I have fallen behind on announcing new books that people tell me about, so here is a run-down of several recent ones, with links to publishers’ websites with more information:
- Donald Harper and Marc Kalinowski, eds., Books of Fate and Popular Culture in Early China: The Daybook Manuscripts of the Warring States, Qin, and Han (Brill, 2018)
- Ambrose Yeo-chi King, China’s Great Transformation: Selected Essays on Confucianism, Modernization, and Democracy (Hong Kong: Chinese Univesity Press, 2018)
- Jane Geaney, Language as Bodily Practice in Early China: A Chinese Grammatology (SUNY: 2018)
- Paul van Els, The Wenzi: Creativity and Intertextuality in Early Chinese Philosophy (Brill, 2018)
Some important new work here to go with some classic older work!
Here’s a new profile of the Berggruen Institute’s China Center and its Director, Song Bing. Song Bing discusses some of the current initiatives and future directions for the Center.
The deadline has been extended to April 8th for applications to the Beijing Normal University (BNU) International MA Program in Chinese Philosophy. This is a 2-year master’s degree program conducted in English. The program will provide scholarships for most of the students which will cover their tuition fees and living expenses. For information, please see here.
Anna Sun will deliver a lecture at BU Confucian Association on March 17th at 2:00pm; its title is “Towards a Global Confucianism in the 21st Century: Field notes from China, South Korea, and Indonesia.” Respondents include Prof. Robert Neville, Dr. Yair Lior, and Dr. Bin Song.
I’d like to call out one item in the recently-published issue of Comparative Philosophy for special mention. “The Future of Confucian Political Philosophy” is a 22,000 word edited transcript of a roundtable discussion that was held in Hong Kong in February 2017. (Direct link to the transcript is here.) The main speakers are:
- Stephen C. ANGLE, Wesleyan University
- Elton CHAN, Yale-NUS College
- Joseph CHAN, University of Hong Kong
- Jiwei CI, University of Hong Kong
- Ruiping FAN, City University of Hong Kong
- Yong HUANG, Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Yi-Huah JIANG, City University of Hong Kong
- Sungmoon KIM, City University of Hong Kong
We each make presentations, and then there is ample time for discussion, both among the invited speakers and with other attendees. On behalf of all participants, I hope that readers will find this to be an engaging snapshot of the some of the state of the art — and some glimpses of the future — of Confucian political philosophy. Discussion here of its themes is of course encouraged!
Yuelu Academy of Hunan University is advertising two jobs that each relates somewhat to Chinese philosophy. I am informed that they are looking for candidates who can teach in English. The jobs:
- Fields described as “Graeco philosophy, Patristics, medieval philosophy, German classic philosophy, modern Christian theology, Bible studies, comparative religions and Confucian-Christian dialogue, Chinese religions.” More details here.
- Fields descried as “Medieval, late imperial and modern Chinese history, Chinese historical philology, intellectual history (from Song to Qing), Confucian classics studies, and history of Academies.” More details here.
Chinese philosopher Zhao Tingyang has a short piece in the Washington Post on the idea of “tianxia“: “Can this ancient Chinese philosophy save us from global chaos?“
The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo
Studies will convene on Friday, February 16th, from 3:30 to 5:30pm, in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. The speaker will be Jean Tsui, who will be presenting a book chapter entitled “The Affective Origin of Translated Political Modernity in Late Qing China
.” Please contact the rapporteur
for the seminar if you will attend and would like a copy of the paper.
Third Biannual Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar Workshop: “Ancient Historiography in Comparison”
International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures, Renmin University of China (Beijing, June 13–18, 2018)
The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSATC), hosted at Renmin University of China, holds its third Ph.D. Student and Young Scholar workshop on June 13-18, 2018. Four renowned scholars from the fields of Ancient Chinese Historiography, Ancient Greek and Roman Historiography, and Ancient Jewish and Biblical Historiography will present lectures and seminars on specific topics. In addition, there will be a keynote lecture at the beginning of the workshop. There also will be student research activities to complement the lectures and seminars. The principal language of instruction and interaction will be English.
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International MA Program in Chinese Philosophy: School of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University
The School of Philosophy at Beijing Normal University, one of China’s premier institutes of higher education, offers a two-year Master’s Degree in Chinese Philosophy.
The program offers a comprehensive range of courses in the major traditions of Chinese philosophy, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, as well as an inclusive range of courses in the Chinese philosophies of history, ethics, and politics. Courses emphasize comparative and international perspectives while engaging with the Western and other great traditions of world philosophy.
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City University of Hong Kong is advertising for a position; one option is expertise in Chinese/comparative philosophy; please see here.
The annual meeting of the New York Conference on Asian Studies — NYCAS 2018 — will be hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology on September 21 and 22, 2018. The theme of the meeting is “Innovation and Invention.” Paper, panel, and roundtable proposals are welcome from faculty and students in New York and beyond. Information on the meeting and how to submit your proposal is available here: https://www.rit.edu/cla/nycas2018/. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any travel subsidies. To learn more about NYCAS, visit http://asianstudies.buffalo.edu/nycas/.
The Harvard University Asia Center has published Wendy Swartz, Reading Philosophy, Writing Poetry: Intertextual Modes of Making Meaning in Early Medieval China. The press’s description is here, or read on.
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Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program 2018
Dates: July 1st to July 28th, 2018
Applications for the 2018 Program are now open! Please help us by sharing with your students.
For more information: http://www.woodenfish.org/hbmlp2018
The objective of the program is to promote the understanding of Chinese Buddhism by exposing participants to the daily life, practice and theory of Buddhism within a traditional Buddhist monastic setting.
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The ISCP has distributed its 2018 Newsletter, with Society business and the mini-conference it is organizing at the WCP this summer. Read on!
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