La Trobe University China Studies Research Centre

China Studies Research Center

Our vision is to be recognised as a vibrant centre of research excellence in China Studies.

The Centre supports China-focused research across the University, and aims to attract new expertise and funding to pursue collaborative research opportunities nationally and internationally.

Key Activities

  • Providing seed-funding to enhance the calibre and quantum of China-related research, deliver high quality research outputs, and enhance the University’s capacity to win competitive research funding.
  • Conducting seminars and high profile public lectures for La Trobe University researchers and visiting academics to showcase and promote China-related research to the public and the broader academic community.
  • Leading and developing externally funded research projects involving extensive national and international collaboration.

Recent publications

Makeham, J. 2017, “Xiong Shili on Why Reality Cannot be Sought Independent of Phenomena”,Sophia, published “online first”, DOI: 10.1007/s11841-017-0587-8.

Makeham, J.(ed.) 2016. Learning from the Other: Australian and Chinese Perspectives on Philosophy, (Canberra: Australian Academy of the Humanities), ix+105 pp.

Makeham, J. 2016, “Introduction”, Learning from the Other: Australian and Chinese Perspectives on Philosophy, (Canberra: Australian Academy of the Humanities), pp. 1-8.

Makeham, J. 2016. “Questioning the Identity of Modern Chinese Philosophy.” Yale University Press:

Makeham, J. 2016. Review of Jesús Solé-Farràs, New Confucianism in Twenty-first Century China: The Construction of a Discourse, New York: Routledge, 2014, in Review of Religion and Chinese Society, 3.1.

Makeham, J., Yang Feng’an 杨风岸 and Wang Zexuan 王泽璇 2016. “Shen yan Ru Fo zhi dao—Mei Yuehan jiaoshou fangtan” 深研儒佛之道──梅約翰教授訪談, Hanfeng 汉风 1: 29-36.

Makeham, J. 2016. Podcast: Xiong Shili’s New Treatise on the Uniqueness of Consciousness, Centre for Analytic Philosophy Renmin University,

Makeham, J. 2016. Podcast: Confucius 1: The Man Who Moves the Mountain

Makeham, J. 2016. Podcast: Confucius 1: Confucius 2: The Master Says

Jorgensen, J. "Poch'on'gyo and the Imperial State: Negotiations Between the Spiritual and Secular Governments," in Emily Anderson, ed., Belief and Practice in Imperial Japan and Colonial Korea (Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp. 177-204.

Recent Presentations

Professor John Makeham’s recent conference and workshop presentations:

“Siting Chinese Philosophy in the Chinese Academy”, East West Philosophy Conference, University of Hawaii, May, 2016.

“Chinese Philosophy’s Hybrid Identity” at the European Association of Chinese Philosophy Conference, Vilnius University, Lithuania, June 2016.

“Chinese Intellectual History in a Global Context: Retrospect and Prospect” at the international workshop, "Chinese Intellectual History in a Global Context: Retrospect and Prospect", Zhejiang University, June, 2016.

“Xiong Shili and Buddhism: The Role of Ti-Yong 體用 (Intrinsic Reality and Function)” at the “Buddhism(s): Traditions, Philosophies, Practices: An Interdisciplinary Workshop”, Deakin University, October, 2016.

“Some Thoughts about the Ti-yong Polarity as conceived by Xiong Shili and Chen Lai: On the Role of The Awakening of Faith, Huayan and Tiantai” at the international workshop “The Awakening of Faith and Modern Chinese Philosophy” at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, in November, 2016.

Chaired the Panel “Rights and Values” at the Australian Academy of the Humanities 2016 Symposium, “Australia-Asia: Transnational Connections”, Melbourne, November, 2016.

Convened the second “Exegesis of the Awakening of Faith” Workshop, Hawaii, January 2017.

Dr John Jorgensen's recent conference and workshop presentation

“Wang Enyang's Refutation of the Doctrines of the Awakening of Faith" at the workshop “The Awakening of Faith and Modern Chinese Philosophy” in November at National Chengchi University, in November, 2016.

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