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Chinese and Comparative Philosophy 中國哲學與比較哲學

December 9, 2019
by Steve Angle
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Conference at NCCU: Chinese Aesthetics and the Art of Landscape Painting

Kai Marchal of National Cheng-chih University and Michael Forster of Bonn University have organized a conference this week on “Chinese Aesthetics and the Art of Landscape Painting”; details are here. The organizers describe their goals as follows:

Traditional Chinese landscape painting is a paradigmatic genre of Chinese art. The “Chinese literati ideal” of artistic production is closely associated with the painting of mountains, rivers, trees, bamboo, pavilions and other elements of what we today simply call landscapes. We presume that the reconstruction of any aesthetic tradition and theory always requires actual aesthetic experience on the spot. Instead of merely discussing aesthetic theorems in a general and highly abstract way, we want to take the experience of actual Chinese landscape paintings as a starting point for further discussion. We thus hope to foster a dialogue between more conceptually driven approaches to Chinese art and more specialized, sinological ones.

December 4, 2019
by Steve Angle
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Peimin Ni wins Scaglione Prize in translation

MLA’S SCAGLIONE PRIZE FOR A TRANSLATION OF A SCHOLARLY STUDY OF LITERATURE AWARDED TO PEIMIN NI FOR UNDERSTANDING THE ANALECTS OF CONFUCIUS AND TO SYLVIA ADRIAN NOTINI FOR THE VENETIAN QUR’AN; JOHN MARINCOLA TO RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTION FOR ON WRITING HISTORY

New York, NY – 4 December 2019 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its thirteenth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature to Peimin Ni, of Grand Valley State University, for Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of Lunyu with Annotations, published by the State University of New York Press, and to Sylvia Adrian Notini, of the University of Bologna, for her translation of Pier Mattia Tommasino’s The Venetian Qur’an: A Renaissance Companion to Islam, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. John Marincola, of Florida State University, is receiving an honorable mention for On Writing History: From Herodotus to Herodian, published by Penguin.

Please click here to download a PDF of the full press release.

December 1, 2019
by Steve Angle
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Position: Berggruen Fellowship, University of Southern California

The Berggruen Institute seeks to encourage a deeper understanding of the great political, economic, social, and cultural transformations that are reshaping the human condition, in order to better inform practical responses. It organizes and supports inquiries that bring multicultural and interdisciplinary knowledge to questions of governance, of philosophy and culture, and of global restructuring including especially the role of China. To this end, USC Dornsife Center on Science, Technology and Public Life (CSTPL) and the Berggruen Institute (BI) will sponsor up to ten (10) fellowships at the University of Southern California for the academic year 2020-21.

Website: https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/usc-dornsife-berggruen-fellow/1209/14166783

November 30, 2019
by Steve Angle
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Jobs at NTU

Assistant Professor positions available; more info here.

Specializations:

  1. Pre-Qin philosophy (preferably in Confucianism; familiarity with excavated manuscripts is an advantage)
  2. Chinese Buddhist philosophy
  3. Political philosophySocial philosophyLegal philosophy

Applicants must be competent in teaching in Mandarin and prepared to offer mandatory courses. National Taiwan University is the best university in Taiwan (http://www.ntu.edu.tw/english/index.html), and the philosophy department (http://www.philo.ntu.edu.tw/?page_id=374&lang=en) is ranked 51~100 by QS World University Rankings 2019.

November 24, 2019
by Steve Angle
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CFP: A Crisis, or a New Direction?: Reconsidering the Translation of Chinese Philosophy

CFP: A Crisis, or a New Direction?: Reconsidering the Translation of Chinese Philosophy, 16-17 October 2020

We invite paper proposals for a symposium to be held in October 2020 at the International Academy for Chinese Studies (IACS國際漢學家基地) at Peking University. The focus will be on past and contemporary attempts to tackle Chinese philosophy through translation in the Western world, from the Jesuit missionaries to present-day translators working in the academia and beyond. We seek contributions that focus on the cultural impact of translated Chinese philosophical masterworks in the West at different historical periods. This is the fourth symposium in a five-symposium series, which is part of a grander project led by IACS Director Prof. Yuan Xingpei 袁行霈 that covers multiple themes of cultural dialogs between China and the rest of the world.

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November 24, 2019
by Steve Angle
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CFP: Reenvisioning Chinese Religious Ethics

From Prof. Mark Berkson:

Dear Colleagues,
I have been asked to guest edit a special issue of the open access journal Religions.  The publisher said that if there is a set of five or more strong articles that work well together, then the articles can be published in a book edition (digital and paperback).  I was interested in doing this because the general topic they gave me is “Reenvisioning Chinese Religious Ethics.”  This will enable me to engage more fully with people doing work in the field today.  I want to make this an opportunity to bring together articles that address new directions in the field that have resulted from Chinese traditions entering into conversation with other traditions, and from the traditions being been applied in new contexts.

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November 24, 2019
by Steve Angle
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CFP: East – West: Comparative Philosophy and World Situation

From the organizers:

We would like to inform you that the Croatian Philosophical Society is organising the international interdisciplinary symposium “East – West: Comparative Philosophy and World Situation”, within the framework of the renowned international conference “Days of Frane Petric”, to be held in Cres (Croatia) between 20 and 23 September 2020. We invite the scholars from different areas to apply for the participation in the Symposium.

Herewith we are sending to you the official letter of invitation to the symposium “East – West: Comparative Philosophy and World Situation”, as well as the application form, which should be submitted until 31 March 2020 to the address: eastwest.croatia.2020@gmail.com.

We are hoping that you will be able to attend our symposium. The booklet of last year’s “Days of Frane Petric” (2019) you can download here.

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November 24, 2019
by Steve Angle
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New Book: Kim, Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics

Sungmoon Kim’s latest book, Theorizing Confucian Virtue Politics: The Political Philosophy of Mencius and Xunzi, has been published by Cambridge. The Amazon link is here; a flyer from Cambridge (with a 20% discount) is here. More information follows.

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