David Ownby’s and Timothy Cheek’s analysis and translation of “Jiang Shigong on ‘Philosophy and History: Interpreting the “Xi Jinping Era” through Xi’s Report to the Nineteenth National Congress of the CCP’,” posted here at The China Story, is extremely well-done!
Philip J. Ivanhoe, currently Chair Professor of East Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion at City University of Hong Kong, has accepted the position of Distinguished Chair Professor in the College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea. He will assume this post on 15 November 2018. Among Professor Ivanhoe’s duties will be to serve as editor in chief of the Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture at the Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Cultures and director of a new research center within the College of Confucian Studies and Eastern Philosophy tentatively named the Confucian Institute for East Asian Philosophy (CIEAP).
Individuals are eligible for free access to the significant new journal Bamboo and Silk until 31 December 2019, using access token BSMS4U.
Bamboo and Silk is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the Center of Bamboo and Silk Manuscripts of Wuhan University. Based on unearthed Chinese bamboo and silk manuscripts from the Warring States period (476–221 BC) and Qin (221–206BC), Han (206BC–220 AD), Wei (220–265 AD) and Jin (265–420 AD) Dynasties, this journal focuses on studies of character identification and textual reconstitution, and studies of the social, political, economic and legal systems as well as ideology, culture, language, customs and other aspects reflected by these manuscripts. The journal includes research articles on bamboo and silk manuscripts and book reviews. All articles are peer reviewed by anonymous outside experts as well as by the editorial board, and reflect the current state of international academic research issues on Chinese bamboo and silk manuscripts.
Ann Pang-White. The Confucian Four Books for Women: A New Translation of the Nü Sishu and the Commentary of Wang Xiang. Oxford, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
Bret Hinsch. Women in Ancient China. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
Kevin DeLapp. Partial Values: A Comparative Study in the Limits of Objectivity. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. (Amazon link here.)
The Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR) is now accepting submissions of paper abstracts for the 22nd Annual Conference, to be held at the University of North Florida from October 19-21, 2018. The keynote speaker will be Victor Mair from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.
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 abstracts of individual papers (250 words) to Sarah Mattice (email@example.com) or Harry Rothschild (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 1, 2018.
For more information about SEECR, please visit the SEECR website:
I have recently learned of the “Reacting to the Past” pedagogy (see here), which seems fascinating, and in fact they have two modules directly related to Confucianism:
- Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor
- Korea at the Crossroads of Civilizations: Confucianism, Westernization, and the 1894 Kabo Reforms
If anyone has experience with either of these, or with Reacting to the Past in general, please share your thoughts in the comments (or email me directly if you prefer). I gather that these “games” are mainly aimed at history classes, but I wonder how they would work in a philosophy class?
Call for Papers: International conference “4 May 1919: History in Motion — A Political, Social and Cultural Look at a Turning Point in the History of Modern China”
Université de Mons, Belgium, 2 – 4 May 2019
Abstracts are expected before July 15, 2018. For more information, see here.
2018 Annual Conference of ISCWP in China Call for Submissions
The International Society for Comparative Studies ofChinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP) announces a call for abstracts for its 2018 conference, June 11-13 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.This is the first time that the annual conference of ISCWP will be held in China. Submissions, including abstract and title, should be sent to Alexus McLeod, ISCWP Vice President, at email@example.com by May 1, 2018, though early submissions are encouraged. The board of ISCWP will invite about 20 presentations from the submissions. Presentations may be in English or Chinese. Lodging accommodations for speakers will be provided. Speakers unable to obtain travel support from their own institutions can apply for reimbursement from the conference committee. But given a limited budget, not every applicant will receive reimbursement. Questions concerning this conference can be directed to Guoxiang Peng, ISCWP President, at firstname.lastname@example.org (there is an underscore between peng and gx). For more information about the ISCWP, please visit www.iscwp.org
SUNY has published Maria Franca Sibau, Reading for the Moral: Exemplarity and the Confucian Moral Imagination in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Short Fiction. A new perspective that should shed light on discussions of roles, roles ethics, virtue ethics, and exemplarity! More info is here or below.
A new resource that looks extremely useful: Paul R. Goldin, ed., Routledge Handbook of Early Chinese History. More info here and below; note that the book is currently available for 20% off through the publisher’s website. (Which does not mean that it is inexpensive!)
Readers may be interested in this new article: Linda Walton, “The ‘Spirit’ of Confucian Education in Contemporary China: Songyang Academy and Zhengzhou University,” Modern China 44:3 (May, 2018), available on-line here. The abstract follows:
I have fallen behind on announcing new books that people tell me about, so here is a run-down of several recent ones, with links to publishers’ websites with more information:
- Donald Harper and Marc Kalinowski, eds., Books of Fate and Popular Culture in Early China: The Daybook Manuscripts of the Warring States, Qin, and Han (Brill, 2018)
- Ambrose Yeo-chi King, China’s Great Transformation: Selected Essays on Confucianism, Modernization, and Democracy (Hong Kong: Chinese Univesity Press, 2018)
- Jane Geaney, Language as Bodily Practice in Early China: A Chinese Grammatology (SUNY: 2018)
- Paul van Els, The Wenzi: Creativity and Intertextuality in Early Chinese Philosophy (Brill, 2018)
Some important new work here to go with some classic older work!
Here’s a new profile of the Berggruen Institute’s China Center and its Director, Song Bing. Song Bing discusses some of the current initiatives and future directions for the Center.
The deadline has been extended to April 8th for applications to the Beijing Normal University (BNU) International MA Program in Chinese Philosophy. This is a 2-year master’s degree program conducted in English. The program will provide scholarships for most of the students which will cover their tuition fees and living expenses. For information, please see here.