Category Archives: American Philosophical Association

“Non-Western” tenure-track jobs in philosophy

Back in April, Marcus Arvan put out this blog post analyzing which specializations were listed in the 2021-22 jobs posted at PhilJobs. He concludes that “Non-Western Philosophy” was the requested specialization in 5.8% of tenure-track jobs in this past year, which is pretty stable over the past several years. Note that if a job lists two specializations, then that counts as 0.5 of a job for each, and so on for even more potential specializations. He adds that another 6% of the tenure track jobs list Non-Western as a desired teaching competence (“area of competence”). We don’t have numbers ready-to-hand for the number of job seekers with one or another variety of “Non-Western” as an AOC, but I suspect that the ratio of seekers to jobs in this area compares favorably to most other areas of specialization. Which is not to say that getting a job in philosophy is ever easy!

Update: Panels at the 2022 Eastern APA

The 2022 Eastern APA Conference will be taking place in early January, both in-person (on Jan. 5-7) and on-line (on Jan. 13-14 and Jan 18-19). The provisional program is available for download here. I have taken a read through and attempted to extract all the Chinese philosophy-related panels (plus those on Korean philosophy), which I paste below. If you notice any mistakes or omissions, please let me know!

Update as of Jan 2, 2022: these panels will now be fully on-line; two of the planned in-person Chinese philosophy panels have moved to on-line. The date and time of these two panels (in bold below) has now been set (see here), and I have edited the schedule accordingly. The two moved panels will now take place on Jan 18 and 19, respectively.

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CFP: ISCWP at 2022 APA Central

The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP) plans to organize one or two panels for the 2022 APA Central Meeting (Chicago, Feb. 23-26, 2022).  ISCWP invites proposals of panels or papers that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy.  Proposals may be focused on only one of Chinese or Western philosophy, but it should be consistent with the mission of ISCWP.  Preference is given to constructive comparative engagements between Chinese philosophy and Western philosophy.

For panel proposal, submission must include the theme of the panel and the following for each chair, speaker, and commentator (optional) on your panel:

  1. Title of Paper
    2. Name
    3. Affiliation
    4. Email Address
    5. Abstract of 200-300 words (for presenters)

For paper proposal, submission must include the completed paper or a paper title and abstract of 200-300 words.

Please send proposals to Alexus McLeod (alexus.mcleod@uconn.edu), by August 15, 2021.

If you plan to attend the APA-Central Meeting and would like to volunteer to serve as a chair for a panel, please notify us of your willingness to do so.

Note on Academic Support Fund: In general, the ISCWP does not fund travel and related expenses.
Participants must secure funding via their institution or other means. However, thanks to the generosity of our members, we are in the process of building up an Academic Support Fund for early career scholars and scholars without stable and/or well-funded positions. If you would like to be considered for the Fund, please indicate so in your email. Although we would like to provide as much support as it is needed, resource allocation is not guaranteed and will be contingent upon availability of funds.

 

APA Newsletter on Translating Chinese Philosophy

The latest APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies has been published and is available here. The contents:

From the Guest Editor
“The Timeliness of Translating Chinese Philosophy: An Introduction to the APA Newsletter Special Issue on Translating Chinese Philosophy,” Ben Hammer

Articles
“Preparing a New Sourcebook in Classical Confucian Philosophy,” Roger T. Ames

“The Impossibility of Literal Translation of Chinese Philosophical Texts into English,” Tian Chenshan

“Translating Today’s Chinese Masters,” Dimitra Amarantidou, Daniel Sarafinas, and Paul J. D’Ambrosio

“Three Thoughts on Translating Classical Chinese Philosophical Texts,” Edward L. Shaughnessy

“Introducing Premodern Text Translation: A New Field at the Crossroads of Sinology and Translation Studies,” Carl Gene Fordham

APA Committee seeks your input

Are you a scholar of one or more Asian philosophy?  Are you interested in giving lectures, participating in conferences, contributing articles/book chapters/book reviews, or having your books reviewed?  Are you willing to help other philosophers integrate Asian philosophies into their teaching and research?  If you answer yes to any of these questions, the APA Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies wants to hear from you!

Please click link below to fill out a short Google forms survey.  It should only take a minute or two and your information will not be shared beyond those working on APA initiatives.

APA List of Scholars of Asian Philosophies: https://forms.gle/5Rqwo868mF1WL78aA

If you have comments or questions feel free to email Brad Cokelet at bradcokelet[at]ku.edu

APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies

APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies
From the Guest Editor
“Buddhist Philosophy Worldwide: Perspectives and Programs,” Rafal Stepien
Submission Guidelines and Information
Articles
“Buddhist Philosophy in Australian Universities,” John Powers and Leesa S. Davis
“Buddhist Philosophy, and Eastern Philosophy in General, in Israel and Palestine,” Roy Tzohar
“Buddhist Philosophy in the Kathmandu Valley,” Karin Meyers
“Buddhist Philosophy in Poland: Legacy and Prospects,” Jakub Zamorski
“Study of Buddhist Philosophy in Sri Lanka,” Asanga Tilakaratne
“Buddhist Philosophy in Two Japanese Cross-Philosophical Approaches,” Shinya Moriyama
“Sanskrit-based Buddhist Philosophy in China Today,” He Huanhuan
“Teaching Buddhism as Philosophy,” Zhihua Yao
“Preserving the Four Noble Truths at the Heart of Buddhist Pedagogy,” Joseph McClellan
“Sailing against the Current: The Buddha, Buddhism, and Methodology,” Hari Shankar Prasad

APA seeks to connect with philosophers interested in Asian Philosophies

Are you interested in one or more Asian Philosophy?  Would you like help integrating Asian Philosophies into your teaching, reading, or research plans? Would you like to hear more talks by specialists? Would you like to know about events and opportunities to chair/comment? 

If you are a graduate student or faculty member and you answer yes to any of these questions, the APA Committee on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies wants to hear from you!

We want to help people like you gain access to opportunities, resources, and useful information.  Please click on the appropriate link below to fill out a short Google forms survey.  It should only take a few minutes.

Graduate Student Interested in Asian Philosophies (https://forms.gle/RbG51qQS1KimPoTHA)

Faculty Member Interested in Asian Philosophies (https://forms.gle/GWxRjacLNDmRCdY18)

If you have comments or questions feel free to contact Brad Cokelet: bradcokelet[at]ku.edu