3 replies on “CFP: 13th Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought”

  1. Thanks, Steve.

    I’ll post the CFP here too:

    Call for papers
    13th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
    Indiana University
    April 21-22, 2017

    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 on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Our keynote speaker will be Amy Olberding, President’s Associates Presidential Professor of Philosophy at The University of Oklahoma.

    Professor Olberding will present “A Philosophy of Funerals”:

    Early Chinese philosophers argued long and avidly about how best to manage funerary rites. These arguments are diverse and include disputes such as how long one ought mourn upon the death of a parent, just what constitutes an appropriate use of resources in burying the dead, and even whether, put plainly, there is anything wrong with simply leaving a corpse exposed to the elements. It might be tempting for contemporary interlocutors, especially those principally trained in western philosophies, to see these arguments as a parochial curiosity, as little more than cultural artifacts betraying preoccupations rooted in idiosyncratic tradition and discourse. However, I wish to argue that we do indeed need philosophies of funerary rites. Influenced by the early Chinese philosophical disputes, my essay is an effort to capture just what philosophies of funerals ought include, what interests and desiderata they ought answer, and, most basically, why we would profit from them.

    Similar to previous conferences, we anticipate selecting 12-16 papers for presentation. For consideration submit a 1-page abstract to Michael Ing at ming@indiana.edu by January 31, 2017 for blind review. All meals and two nights of hotel accommodations (shared rooms) will be provided for presenters. For more information, visit the conference website.

  2. We’ve been fortunate this year to acquire funding to pay for meals and hotel accommodations for presenters.

    Looking forward to some great papers!

  3. We’re now compiling the abstracts for review, but I was also contacted by a few people wondering if they could get the abstract in a few days late. This is possible. We will consider all paper abstracts sent in by next Monday, Feb. 6.

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