this is to inform you about the international conference “Selfhood, Otherness, and Cultivation. Phenomenology and Chinese Philosophy” (March 18-20, at National Chengchi University in Taipei). You can still register on our website which also contains many helpful information (list of speakers, abstracts, etc.). The conference is co-hosted by the philosophy department and the interdisciplinary “Research Center on Chinese Cultural Subjectivity in Taiwan” at National Chengchi University. Our guest of honor is Dan Zahavi (Kopenhagen/Oxford) who, besides participating in our conference, will also give a series of lectures next week (see here).
Stephanie Rivera Berruz and Leah Kalmanson (eds.), Comparative Studies in Asian and Latin American Philosophies: Cross-Cultural Theories and Methodologies, Bloomsbury, 2018, 248pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781350007888.
Reviewed by Alexus McLeod, University of Connecticut
This excellent new collection represents a bold step forward in comparative philosophy. I hope that it will find wide readership and have an influence on the development of the field. As the editors point out in their introduction, comparative philosophy (especially done within the discipline of philosophy) has long been almost exclusively concerned with study of some Non-Western tradition alongside a Western tradition. Comparative philosophy as such has constantly had the West as a frame. Berruz and Kalmanson’s praiseworthy aim in this volume is to “disrupt this trajectory . . . to ‘provincialize’ the West within comparative philosophy and to focus explicit attention on conversations across Latin America and Asia” (1). The essays in this volume present interesting ways of doing this, even while the West remains a more-or-less shadowy presence in many of the essays and an explicit player in some.
The Department of Philosophy at The University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver Campus, invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track position). AOS: Asian Philosophy. AOC: Open. We welcome applications from philosophers who specialize in the philosophical traditions of East Asia and/or South Asia. A Ph.D. in Philosophy or other relevant field (e.g., Asian Studies, Religion) prior to taking up the position is required. Start date: July 1, 2019.
Illinois College invites applications for a tenure-track position with a specialization in Asian Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall, 2019. The position is in an interdisciplinary department (history, philosophy, political science, and religion). The candidate’s disciplinary focus is open and they should be committed to interdisciplinary approaches to Asian studies. Applicants should have language competency appropriate for their discipline. Roughly two-thirds of course load will be related to Asian history and culture and one-third focused on Asian religious traditions. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory-level and general-education courses. Illinois College has a long-standing connection to Japan and candidates should be able to contribute to our Japanese Studies program. We have recently started an interfaith studies minor and this position will also support it. Candidates should have an enthusiasm for teaching and working closely with students as well as having an active research agenda. Ph.D. required (advanced ABD considered).
The Centre for East Asian Studies (EASt) , Université Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium is organizing a conference in October focusing on the task of translating Asian philosophical texts into western languages. They are hoping to make this conference into a long series and continue to provide a place in which comparative and asian philosophy scholars can help each other in our life-long commitment to the process of making Asian philosophical texts available in western languages. For more information, see this flyer or this website.