Workshop on Youth Political Mobilization and Socialization in Contemporary China: Centenary of the Communist Youth League


Thursday, September 8, 2022 (All day) to Friday, September 9, 2022 (All day)


Virtual event, registration required

Discussions will occur between 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET. 

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the official establishment of the Chinese Communist Youth League (中国共产主义青年团, CYL), one of the largest youth political organizations in the world. As the Chinese Communist Party’s assistant and reserve force, the CYL is the Party’s main channel to socialize youth in the official political discourse and practices, and mobilize them to support the current system. Despite the importance of the organization, English-language academic work on its history, politics and multifaceted role in contemporary China remains sporadic.

The CYL’s centenary offers an opportunity to bring together scholars from different disciplines to discuss their research and insights on Chinese youth political socialization and mobilization, with particular attention to the League and connected youth organizations. The Ash Center, working with Dr. Jérôme Doyon (Harvard University), Dr. Sofia Graziani (University of Trento) and Dr. Konstantinos Tsimonis (King’s College London), is pleased to organize a day-long online workshop examining emerging scholarship related to Communist youth organizations in China. After the workshop, the organizers envisage publishing an edited volume on the role of state-led youth organizations in political mobilization and socialization processes in the Chinese context.

The organizers invite proposals from a range of disciplines and perspectives that fall under three broad themes while highlighting the role played by Communist youth organizations:

  • Trends in the political socialization and mobilization of Chinese youth, both in China and transnationally (since the 1920s).

  • Youth affairs and social policy towards young people.

  • Political socialization and elite renewal.

Paper submissions are now no longer accepted. Please check back for further details on registering to attend. Meanwhile, any inquires can be directed to Dr. Jérôme Doyon.

This workshop is sponsored by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School and organized with the support of the Lau China Institute – King’s College London and the School of International Studies - University of Trento.