The China Methodology Lecture Series

Given the political challenges in China and the decreased access to the kind of data we until recently took for granted, China scholars are now constrained in their ability to analyze China. In the China Methodology Lecture Series the SCRC provides concrete ways to meet these challenges by featuring top China specialists from around the world.

Through this innovative workshop series, we tackle a number of issues that we as a community of scholars face today. These include, but are not limited to:
  • The methods used and the strategies employed to secure useful data, and the circumstances that privileged some methods/strategies over others.
  • The relationship between data scarcity/availability and choice of research questions or topics.
  • Filling in the gaps in the data and constructing interpretations of it that satisfy the analytical rigor of the field.
  • The degree to which these skills, developed in the 1960s and 1970s, travel into the present day.
  • Larger questions about the current constraints in studying of China and the disciplinary mandates we face.
  • Implications in how we work with the policy world.

Artist: Liu Dan (刘丹)
"Crown Cloud Peak (冠云峰)"