From August 18th to September 2nd, 2020, The 6th ZJU Postgraduate Summer School Cultural China and Overseas Sinology: The 3rd ZJU Chinese Academic Frontier Forum was successfully held in the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University. Drawing on the online live conference platform “ZOOM”, this forum was co-hosted by the School of Humanities and the Overseas Chinese Literature and Culture Research Center of Zhejiang University. The forum has attracted the participation of over 160 graduate students coming from more than 10 countries and regions including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mainland China, Taiwan China Hong Kong China, Macau China, etc. They met on the Internet and interacted with many overseas sinology experts from world-known universities with an interdisciplinary, intercultural and interlingual learning environment for innovation and inspiration, and experienced the profound charm of cultural China and overseas sinology.
Under the circumstances of normalization of epidemic prevention and control, this forum combined online and offline communication to involve more interaction between guest speakers and students. The distinguished speakers invited by the School of Humanities are mainly from the renowned institutions including Department of East Asian Studies at Harvard University, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, Department of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan College, Department of Asian Languages and Literature at University of Washington, Department of Chinese Studies at National University of Singapore, and School of Chinese at University of Hong Kong. 8 professors provided 12 enlightening lectures in English to the graduate students online. The topics of the lectures focused on the frontier issues of several disciplines, such as ancient Chinese literature, modern and contemporary Chinese literature, literature and art, mass media, and ancient Chinese intellectual history. On the other side, graduate students submitted papers and joined in discussions. The guest professors praised the students for their active learning attitude and strong problem-solving awareness, and patiently answered questions raised by the students. The cultural research methods of overseas sinology they shared also inspired our students a lot.