I will give a lecture titled “Confucian Leadership Meets Confucian Democracy” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday, February 13, at 4:30pm. All are welcome, and details are here.
The 2nd Greater China Chinese Studies Program, organized by the Hong Kong-based Sinological Development Charitable Foundation, has been announced for this summer. Information is available on this pamphlet. The 4-week program takes place in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Beijing and covers a wide range of topics related to Chinese philosophy and culture. A limited number of participants are eligible for sponsorship, meaning that all costs save travel to/from Hong Kong will be covered.
There will be two events held at Hong Kong University on February 14: a Symposium on Sungmoon Kim’s Public Reason Confucianism and a Roundtable on the Future of Confucian Political Philosophy. These events are open to all, though we request that you register. The poster announcing these events is here, and details (and link for registration) is here. Speakers at the Symposium are Stephen ANGLE, Joseph CHAN, Sungmoon KIM, and Franz MANG; speakers at the Roundtable are:
Stephen ANGLE, Wesleyan University; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17
Elton CHAN, Yale-NUS College
Joseph CHAN, The University of Hong Kong
CI Jiwei, The University of Hong Kong
FAN Ruiping, City University of Hong Kong
HUANG Yong, Chinese University of Hong Kong
JIANG Yi-Huah, City University of Hong Kong
Sungmoon KIM, City University of Hong Kong; Berggruen Fellow 2016-17
If you are in Hong Kong, please join us!
Call for Papers: Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, University of Macau
21.–22.4.2017; CFP Deadline: 30.12.2016
Cambridge University Press has published East Asian Perspectives on Political Legitimacy: Bridging the Empirical-Normative Divide, edited by Joseph Chan, Doh Chuli Shin, and Melissa S. Williams. More details and table of contents here.
Ady Van den Stock, The Horizon of Modernity: Subjectivity and Social Structure in New Confucian Philosophy. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
Upcoming conference: “Political Theory in the East Asian Context: Beyond West-Centrism” at Hong Kong CityU from 3-4 June 2016 (Friday to Saturday). All are welcome. More details here.
The editors of a volume under contract to be entitled Routledge History of Human Rights are very keen to find potential chapters that deal with Chinese and/or East Asian perspectives on human rights. I attach the call here. Please respond directly to the editors.
The 2-week Visiting Programs organized by the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture at the Department of Philosophy of The Chinese University of Hong Kong are now open for application.
In order to promote exchanges with scholars from around the world, the Research Centre for Chinese Philosophy and Culture has established several exchange programs to provide financial assistance for visiting scholars to conduct research and participate in academic activities organized by the Centre.
Sungmoon Kim’s new book, Public Reason Confucianism: Democratic Perfectionism and Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge, 2016) has just been published. Congratulations, Sungmoon! Here are links to the CUP website and Amazon. Cambridge has also made available a form that anyone can use to get a 25% discount; click here. Here is the book’s description:
Recent proposals concerning Confucian meritocratic perfectionism have justified Confucian perfectionism in terms of political meritocracy. In contrast, ‘Confucian democratic perfectionism’ is a form of comprehensive Confucian perfectionism that can accommodate a plurality of values in civil society. It is also fully compatible with core values of democracy such as popular sovereignty, political equality, and the right to political participation. Sungmoon Kim presents ‘public reason Confucianism’ as the most attractive option for contemporary East Asian societies that are historically and culturally Confucian. Public reason Confucianism is a particular style of Confucian democratic perfectionism in which comprehensive Confucianism is connected with perfectionism via a distinctive form of public reason. It calls for an active role for the democratic state in promoting a Confucian conception of the good life, at the heart of which are such core Confucian values as filial piety and ritual propriety.
The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at the City University of Hong Kong is offering a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in political philosophy/theory to begin in Fall 2015. Requirements include a PhD in Philosophy/Political Science, with specialization in Political Philosophy/Theory and no more than 3 years’ postdoctoral experience. Familiarity with Comparative Political Theory/East Asian Philosophy would be an advantage, but is not essential.
For more information and to apply, see: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/hro/en/job/current/administrative.asp?ref=ur-cr985
As I have already mentioned, on Friday May 15, there will be an all-day symposium on Joseph Chan’s book Confucian Perfectionism at HKU. There are at least two other Chinese-philosophy related events taking place next week in Hong Kong (please let me know if you know of others!):
- On Thursday May 14, David Wong (Duke University) will be speaking on “Moral Beauty” at HKU (Room 966, 9/F, The Jockey Club Tower) at 4:30pm.
- On Wednesday May 13, I will be speaking on “Varieties of Knowing in Neo-Confucianism” at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, HK City University (Conference Room 1, To Yuen Building), 4:00pm.
This is a call for submissions to a special issue of the journal Educational Philosophy and Theory, which will be edited by Liz Jackson and Timothy O’Leary of the University of Hong Kong.
The Umbrella Movement, a student-led series of protests, occupations and collaborations across different social groups, has permanently altered the social and political landscape of Hong Kong. In marked contrast to the depoliticized, capitalist orientation that predominated in the public sphere in the past, the Umbrella Movement is marked by youth performance of alternative values of collaboration, accountability, and communitarian care. Participants in the Umbrella Movement, both students and educators, are finding new ways to nurture experiential learning in student-authored contexts, in contrast with the teacher- and test-centered education historically customary in Hong Kong. Resistance to the conservative political values of Hong Kong, that preclude local youth democratic participation in revising and reshaping the society, lies at the heart of this movement.
This Special Issue of Educational Philosophy and Theory examines the Umbrella Movement as not only a political movement, but also an alternative form of education that is framed by student resistance and the desire by young people to reclaim their cultural, social, and political world.
This is a reminder: the 19th international conference of ISCP will be held in Hong Kong in 2015. The deadline for submissions of paper proposals is Nov. 30, 2014. The following is the link to the conference webpage, with information about submissions: http://phil.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/iscp/
This Forum, featuring five Hong Kong University faculty (ncluding philosophers and political theorists) is well-worth watching!
Duke University’s Center for Comparative Philosophy and the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at City University of Hong Kong are happy to announce an exciting new partnership . These two centers will initiate regular student and faculty exchanges, co-sponsor international conferences and workshops, and jointly teach courses, beginning with a new course this spring that can be taken for credit at either campus, Eastern and Western Conceptions of Human Nature, Ethics, and Politics. Additional cooperative programs will follow in the coming years. Read on for information about the new joint course.
Many readers of this blog have been following the recent demonstrations in Hong Kong with interest, and several days ago Kai Marchal posted some insightful remarks about demonstrators’ motives and inspirations and their relation to Confucianism. Kai specifically noted the absence of explicitly Confucian political ideals from the demonstrators’ public rhetoric.
The following is the text of a short talk I gave at a public gathering organized by HKU students on the street in Admiralty next to Hong Kong government headquarters on October 1, China’s National Day.