I’m happy to announce that a project I have been working on for some time has now reached a level of maturity that I feel comfortable sharing it publicly. Jinburuxue.com is a mainly Chinese-language website that aims to share Chinese versions of writings about progressive approaches to Confucianism. (Jinbu ruxue or 进步儒学 means progressive Confucianism.) Some of the material originally appeared in Chinese, and some of it was originally in English and has been translated specifically for this project. (All work appears with permission.) The site also has an English-language version, although the underlying essays and other materials are still in Chinese.
The contributors to this website have many differences, but share a common understanding of Confucianism as a living tradition, a still-developing tradition. In addition, we believe that as Confucianism develops in the contemporary world, it must be inclusive, supporting the ability of all people to improve ethically. In the essays and other materials collected on the site, we argue that the values of the Confucian tradition should be expressed in new ways in the 21st century. This is what the Book of Changes calls “changing with the times 与时偕行,” the Greater Learning calls “daily renewal 日新,” and the Analects calls “reviewing the old to know the new 温故而知新.” We call this contemporary, developing form of Confucianism “Progressive Confucianism.”
The site focuses on Chinese-language versions of our material because in the first instance, our goal is to have an impact on Chinese-language discussions of what Confucianism is and can be. Any thoughts on this project or suggestions for changes or future development are welcome!
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
IN SEARCH OF A BENEVOLENT POLITY: ELDERLY SUICIDE IN CHINA AND A CONFUCIAN SOCIO-ETHICAL VISION OF ELDERCARE
Professor Jing-Bao Nie, University of Otago, New Zealand
Chair: Professor Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
S153, 1st Floor, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Asia Center Seminar Series; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Please see here for information about the international graduate student conference, “Philosophical Traditions: Comparative Philosophy and its Limits,” to be held in Shanghai this November 9 through 11.
Fourth Biannual Ph.D. Student and Early-Career Scholar Workshop
“Manuscript Culture in Ancient Egypt and China”
International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures
Renmin University of China
Beijing, January 14–18, 2019
The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC), hosted at Renmin University of China, will hold its Fourth Ph.D. Student and Early-Career Scholar Workshop on January 14 -18, 2019. Four days of seminars will be concluded with student presentations and plenary discussion on the fifth day. The principal language of instruction and interaction will be English.
Ph.D. students, see application details below.
Continue reading “Workshop on Manuscript Cultures”
The latest Journal of Chinese Humanities issue is a special issue on “The Possibility of Political Meritocracy in China.” Read on for details.
Continue reading “TOC: Journal of Chinese Humanities issue on Political Meritocracy in China”
Society for the Study of Early China 7th Annual Conference
Date: Thursday, 21 March 2019
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver CO
The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce its
seventh annual conference. The conference will take place at the
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, 21
March 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As in past years, the SSEC meeting
will be held in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’
annual conference, but those who attend only the SSEC meeting are not
required to register for AAS. The SSEC meeting is free and open to the
Continue reading “CFP: Society for the Study of Early China”
I have taken something of a break from posting, but will try to catch up with a bunch of things today, before taking another week’s hiatus. Back to normal later in August. I apologize to those whose information was particularly timely, like the following conference, now already underway, sent to me by Paul D’Ambrosio.
国际学术研讨会 / International Conference
超越比较：世界范围内的当代中国哲学研究 / Beyond Comparisons: Chinese Philosophy Today
2018年8月9-12日 / August 7-11, 2018
华东师范大学 / East China Normal University, Shanghai
Continue reading “Conference in Shanghai — Beyond Comparisons: Chinese Philosophy Today”
If you have work in progress concerning the status of women and Confucian philosophy or Chinese history and are interested in presenting that at a conference, consider participating in the 2019 Association of Asian Studies meetings in Denver on March 21-24, 2019. A philosopher is putting together a panel on this subject for AAS. If interested, please send your 250 word abstract and paper title no later than July 26 to Ryan Nichols at rnichols -at- fullerton -dot- edu.
Info about the conference: http://www.asian-studies.org/Conferences/AAS-Annual-Conference/Conference-Menu/CALL-FOR-PROPOSALS/CFP-2019-Home
The Journal of School & Society is the John Dewey Society’s journal of intelligent practice. The Journal is pleased to announce its next issue: Comparative Approaches to Moral Education: Somatic and Democratic Practices in an Intercultural Philosophical Horizon. This issue will be co-edited by Kyle Greenwalt and Joseph Harroff at Temple University.
This issue is part of the John Dewey Society’s commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Dewey’s trip to China. Read the call to learn more; it’s available on the website (schoolandsociety.org) or directly at:
Here is a call for papers for a workshop on “Political Pluralism in Greater China – 大中华的政治多元化,” to be held in July 2019 at the University of Lucerne, organized by Philipp Renninger (Lucerne) and Ewan Smith (Oxford).
The New York Times recently published an interview with C. C. Tsai, who has written and illustrated wonderful cartoon versions of the Art of War and the Analects (among others). Brian Bruya’s translated versions of both of these texts are now available from Princeton University Press.
David S. Nivison, The Nivison Annals: Selected Works of David S. Nivison on Early Chinese Chronology, Astronomy, and Historiography was just published by DeGruyter. It includes 23 of David Nivison’s last unpublished essays (669 pages in total), and is available for free.
The book Between History and Philosophy: Anecdotes in Early China is now available in affordable paperback ($31.95 at Amazon). The hardcover is also greatly reduced in price ($51.67 new at Amazon). More info:
I have made another post over at Neo-Confucianism.com, this time describing how I used the role-playing pedagogy “Reacting to the Past” in my recent course on Neo-Confucianism. It was great fun, and I encourage you to check it out!
The Berggruen Institute and Peking University have announced a new hub for research and dialogue on global transformations affecting humanity; see here.