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The program of the Online International Workshop “Dynamics of knowledge transmission and linguistic transformation in Chinese textual cultures” (June 10-11, 2021) is available online at the following link:
The workshop will be held online via Zoom. Access is free but registration is required. For registration, please visit
The workshop is jointly organised by Barbara Bisetto (University of Verona, Italy) and Rainier Lanselle (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, CRCAO, Paris, France).
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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 email@example.com by January 31, 2021 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here.
Volume 43 / September 2020 of Early China has been published; the Table of Contents is available here.
The 5th Greater China Summer Workshop Program in Chinese Studies will be now held online. The program will start on July 17, 2020 and end on August 15, 2020. Applications for the online program will be open until June 19th, 2020.
In the online program, there are two types of participants:
Are expected to engage with the lectures, textbook, and pre-readings
As there are very limited places for Active Participants, some applicants may be placed on the waitlist
Can attend lectures and submit questions to the lecturers, but are not expected to engage with the course readings although they are highly advised to. Viewer places will be given according to the level of commitment.
Application forms to be an Active Participant or a Viewer and the program schedule can be found on the program’s website.
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The latest APA Newsletter on Asian and Asian-American Philosophers and Philosophies has been published and is available here. The contents:
From the Guest Editor
“The Timeliness of Translating Chinese Philosophy: An Introduction to the APA Newsletter Special Issue on Translating Chinese Philosophy,” Ben Hammer
“Preparing a New Sourcebook in Classical Confucian Philosophy,” Roger T. Ames
“The Impossibility of Literal Translation of Chinese Philosophical Texts into English,” Tian Chenshan
“Translating Today’s Chinese Masters,” Dimitra Amarantidou, Daniel Sarafinas, and Paul J. D’Ambrosio
“Three Thoughts on Translating Classical Chinese Philosophical Texts,” Edward L. Shaughnessy
“Introducing Premodern Text Translation: A New Field at the Crossroads of Sinology and Translation Studies,” Carl Gene Fordham
Scott Barnwell has recently added a new chapter to his series of essays on classical Daoism, called Classical Daoism’s Amoral Ethos. On the site he explains that this is the first in a three-part series exploring early Daoist ethics.
Julie Lee Wei’s translation of Mou Zongsan’s Nineteen Lectures on Chinese Philosophy is again avilable on the web, at: www.nineteenlects.org.
Thomas Crone, Between Disaster, Punishment, and Blame: The Semantic Field of Guilt in Early Chinese Texts (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2020)
The concept of having done something wrong is an integral part of normative thinking and thus a human universal. With regard to the early Chinese world of ideas and the resulting Confucian value system, consensus has it that the normative forces of “shame” have played a particularly strong role in the conceptualization and assessments of wrongdoings.