13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (Conference Program)

The program is available for the 13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN). More information, including paper abstracts, can be found here. The conference is open to the public, and there are no registration fees. 

Friday, April 21 (in the Hoagy Carmichael Room, Morrison Hall)

  • 1-1:30. Mandy Wu (Assistant Professor, Hanover College): “Construction of Chineseness under the Xianbei-Northern Zhou (557-581 CE): An Archaeological Perspective”
  • 1:30-2. Xiaolong Wu (Associate Professor, Hanover College): “Statecraft, Confucianism, and Zhongshan Bronze Inscriptions”
  • 2-2:30. P. Nicholas Vogt (Assistant Professor, Indiana University): “Rebuilding King Wen: Philosophy, Biography, and Paratext in the Yizhoushu
  • 2:30-3. Filippo Marsili (Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University): “China through Augustan Eyes: Ethnocentrisms, Anachronisms, and the Problem of a Chinese Imperial Religion”

3-3:15              Break

  • 3:15-3:45. Hao Hong (PhD candidate, Indiana University): “The Metaphysics of Dao in Wang Bi’s Interpretation of Laozi
  • 3:45-4:15. Stephen Walker (PhD candidate, University of Chicago): “‘Dao’ as an inclusive term in the Qiwulun
  • 4:15-4:45. Asia Guzowska (PhD candidate, University of Warsaw): “Freedom as Symmetry Keeping: A Case Study of Zhuangzi 2”
  • 4:45-5:15. Michael Ing (Assistant Professor, Indiana University): “Things Endure While We Fade Away: Tao Yuanming on Being Himself”

5:15-6:30         Dinner Break

6:30-8:00         Keynote Address (in the Global and International Studies Building, GISB Auditorium)

  • Amy Olberding (President’s Associates Presidential Professor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma): “A Philosophy of Funerals”

8-9:00              Reception

Saturday, April 22 (in the Global and International Studies Building, GISB 1118)

  • 9-9:30. Youngsun Back (Assistant Professor, Sungkyunkwan University): “Three Layers of Mozi’s Jian’ai兼愛”
  • 9:30-10. Judson Murray (Associate Professor, Wright State University): “Agrarianism, Ethics, and Statecraft: Appropriating Nongjia Thought”
  • 10-10:30. Benjamin Huff (Associate Professor, Randolph Macon College): “Abiding in the Highest Good:
Formal Eudaimonism in Early Confucian Thought”

10:30-10:45     Break

  • 10:45-11:15. Rui Fan (PhD student, Indiana University): “The ‘Impersonator of the Dead’ as Image of the Ancestral Spirit in the Liji
  • 11:15-11:45. Rohan Sikri (Visiting Scholar, University of Georgia): “Between Emptiness and Abundance: Problems of ‘Naming’ in the Excavated Texts”
  • 11:45-12:15. Nicholaos Jones (Associate Professor, University of Alabama—Huntsville): “An Axiomatic Approach to the Analects

12:15-1:45       Lunch Break

  • 1:45-2:15. Brian Hoffert (Professor, North Central College): “Rethinking Gender Equity in Contemporary Confucianism”
  • 2:15-2:45. Dennis Arjo (Professor, Johnson County Community College): “Confucian Role Ethics and the Challenge of Gender”
  • 2:45-3:15. Dobin Choi (Instructor, Towson University): “Mencius and Hume”
  • 3:15-3:45. Meng Zhang (PhD candidate, Indiana University): “Righteousness (Yi) in Mengzi: An Exploration of Justice as a Personal Virtue”

3:45-4              Break

  • 4-4:30. Aaron Stalnaker (Associate Professor, Indiana University): “Embracing Mutual Dependence”
  • 4:30-5. Timothy Guttman (PhD candidate, University of Chicago): “Questioning Chinese Tradition”
  • 5-5:30. Julianne Chung (Assistant Professor, University of Louisville): “Why Chinese Philosophy is Indispensable”

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