CFP: Conference at Bond University, Australia

The deadline is coming soon for proposals for this event…

International Symposium:  Confucianism and Modern Society

Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

14/15th May 2015

Call for proposals

Confucianism was founded by Confucius (551-479 BCE), a great thinker and educator in China. As a way of life and a body of thought, it has evolved for two and a half millennia. The vitality of this school of thought, with its emphasis on such key virtues as benevolence, tolerance and reciprocity, has persisted to the present time.

Will the vitality of the Confucian tradition serve and advance modern society? 

Symposium Theme

A joint collaboration between the Bond University Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies and Beijing Foreign Studies University Center for East-West Relations, this inaugural symposium seeks to identify problems, opportunities and innovations that may benefit from the interaction of Confucian thought with contemporary life.

Proposal Submissions

The Organising Committee invites proposals for presentations that address the central symposium theme of “Will the vitality of the Confucian tradition serve and advance modern society”, along with expressions of interest for panel and round table participation.  Proposals should be brief (100-250 words) and include a working title and subject matter overview.

We are seeking proposals in the following topic areas:

Keynote Address 1: Confucianism and Business

Keynote Address 2: Harmony, reciprocity and engagement: Confucian approaches to modern life.

(Keynote speakers will be allocated 30 minutes presentation and 45 minutes discussion)


Panel 1: Confucianism and Business Ethics

Panel 2: Confucianism in modern Chinese Society

(2-3 panel speakers will be allocated 20 minutes presentation and 30-40 minutes discussion)


Roundtable 1: Confucianism for the 21st Century

Roundtable 2: Confucian dialogues with Western values

(4 roundtable speakers will be allocated 12 minutes presentation, followed by audience comment of 5 minutes per person)


The Committee encourages scholars, writers and business community members to submit proposals for participation.


Please email your proposal and panel/round table preference to by 16th March 2015.


Symposium Organising Committee

Professor Raoul Mortley AO, FAHA, D.Litt (Strasbourg), D. 3e cycle, MA (Monash), BA (Sydney), Hon.D.Univ (N’cle,NSW):  Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Society and Design Bond University

Dr James Ferguson, B.A. (Hons) (Macq), PhD (Bond):  Assistant Professor Bond University and Director of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies

Dr Rosita Dellios, BA, PhD (Deakin): Associate Professor Faculty of Society and Design Bond University

Mr Alan Chan, HJ: Honorary Fellow Faculty of Society and Design Bond University

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