Maarten van den Heuvel

Call for Papers for 2022 UK China Humanities Alliance 6th Summit 

We are pleased to announce that 2022 UK China Humanities Alliance(UKCHA) 6th Summit will be hosted by Fudan University both offline and online in December 2022 in Shanghai. 

The UKCHA aims to build dialogue between academics and students in the UK and China. The annual conference is an opportunity for British and Chinese scholars to come together and discuss issues related to major global challenges and the higher education. The 2022 conference will specifically explore the theme of ‘Our Cultures, Our World’ with the following four sub-themes:

  • Universities in a Post-pandemic World;
  • Global Circulation of Ideas and Objects;
  • Cultural Heritage and Social Transformation;
  • The Future of Arts and Humanities.

Interested scholars are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to ogp@fudan.edu.cn by 1 May 2022. Please entitle your email ‘UKCHA conference proposal’. 

Collaborative Research Awards in the Humanities for Scholars from China to Visit the UK 

This scheme will assist Early Career scholars in China to spend 1-6 months in the UK developing a collaborative research project with a UK based scholar. While the primary costs of the visits will need to come from other sources (eg. CSC scholarships, existing research budgets), this scheme, worth up to £2,500, is intended to ‘bridge the gap’ and remove some of the barriers that can sometimes prevent scholars’ mobility. 


A unique alliance of British and Chinese universities, with outstanding reputations in the arts and humanities, share expertise and resources to encourage long term global collaboration across the discipline.


The UK China Humanities Alliance intensifies international cooperation in humanities and humanities education to achieve more than through traditional bilateral partnerships.  It seeks to do this by stimulating global engagement through:

  • multilateral, interdisciplinary and innovative joint research and publications
  • identifying and optimising new research funding streams
  • workshops and opportunities for international dialogue
  • staff and research exchanges and visits
  • connections with specialist arts and cultural institutions around the world.

The Alliance enables the UK, China and participating institutions to carve stronger international profile and reputation in the humanities, nationally and internationally. 

Beyond enriching interdisciplinary research, the project injects cultural energy into academic, researcher and student communities across the humanities. This creates a generation of humanities specialists and students who recognise the value of different knowledge, ideas and perspectives.

Priority disciplines

Subjects within the humanities and humanities education. 
Interdisciplinary approaches to activity are encouraged.

Partner universities


  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Exeter (UK lead university)
  • King’s College London
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford 
  • University of Reading
  • SOAS, University of London
  • University of Warwick


  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Fudan University
  • Peking University
  • Shanghai Foreign Studies University
  • Tsinghua University (China lead university)
  • Wuhan University

Highlights and progress

Activity involving partners from the UK and China includes:

UK-China Humanities Alliance Annual Forum 2018 ©

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)


  • China UK Humanities Alliance Conference: hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong - 2018
  • Cinemas of the Sinosphere - 2019
    (led by King’s College London, University of Exeter)
  • Global History/Chinese History – 2019
    (led by University of Oxford, University of Warwick)
  • China and the UK in Focus – an Intermedia inter-arts project looking across Chinese painting, literature, film, theatre and television - 2019
    (led by University of Reading)
  • Engraving China’s Golden Age - Emperor Qianlong’s Copper Plates - 2019
    (led by University of Manchester)
  • The Global South after World War II and Cultural Entanglement – 2019
    (led by University of Exeter)
  • UK-China Humanities Alliance annual conference: ‘Imagining the Global’ - 2021


  • Translation Studies in China 2019
    (led by SOAS)

Research projects and funding

  • University of Manchester / University of Hangzhou: research funding applications made for a project on the Qing Dynasty 

Find more about the UK China Humanities Alliance from the links below.

External links