CFP: The Diversity of Chinese Philosophy

The International Conference of International Society for Chinese Philosophy is happy to announce that they are accepting papers for their summer conference (June 20-23, 2023). This year’s conference theme is highlighting the diversity of Chinese philosophy in three ways: philosophical positions, philosophical influence, and comparative perspectives. The conference will be held this year at the University of California Riverside campus, and submissions for abstracts are due by November 30, 2022. Read below for more information on submissions, themes, and the conference layout.


Subthemes in the range of philosophical positions of indigenous and non-indigenous Chinese philosophical schools include:

*   Confucian traditions and contemporary reflections on Confucianism, including appeals to Confucian authority in contemporary political contexts
*   The ongoing importance and range of Daoist perspectives and their importance to the history of philosophical inquiry in greater China
*   Buddhist philosophies in China
*   Islamic philosophies in China
*   Chinese philosophy in South and Southeast Asia
*   Contemporary interpretations of topics in Chinese traditions of thought, such as notions of the self and views of human nature, sexuality, gender
*   New directions of inquiry, such as the study of excavated texts

Subthemes related to the influence of Chinese philosophy on other areas of Chinese intellectual and scientific life include:

*   Traditional Chinese medicine
*   The history of science in China
*   Perspectives on ecology and relations between the human and natural worlds
*   Chinese science fiction and speculative fiction

Comparative subthemes include, but are not limited to:

*   Comparative perspectives on aspects of Chinese philosophy and the ancient Mediterranean and beyond, including what is now called Sino-Hellenic studies, other areas of the ancient Mediterranean, the Islamic world and Africa
*   Comparative perspectives on aspects of Chinese philosophy and First Nations in North and South America
*   Non-regionally based comparative problématiques

Conference Languages

Official conference languages are 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. Abstracts for individual papers should be no more than 500 words (English) or 500 characters (Chinese). Abstracts must include paper title, author’s name, affiliation, and email contact information.
3. Panel submissions (including “Author-Meets-Critics” sessions) should include the topic, names of all panelists, their affiliations, an abstract for the panel of no more than 500 words (English) or 500 characters (Chinese), and an abstract for each paper of no more than 500 words (English) or 500 characters (Chinese).
4. Please submit individual abstracts and panel proposals by November 30, 2022 to:

Arrangement of Sessions

1. Plenary sessions will run for a total of 1 hour, 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.


Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: November 30, 2022
Conference Registration: December 1, 2022 – April 15, 2023
Communication of acceptance: by February 15, 2023
Deadline for submission of full papers: May 5, 2023

Hotel and Accommodations

The organizing committee will publish information on local hotels once available on the conference website. Rooms will not be reserved specifically for the conference, so availability is on a first-come first-served basis.  Please reserve your hotel room early.  Conference attendees will be able to use the UCR discount.

Other inquiries may be directed to:
Professor Lisa Raphals, Department of Comparative Literature and Languages, University of California-Riverside (UCR) (<>); President of ISCP
Professor Ann Pang-White, Department of Philosophy, The University of Scranton (<>); Executive Director of ISCP

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