Society for the Study of Early China 9th Annual Conference 
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Monday, 2 November 2020 
Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021
Thomson Hall Room 317, University of Washington, Seattle WA 

The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference. The conference will take place at the University of Washington (Thomson Hall, Room 317), in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, 25 March 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While the SSEC is no longer formally held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies, it is scheduled at the beginning of the 2021 AAS conference in Seattle. The SSEC meeting is free and open to the public. 

NOTE: Due to the ongoing uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the format and scheduling of the conference is subject to change. 

We invite proposals for presentations on all topics related to Early China (i.e. the Han dynasty and before). Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in duration. Proposals are due 2 November 2020. 

Membership in the Society for the Study of Early China is not required for participation in the conference. But if you are not a member of the SSEC, we urge you to join and help support the Society’s conference and other activities. To learn about the SSEC and how to become a member, visit <>. 

To submit a proposal, send in a single document:

  • Your name, institutional affiliation (e.g., “Department of Ancient History, Miskatonic University”), and formal title (e.g., “Doctoral student,” “Professor,” etc.).
  • Your institutional email and mailing addresses. (Put these in the proposal.) 
  • The title of your proposed presentation and a short abstract of no more than 250 words. Remember that topics should be suited to a presentation of about 20 minutes in duration. 

Send your proposal (DOC or PDF format) from your institutional email address to the organizing committee at <>. Please direct questions to the same address.