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Conceptualization, Methodology and Research on Sinophone Borderlands and the Interactions on the Edges


November 02 – 04, 2022


Please see the following programs:

For Wednesday, November 02 please click here.

For Thursday, November 03 please click here.

For Friday, November 04, please click here.


Please click here for the Book of Abstract. 


Sinophone Borderlands” is a classical representative of post-area studies – an interdisciplinary phenomenon encompassing various geographical locations inhabited by diverse political entities covering a wide range of socio-political and religious regimes, and at the same time, a dynamic space inhabited by many ethnic groups with very diverse cultures. This combination of such different political environments and socio-cultural spaces creates a unique study field that is highly interesting and yet highly challenging: it is a phenomenon that is extremely difficult to spatially delineate, conceptualize, theoretically frame, and analyze. 

The Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Art, Palacký University in Olomouc hosts the research project Sinophone Borderlands, the Interactions at the Edges (, which targets “Sinophone borderlands” as its object of study. As we draw near to the end of the project, we are organizing a conference dedicated to “Sinophone Borderlands’. We are soliciting papers related to its conceptualization, methodology as well as research studies in the following target areas:

  • Linguistics and literature
  • Socio-cultural anthropology
  • Material culture, industries, and modernization
  • Political science and international relations
  • Economy, development, and sustainability
  • Migration and mobilities
  • Economy, industries, and modernization
  • Identities and modernizing discourse
  • State-society Nexus facing 21st Century Challenge
  • Security and Borders


In case of an emergency, please contact our admins (via WhatsApp or if not possible via phone):

Nela Valchářová: + 420 776 740 022
Alexandra Hagerová: + 420 723 349 864
Petra Nesvadbová: +420 737 055 391
Janka Žišková: + 421 944 521 406

If other questions, please contact the main organiser Filip Kraus ( or your main host.



Jeremenkova 36
779 00 Czech Republic

HYBRID FORM. Zoom links for each conference room available down below:

Room 1:

Room 2: 

The conference Clarion Hotel venue is opposite the station and you can see it right in front of you.


The Department of Asian Studies where our project is based is located in Třída Svobody 26, Olomouc. 

You can reach it either by tram from the tram stop “Kosmonautů” – in front of the Clarion  Hotel (tram number X2, X6, X1 – “Tržnice” or “Okresní soud” is the name of the stop and the ticket costs 18,- CZK ) or by feet (about 20-30 minutes walk).

It is less than 10 mins away by tram to the city center. You can get a one-time ticket off the yellow machines by the stop, or you can get the ticket at the ticket counter inside the station, you will need to stamp the ticket on the tram and the ticket is valid for 30 mins. There is also a taxi-stand (in a public carpark) next to the train station.


Prague airport to Prague main station

There is a bus called „AIRPORT EXPRESS“. The AE bus line operates daily at regular 30-minute intervals. In the direction MAIN STATION à Václav Havel Airport, this connection can be used from 5:30 (a.m.) until 22:00 (10:00 p.m.), and in the opposite direction (AIRPORT à MAIN STATION) from 5:30 (a.m.) until 20:53 (8:53 p.m.).

You can buy the ticket by the bus driver or at the info desk/ticket machine.

Vienna airport to Vienna Main station:

There is a direct train in about 15 minutes from the airport to the main train station Vienna Hbf. More here.

Prague to Olomouc

Transport from Prague – Olomouc should be covered by per diem. We recommend

you to take the direct train for about 2,5 hours and purchase the ticket online via:

· České dráhy (Czech Railways)

· RegioJet

· Leo Express

Welcome to OLOMOUC

Olomouc the historical capital of Moravia and the administrative center of the Olomouc Region. With a population of about 100,000, the city ranks as the sixth-largest in the Czech Republic. Lonely Planet included it in its list of “Ten hidden gems of Europe” and called it “arguably the Czech Republic’s most beautiful town.”

Download “Olomouc in a nutshell” HERE

Download the “Guide to Olomouc” HERE.

Both documents and many other to be found  at Information Centre Olomouc.