity of panels will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Submission of abstracts and panels

Where possible, we would like to make bursaries available to early career scholars based outside the UK. If you would like to be considered please indicate on the proposal form your connections to colleagues at the University of Birmingham or other UK universities.

All paper proposals must be submitted to our abstract submission system. Abstracts (max 250 words) for both individual papers and panel contributions should be submitted by 17 April 2020, and should include the paper title and the name, affiliation and email address of the proposed presenter, together with optionally indications of career stage and gender.

For panel proposals (max 250 words) please download the panel submission form and attach this to each individual abstract in your panel in the abstract submission system. The panel submission form is essential and can be downloaded below.

Panels and papers will be selected by the organising committee, which will also assign submissions of individual papers to panels. Notification of acceptance will be made by mid-May 2020. 

The British Association for Chinese Studies has an online peer-reviewed journal, BJoCS, and presenters are invited to submit their papers for consideration by the journal editors following the coference.

Panel Submission Form

Submit a paper 

Key Dates

  • Call for Papers: February 2020
  • Deadline for submission of proposals (250 words): 17 April 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: by mid - May
  • Registration Opens: 1 June 2020
  • Early Bird Online Registration: by 30 June 2020
  • Standard Online Registration: by 17 August 2020
  • Final Programme: late August 2020
  • Conference dates: 9,10 & 11 September 2020

BACS members are eligible for a reduced conference registration fee. Please visit here for information on how to become a BACS member, or to renew your membership. 


We have a number of ensuite bed and breakfast rooms available in our Vale Student Village for £55. These will be bookable when registration opens. 

If you would like to have more comfort but would still like to remain close to the conference venue, you can book accommodation at our on-site Edgbaston Park Hotel or Lucas House Hotel. For bookings please visit The University of Birmingham's conferences and events website. 

The University campus is easily accessible by public transport from Birmingham city centre (approx. 10 - 15 mins); we have put together a list of accomodation in Birmingham for all budgets. Please visit our "Accommodation" page for more information. 

Venue and travel

The venue for the BACS 2020 sessions will be confirmed closer to the event. We will indicate location once known on the University of Birmingham campus map.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements or any further queries, please contact the Events Coordinator, Elisa Tuijnder on

Directions to Birmingham and our Edgbaston campus are available on the "Getting here" page.  

Food and drink

The BACS 2020 registration fee includes refreshments and lunch. With the exception of a conference dinner on 10 September 2020, for which there will be a charge, the conference will not organise any evening dinners.

For more information on food and drink options on and off campus visit our "Food and Drink" page.  

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