CFP: ISCP 22nd Biennial International Conference

Below is information from the ISCP regarding the 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP):

Dear friends and colleagues of ISCP,
We are pleased to announce the “call for papers” for the 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP). This ISCP biennial international conference is to take place July 5-8, 2021, in Shanghai, China. The conference will be hosted by East China Normal University and our society’s president Guorong Yang. The languages of the conference are English and Chinese. Please pay special attention to the conference theme and the deadlines.
Members of ISCP will enjoy a substantial discount on the conference registration fee. To renew your membership, please visit
Moreover, with the generous support of the Fu Foundation, this year we will continue the tradition of “The Charles Wei-Hsun Fu Foundation-ISCP Essay Contest” that comes with a sizable cash prize. More details will be forthcoming.

The 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP)
Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy
July 5–8, 2021, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
Call for Papers

The 22nd International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) will be held at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China during July 5 – 8, 2021. The conference is hosted by ISCP, the Institute of Modern Chinese Thought & Culture at ECNU, the Department of Philosophy at ECNU, and the Shanghai Association of Comparative Study on Chinese-Western Philosophy and Culture.

Conference Theme
The conference theme is “Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy.” Following the spread of Western philosophy in the East and the encounter between Chinese and Western thought, Chinese philosophy started gaining a global perspective. Broadly speaking, “globalness” includes two significant implications. On the one hand, the accumulated achievements of Chinese philosophical thought may provide constructive theoretical resources for the further advancement of world philosophy; furthermore, in this process Chinese philosophy itself will gradually reveals its global meaning.  On the other hand, other philosophical traditions in the world (firstly, the Western philosophical traditions), also provide a broad referencing and perspectival viewpoints for the development of Chinese philosophy. Moreover, both in substance and in form, the other philosophical traditions continuously enable Chinese philosophy to obtain new forms of expression, which alternatively manifests both the creativeness and the openness of Chinese philosophy. An unavoidable issue in the study of Chinese philosophy concerns how to care about, and learn from, the wisdom of other philosophical traditions and resources, while at the same time exhibiting its own unique significance in today’s world. The 22nd conference of the International Society of Chinese Philosophy aims to advance this line of thinking.
Under the general theme of “Chinese Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy,” the subthemes include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) What is World Philosophy?

(2) How Does Chinese Philosophy Participate in Worldwide Debates of Different Philosophical Traditions?

(3) Philosophical Reflection on World History

(4) Chinese Philosophy and Eastern Philosophy

(5) Meaning and Limit of Comparative Philosophy

(6) Chinese Philosophy and Analytic Philosophy

(7) Chinese Philosophy and Phenomenology

(8) Chinese Philosophy and Pragmatism

(9) Confucian Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy

(10) Daoist Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy

(11) Buddhist Philosophy from the Perspective of World Philosophy

(12) Chinese Philosophy and World Philosophy in the Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Eras

Conference Dates

The official dates are July 5-8, 2021. Registration begins on July 4 and conference participants can depart on July 9.

Conference Location

Location: Minhang campus of ECNU. Its address is 500 Dongchuan Rd., Minhang District, Shanghai, 200241.

Conference Languages

Chinese and English

Submission Guidelines
1.     The conference languages are both English and Chinese. Unless otherwise indicated, the language of the proposal submitted will be assumed to be the presentation language.
2.     English abstracts should be 250 to 300 words; Chinese abstracts should be around 400-500 characters. Abstracts should include paper title, author’s name, affiliation, and email contact information.
3.     Panel submissions (including “Author-Meets-Critics” sessions) should include the topic, panelists and their affiliations, a summary of the proposed panel in 300-500 words (English) or 800-1000 characters (Chinese), and an abstract for each of the papers (250–300 words for papers in English and 400-500 words for papers in Chinese).

4.     Please submit individual abstracts and panel proposals to:

Arrangement of Sessions
(1) Each plenary session will have two speakers and will run for a total of 2 hours, including moderation, comments and discussion. Each presentation will consist of a 40-minute speech and 20 minutes for comments and discussion.
(2) Each parallel session will have 3-5 speakers in 2 hours. Generally, the presenting time for each speaker will be 20-25 minutes. The exact time will depend on the precise number of speakers in the session and will be determined by the chair while maintaining sufficient time for discussion.
Registration will begin on October 31, 2020. Deadline for registration: April 1, 2021
Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: October 31, 2020
Communication of acceptance: December 1, 2020
Deadline for submission of full papers: April 1, 2021

Reservation for designated Hotels: March 1 – May 31, 2021.

Registration Fee
Registration for ISCP Members: US$130
Registration for Non-Members: US$180
Registration for ISCP Student Members: US$50
Registration for Student Non-Members: US$100
The registration fee will cover lunch and dinner for the 4 days conference. It will also include the closing banquet (tables of shared dishes).
Hotel and Accomodation
The organizing committee will publish the information once available on the conference website. Conference participants will be able to make reservations between March 1 and May 31, 2021.
Please send general inquiries, panel/paper proposals, and full papers to:
Other inquiries may be directed to:
Professor Yun Chen, Department of Philosophy, ECNU (
Professor Liangjian Liu, Department of Philosophy, ECNU (
Professor Ann Pang-White, Department of Philosophy, The University of Scranton (
The 22nd InternationalConference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy Organizing Committee:
Prof. Guorong Yang (East China Normal University)
Prof. Yong Huang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Prof. Ann A. Pang-White (University of Scranton)
Prof. Xinyan Jiang (University of Redlands)
Prof. Xinzhong Yao (Renmin University of China)
Prof. Xiaomei Yang (Southern Connecticut State University)
Prof. Weiping Chen (East China Normal University)
Prof. Zhenhua Yu (East China Normal University)
Prof. Lixin Chen (East China Normal University)
International Society for Chinese Philosophy
Institute of Modern Chinese Thought and Culture, ECNU
Department of Philosophy, ECNU
The Shanghai Association of Comparative Study on Chinese-Western Philosophy and Culture

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