Category Archives: Conference

Neo-Confucianism Seminar Speaker: Yong Huang

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene on Friday 4/9 from 7-8:30 pm EDT, over Zoom. Our speaker will be Yong Huang of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who will be presenting a paper entitled “Virtue Ethicist of the Ideal Type: Aristotle or Zhu Xi?” The Zoom session can be accessed here. A reminder will be sent out on 4/8 as well. If you have questions, contact the rapporteur Nolan Bensen at neb2134@columbia.edu any time.

University of Cambridge Postgraduate Online Conference

Dynamic Encounters between Buddhism and the West

“This conference seeks to explore historical and contemporary dialogues between Buddhism and the West, while also contemplating ways of opening up new conversations. With an appreciation of the value of interdisciplinarity, we aim to bring together scholars from diverse fields to both share and enhance their unique perspectives. In today’s era of globalisation, dialogue between different cultures is a daily occurrence. The last century in particular has produced a dynamic exchange of ideas between Buddhism and the West. Important exchanges have occurred in myriad areas of intellectual life, ranging from spiritual endeavours to the pursuit of a scientific understanding of the mind. In Western universities, Buddhist Studies is a growing field, and thus there is a continuous interaction of scholars. In addition, outside of academia, interest in Buddhism as a religion and practice has been steadily growing, along with the number of Buddhist institutions.”

Please send abstract (500 words) and CV to: dynamicencounters2021@gmail.com by 9 May 2021.

For more information on paper guidelines click here.

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Two Upcoming ISCP Panels

Ann Pang-White, Executive Director of the ISCP, writes:

 Hope that you are enjoying the warmer early spring weather. ISCP is sponsoring two great panels at the American Philosophical Association-Pacific Division Meeting, April 5-10, 2021. On behalf of the executive committee, I would like to express our thanks to our APA-Pacific liaison, Dr. Joshua Mason (joshua.mason@lmu.edu), for his excellent work in organizing these two panels. The details of the panels, the registration page of the conference, and the link to the meeting program are as follows. The information will also be posted at ISCP website: https://iscp-online1.org/

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ICSAT Lecture Series on Early Chinese Classics

The International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures (ICSAT) at Renmin University of China is dedicated to the study of ancient textuality in a global context. Since its founding in 2017, ICSAT has held annual international conferences, workshops, and seminars on various topics. During the Spring semester of 2021, due to COVID-19, these activities will be replaced by a sequence of four lecture series―each of eight individual lectures―on the textual culture of early China. The four distinguished speakers will present their latest research together with introductions to Sinological scholarship.
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Call for Papers for Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought (Virtual)

16th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
Wright State University
30 April-1 May 2021
The Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought was created to foster dialogue and interaction between scholars and students working on Chinese thought across different disciplines and through a variety of approaches. Submissions are invited for papers on any aspect of Chinese thought as well as papers dealing with comparative issues that engage Chinese perspectives.


This year’s conference will be held virtually on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 and hosted by Wright State University. Our keynote speaker will be Robin R. Wang, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University.

Professor Wang will present “Dao of Rou 柔 (Suppleness): Proprioceptive Knowledge and Its Epistemological Value in Early Daoism”:

Through Chinese intellectual history, early Daoism, a Dao-based and inspired teaching and practice, has been considered the philosophy of rou 柔 (suppleness, pliant, yielding, softness), which the Daodejing couples with water, the infant, and the feminine. A popular Chinese binary expression of culture, gen 根 (root/foundation) and hun 魂 (soul/spirit), takes Dao as the root of Daoist teaching and rou as a spirit of Lao-Zhuang. However, rou has often been understood only as de (德) moral virtue or shu (术) strategy, something more practical than conceptual. This talk will respond to this theoretical gap and argue for rou as a form of proprioceptive awareness or bodily knowledge that shapes a cognitive style and an epistemological stance to guide our rational effort, illumination, and well-being. More importantly, this rou style of knowing embodies the epistemic value, such as intellectual humility, openness, receptivity and resilience, for a cognitive success.
Similar to previous conferences, we anticipate selecting 12-16 papers for presentation. For consideration submit a 1-page abstract to Judson Murray at judson.murray@wright.edu by January 31, 2021 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here.

Updates to ISCP Conference Deadlines

A message from the ISCP 22nd Conference Organizing Committee:

Due to the Covid-19 condition, we have decided to extend/postpone the various deadlines for the 2021 biennial international conference to a later date so as to give us more time to observe Covid-19 situation and to give everyone more time to prepare for their abstracts and papers. The new deadlines are as follows:

Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: February 28, 2021

Communication of acceptance: By March 31, 2021

Registration: Will begin on March 31, 2021.

*Deadline for early registration with member discount rate: May 31, 2021. After May 31, the non-discounted standard rate will apply.

Deadline for submission of full papers: May 31, 2021

Reservation for designated hotels (with conference rate): April 1- June 1, 2021

We will update ISCP website and the Conference website with the new information soon.