Sam Crane has revved up his Useless Tree blog after a hiatus, with a review of Bryan Van Norden’s Taking Back Philosophy as well as posts on “Legal Exoneration: A Confucian Perspective,” “Mass Evictions in Beijing: What Would Mencius Do?” and “Thoughts on the Classic of Filial Respect 孝經 and Student Protest in Hong Kong.”
The XXIV World Congress of Philosophy will take place in Beijing this year (August 13-20, 2018). This should be an occasion to highlight aspects of Chinese philosophy. The deadline for sending in an abstract is February 1st (late deadline is April 1st). Submissions should not exceed 1,800 words (or 3,000 characters for papers submitted in Chinese), and should be accompanied by a 200 words abstract (500 characters in Chinese). Submissions must be made through the World Congress website (here). Warp, Weft, and Way is simply passing on this information to you and does not handle submissions.
For more information on sections, topics, deadlines, etc., see http://wcp2018.pku.edu.cn/yw/registration/index.htm. All proposals are welcome, especially in 9.III: Modern Chinese Philosophy.
According to the 《儒家网》 (Confucian Web), here are the top 10 issues of interest to Confucians in 2017:
This is just one opinion — the editorial staff of this website — but it gives a flavor for what some “mainland new Confucians” have been focused on. Lengthier descriptions of each issue follow below, and also at the original site.
The latest issue of 《当代儒学》(Contemporary Confucianism) has been published, including a special section on “Liberal Confucianism.” The Table of Contents follows below.
SUNY has published Confucianism for the Contemporary World: Global Order, Political Plurality, and Social Action, edited by Kristin Stapleton and Tze-ki Hon. More details are here and below.
The edited transcript of a lecture I gave last spring at Shandong University has been published in the 《山东大学报》(Journal of Shandong University). The title is “进步儒学和夫妇之伦.” Enjoy!
The annual report of the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (at the City University of Hong Kong) is now available online.
The Premodern Workshop Multi-disciplinary Spring Conference: Breaking the Eurocentric Model in the Humanities
Minneapolis, MN, April 13-14, 2018
Deadline: February 1, 2018
I here re-post information from Keith Knapp’s email list about two recent books: Chandler’s Expressing the Heart’s Intent and Cook & Luo’s Birth in Ancient China. Congratulations to all!
From Paul D’Ambrosio:
East China Normal University’s English Language MA and PhD programs are up and running. Last year top students in English language graduate programs at ECNU were accepted to do their PhDs in the history department at McGill and in anthropology at Harvard.
We currently have six spots open for next year. Each student is strongly encouraged to apply for the Chinese Scholarship Counsel scholarship, which awards free tuition, housing, and a 3,000rmb per month stipend. 100% of our English language (and Chinese language) foreign graduate students have been offered this scholarship to date.
A couple weeks ago, Bryan Van Norden published “The Confucian roots of Xi Jinping’s policies” in The Straits Times (Singapore); a Chinese translation was also subsequently published. The essay begins:
Commentators have been quick to observe that the recent Chinese Communist Party Congress guaranteed President Xi Jinping’s firm grip on power for years to come. However, few have noted the Confucian roots of Mr Xi’s world view.
Mr Xi himself has been very candid about his admiration for traditional Chinese thought and his view that Chinese socialism is consistent with it. As I point out in my recent book, Taking Back Philosophy: A Multicultural Manifesto, Mr Xi’s appropriations of traditional Chinese thought are sometimes opportunistic. But the same can be said of the way many US politicians appeal to the Bible. In addition, there are at least four points on which Mr Xi is genuinely Confucian in spirit.
The latest issue of the Journal of Daoist Studies has been published. It can be ordered from http://threepinespress.com/, and the Table of Contents is below.
Northeast/Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
April 27-29, 2018
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
The sixth annual Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought and the 14th annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought will be holding their first ever joint conference from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 2018, at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, CT.
Sam Crane has published an essay called “Philosopher King: The classical philosophy that Xi Jinping ignores” via the Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel. It opens:
In his first five-year term as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping regularly cited classical Chinese philosophy in order to bolster his image as a man of learning and virtue. In May 2014, he implied his own rectitude by invoking Confucius in Analects 15.1 at a meeting of young people: “The noble man considers righteousness essential.” Although we’ve been hearing more Marxism in connection to Xi’s name of late, there is good reason to believe he will continue to reach for a neo-traditionalist brand of political legitimation over the next five years. But his apparent erudition is selective….
CALL FOR PAPERS
2018 SINGAPORE-HONG KONG-MACAU SYMPOSIUM ON CHINESE PHILOSOPHY
20-21 April 2018
Organized and Sponsored by Department of Religion and Philosophy and Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology, Hong Kong Baptist University
My review of Jennifer Eichman’s outstanding A Late Sixteenth-Century Chinese Buddhist Fellowship: Spiritual Ambitions, Intellectual Debates, and Epistolary Connections (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016) has been published in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China. See here.
Here is the latest information on Wuhan University’s English-language MA program in Chinese philosophy. Yong Li, Assistant Professor and Associate Dean, notes that every admitted student will have full scholarship to cover tuition, room, and a generous stipend. See this brochure or this website.
See here for information about a job at the Chinese university of Hong Kong in Chinese philosophy (preferably pre-Qin).
Oxford has published Mihwa Choi’s book, Death Rituals and Politics in Northern Song China. According to the Oxford website, it:
- Offers a new explanation of the 11th-century revival of Confucianism
- Examines the roles of debates on death rituals within court politics
- Moves beyond the consideration of Confucianism as a mainly intellectual movement
Sounds fascinating! See more here.
Thanks to Keith Knapp’s terrific mailing list (which I too frequently fail to credit for things I post here):
Brill has started publishing a new periodical called Bamboo and Silk that contains articles on unearthed bamboo and silk manuscripts from the pre-Qin and early imperial period. See here.
Duke University Press has published Bin Wang, ed., Chinese Visions of World Order: Tianxia, Culture, and World Politics, which looks like an important collection of essays. More information is here.
Harvard University Asia Center has published Constance A. Cook, Ancestors, Kings, and the Dao. More information follows.
Taisu Zhang, The Laws and Economics of Confucianism: Kinship and Property in Preindustrial China and England, has recently been published by Cambridge. The book is a study in comparative legal and economic history. It asks why early modern property institutions in rural China and England went down distinctly different paths—and whether these institutional differences had any macro-level economic effects. The book’s central thesis ties together cultural analysis with law and economics—two theoretical paradigms that have had virtually no interaction over the past several decades—but also engages the growing literature on global economic divergence.
Thursday, October 19, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Chiung-yun Evelyn Liu, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica; HYI Visiting Scholar
Chair/discussant: Wai-yee Li, Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Sponsored by the Harvard Yenching Institute
Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge
Call for papers: “Materiality of Knowledge in Chinese Thought, Past and Present”
Submission Deadline: 15 October 2017
Conference Dates: 19-21 September 2018
University of Oxford
The conference is organised jointly by Dirk Meyer and Stefano Gandolfo, University of Oxford. It will take place on 19-21 September 2018 at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. It will discuss matters related to the materiality of knowledge from the following three aspects:
Call for Papers: Engaging ‘China’: Perspectives from the Margins
Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference (10-11 Jan 2018)
Keynote speakers: Peter K. Bol (Harvard), Henrietta Harrison (Oxford)
Deadline for submission: October 15th 2017, 17:00 (GMT)
Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion.
PENG Guoxiang of Zhejiang University writes with information about a post-doc opportunity:
A post-doc program of Chinese philosophy, intellectual history, and religions, especially Confucianism, at Zhejiang University now is available for application. The eligible candidates are required:
1. No more than 35 years old;
2. Citizenships that have diplomatic relations with China;
3. PhD acquired outside China and within one year;
4. No less than 20 months in China within two years;
5. Excellence in Chinese or English if from non-English speaking world;
Interested applicants can directly contact me with their CV at: email@example.com. The deadline is Nov. 13.
We are happy to announce that the second bi-annual workshop organized by the International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures will be held in Xi’an, China, January 5-13, 2018. The theme for this time is “Manuscripts and Materiality of Text.” Four instructors, Profs. AnneMarie Luijendijk (Princeton), Daniela Mairhofer (Princeton), Matthias Richter (CU Boulder), and Xu Jianping (ZJU) will each lead a one-day workshop. Keynote speakers are Profs. Martin Kern (Princeton) and Liu Yuejin (CASS). Please refer to the attached document for more information and application. We welcome all applicants interested in the fields of Chinese Antiquity, Late Medieval Antiquity, and Medieval Latin. Deadline is Oct. 10th, 2017. For information see the document below:
Bloomsbury has published Tony Swain’s Confucianism in China: An Introduction. See here for more.
The archaeologists who are cleaning up the bamboo strips found in the Haihunhou tomb are expected to confirm that one of the texts recovered is the long lost Qi version of the Analects; see here.
The latest issue of 齐鲁学刊 [Qilu Academic Journal] features an extended, two-part dialogue between Huang Yushun and me, and another dialogue between Guo Ping and me. The topics covered include both substantive and methodological issues related to Huang’s “Life Confucianism (生活儒学),” to the “Liberal Confucianism” defended by both Huang and Guo, and to the idea of “Progressive Confucianism.” See:
- 生活儒学与进步儒学的对话 [Dialogue Between Life Confucianism and Progressive Confucianism] (Part 1)
- 生活儒学与进步儒学的对话 [Dialogue Between Life Confucianism and Progressive Confucianism] (Part 2)
- 德性、自由与“有根的全球哲学”——关于“进步儒学”与“自由儒学”的对话 [Virtue, Liberty, and ‘Rooted Global Philosophy’—A Dialogue Concerning Progressive Confucianism and Liberal Confucianism]
Daily Nous reports on censorship of philosophical writings in Hong Kong.
East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai is looking for a two-year post-doc in ancient Chinese art theory and classic Chinese aesthetics. Applicants must have PhD in related areas. Stipend is 75,000 RMB for one year and 150,000 RMB for two years. Please send application materials to Professor Zhu Zhirong (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of ECNU.
Authority versus Authenticity: 12th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 1-4 June, 2018
[PENDING APPROVAL BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (expected by December)]
This year’s theme is the relationship of inner truth in contrast (and conflict) with outer circumstances, an issue that pervades Daoist history and culture, since Daoists highly value naturalness and integrity that often crosses or even runs in opposition to mainstream values, notions, and practices—both without and within the religion itself.
Volume 3 of the Journal of Chinese Humanities has been published. Among other things, it contains an interesting discussion of the trend toward “indigenization” in Chinese humanities, and the connection of this to Confucianism, by Wang Xuedian; and a review by Joshua Mason of Huang Yushun’s English-language book, Voice from the East: The Chinese Theory of Justice (translated by Hou Pingping and Wang Keyou; Reading, UK: Paths International, 2016). The Table of Contents is here.
Russell Arben Fox has posted an engaging set of comments provoked by Leigh Jenco’s book Changing Referents: Learning Across Space and Time in China and the West (Oxford, 2015), based on comments Fox delivered at a conference in Singapore. Highly recommended!
The XXIV World Congress of Philosophy will take place in Beijing next year (August 13-20, 2018). This should be an occasion to highlight all aspects of Chinese philosophy. For more information on sections, topics, deadlines, etc., see here. All proposals are welcome!
[NOTE: Please contact the organizers on the linked website with any questions or requests. Posting a question about the World Congress in the comments section here on our website may not be very useful.]
University of Hawaii Press will soon publish the fascinating-looking Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China, edited by Harry Rothschild and Leslie V. Wallace. More info here and below.
The INSTITUT RICCI, CENTRE D’ETUDES CHINOISES, provides access to a significant number of French-language translations of recent Chinese-language essays on Chinese philosophy, Chinese thought, and related subjects. It’s a great resource! See here.
The Society for the Study of Early China’s 6th Annual Conference
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The Society for the Study of Early China is pleased to announce its Sixth annual conference, which will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 22 March 2018. Like previous meetings, this one will take place in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. Registration for the AAS event is not required to attend the SSEC meeting.
This report discusses an unearthed text thought to be the lost Qi Analects (《齐论语》).
Please contact Daniel Fried if you are interested in joining the panel he is proposing. Details follow.
SUNY has published Eva Kit Wah Man, Bodies in China: Philosophy, Aesthetics, Gender, and Politics. More information is here or below.
Graham Priest will be speaking at CUHK on June 5 and 14; details here.
Florida International University, Miami and the Elling Eide Center, Sarasota (FL) will jointly host the 21st annual Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR), October 27-29, 2017.
Vol. 45, no.1 (May 2017) of the Journal of Chinese Religions is now available online, and it contains a number of articles and especially reviews that will be of interest to many readers of this blog. The Table of Contents is below.
Continue reading “New JCR issue with several reviews of Chinese philosophy books”
This workshop celebrates the partnership between the Berggruen Institute and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, thereby also taking advantage of the presence of the first group of Berggruen Fellows at Harvard. The topic of the workshop, also related to a major concern of the Berggruen Institute, is “Perspectives on Chinese Thought in the World.” Some of the presenters work on China in a rather straightforward way, others don’t, but China, and thus Chinese thought, concerns us all, and increasingly so. One way or another, the talks will address how it does. Advance reading of papers is not expected, though papers are available for some of the talks (upon request).
On February 9, 2017, the workshop convened for a successful session, featuring Viren Murthy, Tongdong Bai, and Sungmoon Kim, before the organizers were compelled to postpone the afternoon panels due to the onset of a blizzard. These panels have now been rescheduled as a featured event that will kick off the Center’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, May 4-6, 2017. More details are here.
Wuhan University is proud to announce its new international MA program in Philosophy taught in English.
Located in Wuhan, a major center for technology, the arts, education, and industry in China’s scenic Yangtze Valley, Wuhan University is an international research university, with one of the top five philosophy departments in China. The School of Philosophy has around 500 undergraduate students, and 500 graduate students, and our large, international faculty is engaged in all areas of philosophical research, with divisions dedicated to traditional Chinese philosophy, contemporary western philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, and Marxist philosophy.
Please check out our website at www.whu.edu.cn/phi/
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This is a two-year MA program, intended to provide an excellent training in philosophy. Outstanding applicants will be provided a full scholarship that covers tuition and a stipend. To apply for admission and a scholarship go to http://admission.whu.edu.cn. The application deadline for Chinese Government Scholarships is March 31, 2017.
I pass on the following, even though there is no mention of philosophy among the suggested topics. (It does say that the conference is “not restricted to” those topics.)
CFP: British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies 2017 conference, 14-15 June 2017 – University of Sheffield, UK.
Papers will be selected on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted.
Our theme this year: “From local to global: regional aspects of China”
We will accept topics from a wide spectrum of the Humanities and Social Sciences, including but not restricted to:
- History, Art, Religions
- Education, Public Health, Public Policies
- Heritage, Traditional and Modern Culture
- Politics, Economics, Media Studies
- Environment, Geography, Urbanisation
- Regional studies based in Mainland China, Hong Kong,Taiwan, etc.
Confirmed Keynote speakers:
- Marina Svensson (Professor of Modern China Studies, University of Lund, Sweden)
- Marjorie Dryburgh (Lecturer in Modern Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield)
- Gemma Thorpe (Artist, Sheffield)
Deadline for applications: 16th of April 2017, midnight (UK time)
Please apply with our Google form using the link below (you don’t need a Google account). We require a 250-300 words abstract.
Disclaimer: This association is focused on UK-based students, but we gladly accept international applications for our annual conference – just explain in the comment section of the application why you want to attend!
Unfortunately we usually cannot help with VISA specific issues but we do recommend applying for grants such as those offered by UCCL to help with fieldwork/research expenses if you are based in China. Please consult the BACS website for other funding opportunities.
We are grateful for our sponsors’ support:
- British Association for Chinese Studies
- European Association for Chinese Studies
- Amsterdam University Press
- School of Taiwan Studies, SOAS
- Global China Institute
- University of Sheffield
- Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Renmin University in Beijing has an English-language MA Program in “Chinese Philosophy, Religion, and Culture”; more information is available here. The application deadline is April 30, 2017; scholarships are available. (If any readers have participated in this program and would be willing to share your experiences, please add a comment, or else contact me directly.)
A posting at the Daily Nous blog by Bharath Vallabha raises this question. He begins:
What should be the relation of a philosophy department to the country it is in? For example, is there a sense in which a philosophy department in America ought to be distinctly American, tied more closely to the history, culture and identity of America than to that of other countries? Or should the fact that the department is in America be irrelevant to the philosophical work that is done in the department?
I will call the former view, that the department ought to be distinctly American in some sense, nationalism. And I will call the latter view universalism.
The Society for the Study of Early China Fifth Annual Conference Thursday, 16 March 2017
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto, Leaside Room
Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Eirik Lang Harris, The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation, Columbia University Press, 2016, 173pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231177665.
Reviewed by Franklin Perkins, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
First Annual Graduate Student Workshop
“Canonical Texts and Commentaries”
International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures
Renmin University of China
Beijing, June 18th –24th, 2017 Continue reading “Grad Student Workshop on Texts and Commentaries”
Philip Clart (Leipzig) maintains a useful list of the Chinese names of scholars who publish primarily in Western languages. If your name is not on it, please contact Prof. Clart, who would be glad to add you!
Later this month I am giving a couple lectures at local Beijing universities that are open to the public, in case anyone is interested:
An announcement from Thomas Michael:
Beijing Normal University is again offering its Summer Philosophy program; this year, it is on the theme of Daoism. The program runs from July 10 to July 25, 2017, and the deadline for submitting application materials is April 23rd, 2017. Please see here for the brochure, here for the Facebook link and application, and read on for more information.
If any of you Warp, Weft, and Way readers are based in Beijing, or are passing through, please feel free to get in touch with me: I am based at Tsinghua University all spring, from now up through the end of May.