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Program for the 16th Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

16th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
Wright State University (Virtual)
April 30-May 1, 2021
Attendance link (open to the public):

 

Friday, April 30 (all times are Eastern Time)

 

  • 12:30-1. Julianne N. Chung (Assistant Professor, York University): “Creativity without Originality: A Zhuangist Approach”

 

  • 1-1:30. Stephen C. Walker (Instructor, University of Chicago): “Aristotle and Zhuangzi 2 on Contradiction”

 

  • 1:30-2. Kevin J. Turner (PhD candidate, Peking University): “On the Relationship between Qi and Humans in the Zhuangzi

 

  • 2-2:30. John R. Williams (Lecturer, Chinese University of Hong Kong): “Comparing Wang Xianqian and Qian Mu on Zhuangzi”

 

2:30-3:30        Break

 

  • 3:30-4. Colin J. Lewis (Instructor, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) and Jennifer Kling (Assistant Professor, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs): “Proud Vermin: Modern Militias and the State”

 

  • 4-4:30. Avital Rom (Ho Peng Yoke Fellow, Needham Research Institute, University of Cambridge): “The Inner Ear: Deafness in Early Chinese Thought”

 

  • 4:30-5. Christopher Yang (PhD candidate, Brown University): “Cosmic Excursion and Exercises of the Imagination in the Zhuangzi

 

  • 5-5:30. Susan Blake (Visiting Assistant Professor, Skidmore College): “Semantic Externalism and Early Chinese Philosophy”

 

5:30-6:30        Break

 

6:30-8:00        Keynote Address

 

  • Robin R. Wang (Professor, Loyola Marymount University): “Dao of Rou柔 (Suppleness): Proprioceptive Knowledge and Its Epistemological Value in Early Daoism”

 

Saturday, May 1

 

  • 9:30-10. Xiangnong (Herbert) Hu (PhD candidate, Chinese University of Hong Kong): “Why Is Mengzi’s Moral Philosophy Incompatible with Kant’s Moral Autonomy: A Critique of Mou Zongsan and Li Minghui”

 

  • 10-10:30. Timothy Gutmann (Instructor, University of Chicago): “Mediated Engagements: Political Commitment in Scholarship in Light of Mengzi”

 

  • 10:30-11. Naiyi Hsu (PhD candidate, Indiana University): “The Ritualized Body and Role Performance in Early Confucian Thought”

 

  • 11-11:30. Bin Song (Assistant Professor, Washington College): “How Does a Ru (Confucianist) Do Comparative Theology Today”

 

11:30-12:30    Break

 

  • 12:30-1. Ryan Nichols (Associate Professor, California State University-Fullerton) and Nicholaos Jones (Professor, University of Alabama-Huntsville), “Chinese Buddhism & Cognitive Style”

 

  • 1-1:30. Li Kang (Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University): “How to Be Free from Oneself: Lessons from Chan Buddhism”

 

1:30-2:30        Break

 

  • 2:30-3. Joanna Loeb (PhD candidate, University of Warsaw): “Are the Min 民 the Common People? Another Look at the Daodejing

 

  • 3-3:30. Hao Hong (Assistant Professor, University of Maine): “Simplicity as the Maximum Indeterminacy”

 

  • 3:30-4. Roy Porat (Visiting Scholar, Brown University): “Move toward the Darkness: The Evolution of Vision Metaphors in Early Daoism”

 

  • 4-4:30. Anthony Casadonte (PhD student, University of Kentucky): “Seeing the Subtlety and Seeing the Contours of Things: Wang Bi’s Phenomenology of Generation and Reification”

Paper abstracts available here.

CFP: 15th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

15th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
North Central College (Naperville, IL)
April 26-27, 2019

The Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (MCCT) is an annual conference dedicated to exploring past and present aspects of Chinese thought. It is an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars and students coming from disciplines or fields such as philosophy, religious studies, history, philology, and other disciplines or fields in the humanities and social sciences. While the conference is hosted each year by an institution in the Midwest United States, we welcome the participation of scholars and students from around the world.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2019 at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University and author of Confucius: The Man and the Way of Gongfu and Understanding the Analects of Confucius. Dr. Ni’s keynote address is titled “Theories of the Heart-Mind and Globalization of Confucianism Today: Reflections after Sixty Years of the Publication of the ‘Manifesto on the Reappraisal of Chinese Culture.’”

Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought, including those dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives. As with previous conferences, we anticipate selecting 15-18 papers for presentation. For consideration, submit a 1-page abstract to Brian Hoffert at bhoffert@noctrl.edu by January 31, 2019 for blind review. More information to follow on the conference website at http://www.indiana.edu/~mcct/home.php.

New Book: The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought

Pardon the self promotion. My book was published earlier this month by Oxford University Press.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought is about the necessity and value of vulnerability in human experience. In this book, Michael Ing brings early Chinese texts into dialogue with questions about the ways in which meaningful things are vulnerable to powers beyond our control, and more specifically how relationships with meaningful others might compel tragic actions.

Vulnerability is often understood as an undesirable state; invulnerability is usually preferred. While recognizing the need to reduce vulnerability in some situations, The Vulnerability of Integrity demonstrates that vulnerability is pervasive in human experience, and enables values such as morality, trust, and maturity. Vulnerability is also the source of the need for care for oneself and for others. The possibility of tragic loss fosters compassion for others as we strive to care for each other.

This book demonstrates the plurality of Confucian thought on this topic. The first two chapters describe traditional and contemporary arguments for the invulnerability of integrity in early Confucian thought. The remainder of the book focuses on neglected voices in the tradition, which argue that our concern for others can and should lead to us compromise our own integrity. In such cases, we are compelled to do something transgressive for the sake of others, and our integrity is jeopardized in the transgressive act.

More information can be found here.

12th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought CFP (Extended)

12th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
The University of Chicago
March 11-12, 2016

The Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought was created to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars and students working on Chinese thought across different disciplines and through a variety of approaches. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at the University of Chicago. Our keynote speaker will be Chad Hansen, Chair Professor of Chinese Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong.

Professor Hansen will discuss classical Chinese ethical naturalism, which elaborates dao (ways, paths) as its focal normative metaphor. Extending his career-long argument that Daoist texts ground normativity in emergent natural contexts, he will present a broadly Zhuangist response to the is-ought problem and moral anti-realism. Modern science does not dispel the mystery of natural ways, but only demarcates more clearly their boundaries. Natural ways include normatively-laden social practices, and seeing those practices as part of nature does not rule out our finding, choosing, constructing and following them correctly. Such a stance does render normative relativism likely and skepticism a constant threat, but this fact need neither paralyze us nor undermine our free and easy pursuit of dao in a rich and complex natural context.

Please submit a 1-page abstract to Stephen Walker at scwalker@uchicago.edu by January 15, 2016 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here.

12th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (CFP)

12th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
The University of Chicago
March 11-12, 2016

The Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought was created to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars and students working on Chinese thought across different disciplines and through a variety of approaches. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at the University of Chicago. Our keynote speaker will be Chad Hansen, Chair Professor of Chinese Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Hong Kong.

Professor Hansen will discuss classical Chinese ethical naturalism, which elaborates dao (ways, paths) as its focal normative metaphor. Extending his career-long argument that Daoist texts ground normativity in emergent natural contexts, he will present a broadly Zhuangist response to the is-ought problem and moral anti-realism. Modern science does not dispel the mystery of natural ways, but only demarcates more clearly their boundaries. Natural ways include normatively-laden social practices, and seeing those practices as part of nature does not rule out our finding, choosing, constructing and following them correctly. Such a stance does render normative relativism likely and skepticism a constant threat, but this fact need neither paralyze us nor undermine our free and easy pursuit of dao in a rich and complex natural context.

Please submit a 1-page abstract to Stephen Walker at scwalker@uchicago.edu by January 15, 2016 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here.

Workshop on Chinese Thought (November 6 at Indiana university)

The Department of Religious Studies and the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University are sponsoring a workshop on Chinese thought next Friday, November 6, 2-5pm in Sycamore Hall 224.

 

Presentations:

Aaron Stalnaker, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University

“Mastery as the Fruit of Shared Practices”

 

Lionel M. Jensen, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, University of Notre Dame

“Spirits, Flesh, and Philosophy: The Place of Zhu Xi”

 

Macabe Keliher, Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

“The Meanings of Li and Ritual Theory”

 

More information can be found here.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Early Chinese History (Indiana University)

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Early Chinese History

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in early Chinese history, covering any period from the Zhou (c. 1000 B.C.E) through the Tang dynasty (c. 900 C.E.), to begin Fall 2016. All sub-fields of historical studies are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree or clear indication that the degree will be in hand at the time of appointment. Teaching load is two courses per semester. The position supports undergraduate and graduate training in Chinese studies within EALC and across allied departments. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and official transcripts of graduate studies. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to ealc@indiana.edu or to Manling Luo, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Global and International Studies Building 2058, 355 N. Jordan Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-1105.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.