NECCT Announcement

Announcing the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought, to be held at Wesleyan University on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9, 2013.

The goals of the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT) are twofold:

  1. To provide a regional forum for everyone from graduate students to established scholars to present work, learn from one another, and establish or strengthen mutual relationships; and
  2. To bring together scholars and students who approach Chinese thought from diverse disciplinary perspectives so as to foster understanding of our various objectives, perspectives, and constraints—the point not being to privilege one approach or hope for a grand synthesis, but simply to encourage each of us to be less insular and to find ways to learn from the approaches of others.

We will issue a call for abstracts later in the Spring, the submission deadline for which will be June 1. Papers will not be circulated in advance, there will be no pre-determined commentators, and we do not anticipate a conference volume. In short, this is intended to be an informal (though high-quality) discussion at which new ideas and work-in-progress are very welcome.

We anticipate that our budget will be able to cover up to two nights of lodging in Middletown for those whose papers are accepted, as well as meals during the conference for all registered participants. Everyone will be responsible for his or her own transportation to Middletown.

Please be in touch if you have any questions, and keep an eye open for the formal Call for Abstracts.


NECCT 2013 Advisory Board
Stephen Angle (Wesleyan, Philosophy and East Asian Studies)
Erin Cline (Georgetown, Theology)
David Elstein (SUNY New Paltz, Philosophy)
Paul Goldin (Penn, East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Hagop Sarkissian (CUNY, Philosophy)
Bryan Van Norden (Vassar, Philosophy and East Asian Studies)

5 replies on “NECCT Announcement”

  1. I would very much like to attend your conference in Nov. I enjoyed it very much when I was there a few years ago. Thank you for your announcement.

  2. I would like to attend the conference. As I am in the UK, is there any chance to have more information about the conference?

    • More information (chiefly, the details for the Call for Abstracts) will be posted here when it is available. If you’d like me to send it to you directly, please send me an email and I’ll put you on the list I am compiling. (Note that this is by no means necessary: all the same information will be available here as well.) If you have other specific questions, please email me.

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