Call for Proposals: Teaching East Asia in the Humanities
April 24-25, 2021 (via Zoom)
The past decade has produced a great corpus of literature which defends and reimagines the value of the humanities—its potential to cultivate critical reasoning and cultural literacy necessary for a healthy civil society (Helen Small, 2013), ethically meaningful reading practices (Peter Brooks, 2014), and the character and judgement required to become “more human” (James Hankins, 2017). For teachers of the humanities, maintaining the sort of engaged pedagogy necessary to deliver on these promises means frequent trial and error. This conference is designed to serve as a forum to discuss both our challenges and successes in achieving our goals as humanities teachers in East Asian fields.
We invite proposals that reflect on your own stories of challenging and rewarding moments in your teaching, as well as common pedagogical strategies within your fields. How do we grapple with tensions between global and local perspectives? How do we account for particularities (philosophical concepts, literary forms, and social institutions) in East Asia while avoiding essentialisms, or introduce students to Western theory without perpetuating discursive hegemony? How should we navigate or challenge the boundaries imposed by the premodern/modern divide, or disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, and religion? What pedagogical hurdles and advantages accompany teaching translated sources? Ultimately, how should we tailor our pedagogy to foster humanistic thinking?
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The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at the City University of Hong Kong is organising a workshop on 10 Dec in which Prof. Ralph Weber and his team will present their projects on 20th century Confucianism. Please find the event poster here with information about how to register. All are welcome!
A message from Paul van Els:
Recently, a widely beloved Leiden University teacher of Classical Chinese, Burchard J. Mansvelt Beck, passed away. He introduced many generations of students to the Mencius, the Analects, and other texts. He also translated into Dutch the Laozi and the Four Canons of the Yellow Emperor, and wrote an introduction to Confucianism. I wrote a (rather lengthy) obituary to honor the memory of this special teacher, which also includes a list of his publications. Please see here.
The Journal of Chinese Humanities (JOCH) is expanding operations by adding an editor to our staff. The position is full time and would require the applicant to locate to Jinan, China.
Responsibilities will include processing and reviewing English and Chinese language submissions, communicating with authors, editing articles and translations, organizing article and book reviews, marketing and outreach, planning journal development, and organizing academic activities.
Qualifications are as follows:
• Fluent in English, with the ability to compose written works in academic English
• Proficient in Chinese reading, writing, and speaking
• Background in major field of sinology e.g. philosophy, literature, or history
• At least a Master’s Degree in a field of sinology (PhD preferred)
• Editorial experience a plus
JOCH is an English language, SCOPUS indexed journal for traditional Chinese literature, history, and philosophy.
The position is open until filled. Preference to early applicants. Interested parties should send a CV and statement of interest to Patrick Cody Turk at Patrick@journalofchinesehumanities.com
Jiang WU has reviewed John Makeham, ed., The Buddhist Roots of Zhu Xi’s Philosophical Thought (Oxford, 2018) in the latest Journal of Chinese Religions; see here. One excerpt:
The current volume under review is thus a welcome step towards reevaluating the Buddhist influence on the formation of Zhu Xi’s Neo-Confucian philosophy. Not only will it rekindle interest in philosophical issues among China specialists, it also helps to correct the previous tendency, or even bias, to overemphasize the social, intellectual, and historical aspects. This dominant approach tends to reduce philosophical arguments to a set of ideological dogmas conditioned by their social and cultural contexts, such as the competition for literati patronage. (p. 304)
Erin Cline recently gave an audio interview about what Chinese philosophers can teach us about child rearing; see here, and her related book Little Sprouts and the Dao of Parenting.
Tsing Hua xuebao will publish a special issue dedicated to Chinese humanism in 2022; please see below. English submissions are welcome.
《清華學報》擬於 2022 年 6 月出版「漢學人學」專刊，由國立政治大學哲 學系林遠澤教授客座主編。來稿請以中文或英文撰寫，中文稿限三萬字，英文 稿二萬字。體例請參考本刊「徵稿簡章」及「撰稿格式」。徵稿說明如下:
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Issue 19:4 of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy has been published; see here and below.
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Ralph Weber and Xu Zhenxu have guest edited a volume of Contemporary Chinese Thought on the philosophy of Chen Jiaying. Here is the link: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/mcsp20/51/3-4. The Abstract begins: “The thought of Chen Jiaying offers a possibility of philosophy in China that is not confined to the mere expression of ancient Chinese tradition nor the simple transplanting of Western philosophy.”
Call for Papers: International Summer School
Philosophy in Times of Crisis – Theoretical Perspectives East and West
August 9th – 14th 2021, University of Tübingen
The summer school aims to bring together leading experts and junior scholars from the fields of social and political theory as well as Chinese philosophy. Our starting point is the frequently proclaimed crisis of liberalism which is often taken to affect the very heart of Western political values and identity. At the same time, public debate frequently points to Chinese Philosophy as a rival approach in political theorizing. It is our goal to move away from such an antagonistic framing. Rather, we aim to explore what resources thinkers from east and west have to offer in times of crisis.
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