The project aims at providing research training in Chinese studies through a series of four seminars to be held in Nanjing, Leeds, Bristol and Oslo in July 2006-July 2009.
The aim is to enhance the European research capacity on Chinese society, Chinese politics and modern and contemporary Chinese history by training postgraduate research students from Europe in relevant research approaches and techniques.
Although each participating university does provide good generic research training for its postgraduate students, the number of research students in each institution doing research on China is relatively small; a series of research training seminars will allow critical mass and a concentration of training expertise not normally available in any European university.
The training will, in addition to European PhD students also include Chinese research students doing research on cognate subjects in order to facilitate future collaboration and exchange in social science and modern and contemporary history research on China. A small quota of students from North America will also be invited in order to further enhance global research collaboration.
The first research training seminar will be arranged at Nanjing University, situated in not only a city of 5 million inhabitants presently undergoing major social changes, but also historically significant as the birth place of the Chinese Republic in 1911 and later China's capital 1927-1937 and 1945-1949; and the site of China's Second Historical Archives.
The other seminars will be held at important European centres for research and postgraduate training on modern and contemporary China.
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