16th WAPE (Sept 2023) Forum Abstract proposal deadline 26 Aug

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16th WAPE – Registration & Abstract proposal deadline 26 Aug

Sixteenth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy Chinese Modernization and the Prospects of World Modernization, 25-27 September 2023, Fuzhou City, China

The 16th WAPE Forum will be held on 25-27 September 2023 at Fuzhou City, China. This forum will be co-organized by the World Association for Political Economy and Fujian Normal University.

This forum’s theme will be Chinese modernizaton and the prospects of world
modernization. World modernization has gone through three waves of development, and various modes of modernization emerged in these waves. Chinese modernization contains elements that are common to the modernization of other countries, but its most distinctive features shatter the myth that “modernization equals westernization,” while offering the humankind new paths to modernization. It inspires us to reflect on the problems of western capitalist modernization, helping developing countries find a suitable path for their own modernization, and remapping world modernization. This forum aims to generate both greater knowledge and new plicy options for the better advance of Chinese modernization and world modernization. WAPE 2023 invites all contributions that enrich the perspective of modernization and expand the ground for further discussion.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: The official language of the Forum is Chinese and
English with simultaneous translation.

To register for the 16th WAPE Forum, you must become a WAPE member first.

WAPE has decided to develop itself as a membership organization in order to
facilitate the exchange of knowledge, new thought and research across the divide of
languages and geography, and offer its members access to certain benefits.

Standard membership is US$30 per year.
benefits to be a Standard Member include:

  • Free digital copies of the organization’s peer reviewed academic journal,
  • World Review of Political Economy (WRPE), which is published four times a year.
  • Publishing of members’ selected articles on our websites.
  • Translating selected books and articles into Chinese and publishing them in China.
  • Invitations to attend a variety of conferences in China.
  • Scholars who are members may be invited to China on a lecture tour.
  • Members will be invited to join panels, which WAPE will organize for various international conferences held in different countries.

Council membership is US$100 per year. Council Members have the priority over all the benefits offered by WAPE for Standard Members. Besides, you will get both free digital copies and hard copies of the World Review of Political Economy (WRPE). Council Members are required to submit one paper to or call for one paper for WRPE, and review one paper for WRPE per year.

Low-income membership is a discretionary US$10 per year for students, retired and unemployed people, and part-time workers on reduced income.

ABSTRACT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION. Send a paper abstract (500 words) and your full curriculum vitae in English to both wapemember@vip.163.com by 26 August 2023. Acceptance letters and instructions for registration will be sent out by 31 August 2023. The structure and the schedule of registration fees are detailed below. Full papers must be submitted by 20 September 2023.

Both individual papers and complete panels on the main theme and proposed topics are welcome. You are also welcome to propose other topics on the theme. There is also the option to apply to attend the forum without a paper.


  • Deadline for abstract proposals: 26 August 2023
  • Notice of acceptance: 31 August 2023
  • Deadline for full paper: 20 September

PUBLICATION POSSIBILITIES: All accepted full papers will be considered for
publication in the World Review of Political Economy (http://www.plutojournals.com/wrpe/) and the International Critical Thought (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rict20) after passing the peer refereeing process.


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