Call for Abstracts: 2013 Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought

NECCT 2013 Call for Abstracts

We hereby request submissions of abstracts for the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT), to be held at Wesleyan University on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9, 2013.

Interested scholars should send an abstract of no more than one single-spaced page, plus a current CV, to Stephen Angle ( no later than June 1, 2013. All files should either be in Word or .pdf format.

The goals of the conference are twofold:

  1. To provide a regional forum for everyone from graduate students to established scholars to present work, learn from one another, and establish or strengthen mutual relationships; and
  2. To bring together scholars and students who approach Chinese thought from diverse disciplinary perspectives so as to foster understanding of our various objectives, perspectives, and constraints—the point not being to privilege one approach or hope for a grand synthesis, but simply to encourage each of us to be less insular and to find ways to learn from the approaches of others.

Accordingly, we will select papers for the conference based on three criteria, putting most weight on the first:

  1. Quality of the prospective paper, especially in terms of clarity, rigor, and innovation.
  2. Openness to (or explicit participation in) cross-disciplinary exploration of Chinese thought.
  3. Residence in the Northeastern U.S., with special preference for graduate students and younger scholars. Please note that this does not mean we will exclude all participants form outside the region, but we do aim to cultivate a regional community and so will take this factor into account.

At the conference itself, individual presentations will be twenty minutes in length, grouped into panels that bring out inter-disciplinary connections.

We anticipate that our budget will be able to cover up to two nights of lodging in Middletown for those whose papers are accepted, as well as meals during the conference for all registered participants. Everyone will be responsible for his or her own transportation to Middletown. Please be in touch if you have any questions.


NECCT 2013 Advisory Board

Stephen Angle (Wesleyan, Philosophy and East Asian Studies)
Erin Cline (Georgetown, Theology)
David Elstein (SUNY New Paltz, Philosophy)
Paul Goldin (Penn, East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Hagop Sarkissian (CUNY, Philosophy)
Bryan Van Norden (Vassar, Philosophy and Chinese & Japanese)

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