Confucianism at 2022 American Academy of Religion meetings

The American Academy of Religion is happy to announce that they will be having a 2022 meeting in Denver. The conference will have three sessions sponsored by the Confucian Traditions Unit. The meetings will be taking place November 19-22 in Denver Colorado. The three main themes are as follows: “Confucianism Enchanted: Narratives and Liturgies of Confucian Deities,” “Author Meets Critics: Mercedes Valmisa’s Adapting: A Chinese Philosophy of Action,” and roundtable on Tao Jiang’s book Origins of Moral-Political Philosophy in Early China. See here to for more information on the conference itself, and read on for details on the three panels.

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CFP: 17th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought

17th Annual Midwest Conference on Chinese Thought
York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 10-12, 2023

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 in-person March 10-12, 2023, at York University in Toronto. Our keynote speakers will be Chris Fraser, Edward Slingerland, and Mercedes Valmisa.

For consideration please submit a 1-page abstract to Julianne Chung at jnchung@yorku.ca with the subject line: “MCCT 2023 Abstract Submission” by December 31, 2022 for blind review. For more information, visit the conference website here (https://mcct.sitehost.iu.edu/home.php). Continue reading →

New Book: Ziran: The Philosophy of Spontaneous Self-Causation


I’d like to announce the publication of my new book Ziran: The Philosophy of Spontaneous Self-Causation. Targeted specifically at students, this book takes a key concept form early Chinese metaphysics—ziran 自然—and applies it to several fields of contemporary scholarship.

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A.R.Davis Memorial Lecture | Daoist plans for a millennium of great peace

Please join the Australian Society for Asian Humanities for the 2022 A.R. Davis Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Dr Barbara Hendrischke

Date and time
Thu., 27 October 2022, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time

Online event. Please register here


About this event

In the second century CE, the leaders of the newly founded Daoist religion promised to rescue their followers from the devastation that was accompanying the breakdown of the Han dynasty empire and was expected to soon reach apocalyptic proportions. Believers in Dao would be saved into millennial bliss. The authors of the Scripture on Great Peace (Taipingjing 太平經) saw great peace as universal in scope. It would arrive once human society agreed with heaven’s laws and natural order. So, they devised new social, cultural and administrative guidelines and practices. One example was the plans to improve the flow and reliability of written communication between the people, administrative strata and the imperial court. The authors made practical suggestions for the conveyance of documents and reflected on the role of control and fear in preventing informants at the grassroots from reaching decision-makers.

About the speaker

Barbara Hendrischke has been teaching at the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales and is now a Research Fellow with the University of Sydney China Studies Centre. Her publications include books on Wenzi (Frankfurt 1974) and the Taipingjing (Berkeley 2006).

Organised by the Australian Society for Asian Humanities, the A.R. Davis Memorial Lecture is held annually to commemorate A.R.Davis, Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney and an important scholar of Asian Studies in post-war Australia. This year, the event is kindly supported by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre.

Online Conference: Remembering Li Zehou

The Department of Asian Studies, University of Ljubljana, is pleased to invite you to an online conference, held in honor of Professor Li Zehou on November 2, 2022, the first anniversary of his death. The conference has been organized by Roger T. Ames and Jana S. Rošker with the help of Maja M. Kosec. It will extend over 11 hours, namely from UTC 7:00 to 20:00 (7:00 AM – 8:00 PM). Many internationally renowned experts on Li Zehou have accepted our invitation and are participating in this conference. The conference will be held via zoom. Please click here for the website link (which contains the zoom link).

International Conference: Feeling, Rationality, and Morality

Tohoku University and University Pompeu Fabra are happy to announce that they will be holding a conference titled Feeling, Rationality and Morality: East and West at University Pompeu Fabra and virtually. The conference will take place November 5-6 2022. The zoom link for the conference will be sent out one week prior to the start date and any other inquires should be directed to atsuhsi.kido.e3@tohoku.ac.jp. Please click here for the conference flyer.

ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies

The Henry Luce Foundation is happy to announce that the American Council of Learned Societies is now accepting application for the 2022-23 Fellowship Competition. They are inviting scholars seeking funds for research, writing, and curriculum development. The application deadline for the program is November 2nd, 2022 9pm Eastern Time. Click here for more information or read below for information pertaining to eligibility and different research fellowships. If you have any question please contact chinastudies@acls.org.

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