Daily Archives: April 18, 2016

Perspectives on Chinese Happiness at the University of Westminster

Perspectives on Chinese Happiness: A two-day event at the University of Westminster
29-30 June 2016
Location: The Pavilion, 115 Cavendish Street, London W1

Free of charge, registration required. Lunch provided on both days.
Open to anyone interested in this topic. 
All welcome.
To book a place, please email happy2016@westminster.ac.uk by 7 June 2016

This unique event seeks to establish dialogue with academic and non-academic audiences to discuss and respond to academic research on Chinese happiness.
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Expressions of Interest—PhD Scholarships, Chinese Intellectual History, La Trobe University

John Makeham, now Chair and Director, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University, passes on this information:

The China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University is seeking Expressions of Interest from potential applicants for one of several three-year PhD scholarships for research in the field of Chinese intellectual history. Dissertation topics focussing on modern Confucian and Buddhist thought are particularly encouraged. International applicants will be eligible for a fee waiver as well as a stipend. 

Expressions of Interest, which should include a full CV and a thesis proposal of no more than 3 pages, should be sent to: CSRC@latrobe.edu.au

New book on “Ecofamilism”

Wan-Li Ho, Ecofamilism: Women, Religion, and Environmental Protection in Taiwan (Three Pines Press, May 2016)

Ecofamilism proposes a new analytical framework, moving beyond ecofeminism, based on Western feminism and Christian theology, to illuminate Taiwanese women’s motivations and how they understand their role in the environmental movement. Based on extensive interviews with women founders, leaders, and members of six non-governmental, often religious-based, organizations from 1990-2015, the work presents contemporary issues in Taiwan from the perspectives of social anthropology, geography, inter-religious cooperation, and global ethics. Ecofamilism offers a new way of approaching life in contemporary Asia, engaging more precisely with while authentically portraying the experiences of Taiwanese women—whose gender roles are ancillary to motivations of family, religion, and society. Its key concept of ecofamilism pairs the notions of ecology and family while drawing on Chinese religio-cultural traditions of responsibility to the family to illuminate ecologically responsible positions toward society, environment, and all living beings. More information here.