Society for the Study of Early China annual conference

Proposal evaluation criteria


The following are the criteria that the organizing committee applies when deciding which proposals to accept for presentation at the annual conference.


Membership in the Society is recommended but not required at present. However, all else being equal, proposals from current members receive preference. To join the Society, visit the SSEC website at the Cambridge University Press.


Submission and formal aspects

o Punctual submission

o Abstract within the stated word limit

o Inclusion of full personal information, including institutional affiliation



o Each proposal as submitted should be suited to a presentation of the length specified in the call for papers (15-20 minutes).


Professional status and location

o We desire geographical diversity and want to include scholars located at large and small institutions both inside and outside the United States.

o We seek the participation of a variety of faculty members, from recent PhDs to senior scholars.

o While this forum is primarily for professionals, graduate students are also welcome to submit proposals.



o We wish to have a group of presentations with a broad range of topics that represent the breadth of early China studies.

o We seek to have a different set of presenters every year and to avoid consistently selecting from a small group. For that reason, presenting two years in a row will be exceptional and presenting three years in a row will be impossible.



o Proposals should be suited to the conference in terms of topic, approach, and period (Han and before). Early China, the journal of the SSEC, is the standard for these judgments.



o Proposals should demonstrate sound research methods and use of legitimate sources.



o Proposals should be clear and easy to understand.



o The significance of each proposal’s argument should be evident.



o Each committee member will evaluate how interesting the proposals are in terms of topic and approach.