Category Archives: Call for Papers (CFP)

CFP: ISCP Group Panel at the 2021 APA Central Division

Submissions are now open for the ISCP Group Panel at the 2021 APA Central Division meeting in Chicago, February 23-26, 2022. We welcome any submission relevant to Chinese philosophy and especially encourage junior scholars, international scholars, individuals who identify as minorities and otherwise under-represented individuals to apply. Please send the following information along with your abstract in word or pdf format to Jing Hu at jing.hu@concordia.ca by August 15, 2021.
To apply please submit:
1. Title of Paper
2. Name of Presenter
3. Presenter’s Affiliation and Contact Information
4. Paper Abstract (200-300 words, in attachment)

CFP: 25th annual meeting of the Southeast Early China Roundtable, University of Florida, October 22 to 24 (in-person)

The Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR) is now accepting submissions of paper abstracts for the 25th Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Florida (Gainesville) from Friday evening on October 22 to Sunday noon on Oct. 24, 2021. The keynote speakers will be Stephen Bokenkamp (Arizona State University) and Robert Campany (Vanderbilt University).

We welcome papers on pre-Song China from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Please send short abstracts of individual papers (250 words) to Stephan N. Kory (skory@ufl.edu) by August 1, 2021. For all abstract submissions, please mark the subject line as “SEECR Submission 2021.”For more information about SEECR, please visit the SEECR website:

CFP: Chinese Political Thought. A Global Dialogue beyond “Orientalism”

January 20-21, 2022 (online)

Chinese philosophy is often considered as a pragmatic, intrinsically “political” discourse, more oriented towards the stabilization of a community (be it social, cultural or institutional) and the establishment of an organic, well-functioning state apparatus than to the understanding of the metaphysical realm of thought.

This is a largely biased and simplistic reduction of its thematic richness and its high level of theoretical sophistication, yet the formative centuries of Chinese thought – amidst the turmoil of the Warring States – undeniably urged the main intellectual actors of the time to a reflection on how to rebuild the lost “political order”.
And yet, even as China is becoming a global power, Chinese political thought is rarely allowed to participate in discussions beyond the disciplinary “wall” of Sinology and Asian Studies and their categories of thought. In other words, if Plato, Machiavelli or Rousseau are unanimously considered to speak the universal language of “political philosophy”, the reflections on power, authority and legitimacy offered by Laozi, Han Fei or Mencius tend to remained confined to a specialized (sometimes still considered and treated as “exotic”) Chinese context.

This workshop, jointly organized by the University of Naples “L’Orientale”- Centre for East Asian Studies, Tallinn University and EURICS-European Institute for Chinese Studies, intends to fill this gap and foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among disciplines by inviting sinologists, political philosophers, and intellectual historians to discuss Chinese political thought (of any period), favoring a focus on its comparative and/or global potential. Contributions focusing on more than one country, area, or period are also encouraged.

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CFP: ACPA group session at the 2022 Eastern APA

Tentative schedule: Montreal, Quebec, January 5 – 8, 2022*
Submission deadline:  June 20, 2021
We welcome scholars to submit proposals for individual papers to be considered for inclusion on a single ACPA group session at the 2022 APA Eastern Division Meeting.   (Please note:  The APA now limits groups such as ACPA to a maximum of two total sessions at APA meetings.  Because the ACPA sponsors a “Dao Best Essay Award” session at the Eastern APA every year, with the participants invited by Professor Yong HUANG and the editorial board of Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, we will only be able to sponsor a single additional ACPA group session for Eastern APA.  Thus, we are inviting only proposals for individual paper presentations, not proposals for a complete panel session.)
– We are open to submissions that engage with Chinese philosophy in a wide variety of ways and we are not specifying a theme for the group session prior to receiving proposals.
– In addition to the quality of submission, the selection of papers for presentation will be based on how well they can be worked into a good session.
– We particularly encourage junior, women, BIPOC, and other underrepresented scholars to apply.
– Information on the Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) is available here:  http://chinesephilosophersacpa.weebly.com
(*A note from APA regarding Meeting 2022: 
 Note: The next Eastern Division meeting will be held in person in early January 2022. . . 
Because of complications resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we do not yet have a confirmed location or dates for the meeting. We hope to have such information soon, . . .) 
(To view paper guidelines and for info on abstract submissions see below)

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CFP: Teaching Philosophy as a Way of Life

Jane Drexler and Ryan Johnson are co-editing a special issue of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy focused on philosophy as a way of life, and are looking for contributions, including those with an emphasis on non-Western philosophies. See here for more information.

University of Cambridge Postgraduate Online Conference

Dynamic Encounters between Buddhism and the West

“This conference seeks to explore historical and contemporary dialogues between Buddhism and the West, while also contemplating ways of opening up new conversations. With an appreciation of the value of interdisciplinarity, we aim to bring together scholars from diverse fields to both share and enhance their unique perspectives. In today’s era of globalisation, dialogue between different cultures is a daily occurrence. The last century in particular has produced a dynamic exchange of ideas between Buddhism and the West. Important exchanges have occurred in myriad areas of intellectual life, ranging from spiritual endeavours to the pursuit of a scientific understanding of the mind. In Western universities, Buddhist Studies is a growing field, and thus there is a continuous interaction of scholars. In addition, outside of academia, interest in Buddhism as a religion and practice has been steadily growing, along with the number of Buddhist institutions.”

Please send abstract (500 words) and CV to: dynamicencounters2021@gmail.com by 9 May 2021.

For more information on paper guidelines click here.

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CFP: New Journal Submissions – Journal of East Asian Philosophy

The editors are inviting submissions to the newly launched journal, Journal of East Asian Philosophy from Springer. The deadline for the inaugural issue is February 28, 2021, with expected publication in June 2021. They accept original papers, translations, and book reviews in all areas of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean philosophical traditions. They especially welcome East Asia-West and Intra-East Asia comparative philosophical studies. (For more information on the journal, and how how to submit papers see below.)

CFP: AAR Confucian Traditions Unit for 2021 Annual Meeting

The Confucian Traditions Unit of the American Academy of Religion is inviting proposals for the 2021 Annual Meeting to be held, we hope, in San Antonio, Texas, November 20-23. The deadline for submissions is 5pm EST on Monday, March 1.
(Details below)

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Call for Papers for Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (Virtual)

16th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
Wright State University
30 April-1 May 2021
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 virtually on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 and hosted by Wright State University. Our keynote speaker will be Robin R. Wang, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University.

Professor Wang will present “Dao of Rou 柔 (Suppleness): Proprioceptive Knowledge and Its Epistemological Value in Early Daoism”:

Through Chinese intellectual history, early Daoism, a Dao-based and inspired teaching and practice, has been considered the philosophy of rou 柔 (suppleness, pliant, yielding, softness), which the Daodejing couples with water, the infant, and the feminine. A popular Chinese binary expression of culture, gen 根 (root/foundation) and hun 魂 (soul/spirit), takes Dao as the root of Daoist teaching and rou as a spirit of Lao-Zhuang. However, rou has often been understood only as de (德) moral virtue or shu (术) strategy, something more practical than conceptual. This talk will respond to this theoretical gap and argue for rou as a form of proprioceptive awareness or bodily knowledge that shapes a cognitive style and an epistemological stance to guide our rational effort, illumination, and well-being. More importantly, this rou style of knowing embodies the epistemic value, such as intellectual humility, openness, receptivity and resilience, for a cognitive success.
Similar to previous conferences, we anticipate selecting 12-16 papers for presentation. For consideration submit a 1-page abstract to Judson Murray at judson.murray@wright.edu by January 31, 2021 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here.