Justin Tiwald and I are very happy to announce the publication of our jointly-authored book, Neo-Confucianism: A Philosophical Introduction (Polity, 2017). Advance copies of the book have begun to appear, it will be generally available in the UK soon, and available in the US in another six weeks or so.
Justin and I have also prepared a website, Neo-Confucianism.Com, to support the book and to promote the study of Neo-Confucianism more generally. That site has its own blog (plus lots of other stuff, including sample syllabi and the Chinese texts corresponding to all the translated material in the book), though I expect that when we post things there, we will also announce it here. If anyone has ideas about what other material we can include at Neo-Confucianism.Com, please just let one of us know!
Peimin Ni’s new translation-and-commentary on the Analects, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations, is due out soon: (SUNY, 2017). I have read the book in manuscript, and wrote the following blurb:
Peimin Ni’s translation of the Analects has many virtues that make it stand out as an exemplary version of this most important Chinese text. Ni has chosen to present the text as a living document, embedded in two thousand years of commentarial conversation over its meaning, with today’s readers very much part of that ongoing conversation.
Among other things, Peimin skillfully translates the text so that its potential ambiguity comes through, making sense of commentarial debates in ways that previous translations have not captured. Congratulations!
If any of you Warp, Weft, and Way readers are based in Beijing, or are passing through, please feel free to get in touch with me: I am based at Tsinghua University all spring, from now up through the end of May.
Thursday, February 23, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Liberalism, Globalization, Populism and Nationalism in the World Today
Wang Hui, Professor of literature and history at Tsinghua University
David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University
Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, Harvard University
Mahdav Khosla, B. R. Ambedkar Academic Fellow, Columbia Law School and Ph.D. candidate in political theory, Harvard University.
James Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History, Harvard University
Moderator: Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
S010, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Free Thinkers: Islamic Reform and Ahmadi thought in China during the Republican period
Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Lecture Series
Dr. Z. Hale Eroglu Sager, IAAS ’16 – Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Sponsored by the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Harvard University
S153, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Ben Hammer of Shandong University writes:
The Journal of Chinese Humanities has just released Volume 3.1 on the subject MYTH AND LEGEND IN ANCIENT CHINA.
This issue includes articles from top Chinese scholars and a piece by Early China editor Sarah Allan that responds to new findings out of China with implications for the historicity of the Xia Dynasty.
Our next issue is on the theme Wei and Jin Dynasty Xuan Xue, and we are now accepting submissions. See our website for submission details.
Continue reading “New issue of JCH; and CFP on Xuanxue”
The Fourth Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy (RWCP) is now calling for proposals for papers in Chinese philosophy that directly engage with the work of living Western philosophers. All topics are welcome. Our aim at this workshop is to bring together scholars in Chinese philosophy with philosophers in the Western analytic tradition on a philosophical topic of mutual interest. Ideally, submitted proposals will directly discuss the work of a living philosopher whom we will invite to be paired with the paper presenter as commentator.
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Pristine Affluence: Daoist Roots in the Stone Age, by Livia Kohn, is now available for pre-order. For more information, please see below.
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From Michael Allen…
The “Indian and Chinese Religions Compared” group of the American Academy of Religion will be hosting a session at this year’s annual meeting in Boston, Nov. 18-21. The theme of the session will be “The Art of Commentary,” and we welcome individual paper proposals (deadline March 1). For more information, please see below.
Continue reading “CFP: “The Art of Commentary” at AAR”
Michael (“Mick”) Hunter’s new book, Confucius Beyond the Analects (Brill 2017) has now been published. Congratulations, Mick! More information is here and below.
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I know, all this self-promotion is getting a little embarrassing, but it’s great seeing old friends and meeting new ones. And if you are giving a lecture on a Warp, Weft, and Way topic, anywhere in the world, let me know and I’ll share the news! In any event: I’m lecturing on “Human Rights and Chinese Tradition” at 3:30pm on Wednesday, Feb 5 at Hong Kong Baptist University. It is free and open to the public, though they request registration; details are here.
Columbia University Press has published The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China, edited and translated by Yuri Pines, which looks terrific. Information here. I understand that anyone who uses the coupon code “SHABOO” to purchase the book from the Columbia site will receive a 30% discount.
Welcomes: CHRISTOPHER GOWANS (Fordham University)
With responses from: BRYAN VAN NORDEN (Vassar College)
Please join us at Columbia University’s Religion Department on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 5:30PM for his lecture entitled:
“Self-Cultivation Philosophy as an Interpretive Framework: The Critique of Desire”
ABSTRACT: I will explain and defend a concept of self-cultivation philosophy and argue that it is a valuable interpretive framework for comprehending, comparing and assessing several central philosophical traditions in ancient Greece, China and India (and for envisioning one form philosophy could take today). Continue reading “Christopher Gowans – Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy Lecture: “Self-Cultivation Philosophy as an Interpretive Framework: The Critique of Desire” Feb 24 at 5:30pm”
I have recently completed a draft chapter, titled “Human Rights and Chinese Tradition,” for the Handbook on human rights in China being edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig. Anyone interested can take a look; I have uploaded it to my personal archive here. Comments are very welcome!
I will give a lecture titled “Confucian Leadership Meets Confucian Democracy” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday, February 13, at 4:30pm. All are welcome, and details are here.
The General Office of the CPC Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council recently issued a document titled 《关于实施中华优秀传统文化传承发展工程的意见》(“Opinions on Carrying Out the Work of Inheriting and Developing China’s Outstanding Traditional Culture”) and issued a circular calling on all localities and departments to conscientiously implement it. The text of this document, along with summaries and further information from the Ministry of Education, is contained in this posting by Han Bao, a journal associated with the Guoxue (National Studies) movement. The document calls for a major commitment to “全面提升人民群众文化素养、维护国家文化安全、增强国家文化软实力、推进国家治理体系和治理能力现代化” (“comprehensively enhancing the cultural quality of the masses of the people, safeguarding the national cultural security, enhancing the national cultural soft power, and promoting the modernization of the national governance system and governance capacity”).
Call for Papers: Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (ASACP) Conference 10-12 July 2017
The ASACP 2017 Conference will be held from 10-12 July 2017 at Deakin University, Deakin Downtown 727 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia.
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The latest issue (47:4) of Contemporary Chinese Thought is available here; it is titled “Five Voices in Chinese Christian Thought.” Other recent issues are available through that same link, including:
- 47:3: Max Ko-wu Huang on the Translation of Democracy during the Transitional Period of Modern China (1895-1925)
- 47:2: Chinese Academic Views on Shang Yang Since the Open-Up-and-Reform Era
- 47:1: Recent Additions to the New Qing History Debate
The 2nd Greater China Chinese Studies Program, organized by the Hong Kong-based Sinological Development Charitable Foundation, has been announced for this summer. Information is available on this pamphlet. The 4-week program takes place in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Beijing and covers a wide range of topics related to Chinese philosophy and culture. A limited number of participants are eligible for sponsorship, meaning that all costs save travel to/from Hong Kong will be covered.
Oxford University Press has just published Curie Virag’s The Emotions in Early Chinese Philosophy; see here, and the Table of Contents is after the break.
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The North American Korean Philosophy Association will hold its fourth annual conference at SKK (Sungkyunkwan) University in Seoul, Korea, Oct. 25-27, 2017 on the theme “Why Korean Philosophy Today?: Its Relevance to the Twenty-first century.” Please read on for more information about submissions and other details. Also, the latest NAKPA newsletter is available here.
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Comparative Philosophy 8:1 (2017) has been published; see here. I will also paste the Table of Contents below.
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The Boston University Confucian Association will host a lecture by Bryan Van Norden titled “Like Loving a Lovely Sight: Simile and Metaphor in Chinese Philosophy” on March 23, 2017 at 5:30pm. Details are here.
Bin SONG has published a translation and commentary on Zhu Xi’s poem, “Exhortation for Adapting Breath 調息箴,” at Huffington Post. Take a look!
Frontiers of Philosophy in China 11:4 (2016), including a Special Theme on Philosophical Aspects of Management, Governance, and Organization in China
I post here Matthew Haug’s NDPR review of the new Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology in order to highlight two things: (1) the decision by the editors of the Handbook not to include any non-Western philosophy or methodology; and (2) Haug’s extensive discussion of this fact, including the editors’ discussion of their decision (see the two paragraphs near the beginning, starting with “I’d also like to comment on the politically fraught issue…”). Interestingly, Haug himself says “Full disclosure: I edited a (less comprehensive) volume on philosophical methodology that also neglects non-Western traditions, for no good reason.” Clearly, he has come to regret that decision on his part.
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POSTDOC OPPORTUNITY at the LSE: for someone working in transcultural Asian humanities. Comparative political theorists of East Asia VERY welcome!
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The latest issue of the Journal of Daoist Studies (vol 10, 2017) has been published. Details are available here.
International Association of Japanese Philosophy
2017 International Conference
Date: 28-29 July 2017 (Friday to Saturday)
Venue: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Organizer: International Association of Japanese Philosophy (IAJP)
Co-organizer: Research Center for East Asian Culture and Sinology, National Taiwan Normal University
Globalizing Japanese Philosophy: From East Asia to the World
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See here for an interview with Peng Guoxiang, Professor of Philosophy at Zhejiang University and 2016 Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North at the Library of Congress.
I am glad to announce the 2nd Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy under the title Global Chinese Philosophy which will take place at the University of Basel, Switzerland, from September 7 – 9, 2017.
Here is the link to the Call: http://ea-cp.eu/announcements/call-for-papers-2nd-biennal-eacp-conference
There will be two events held at Hong Kong University on February 14: a Symposium on Sungmoon Kim’s Public Reason Confucianism and a Roundtable on the Future of Confucian Political Philosophy. These events are open to all, though we request that you register. The poster announcing these events is here, and details (and link for registration) is here. Speakers at the Symposium are Stephen ANGLE, Joseph CHAN, Sungmoon KIM, and Franz MANG; speakers at the Roundtable are:
Stephen ANGLE, Wesleyan University; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17
Elton CHAN, Yale-NUS College
Joseph CHAN, The University of Hong Kong
CI Jiwei, The University of Hong Kong
FAN Ruiping, City University of Hong Kong
HUANG Yong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
JIANG Yi-Huah, City University of Hong Kong
Sungmoon KIM, City University of Hong Kong; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17
If you are in Hong Kong, please join us!
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
2017.01.16 View this Review Online View Other NDPR Reviews
Jeong Yak-yong (Dasan), The Analects of Dasan, Volume 1: A Korean Syncretic Reading, Hongkyung Kim (tr. and comm.), Oxford University Press, 2016, 260pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190624996.
Reviewed by Richard Kim, Saint Louis University
Even among contemporary Western philosophers with an interest in East Asian philosophy, there are relatively few who are familiar with the works of Jeong Yak-yong (Dasan, 1762-1836), arguably the most brilliant mind in Korean intellectual history. The neglect of Dasan is in part due to the lack of English translations of his works. Hongkyung Kim’s translation and commentary is an important step toward introducing the writings of one of the most outstanding thinkers in Korean history.
Continue reading “R. Kim Reviews H. Kim’s Translation of Dasan on the Analects”
JeeLoo Liu, the new Executive Director of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP), writes with a range of news and updates on the society:
Dear ISCP Members and Associates:
As the new Executive Director of the ISCP, I would like to give you an update on our recent activities.
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This position is offered in the context of a research project on the creation of Mozi or Yang Zhu from “heretics” into “philosophers.” We are looking for a young MA student in Sinology, Chinese studies, or Chinese philosophy willing to study an epoch in this creation. One’s research focus should be on one of the two figures in one (or more) epochs of the candidate’s choice. For more details, see this attached document.
The latest issue of Frontiers of Philosophy in China is now available. Below, please find the table of contents and see the link for more information:
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Duke Kunshan University (DKU) invites applications for faculty positions (rank open) in the arts and humanities (philosophy, history, literature, language, and audio visual and performing arts). Pending accreditation approval, DKU will launch an innovative, integrated and interdisciplinary liberal arts undergraduate program leading to both Duke and DKU degrees. Students interested in arts and humanities will be immersed in integrated core courses including the arts of interpretation in written texts, images and sounds, as well as a common set of university-wide courses on China, global challenges, and ethics. Areas of study in the arts and humanities include, but are not limited to, Global Cultural Studies, Media and Arts, Performance Studies, China and US Studies, and Ethics and Leadership. Faculty will have the unique opportunity to pioneer, lead and implement an interdisciplinary and integrated arts and humanities curriculum and to conduct research in the related fields. These positions may start as early as Fall 2017 to begin preparation for the launch.
More information here.
Christopher Cullen, The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning: Three Ancient Chinese
Astronomical Systems (London: Routledge, 2017)
The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning gives the reader direct access to the foundational documents of the tradition of calculation created by astronomers of the early Chinese empire between the late second century BCE and the third century CE. The paradigm they established was to shape East Asian thought and practice in the field of mathematical astronomy for centuries to come. It was in many ways radically different from better known traditions of astronomy in other parts of the ancient world.
Continue reading “New Book: Cullen, The Foundations of Celestial Reckoning”
The Student Union at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London) has issued their annual statement of their desired “Educational Priorities,” and one of them, “Decolonising SOAS: Confronting the White Institution,” has created a stir because of its demands concerning philosophy:
- “To make sure that the majority of the philosophers on our courses are from the Global South or it’s diaspora. SOAS’s focus is on Asia and Africa and therefore the foundations of its theories should be presented by Asian or African philosophers (or the diaspora).”
- “If white philosophers are required, then to teach their work from a critical standpoint. For example, acknowledging the colonial context in which so called “Enlightenment” philosophers wrote within.”
Media reports on this document have been full of hysterical criticism of “political correctness,” including a quote from Sir Roger Scruton announcing that “If they think there is a colonial context from which Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason arose, I would like to hear it.” Apparently Sir Roger is not familiar with Peter Park’s excellent book, Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780–1830.
This column takes a more balanced view — noting in particular that the only degree in philosophy at SOAS is in “World Philosophy,” through the Department of Religions and Philosophies. Indeed, if one looks at the course of study for the BA in World Philosophy, it’s somewhat difficult to believe that the majority of philosophers studied aren’t already from “the Global South or its diaspora.”
Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute (July 1-30, 2017)
Nishan & Qufu, Shandong Province, China
The 2017 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute International Program offers teachers of Chinese history and culture an opportunity to spend a month at an established Confucian academy reading the Confucian classics with world-renowned experts Roger T. Ames and Chenshan Tian and other distinguished comparative philosophy and Confucian scholars. We invite all of those students and teachers who are intrigued by Chinese culture who seek a more profound appreciation of Chinese philosophy, history, and cosmology to join us on this unique educational and research journey. Read on for more information, or click here for a two-page English flier, or here for more extensive background in Chinese (with lots of pictures).
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Prof. Tongdong Bai of Fudan writes:
Fudan University has instituted a Fudan Fellow Program. It accepts both full-time students as well as full-time scholars. There are two types of fellows: Fudan Senior Fellows for Professors and Associate Professors and Fudan Fellows for Assistant Professors, post-docs and students. For a flyer that contains more information about the program, see here.
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This post (and the many substantive comments) on “Nouns, verbs, and ontological metaphors” may be of interest; it discusses literary Sinitic and Mandarin vs. English; Sinitic vs. Indo-European modes of expression; characters vs. words; Chinese philosophy; mass nouns.
Thor Harris and I are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of the Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought (BACCT), which will meet annually at various Bay Area institutions of higher education beginning in 2017. BACCT is modeled on the highly successful regional cross-disciplinary conference series on Chinese thought in the Northeast and Midwest. Like those, the aim is is provide a forum for scholars to present their work, develop networks with other scholars in the area, and examine issues in Chinese thought from different disciplinary perspectives. Although the conferences will be held in the Bay Area (broadly construed), all scholars of Chinese thought are welcome to attend.
Individual presentations will likely be twenty minutes in length, grouped into panels that will aim to bring out inter-disciplinary connections. Continue reading “CFP: 1st Annual Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought”
There will be a number of panels related to Chinese philosophy (and one explicitly on comparative philosophy) at the upcoming New England Region Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, to be held at Boston College on January 28-29, 2017. Details and registration information here; and read on for the panel information.
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Philosophy East & West 67:1 (January 2017) has been published, including a special feature of Joseph Chan’s book Confucian Perfectionism and a discussion of the Confucian idea of harmony with Chenyang Li and others. More information here.
For several years Fudan University has run a successful English-language MA program in Chinese philosophy. Updated information is now available on our Graduate Programs page, under “MA Programs.” The priority application deadline (for scholarships) is Feb. 20, 2017. You can also find past discussions of this program here.
The tenth issue of 当代儒学 [Contemporary Confucianism] has been published; the full text is available here.
SUNY Press has published Newell Ann Van Auken’s The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn. More information here, and after the break.
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Call for Papers: Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau
21.–22.4.2017; CFP Deadline: 30.12.2016
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Just to let you know that we are troubleshooting the comment function. We hope it will all be solved in a few days. Meanwhile, you are able to comment, but when you submit it, you’ll either be taken to a blank page or an error page. If you refresh the main page or the post-page, your comment should be there, however. Thanks for your patience.
Update (11 minutes later…): Fixed!
Update (45 minutes later…): Not quite fixed. Will keep working on it.
Update (1 hour later…): Fixed for sure now. Comment away! (The downside is that the fix involved removing the Postmatic email alert and comment system for following posting and discussion through email. Look for an announcement about an updated email alert system at a future date.)
The Organisers of the 2nd World Congress on Logic and Religion, to be held at the University of Warsaw (Poland), 18-22 June, 2017, have the pleasure of inviting you to the Congress: http://logicandreligion.uw.edu.pl/
The Congress will have a separate section on Logic in the religions of East Asia. As with the other sections of the Congress (such as Logic in the religions of South Asia, Logic in Arabic philosophy and the Islamicate world, etc.), we are seeking papers that concern the relation between logic and East Asian philosophies/religions in all possible aspects. We would welcome both established and early-career researchers working in the field to participate. In keeping with our practice in the other sections of the Congress, we welcome papers that concern the relation between the logic and religions of East Asia and South East Asia, taken in the broadest sense of those terms.
The registration form can be found at: http://logicandreligion.uw.edu.pl/registration/
I am happy to share this announcement from Frank Saunders, PhD Candidate at the University of Hong Kong:
I would like to invite all of our postgraduate student community members to a new comparative and Chinese philosophy discussion forum. The space is designed for informal (but I hope high quality!) idea-sharing and connection-creating among the newest members of the field eager for peer feedback, advice, and general discussion.
The site itself is very new and utilitarian (rather Mohist, actually) and I would be very happy for others to come forward with the technical skills (which I lack) to improve the space as time goes on and the community grows. Here is the link: http://s15.zetaboards.com/CandCPhil4Postgrads/index/
Jim Behuniak, Yong Huang, Alexus McLeod, and I have assembled what we hope to be a comprehensive, alphabetically-ordered list of Anglophone PhD programs in Chinese philosophy. The list will reside here at Warp, Weft, and Way, and we will update it as often as necessary to keep it current. (There is also a link to the list on the top right of the home page.) We have a few requests:
- If you are associated with one of the programs listed, and notice any errors or omissions, please let me know!
- If you are associated with one of the programs listed, and would like us to add anything in the “further information” area, including links that might be particularly helpful to someone considering graduate study in Chinese philosophy in your program, please let me know.
- If you feel your program should be on our list, by all means contact one of us. We are aiming to be inclusive, and apologize if we have missed any programs.
Now that we have the basic structure of the page done, we can also consider adding additional types of information. Anyone with any good ideas, please say so in the comments.
SUNY Press has just published a new book by Robert Cummings Neville: The Good Is One, Its Manifestations Many: Confucian Essays on Metaphysics, Morals, Rituals, Institutions, and Genders. More information is here. I will also post the book’s description and Table of Contents below.
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The Association of Chinese Philosophers in America has a new website: http://chinesephilosophersacpa.weebly.com/.
The 13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought will take place this year at Indiana University on April 21-22. Those interested in presenting should submit a 1-page abstract to Michael Ing at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2017 for blind review; see here for more details.
Applications are now open for the 2017 summer school in China this July (1st-18th, The International Academy for Chinese Thought and Culture). The programme is arranged as a GALA-based collaboration between staff at Beijing Foreign Studies University, Peking University and Bath Spa. Students from any discipline are welcome to apply. The short application form is available here:
A few photos from the trip last year can be viewed here:
The deadline for the first round of applications is January 30th 2017. Further details from the programme advert are here.
Cambridge University Press has published East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide, edited by Joseph Chan, Doh Chuli Shin, and Melissa S. Williams. More details and table of contents here.
Huang Yushun 黄玉顺 is one of the most prolific and creative Confucian thinkers in China today, and one of his books has been published in English translation: Voice From the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (Paths International, 2016). More details are here.
Hong Kong Baptist University will host “Intuition East and West: The Second Kant in Asia International Conference” from 17-20 December, 2016. More information can be found here.