We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

 Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies

Welcome to the website of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University. Founded in 1999 CCCS is a multi-disciplinary research centre dedicated to the study of contemporary China and the wider East Asian region, specialising particularly in the fields of Business, Education, Law, Modern Languages and Culture, Geography, Government and International Politics and Political Economy. The Centre gains greatly from having one of the most significant collections on China and East Asia in the UK in Durham University Library. The Centre is strongly committed to collaborative research with our partners in China, including the training of new generations of specialists on the East Asian region. Details of present and past activities are given on these pages, as well as an introduction to the opportunities for training and research on China and East Asia available at Durham University.


East Asia: An International Quarterly has been edited in the School of Government and International Affairs since 2004. It has more than 34 years of history and is currently published by Springer.

Vol. 34, Issue 3 (September 2017)

News and Events

21 November 2017

Public Lecture

Topic: "The spirit of 19th National Congress of Communist Party of China and Administrative Reform"

Speaker: Professor Zhang Qiang

South China Normal University

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Date: 21 November 2017 (Tuesday)

Time: 5:45 to 7:15 pm

Professor Zhang Qiang is currently Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, School of Government and International Affairs. He will be visiting from 1 September 2017 to 1 September 2018. Prof Zhang began his teaching at South China Normal University in 2000. He is currently a Professor and Director of the Center for local Governance and Social Construction Studies in the School of Politics & Public Administration. His research focuses on Community Governance, Social Quality, Safety Regulation of Transportation Market and Civil Service system.

4 December 2017

Lee Foundation Public Lecture

Topic: Chinese Giving: What Can We Expect?

Speaker: Caroline Reeves

Harvard University

Venue: Room 102, Al-Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Date: 4 December 2017 (Monday)

Time: 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Caroline Reeves is an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center, specializing in the history of Chinese charity and philanthropy. She is particularly interested in early-20th-century transnational processes, including the global spread of international humanitarian norms. She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College, Emmanuel College and on Semester at Sea. She was co-organizer of the collaborative project “The Social Lives of Dead Bodies in Modern China” and has published work on charitable responses to burial in Republican China, the birth of humanitarian photography in China, the founding and development of China’s national Red Cross Society, and China’s charitable tradition as a model for the Global South, among other topics. Recently in Shanghai as a visiting scholar at Fudan University, she is now working on a manuscript on the history of Chinese philanthropy and its import in the contemporary global arena.

Caroline Reeves