Hans-Georg Moeller and Dan Sarafinas discuss contemporary debates on “political correctness” and related moral and social issues. They point to concepts such as virtue speech (“virtue signalling”), civil religion, and the role of critique to better understand their nature.
The phenomenon of virtue speech (“virtue signalling”) has become a central feature in recent outrage movements pervasive throughout the West. Virtue speech, which is implicitly tied to accusations of hate speech, is a form of moralistic discourse setting speech examples that make it difficult to openly discuss elements of our culture without falling into the trap of moralizing.
Civil religion plays a central role in the virtue speech, or political correctness, discourse. The history of the concept is discussed as well as the structure of the American form of civil religion and how tenets of civil religion are constantly being performed and re-enacted, particularly in current social media outrage movements.
Vol. 46, no. 2 (November 2018) of the Journal of Chinese Religions is now online at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/yjch20/current?nav=tocList. Read on for the Table of Contents, which includes reviews of Michael Ing’s The Vulnerability of Integrity in Early Confucian Thought and Geoffrey Redmond’s translation of The I Ching, among others.
The East Asian Studies Program and Religion Department at Oberlin College invite applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in East Asian Religions in the College of Arts and Sciences. Initial appointment to this position will be for a term of four years, beginning fall of 2019, and will carry the rank of assistant professor.
Larry Whitney at BU recently told me about fascinating videos of the Autumnal Sacrifice to Confucius at the Confucius temple in Tainan, Taiwan. Thomas A. Wilson video recorded the sacrifice in 1998 and it’s been posted on his website here.
Some of you may know about our relatively new project, the Database of Religious History (DRH; www.religiondatabase.org). If you had contact with the project in our early days, it has evolved considerably in the last year or two. My recent co-authored piece about it in JAAR gives a basic overview:
ISCP Call for Papers: 2018 AAR Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, November 17-20, 2018
The AAR 2018 meeting is going to be held in Denver, CO, hosted by the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion. More detailed information can be found at AAR website: https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting
The ISCP typically host one session at the American Academy of Religion. If you wish to participate in this event, please send your proposal to Yong Huang at email@example.com.
You can choose one of the two following submission methods:
paper proposal ( with your name, the title of the paper, and an abstract of 250-300 words)
panel proposal (your name and the names of the panelists; the title of the panel, and the abstract of the panel in 250 words; please also include the title of each individual paper with an abstract of 200 words)
My department here at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is currently hiring for a tenure-track position in Asian Religions. Please feel free to share this link far and wide, especially with anyone you feel may be a qualified candidate.
Several groups within the American Academy of Religion (AAR) sponsor papers and panels that may be relevant to readers of the blog. A full list of AAR groups, along with their specific foci, is here. Note in particular the Confucian Traditions group and the Daoist Studies group. Paper proposals for next fall’s AAR annual meeting in Denver are due by March 1, 2018, via the submission system on the AAR website.
Philip Clart has taken the time to list all panels at the upcoming American Academy of Religion conference in Boston (November 18-21) with significant Chinese Religions content (at least 50%). The entries are extracted from the online program book, where you can find abstracts for individual papers (https://papers.aarweb.org/program_book).
I thought that many readers of Warp, Weft, and Way might also be interested in this information, so pass it on here.