Undergraduate Conference 2020 Relaunches in September

Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the undergraduate humanities research conference was postponed. Today we are happy to announce that the Humanities Research Center has decided to hold the conference from September 18 – 20, 2020.

The conference will be combined with our annual Fall conference, featuring keynote speeches, faculty panels, as well as student panels. Undergraduate students from universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are welcome to present papers on all topics broadly within the humanities and interpretive social sciences; the papers need not relate to the conference theme.


By April 30: Submit your application online. Applications must be written in English, and will require a paper title and an abstract (max 300 words). Each student may make only one application.

Abstract Writing Workshop
Monday April 27
9PM China Time / 9AM EST
Zoom Meeting ID: 695 290 0771

Note: If you have already submitted an abstract, there is no need to resubmit unless you want to revise what you previously submitted. For those who submit multiple abstracts, only the most recent one will be considered.

May 30: Decisions announced.

By August 31: Submit your paper for consideration for a prize. Send the paper directly to the conference administrator, Ms. Chi ZHANG <chi.zhang323@dukekunshan.edu.cn>. The maximum page length is 20 pages double spaced.

Note: Current senior students who will continue with graduate studies in the Fall are eligible to apply.


Students will gain valuable experience in making academic presentations, feedback on their ideas, and have the chance to interact with faculty from Duke Kunshan University, as well as distinguished visiting speakers.

Successful applicants outside of Duke Kunshan University will receive two nights’ shared hotel accommodation plus roundtrip economy transportation from their home university in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.

Five prizes of 1000RMB will be offered to the most outstanding papers.

Further details about the keynote speakers and faculty panels will be forthcoming.