March Writing Retreat

*Applications due January 30

This year’s March faculty writing retreat, undertaken jointly by the Center for the Study of Contemporary China and the Humanities Research Center, will take place in the quiet and scenic Linden Centre, Rongchuntang, which is situated in Wengxiang Ancient Village of Dongshan, Suzhou.

To accommodate those who will be teaching the mini-term courses, the 2022 Spring CSCC&HRC Faculty Writing Retreat will take place in two consecutive periods. You can choose EITHER period to attend:

  • March 9-13
  • March 14-18

Transport from Suzhou/DKU, meals, and accommodation will be provided by the two research centers. Faculty are expected to work on their writing projects during the day. Optional light exercise activity, cultural activity or tour will be offered in one afternoon. Faculty are welcome to discuss their research with their colleagues after dinner in the evening on voluntary basis. Each center will fund six to eight faculty, who will be expected to participate for the full five days.


All DKU fulltime faculty working on writing projects broadly related to arts and humanities, interpretive social sciences or contemporary China are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to tenure-track professors who will make substantial progress on a project relevant to their eventual tenure application, and to those who did not participate in previous writing retreats. Other applications will be considered if space permits.

Application Process

Applications for the writing retreat are due via Qualtrics form by January 30. Faculty will be asked to briefly describe their project, its state of completion, its significance for their research career, and the concrete goals that they hope to achieve by the end of the retreat. Decisions will be made by the center directors and announced after the Spring Holiday Break.

Further Information

For further information, please contact James Miller, co-director of the Humanities Research Center, or Keping Wu, co-director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China.