Call for Abstracts: Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT)

We hereby request submissions of abstracts for the Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT), to be held at the University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT) on Saturday and Sunday, November 5-6, 2016.

Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, plus a current CV, to Manyul Im ( and Hagop Sarkissian ( no later than June 30, 2016. All files should either be in Word or .pdf format. Please make the subject line of the email read as follows: NECCT 2016 Submission.

The goals of the conference are twofold: 

  1. To provide a regional forum for everyone from graduate students to established scholars to present work, learn from one another, and establish or strengthen mutual relationships; and
  2. To bring together scholars and students who approach Chinese thought from diverse disciplinary perspectives so as to foster understanding of our various objectives, perspectives, and constraints—the point not being to privilege one approach or hope for a grand synthesis, but simply to encourage each of us to be less insular and to find ways to learn from the approaches of others.

Accordingly, we will select papers for the conference based on three criteria, putting most weight on the first:

  1. Quality of the prospective paper, especially in terms of clarity, rigor, and innovation.
  2. Openness to (or explicit participation in) cross-disciplinary exploration of Chinese thought.
  3. Residence in the Northeastern U.S., with special preference for graduate students and younger scholars. Please note that this does not mean we will exclude all participants from outside the region, but we do aim to cultivate a regional community and so will take this factor into account.

Individual presentations will likely be twenty minutes in length, grouped into panels that will aim to bring out inter-disciplinary connections.


Manyul Im (University of Bridgeport)
Hagop Sarkissian (The City University of New York, Baruch College)


6 replies on “Call for Abstracts: Fifth Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT)”

  1. Mick Hunter was planning to host one this past Fall at Yale, but it got scuttled for obvious reasons. I will ping the group to see what plans there might be to reschedule. (And yes the one Manyul links to was the last one.)

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