The Key Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of Education Shandong Provincial Institute of Qilu Cultural Studies:

A General Introduction

Qilu Cultural Studies are one of dominant subjects which boast for decades of profound academic accumulations in Shandong Normal University(SDNU). Qilu Cultural Studies had been ranked as one of the key research projects since 1960s. Many top scholars,namely, An Zuozhang, Yan Weiqing, Tian Zhongji and others had made prosperous research achievements during that period. The early-90s of 20th century had witnessed new multi-disciplinary and comprehensive development as well as much great academic progress for Qilu Cultural Studies, SDNU.

In 1999,in order to meet the needs of disciplinary construction and development of SDNU and great cultural constructions of Shandong Province, Shandong Normal University made profound researches and investigations, then combined the related academic resources, including literature, history and philosophy, and decided to set up Center for Qilu Cultural Studies (CQCS). This decision gained great supports of Shandong Provincial Party Committee, Shandong Government and Shandong Education Department, and SDNU paid high attention to the construction of CQCS. For this, the University aimed to carry out strictly the constructive standards of key research centers for humanities and social sciences for Chinese colleges and universities, which was set by Ministry of Education, not only recruited most of the top experts within SDNU, but also joined hands with first-class scholars and experts, both inside and outside Shandong Province, and had managed to form a great academic research teams of enormous potentiality. All these efforts had resulted in the successful approval by Ministry of Education and successful birth of CQCS in March,2001.

In order to tackle key problems in academic fields, CQCS continuously strengthen the ties, coordination and innovation between SDNU and other universities. So in 2008, CQCS, as well as Shandong Social Science Association held “the Joint Conference for All Research Institutes of Qilu Cultural Studies of Shandong Colleges and Universities”, which attempted to conduct many tentative co-operations and researches. The conference finally proved to be a great success and won great popularities and high praises from various research institutes. Based on these facts, in 2013, under the agreement of Department of Propaganda , Shandong Provincial Committee and Shandong Organization Establishment, SDNU combined with certain departments of Shandong Government , associated with academic resources, both home and abroad, and jointly form Shandong Provincial Institutes of Qilu Cultural Studies(SDPIQCS).In the spirit of 18th CPC National Congress and The 6th Plenary Session of the 17th CPC Central Committee , and in agreement with national cultural development strategies, SDPIQCS had set up seven working objectives, such as To combine research resources,To work together, and To build a stage for Qilu Higher Academic communications”, “To build a scientific research-centered, talents-collected, high-level academic group for Qilu Cultural Studies”,etc. In order to reach these goals, SDNU had built up many entities of research and efficient working mechanism and tried to attract lots of first-class talents and thus form an excellent research team,

July 2013 had seen our new progress. Led by SDNU, SDPIQCS joined hands with nine famous academic institutions, Departments of Shandong Government and Public institutions( namely, Shandong University, Shandong Academy of Social Sciences, Shandong Provincial Department of Culture, Institute of history, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Confucius Research Institute of China, Shandong Radio and Television Station , Tourism Planning and Design Institute of Shandong Province, China Research Institute of Busan University of Korea, Korea –Sino Agency of Ideological and Cultural Institute) had built up “Co-operative and Innovative Center for Qilu Cultural Transmission and Shandong Culturally Powerful Provincial Construction”. The Center was identified by Shandong Provincial Education Department and Shandong Finance Department as “Co-operative and Innovative Center for Shandong Colleges and Universities”( of self-cultivation)

Since its birth, in the light of the organizational working modes proposed by Ministry of Education, including “Open Institutions and flowing talents, combination with domestic and international resources, competition and innovation”, SDPIQCS had conducted wider co-operation with various domestic and international institutions, academic organizations and certain departments of Shandong Government. Great achievements were admitted by Ministry of Education, which could be displayed by one fact: in 2005, on the Conference for Experience Exchanging of Research Centers held by Ministry of Education, President Zhao Yanxiu in SDNU, as an outstanding representative of nationwide excellent research centers, had given a speech on the conference ; In 2011, in the large-scale news reporting programs of Achievement Exhibitions for Nationwide Research Centers ,which were jointly organized by Ministry of Education and China Education TV Station, the Feature Program launched by SDPIQCS was first broadcasted on TV as model programs.

There are totally 32 professional researchers and scholars in the Institutes, both inside and outside SDNU. For fifteen years since its birth, The Institute, under the guidance of Prof.Wang Zhimin, the dean and chief expert, followed the latest academic tendency, focused on the requirements of reality, and laid emphasis on the collation and registration of literatures and the creation and innovation of the theory. The Institute also proposed that culture should serve the society, various disciplines should conduct dialogues and communications, and Qilu Cultures and traditional Chinese culture should be studied from multi-level and multi-perspective. Thus, the unique research orientation and research superiority were finally formed in the following research fields, such as Early Chinese civilization, Confucianism and traditional Chinese culture, the Study of Three Etiquettes, Shandong Local Cultural Studies, the Strategy of Shandong Cultural Development, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Shandong, etc.

In recent years, the Institutes had successfully applied for over 40 provincial and ministerial scientific research projects ,among which there were 13 National Funds For Social Scientific Studies. And, 60 academic monographs and 300 papers had been published.26 provincial and ministerial scientific research won the awards, including 2 Major Awards presented by Provincial social sciences, 5 first prizes, 8 second prizes and 15 third prizes. In total, there were 300 books(series) and more than 1000 papers that had been published, A General History of Qilu Cultures(7 volumes,published in 2004, winning first prize in Shandong Excellent Academic Achievements),The Series of Qilu History and Culture (100 volumes, published in 2004, winning first prize in Shandong Excellent Academic Achievements ) A Research Reporting on the Investigation and Protection of Shandong Historical and Cultural Ruins (published in 2008, winning Major Award of 24th Shandong Provincial Excellent Academic Achievements in 2010 and also winning Excellent Achievements for Offering Advice and suggestions to build a prosperous society in a All-round way During 11-Five Year, presented by 11 departments, such as CPC United Front Work Department and National Social Insurance,etc. ) A General Introduction to Chinese Local Cultures (Shandong Volume)( the Project entrusted by National Central Research Institutes of Literature and History, published in 2013.) The Twenty-Eight Kinds of Research Books on Shandong Cultural Aristocratic Families (published in 2013 by Zhong Hua Press) . A General Introduction to Local Culture of Shandong (18 Volumes, published in 2012,winning Second Prize of 28th Excellent Academic