The Confucian Traditions Group is sponsoring two panels for this year’s AAR: “Nurturing Moral Children: Confucian Visions of Parenthood and Childhood” and “Confucian Secularism.” Read on for details.
The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University is piloting a book workshop series this year. On Wednesday, November 19 from 8pm – 10pm EST Professor LI Chenyang will discuss his lastest book, The Confucian Philosophy of Harmony. Since this is a virtual presentation, we welcome all interested scholars and students to attend. You can log in here: https://connect.iu.edu/eabwli/ . Follow directions “to enter as a guest.” (For questions about the virtual-meeting software see here.)
See http://www.indiana.edu/~mcct for more information on the Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought.
The ACPA will sponsor two panels at the Pacific APA in Vancouver next April, “Ethics and the Meaning of Life in Confucian and Daoist Philosophy” and “Soul, Afterlife, and Truth in Chinese Thought.”
An upcoming conference at the University of Nebraska “The Spirit of Korean Philosophy: Six Debates and their Significance for Asian and Western Philosophy” (OCTOBER 22-24, 2014)
13–14 March 2015
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
The Singapore-Hong Kong Symposium on Chinese Philosophy is being organized as a way to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars and students based in Singapore and Hong Kong. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought, as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives. Speakers will be selected through a review of abstracts. While preference will be given to scholars and advanced graduate students based in Singapore and Hong Kong, participants from any geographic area are welcome. Accommodations on campus will be provided for a limited number of speakers coming from abroad.
Please submit 1-2 page abstracts for review to SHKConf@ntu.edu.sg by November 30, 2014.
For inquiries about the conference, please contact Franklin Perkins.
The 2014 Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought will be held next month at Central Connecticut State University. (Details are here.) Please note that the deadline for registration is October 30, 2014.
The inagural conference of the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures will take place this coming week in Honolulu. More information, including conference program, is located here.
Yang Xiao writes: The board of ISCWP is glad to announce that we are going to have two panels at APA Pacific Division Meeting in April 2015 in Vancouver, Canada (see below). Here is the link to the information about the meeting:
We still need two volunteers to chair the two panels, and seven volunteers to be the commentators on the seven papers. Details are below. Please let me know as soon as possible, but no later than October 10th!
The ISCWP has announced its two panels for the Eastern APA:
The 2014 Nothereast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT) will be held at Central Connecticut State University this November. Attendance is free, but requires advance registration. Please see here for the schedule and other details. Speakers and other out-of-town attendees will find information on location, lodging, etc.
There will be an impressive-looking, interdisciplinary conference next month called “Reading the “Masters”: Contexts, Textual Structures, and Hermeneutic Strategies” held in Brno, Czech Republic. Much more information is available via their website. (I know that Paul already posted about this in the “Reader’s Discussion Topics” area of the blog, but I think that main posts have more visibility (and are included in our Facebook feed), so I am repeating the information here.)
The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy (ISCWP) plans to sponsor one or two panels at next year’s Pacific Division Meeting of APA (American Philosophical Association), which will take place at Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver from April 1 to April 5, 2015. We hereby invite submissions.
Our Goal: We would like to encourage submissions of proposals of individual papers and panels. We encourage papers or panels that promote in-depth engagement between Chinese and Western philosophy. The submissions will be reviewed by all the three members of the board.When we select papers, we normally try to find papers that have common theme to form a panel. You may have a better chance to be accepted if you submit a panel proposal which already has a common theme.
Eligibility: We continue to welcome non-ISCWP members to propose papers to be included on an ISCWP-sponsored panel, or even propose a panel that is related to the ISCWP’s aims, so please feel free to send this notice to philosophers who might be interested even if they are not ISCWP members yet.
Please send all submissions by September 14, 2014.
1. To submit a paper proposal, please provide a 250-300 word abstract. The abstract needs to include the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and email address.
2. To submit a panel proposal, please provide an overall abstract of the panel topic of 250-300 words, including due justification. It must include the following for each chair, speaker, and commentator on your panel:
- name as it is to appear in print
- email address
- paper title and abstract (for presenters)
3. You may submit a partial panel proposal – the earlier the better – and ask for help in filling it out. We may help you build panels based on partial panel proposals received early in the process.
4. The board will review the submissions and announce the result by October 14, 2014. The new board members:
5. Address all submissions and inquires to:
Prof. Guoxiang Peng, Vice-President of ISCWP
firstname.lastname@example.org (There is an underscore between “peng” and “gx”)
A conference will take place next week in London that may be of interest: “Chinese Ways of Thinking: Imagining the Global” at LSE. All are welcome. Please read on for details!
You are warmly invited to participate in the upcoming short course, ‘Deparochializing Political Theory’, running the day before APSA begins. Details and link below!
To find short course info online: https://www.apsanet.org/mtgs/program_2014/program.cfm?event=1523901
To register: once logged in to myAPSA, click ‘Register for a short course’ in the 2014 APSA Annual Meeting window (SC5)
We are pleased to announce that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the 18th annual Southeast Early China Roundtable (SEECR) from October 31 to Nov. 2, 2014. In accordance with SEECR tradition, lodging and meals will be provided to presenters.
A major, three-day conference on China’s “Middle Period” (800-1400) just concluded at Harvard. It featured an unusual format, designed to spur more cross-disciplinary conversation than is usual, as well as to handle the large number of papers and participants who were present. I believe there were something approaching 200 folks there, from graduate students to senior scholars. The titles, abstracts, and a range of on-line comments are all available here: http://www.middleperiodchina2014.org.
Philosophical Method in Chinese and German Philosophy.
Conference at Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing in Cooperation with Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie (GIP e.V.), the University of Cologne, and Sihai Confucius Academy, Beiing, from Juli 1st to July 4th.
The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong has a revised website and some pictures of the past year’s events: looks like it has been a busy year!
Ethics, Empire, and Tradition: An International Conference on the Han Dynasty
University of Pittsburgh
23-24 May 2014
Free and open to the public Continue reading “Ethics, Empire, and Tradition: An International Conference on the Han Dyansty”
Huaiyu Wang writes as follows (anyone interested please respond directly to him at email@example.com):
I am pleased to announce the tentative schedule for the following two panels for the Eastern APA meeting in Philadelphia. I would like to invite chairs for the two panels below and a commentator for each paper. (Please note that two papers have commentators already.)
The Columbia Society for Comparative Philosophy is thrilled to co-sponsor this event, featuring several distinguished scholars. Details below:
Daoist Philosophy: Enigmatic Texts
Thursday May 29th, 4-6pm | Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, NYC
Daoist philosophy has been highly influential in East Asian thought, and is becoming increasingly so in the West. Yet its texts are often inscrutable. Most notably, they frequently seem to express themselves in contradictions and paradoxes. In this meeting, a number of world experts discuss how to understand this.
People in the New York area might be interested in the following conference which, while not about China, is concerned with an area of central importance to much Chinese philosophy: namely, ritual.
Exploring Ritual in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean: Performance, Texts, and Material Culture
Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
You are cordially invited to submit a proposal to:
Confucianism and Education: An International Symposium
University at Buffalo, October 17-9, 2014; Proposal Submission Deadline: June 15, 2014
For details, please visit Conference Website: http://gse.buffalo.edu/confucius.
Continue reading “CFP: Confucianism and Education”
2nd Rutgers Workshop on Chinese Philosophy (RWCP): “Xunzi on Authority”
Friday, April 11, 2014
Report by Marilie Coetsee
This April, Tao Jiang (Rutgers), Ruth Chang (Rutgers), and Stephen Angle (Wesleyen) invited scholars from around the country to Rutgers’second annual meeting on Chinese philosophy, focused this year on Xunzi’s work on authority. Falling in line with last year’s successful conference on “Nature and Value in Chinese and Western Philosophies,”this year’s workshop produced stimulating discussion about the variety of ways in which Xunzi’s work can contribute to and expand upon our conventional Western philosophical conceptions of authority.
There will be a one-day conference, “Comparative Ancient and Medieval Political Thought,” at Yale University on May 1. Details here.
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene Friday, April 4 from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Ari Borrell will present “A Selected Translation of Zhu Xi’s Critique of Adulterated Learning (Zaxue bian雜學辨).” Copies of his paper and the original Chinese text are available from the organizers..
All are welcome to attend. Please join us immediately after the seminar for dinner at a location to be announced. If you have any questions, you may contact one of our organizers: Ari Borrell , Tao Jiang, On-cho Ng, or Deborah Sommer.
10th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department
at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
April 25th-26th, 2014
CFP from Douglas Duckworth at Temple University:
The International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (ISBP) is soliciting paper proposals for a panel on the status of self-awareness (svasaṃvedanā) in Buddhist thought, in the group meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division in Philadelphia, PA (December 27-30, 2014). Papers that address what is at stake in the debates around the topic of self-awareness from phenomenological, analytic, and/or Buddhist perspectives are welcome.
Papers may engage such questions as: Can there be self-awareness without a self? Is self-awareness foundational, or foundational to Buddhism? Does a claim to the presence of self-awareness entail any ontological commitments? Is self-awareness a source of knowledge? What (if anything) is self-awareness aware of and what (if anything) does self-awareness explain?
Please send title, abstract (250 words), personal information (name, email, and institutional affiliation) to Douglas Duckworth (duckworth[at]temple.edu) by May 1, 2014.
The preliminary schedule for the 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies, to be held at Boston University from May 29, June 1, 2014, is now available at the Conference website. It’s an impressive line-up!
Two events are coming up soon at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy at the City University of Hong Kong:
First, Bryan Van Norden is giving the CEACOP Annual Lecture on 13 March at 4:00pm, entitled “Truth and Argument in Ancient Chinese Philosophy”:
Then, on the weekend of 15-16 March, the center is hosting a conference on “Traditional Non-Confucian Perspectives on Social and Political Organization and Order”:
The 2014 Term of the ISCWP’s “Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy” workshop /symposium series is a small-size, half-day workshop on the theme “Mohist Logical Thought and Development of Contemporary Philosophy”, which will be held at Peking University, Beijing, China, 27th June 2014. For more information, click here. Please note that for those interested in possibly presenting at the Roundtable, the deadline for contacting the organizers is June 1, 2014.
I am informed that this conference welcomes papers from comparative or non-Western perspectives:
We invite all interested scholars to contribute to the program of the inaugural conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death of Dying. The conference will be held 20-22 November 2014 on the campus of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (east of Los Angeles, California).
Conference on Ancient philosophy that explicitly invites papers from all traditions. Looks like a great opportunity, in a great setting.
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The Second Canadian Colloquium
for Ancient Philosophy
May 2–4, 2014
The University of British Columbia warmly invites the submission of proposals in either French or English for individual papers and poster presentations for the Second Canadian Colloquium for Ancient Philosophy. We invite submissions in all areas of Ancient Philosophy (including Graeco-Roman, Indian, and Chinese traditions), and we welcome submissions from graduate and postgraduate students.
The list of confirmed speakers and roundtable presenters includes:
- Hugh Benson (University of Oklahoma)
- Margaret Cameron (University of Victoria)
- Christopher Framarin (University of Calgary)
- Doug Hutchinson (University of Toronto)
- Lloyd P. Gerson (University of Toronto)
- Annie Larivée (Carleton University)
- Monte Ransome Johnson (University of California, San Diego)
- Jean-Marc Narbonne (Laval University)
Eirik Harris reports: We’re hosting a conference on “Confucianism, Law, and Politics in Korea: Past and Present” here at CityU that might interest some of the Warp, Weft and Way readers. The Conference poster with list of speakers and topics is here: http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/ceacop/kpcp/conference_poster.jpg
Courtesy of Eric Nelson:
Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy Sessions
The American Philosophical Association, Central Division
Palmer House Hilton hotel, Chicago February 27 – March 1, 2014
I have heard from both the ISCWP and the ISCP concerning the panels they are sponsoring at the Pacific APA.
There will be a number of panels focusing on Chinese and comparative philosophy at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, beginning this weekend, Saturday, November 23rd, and running through Tuesday, November 26th. For more information on specifics, see the AAR meeting website: http://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/general-information
The following are panels that I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog (these are just the ones I know of- if any of you know of others that may be of interest, feel free to add them in the comments line): Continue reading “Panels at the 2013 AAR Meeting”
An announcement on behalf of Robin Wang…
International Conference on De德（Virtue) in Chinese Philosophy
国际学术研讨会（2014，6月15－17 & 2015, 3月25－27）
In order to promote a deeper understanding of philosophy and culture among civilizations and encourage further professional and cultural exchanges between China and Europe we will hold the conference on virtues in Thessaloniki, Greece, and Venice, Italy.
Last Friday and Saturday we held the second Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought at Wesleyan. Lots of great ideas and interpretations were exchanged; you can seem some action shots that Bryan Van Norden took here. There was considerable enthusiasm for continuing this series of conferences, so keep an eye out for the information about the next one, to be held in the fall of either 2014 or 2015, depending on the availability of a host institution.
March 27-29, 2014 University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) Philosophy Department and UAA Ethics Center are jointly hosting a conference and convocation of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. We will gather around the theme “Living Ethically in the Global World.” Intentionally the broad theme allows for diverse papers engaging ethics and topics requiring ethical analysis. Rogers Ames will offer the keynote address on Confucian Role Ethics.
We are particularly hopeful that there will be broad participation from students and faculty with interest and expertise in non-Western perspectives. We are eager to have participants from many countries and states.
The website for the 2013 Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT) is available here. Please note that all are welcome to attend and participate in discussion. Anyone who would like to join us for meals is asked to preregister; details are on the website. Attendees coming from out of town will also find some information about lodging on the website as well.
I have just learned that in 2018, the World Congress of Philosophy will be held in Beijing, hosted by Peking University. Intriguing. If anyone has a report on the recently-completed WCP in Athens, I’m sure many readers would be interested!
I recently received an invitation to attend — as an observer — the following event. Alas, I won’t be able to get myself to Jakarta for it, but I thought that blog readers might be interested to know that there is such an event. I will paste a little information here, and I also attach this longer document with some further details. I do not believe it is open to the public.
The schedule and list of speakers/commentators has been set for the second Rutgers Workshop in Chinese Philosophy. It is still a ways in the future, but if you would like to attend, please contact Ruth Chang well in advance because space will be somewhat limited.
Huaiyu Wang, ISCP’s Liaison with the Central APA, passes on this information about panels they will sponsor:
I have just learned that the submission deadline for the 15th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum, on “Conscience, Character, and Culture,” has been extended for two weeks. Please see this website for more details.
Next week the 18th International Conference of the ISCP will take place in Buffalo, New York; the extremely rich program is listed below. I am unfortunately not able to make it, though many blog regulars will be there; any comments from those in attendance would be most welcome!
18th ISCP International Conference on Chinese Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy and the Way of Living
State University of New York at Buffalo,
July 21-24, 2013
There’s a major conference on Chinese philosophy going on this week in Singapore:
“Conflict and Harmony: From Embodied Emotions to Global Realms”
2013 Joint Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (SACP) and the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (ASACP)
July 8-11 2013
Details of the programme are available here, for those lucky enough to be in Singapore!
The deadline for New England Association for Asian Studies Conference has been extended to August 1st. Please submit all panels or individual paper proposals online here. Bridgewater State University is conveniently located between Boston and Providence and easily accessible by car or by commuter rail from Boston. Participants who are from outside Eastern Massachusetts can choose from a large number of hotels south of Boston or around Route 24 near Bridgewater, or stay at a hotel in Boston to take the train from South Station to Bridgewater.
The Society for the Study of Early China’s Second Annual Conference
Thursday, 26 March 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
The submission deadline for the 17th Southeast Early China Roundtable is approaching, and more submissions are welcomed! Please see this earlier post for more details.
A major conference on Daoism is returning to Boston next year. For information on registration and paper submission, see below.
Daoism: Tradition and Transition
9th International Conference on Daoist Studies
Boston University, May 30- June 1, 2014
For the last ten years, the series of international conferences on Daoist Studies has been instrumental in enhancing the study, application, and awareness of Daoism throughout the world. The only major Daoist conference series, it follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Mt. Nanyue (2011), and Ammersee Lake near Munich (2012). In honor of its great success and as a tribute to Boston University for the initial conference, the 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies will take place once again at Boston University.
MASTERS OF DISGUISE?
CONCEPTIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS OF “RHETORIC”IN CHINESE ANTIQUITY
Einsiedeln, Oechslin Library, 4th-6thSeptember 2013
Two events at SOAS this week, both celebrating the launch of a new MSc program in Comparative Political Thought:
In addition to the lectures by Kurtis Hagen on Xunzi that I just posted about, there are several other events taking place over the next week at Shanghai’s Fudan University. In chronological order:
Friday May 24, 10:00am, P. J. Ivanhoe (Chair Professor of East Asian Philosophy and Religion, City University of Hong Kong) is speaking on “Kongzi and Aristotle as Virtue Ethicists.” Details are here.
Friday May 24, 6:30pm, P. J. Ivanhoe is delivering the first lecture of a series on “Chinese Research on Confucianism in Global Perspective”; Prof. Ivanhoe’s lecture is titled “Confucian Cosmopolitanism.” Details on this and the subsequent lectures in the series are here.
Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, an international conference on the topic “Chinese Research on Confucianism in Global Perspective” will take place; details on all speakers and titles are here.
Tuesday May 28, 10:00am, I am speaking on the topic “Progressive Confucianism on Social Criticism and the Values of Deference.” Details are here.
I hope that blog readers lucky enough to be in Shanghai will be able to enjoy some of these lectures!
MOVED TO TOP WITH THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE:
We still need commentators, and please let me know if you are interested. Dr. Kim’s and Mr. Lu’s papers already have commentators (and there are three other commentators who are not set on any particular paper yet). Thanks!
- Tongdong Bai (email@example.com)
ACPA Group Meeting at the APA Eastern Convention
December 27-30, 2013, at the Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore
Session 1: Moral Cultivation and Moral Agency in Confucianism and Western Philosophy
1. Mental Blindness and Moral Rectitude: The jiebi chapter of the Xunzi
David Chai, University of Toronto, Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: The idea of being figuratively blind is a well-used trope in early Confucian thought. Confucius referred to blindness of virtue while Mencius to blindness of the senses and speech. For Xunzi, blindness stems from a person having ‘two minds,’ that is, one’s mind is caught between two principles or goals of moral conduct. Xunzi’s solution, like Guanzi’s theory of ‘mental arts’ (xinshu 心術), was to engage in ‘singular concentration’ (jing 精). Through a close hermeneutic reading of chapter 21 of the Xunzi (jiebi 解蔽, “Removing Blindness”), this paper will examine Xunzi’s use of jing and how cultivating one’s mental essence by adhering to Dao can result in overcoming mental blindness. It will also look at one of the more interesting metaphors Xunzi uses, that of brightness (ming 明). Moral brightness is a quality every person should strive for in that it reflects the perfect virtue of Dao. For Xunzi, using ming to nurture jing is not enough to cure a person completely of their mental blindness however; they must endeavor to replicate the mind of Dao. How they do this is through studying the principle of men’s minds as Xunzi so clearly illustrates: “Sageliness consists in a comprehensive grasp of the natural relationships between men. True kingship consists in a comprehensive grasp of the regulations for government. A comprehensive grasp of both is sufficient to become the ridgepole for the world.” (Xunzi, 21.9)
Last weekend, Wesleyan hosted an interdisciplinary forum on “comparative enlightenments” that blog readers might find interesting; read here for an account in English, and here for a Chinese summary. Keynote remarks were offered by Wang Weiguang and Gao Xiang of CASS and Hayden White of Stanford. Participants included philosophers like Chen Lai (Tsinghua), Wu Genyou (Wuhan), Ding Yun (Fudan), Han Shuifa (Beijing), and Akeel Bilgrami (Columbia), as well as literary theorists and historians. (It’s interesting to note the differences of emphasis in the two write-ups :-).)
Yang Xiao of the ISCWP writes to say that they are in need of two chairs and six commentators for the panels they are organizing for this December’s APA meeting. If you are interested in being a commentator, please email Yang Xiao at email@example.com within a week (by Monday May 20th ). Many thanks!