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Dear Colleagues!

We invite you to participate in the 21st Tsarskoye Selo Academic Conference:

The Heavenly Empire: the View from Europe

At the Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo, November 30 - December 2, 2015.

The conference is dedicated to China, its culture and arts, and their adaptation to the Europeans. The look of European travelers and merchants on the mysterious country, notes of missionaries, books of European philosophers of the Enlightenment inspired by the magical power of Chinese sciences and works of Chinese masters gave a lot to the development of arts in the European countries. We would like to talk about chinoiserie style in architecture, Anglo-Chinese gardens and parks, as well as painting and decorative arts. All of these aspects of the relationship and mutual influence of China and Europe, East and West gives immense scope for research.

Traditionally, the conference will address issues relating to the period until 1917.

The Conference proceedings are to be published by the Conference opening.

Conference Deadlines

July 1, 2015 – Deadline for application form submission (should be e-mailed to Your application should be completed in Russian or English and contain your first and last names, current occupation and workplace, academic paper title, contact phone and e-mail address.

July 1, 2015 – Deadline for academic paper submission (should be in Russian and e-mailed to

Academic Paper Requirements

(Organizing Committee reserves the right to reject papers not conforming to theme and/or requirements) 

  • Should be based on previously unpublished materials;
  • In Russian, 8–10 pages in Word format, font size 14, one-and-a-half spaced text, notes at the end;
  • Up to 5–6 annotated illustrations (300 dpi).

Presentation Rules & Language

Each oral presentation should be limited to 20 minutes. Oral presentations in other languages than Russian have to be accompanied with PowerPoint presentations translated into Russian.

Accommodation & Transport Expenses

Conference participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Conference Organizing Committee

Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve

7 Sadovaya St, Pushkin, St. Petersburg, 196601, Russia


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