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5th International STCS Conference:

From Hegel to Mao and Beyond — The Long March of Sinicizing Marxism


The 5th International STCS Conference will be held in Ljubljana between April 20-22, 2018. The main goal of the STCS (Specific Topics in Chinese Studies) conferences (organized by the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Ljubljana) is to use knowledge and flow of information through various disciplines to encourage and advance the study of specific topics related to China. We also hope to create and maintain a multidisciplinary platform for a fruitful exchange of ideas on different types, images, and categories of Chinese cultures. The 2018 conference is dedicated to the sinization of Marxism as a paradigm for research on Marxist philosophy in contemporary China.


Organized by the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

Date: April 20th – 22nd 2018





CALL FOR PAPERS - The Call for Papers (conference) is now closed

 for the January 2019 Special issue of the journal Asian Studies, entitled: “From Hegel to Mao and Beyond — the Long March of Sinicizing Marxism


Focusing on sinization of Marxism as a paradigm for research on Marxist philosophy in contemporary China, the special issue of academic journal Asian Studies (January 2019) aims to analyze, synthesize and evaluate the concepts, categories, as well as the nature and the backgrounds of this process and its contemporary connotations. The editorial board particularly (but not exclusively) welcomes papers focusing on the following aspects of the sinization of Marxism:


o Marxist, Neo-Marxist and Post-Marxist philosophical concepts and issues;

o Hegelian dialectics, the traditional Chinese principle of correlative complementarity and new dialectical models;

o Kant, Hegel and Marx through the prism of modern Chinese interpretations;

o Chinese interpretations of early and late Marx;

o Intercultural and comparative implications of socialism as a concept and a theory;

o Neo-Marxist aesthetics in China and abroad;

o Dialectical materialism and related concepts in Chinese tradition;

o Ontology, epistemology and phenomenology of sinicized Marxism;

o The concept of permanent revolution and its connotations;

o The relational Self and the modern subject in traditional and contemporary Chinese theory;

o  Ethical and political implications of sinicized Marxism;

o  Political and ideological applications/appropriations;

o  Moral and ethical systems behind human relationships in the scope of Marxist studies;

o  Traditional and modern understandings of social justice;

o  The role of trade unions, cooperatives and other alternative forms of self-management;

o   Socialism and communism “with Chinese characteristics”;

o   Collectivism vs. communitarianism;

o   Comparative Marxist studies;

o   Relations between philosophy, ideology and discourse in sinicized Marxism, etc.


Submission deadline: Complete papers are to be submitted till August 1st, 2018 online at


We invite proposals for panels, round table discussions, and papers addressing the outlined conference theme. Abstracts of under 250 words should be sent to Jana S. Rošker jana [dot] rosker [at] ff [dot] uni-lj [dot] si and/or Katja Kolšek katja [dot] kolsek [at] guest [dot] arnes [dot] si by November 25, 2017 at the latest.

Submissions should include the author's name, academic qualification, institutional affiliation, position, contact information – address, telephone number, email. Scholars who will submit their proposals by this deadline will be notified of their acceptance prior to January 15, 2018. The official languages of the conference are English and Chinese.


Venues: all venues are located at the main building of the University of Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 12.


  • Registration: in front of the entrance
  • Plenary sessions: Chamber Hall (Zbornična dvorana)
  • Panels 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: Lecture Hall 1
  • Panels 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: Lecture Hall 2
  • Theatre performance: Mini teater, Križevniška 1, Ljubljana


Reaching Ljubljana

How to reach Ljubljana


Ljubljana City Public Transport

Ljubljana Airport (Jože Pučnik)

Slovenian Railways

GoOpti Airport and City Transfers




Those who want to join the excursion to the Slovenian coast are asked to pay the additional fee of 60 €, which includes the entrance fees for Postojna Cave and Hrastovlje, tourist guide and lunch at Piran. The fee is to be paid at the time of registration on Friday.

We will start our one-day trip with the visit of the famous Postojna cave with its fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls. The astonishing diversity of Karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors, which has already reached 35 million in 200 years.

After that, we will take a look at the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area, perched high up in a vertical cliff, 9 km from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. It is an interesting and romantic sight throughout the year: in the spring and the summer its surroundings are abundant with blossoms and flowers, in the autumn it is clad in the colours of surrounding forests and it is at its most enchanting in the winter when the surrounding area is covered in snow. It was referred to in writing for the first time in 1202.

We will be continuing our trip with a visit to Hrastovlje, a village in the Municipality of Koper in the littoral region of Slovenia. It is best known for the Church of the Holy Trinity, which contains a late-medieval Danse Macabre fresco.

After this ghostly, but fascinating confrontation with the art of life and death, our way will lead us to the Slovenian coast, where we will stop in the picturesque town of Piran. It is one of the three major towns of Slovenian Istria. The town has much medieval architecture, with narrow streets and compact houses. Piran is the administrative centre of the local area and one of Slovenia's major tourist attractions. For lunch, we will enjoy seafood in one of its traditional restaurants located by the seaside.



On our way back to Ljubljana, we will stop at one of the jewels of Slovenian Karst architecture - the small traditional Karst village Štanjel, where we will - among other sightseeings - visit a small wine cellar with traditional beverages.