CFP: 2024 Meeting of the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought

We are pleased to announce that the 2024 meeting of the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT) will be held on November 2-3 at Baruch College, City University of New York. This annual meeting is an opportunity for scholars of Chinese thought (broadly construed) from across the northeast US (also somewhat broadly construed) to gather and share their research. As we are interested in generating interdisciplinary discussions, we welcome work of any disciplinary/methodological orientation that bears on Chinese thought. 

  • When: Saturday, November 2-Sunday, November 3, 2024
  • Where: Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY
  • Format: Approximately fifteen thirty-minute slots. We ask that presenters plan for a twenty-minute presentation and allow for a ten-minute Q&A.
  • Meals, Travel, and Accommodations: Presenters will be provided with lunch and dinner at the conference. Presenters are expected to pay for their own travel and accommodations.
  • Submissions: Please email your paper proposals by July 31st to nell.evans@baruch.cuny.edu with the subject line “NECCT 2024 Submission”. The paper proposal should be a one-page document with a title and abstract. It should be anonymized for review. We expect to have the schedule finalized by August 15th.

We are grateful for the generous financial support of CUNY Graduate Center and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College. 

Please direct any questions about the conference to Hagop Sarkissian (hagop.sarkissian@baruch.cuny.edu) or Wenqing Zhao (zhaowenqing711@gmail.com). 

We look forward to hearing from you!

NECCT Organizing Committee:
Stephen Angle (Wesleyan University)
Mick Hunter (Yale University)
Andrew Lambert (CUNY College of Staten Island)
Ellen Neskar (Sarah Lawrence College)
Thomas Radice (Southern Connecticut State University)
Hagop Sarkissian (CUNY Graduate Center/Baruch College CUNY)
Christopher Yang (Brown University)
Wenqing Zhao (Baruch College, CUNY)

Updates on This Is the Way (the podcast series): Index Locorum, etc.

This Is the Way is a podcast series on Chinese philosophy, hosted by Richard Kim and Justin Tiwald (me). So far, we have five episodes published, five more episodes “in the can” (the discussions have been recorded, but the recordings await sound editing), and many more episodes in the works.

Richard and I have found the response to our podcast series enormously gratifying. I can’t quite bring myself to boast about the specific numbers of downloads, etc. But I’ll just say that there is a larger listenership than we anticipated, and pretty large group of “loyal listeners” (people who appear to listen to each new episode within a month of its appearance). I hope that you who are listening are finding at lest some of the episodes informative or useful for teaching purposes.

Many thanks to those of you who have written us with suggestions, posted responses on the blog, and continued discussions on Facebook, YouTube, or X (Twitter). We still very much see the series as a work in progress and have been discussing all of the feedback that we’ve received, even if we haven’t been able to answer all of the comments and emails in detail.

Speaking of feedback, one adjustment that we’ve decided to make is to add a kind of Index Locorum for the show, which we’ll call an “Index of Historical Passages.” The idea (suggested to us by friends and colleagues) is to make it easy for instructors to find an episode on a particular passage that has come up in their teaching, or to make as the basis of a class assignment. So, for example, you won’t have to scroll through the entire back catalogue of episodes to find the one on Analects 2.4 or the one on Cook Ding — just go to the Index and it will link you directly. Since teaching is increasingly a mixed-media undertaking, we are hoping that this might be useful to teachers.

Many thanks for your support, friends, colleagues, and listeners!

CFP: 2025 24th ISCP International Conference

The 24th ISCP (International Society for Chinese Philosophy) conference “Addressing Global Crises and Reimagining Solutions through Chinese Philosophy” is going to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia from Friday, June 20 to Monday, June 23, 2025, hosted by the Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. The conference languages are both English and Chinese. ISCP invites paper and panel submissions in both languages. Please read below for information regarding the submission, or see this webpage.

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Deadline extended for the 56th Annual Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy

The 56th annual Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, “Philosophical Encounters,” will be held at Charles University Prague on September 16-18, 2024. Individual and panel proposals on any topic consistent with the SACP mission of advancing intercultural philosophy are welcomed by the conference board. The SACP board especially welcomes paper and panel submissions that reflect diverse Asian and comparative approaches to traditional philosophical concerns, as well as critical engagement with contemporary issues of global concern.

Submissions: Paper and panel proposals can be submitted via this link by June 15, 2024.

The keynote speaker: Jeffrey Riegel, “Two Encounters with Mencius 2A2”

Please read more below for details regarding details of the submission of paper and panel proposals as well as the Graduate Student Essay Contest Awards. Continue reading →

Post-Doctoral Positions at East China Normal University

East China Normal University has a number of post-doctoral positions available for 2024-2026 with rolling admissions.
In particular, Paul J. D’Ambrosio can accept one post-doctoral student. This person should specialize in early Chinese philosophy, and be interested in taking on responsibilities related to the 四海為學 Collaborative Learning project (https://www.sihaiweixue.org/), as well as co-teaching in East China Normal University’s English-taught graduate program in Chinese philosophy (http://lxs.ecnu.edu.cn/oldsite/EN/msg.php?id=61).
This position is open to anyone who has completed their PhD in the past couple of years; high preference will be given to Chinese nationals, though anyone may apply. Applicants must be able to be in Shanghai by October 2024 at the latest. (Full time residence is not required, for details on this, as well as funding and other information please write an email to the address below.)
Please send your CV and introductory letter to pauljdambrosio (at) hotmail (dot) (com) by July 1st.

New Zhuangzi Translation: The Inner Chapters of the Zhuangzi 莊子內篇匯評詮釋

John R. Williams and Christoph Harbsmeier have recently published a new translation of the inner chapters of Zhuangzi: 莊子內篇匯評詮釋 The Inner Chapters of the Zhuangzi: With Copious Annotations from the Chinese Commentaries, through Harrassowitz Verlag. Wiesbaden. Hardcopies and e-copies are available through this link. (Williams notes that the press is not selling the book through Amazon, and so it is being listed there at an exorbitant price. It is more reasonably priced at the publisher’s site.)

Please read the introduction below to know more about the translation. Continue reading →

Episode 5 of “This Is the Way”: Cultivation and the Autobiography of Confucius

In the fifth episode of This Is the Way, we discuss Confucius’s autobiography as found in Analects 2.4, one of the most famous passages in the Analects and a rich resource for reflection on the process of moral self-cultivation. Among the many topics we explore: what Confucius meant by being “free of doubts” and “understanding Heaven’s Mandate,” and the relationship between practicing and understanding the Confucian Way. We discuss how traditional commentaries and commentators have interpreted some of the most interesting and disputed lines, and puzzle over the philosophical concept of ‘wholeheartedness.’ Continue reading →

Lecture Announcement: Intercultural Phenomenology: Playing with Reality

The Research Center for Intercultural Phenomenology at Ritsumeikan University is hosting a lecture on intercultural phenomenology. The lecture will be in Japanese. Please find more information regarding the topic and the lecturers here.
Time: Jun 16, 2024 2:00-4:30 PM (UTC+09:00)
Location: 立命館大学衣笠キャンパス・清心館206教室
Zoom: to join remotely, please register through this form before June 6.

Special Issue on Ci Jiwei’s Political Philosophy

The recent issue of Brill’s Comparative Philosophy Theory includes a special issue on Ci Jiwei’s political philosophy. The synopsis describes the issue as “a symposium on the political philosophy of Jiwei Ci, co-organized by Yin Shoufu, Wenqing Zhao, and Simon Luo, is now published by Comparative Political Theory. Contributors: Tim Cheek, Michael Nylan, Trenton Wilson, John Dunn, Hans Sluga, and Simon Luo, with Ci Jiwei’s response”. Continue reading →