Max Weber and China:

Culture, Law and Capitalism

Date: 5-6 September 2013 (Thurs and Fri)
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

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Call for Papers

Max Weber is not only celebrated as a founder of modern social science but also for his view that modern capitalism was the achievement of a uniquely Western rationalism. His celebrated study of China argued that its legal institutions and ethical and religious culture had prevented a similar development there. But he also drew on his knowledge of China in developing his ideas of bureaucracy, authority and legitimacy.

The economic success of China over the last 30 years represents for some the biggest challenge yet to Weber's account of its culture, to his theory of capitalism and to the methods he employed in arriving at his account. But it also brings into question the self-image of the West and the idea of modernity. The conference we are announcing will bring scholars from the social sciences and humanities together in a West/East dialogue central both to mutual understanding between China and the West, but also to an exploration of the possible varieties of capitalism.

Please note:

  • The conference will have panels and parallel streams on culture, law and capitalism, but contributions to a general stream will also be welcome.
  • Your paper can be empirical or theoretical and have a methodological, historical, contemporary or comparative focus.
  • The language of the conference will be English. Abstracts may submitted in any other language, but must always be accompanied by an English translation.

Programme (Download - updated!!!)

DAY 1 (5th Sep, Thur)


9:30-45:00 OPENING REMARKS: Paul Webley, SOAS Director
9:45-10:45 Keynote - First Max Weber Studies Annual Lecture:
                                 Wolfgang Schluchter(Heidelberg, Germany)
10:45-11:00 Coffee/Tea
11:00-12:00 Joint Plenary:
                          11:00-11:30 Athar Hussain (LSE, UK)     
                          11:30-12:00 Sam Whimster (Max Weber Studies
12:00-13:00 Streams
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:15 Keynote: Guoxun Su (CASS and HEU, China) 
3:15-3:30 Tea/Coffee
3.30-4:30Joint Plenary:
                          3:30-4:00 Bryna Goodman (Oregon; Harvard; USA)
Karen Turner (Holy Cross and Harvard Law School)
4:30-6:00 Streams:
6:00-7:00 Reception

Day 2 (6th Sep, Fri)

9:00-10:00 Streams
10:15-10:30 Coffee/Tea
10:30-11:30 Keynote: Stephen Kalberg (Boston, USA)
11:30-12:50 Joint Plenary:
                        11:30-12:10 Judith Farquhar (Chicago, USA) and
                                            Lili Lai (Peking University, China)
                        12:10-12:50  Martin Albrow (Bonn, Germany; BSA, UK) and
                                            Xiaoying Zhang (Beijing Foreign Studies University)

12:50-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:15 Keynote: Gary Hamilton (Washington, USA)
3:15-3:30 Tea/COFFEE BREAK
3:30-5:15 Close plenary -  the future of capitalism:



Keynote speakers:
  • Professor Gary Hamilton, Associate Director, The Jackson School of International Studies, Professor of International Studies and Sociology University of Washington, USA
  • Professor Stephen Kalberg, University of Boston; Affiliate of the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA
  • Professor Wolfgang Schluchter, Emeritus Professor of Max Weber Institute for Sociology; Co-Director of Centre for Advanced Study to Promote Interdisciplinary Dialogue and Research (Marsilius Kolleg); University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Professor Guoxun Su, Emeritus Professor of Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Department of Sociology, Harbin Engineering University,China 

Plenary speakers:

  • Professor Martin Albrow, Honorary Vice-President, British Sociological Association (BSA), UK; Fellow of Kӓte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Professor Judith Farquhar, Max Palevsky Professor of Anthropology and Social Sciences; Chair of the Department of Anthropology, the University of Chicago, USA
  • Professor Bryna Goodman, Professor History and Director of Asian Studies, University of Oregon; Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, USA
  • Professor Athar Hussain, Director of Asia Research Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
  • Prodessor Karen Turner, Professor of History and Research Scholar, College of the Holy Cross; Harvard Law School, EALS, USA 
  • Professor Sam Whimster, Editor of the Max Weber Studies; Head of Culture and Modernisation Programme, the Global Policy Institute, London Metropolitan University; UK

Closing  plenary panel: the future of capitalism

  • Professor Stephen Chan, OBE, Editor of The Morality of China in Africa: The Middle Kingdom and the Dark Continent (this unique collection of essays gathers together for the first time both African and Chinese perspectives on China's place in Africa). Dean of Law and Social Sciences; Chair in International Relations, SOAS, University of London, UK 
  • Professor Scott Lash, Professor of Sociology and Director of Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Professor Ann Lee, Author of the book What the U.S. Can Learn from China (the Gold winner of the 2013 Independent Publishers Awards in the current affairs category); adjunct professor in Finance and Economics at New York University; and columnist for China Newsweek, USA
  • Professor Martin Jacques, the author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order (2009, 2012). He is a visiting senior research fellow at IDEAS, the London School of Economics; a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, China.


Programme Committee 

  • Professor Martin Albrow, Chair (Honorary Vice-President, British Sociological Association (BSA); Fellow of Centre for Advanced Study, University of Bonn)
  • Dr Hong Bo (Senior Lecturer in Financial Economics Department of Financial &
    Management Studies SOAS, University of London)
  • Professor John Breuilly (Chair in Nationalism and Ethnicity, Department of Government, LSE)
  • Mr Ernest Caldwell, Co-Chair (Lecturer in Chinese Law, SOAS)
  • Dr Xiangqun Chang, Co-Chair (Co-Director of CCPN Global; Research Associate of CCS, SOAS)
  • Dr Kent Deng, (Reader in Economic History; LSE)
  • Dr Carlos Frade, (Chair of Weber Study Group, BSA; Senior Lecturer In Sociology, University of Salford)
  • Dr Athena Leoussi, Co-Chair (Co-Director of European Studies, University of Reading)
  • Professor  Julia Strauss, (Professor of Chinese Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS)
  • Professor Sam Whimster, (Editor, Max Weber Studies; Head of Culture and Modernisation Programme, the Global Policy Institute, London Metropolitan University)  

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Deadline for submission: 15 June 2013 (extended)

We anticipate sending our comments and notifications as soon as we can after receiving your submissions when they have been evaluated by members of our Programme Committee.

Deadline for notification of acceptance: 30 June 2013 (extended)


Conference fees including lunches and tea/coffee breaks for two days, excluding accommodation and dinner

  • Early registration (before 30 June 2013): £40 standard; £20 students
  • Late registration (after 30 June 2013): £50 standard; £30 students

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During the process of organizing the ‘Weber and China’ conference, two renowned Chinese social theorists, one each from Taiwan and mainland China, sadly passed away respectively on the 21st and 24th January 2013. They are Professor Duan Lin and Professor Zhenglai Deng. Their untimely death affected our conference to some degree. It is a heavy loss to the cause of the globalization of Chinese social sciences and humanities. We however believe that Chinese scholars at home and abroad will be able to continue carrying on the so-called 'academic fates' (Weber, 1918), or 'intellectual incense' (Chinese scholars' phrase).

In order to commemorate Deng Zhenglai and Duan Lin, the two Chinese social theorists, we have updated the ‘Fudan-IAS’ page on CCPN's website, and published Dr Xiangqun Chang’s article (in Chinese) PDF;  Word 2010 version;   Word 2003 version .  - do you not want to put the name of your article?

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日期:2013年9月5-6日 星期四-五




马 克斯·韦伯(Max Weber)不仅是现代社会科学的创始人之一,他还认为,现代资本主义社会的产生是西方理性主义这一独特现象的成就。他的著名的对中国的研究争辨,即法律 制度,伦理和宗教文化,阻止了类似的发展发生于中国社会。同时,韦伯也借鉴了他对中国的了解,来构建他的官僚机构,权威和合法性等理论。

中 国在过去的三十年的经济成就,对韦伯的文化论、资本主义理论以及他使用的方法提出了最大的挑战。同时也对西方现代性的自我形象提出了问题。本次国际大会将 为社会科学和人文科学的学者,提供一个西东方对话的平台,通过中国和西方国家之间的相互理解来探索可能的或不同的资本主义型态。


  • 本次大会将分为文化,法律和资本主义以及综合四个组。
  • 您的论文的重点可以是经验研究的或理论的、历史的或当代的、方法论或以比较为视野的。
  • 会议语言为英语。提交的摘要可以是任何其他语言,但必须要有英文翻译。


大会议程 (下载 - 更新!!!)


9:00-30 注册及茶点

9:30-9:45 开幕辞

9:45-10:45 主题演讲 - 《马克斯·韦伯研究》首届年度演讲: 施鲁赫特Wolfgang Schluchter(德国海德堡)
10:45-11:00 咖啡/茶歇
11:00-12:00 全体会议
                           11:00-11:30 阿塔·侯赛因Athar Hussain (英国伦敦经济学院);
                           11:30-12:00 山姆·威姆斯特 Sam Whimster  (《马克斯·韦伯研究》)  
12:00-13:00 平行会议


2:00-3:15 主题演讲: 苏国勋 (中国社会科学院;哈尔滨工程学院)
3:15-4:15 全体会议:
                       3:15-3:45 顾德曼Bryna Goodman(美国俄勒冈);
                       3:45-4:15 高鸿钧 Karen Turner (美国和理;哈佛) 
4:15-4:30 咖啡/茶歇
4:30-6:00 平行会议
6:00-7:00 招待会


9:00-10:00 平行会议
10:00-10:15 咖啡/茶歇
10:15-11:30 主题演讲: 斯蒂芬·凯尔伯格Stephen Kalberg (美国波士顿)
11:30-12:50 全体会议:
                     11:30-12:10 冯珠娣Judith Farquhar (美国芝加哥)
                     12:10-12:50 马丁·阿尔布劳 Martin Albrow (德国波恩;英国社会学学会)


2:00-3:15 主题演讲韩格理Gary Hamilton (美国华盛顿)
3:15-3:30 咖啡/茶歇
3:30-5:15 闭幕全体会议: 未来资本主义

5-15-5:30 闭幕辞





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与‘中国研究’不同,‘中国比较研究(China in comparative perspective)’把中国置于全球视野下,对中国与其他国家和地区作作纵向的(历史的)和横向的比较研究比较研究。几年来,其发展路径和研究框架逐渐明晰:

  • 始于王斯福教授(Professor Stephan Feuchtwang)首创的主题关注的硕士学位核心课程的内容
  • 创刊了《中国比较研究书评》和工作论文系列
  • 展开了问题导向的项目研究(如‘金砖五国’移民在英美澳日的比较)
  • 筹划对一般社科学科概念的更新与中国社科概念的锤炼的补办项目(如‘来自华人视野的社会科学概念’;参与‘社会建设’国际论坛及出版英文版的文集)
  • 对建构全球新世界秩序中的华人思想的兴趣(如筹划出版‘华人三只眼丛书’)
  • 在方法论方面提出‘对中国的高等研究'的创意、以及将华人思维方式与社科研究一般方法论作比较(如林毅夫教授的方法论的讲座与讨论)
  • 以及全面推动中国社会科学和人文科学全球化(如2012年的以中国为主宾国的伦敦书展中的相关学术活动)
  • 再到从理论层面上鼓励华人学者和理论家与国际大师的对话(如‘韦伯与中国’的国际大会),等等。

遗 憾的是,在筹办韦伯大会的过程中,海峡两岸的两位社会理论家于2013年1月21和24日分别离开了我们,他们是邓正来和林端教授。他们的英年早逝使我们 的大会受到一定的影响,也是华人社会科学和人文科学全球化的重大损失。我们相信,海内外华人学者定能继续成就所谓的‘学术命运’ (韦伯语),或曰‘续知识香火’ (华人学者语)。

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