ISCWP January 2024 Newsletter

The ISCWP Board of Directors is pleased to share the International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy Newsletter Vol 22 (January 2024).  The newsletter is attached to this email.

The editorial team of ISCWP Newsletter:
the 2023-2026 Board of Directors
SUN Wei, President
LUO Shirong, Vice President
DAI Yuanfang, Secretary-Treasurer

Columbia Neo-C Seminar: Wong on Wang Yangming

The next session of the Columbia Neo-Confucianism seminar will convene on Friday 2/2 from 3:30-5:30 pm in the Heyman Center on Columbia’s campus. The guest speaker will be Professor Baldwin Wong of Hong Kong Baptist University. Professor Wong will present his draft “To Confucianism, are Perfectionist Policies a Help or a Trap? Lessons from Wang Yangming’s Moral Psychology”. The draft will be circulated a week before the talk. To be on the list, please RSVP to Weiling Kong at before 1/31.

Call for Contributors to A Cultural History of Confucianism in Antiquity

A message from Thomas Radice:

Thomas Radice is editing A Cultural History of Confucianism in Antiquity, the first of a six-volume series to be published by Bloomsbury, and is looking for contributors. Each volume in the series covers the same eight themes: Texts, Arts, Politics, Metaphysics, Ethics, Rituals & Traditions, Comparisons, and Gender. Chapters run about 10,000 words.  Currently, he needs contributors for Metaphysics, Ethics, Rituals & Traditions, Arts, and Gender in early China until Qin. If you are interested, please feel free to contact him for other details at

Fellowships for Graduate Study in China

A message regarding the China Study Program — a fellowship program for graduate students:

Since 2013, the “China Study Program” (CSP), sponsored by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation, has supported more than 900 international students in areas of humanities and social sciences with their doctoral studies and research in China. As the Secretariat of the Expert Committee of the China Studies Program based at the Renmin University of China, we are writing to introduce the fellowship program to you. We would be grateful if you circulate the letter or encourage students to apply.

CSP provides individualized training programs for each candidate and offers generous fellowships to cover the cost of research, fieldwork, and living expenses in China. By offering opportunities for collaboration with prestigious professors in 18 key universities in China, this program brings in-depth learning and research opportunities. Ph.D. candidates registered in an overseas university are eligible to apply for a “Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship,” and those who have obtained a master’s degree and are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in China may apply for the “Ph.D. Program in China.”
The application for the 2024 CSP Fellowship is now open and will remain so until Feb 28, 2024. Please visit this website for detailed information:

We would appreciate it if you circulate this information among your students or recommend students to us. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at

I wish you a fruitful spring term!

Dr. Jing (Cathy) Zhang
Deputy Director
Secretariat of Expert Committee of China Studies Program
Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Language and Culture
Renmin University of China
ADD: Room 516, Guo Xue Guan, Renmin University of China
59 Zhong-guan-cun Street, Beijing, 100872, P. R. China

Tel: 86-10-62513770; 86-10-15120008891

Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Language and Culture
School of Chinese Studies and Cultural Exchange
Renmin University of China

New Book: Shi, Contemporary Chinese Confucian Revival Movement

Brill has recently published Wei SHI’s book, Universal and Particular—Ideological Developments in the Contemporary Chinese Confucian Revival Movement (2000–2020), as part of the series “Modern Chinese Philosophy.” More information is available here, and the Table of Contents follows.

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New ISCWP Website

The board of the The International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy writes with news that they have established a new website:

The ISCWP’s new website has been established at <> especially for the Society’s relevant info since mid 2023; though website-builder service etc. are at a reasonable cost, the new website goes with better resources and technical support; the previous (free) website of the ISCWP at <> is unable to be updated due to some technical reasons, although it is still available for the Society’s relevant info before 2023. Among others, for ISCWP Newsletters from volume 1 (January 2003 ) through volume 21 (January 2023), see the previous ISCWP website <>.

English-based MA program in Chinese philosophy at Fudan

Since it was launched in 2011, the MA and Visiting programs in Chinese philosophy (with courses taught in English) at Fudan have been extremely successful. In spite of the pandemic that has seriously affected the enrollment, 124 students have been enrolled in either the M.A. program (102 students) and the visiting student program (22 students). They are from 38 countries, with students from North America and Europe forming the majority of the student body), and many of them are top students in their classes, majoring in philosophy, classics, and/or East Asian or Chinese studies. The above facts make these programs simply the most successful of their kind (English-based post-graduate programs in Chinese philosophy) in mainland China.

The program boasts perhaps the largest community of English-speaking postgraduate students interested in Chinese philosophy in the world, a community our students have enjoyed greatly. The comprehensiveness and specialization of our curriculum in Chinese philosophy are unmatched by other programs. We have also assigned tutors to our students, helping them read classical Chinese texts, in addition to the normal language classes. Because of the number and the quality of our students, our programs are a “favorite” of the university administration. As a result, we have been EXTREMELY successful at securing fellowships for students applying for the MA program. (For the visiting student program, only partial fellowships are available through Fudan, but students can apply through some external channels, like the Chinese Scholarship Council, the EU, Chinese consulates, Confucius Institutes, etc..)

To continue its success, I ask you to help us to distribute the information about the programs and encourage your students to apply. If they are already in a doctoral program and wish to spend a year in China, they are also welcome. You can go to the following website for more detailed information:

Announcing the Greek Sinologists Council

A message from Dimitra Amarantidou 易冬蘭, Coordinator of the Greek Sinologists Council:

Dear Colleagues,

The Greek Sinologists Council (GSC) is a regional branch of the World Council of Sinology which was established by the Beijing Language and Culture University and has brought together 200 sinologists and translators from 61 countries. The GSC is now inviting scholars of Greek origin who conduct research in sinology and related fields to participate in our programs.

We seek to create a community of scholars dedicated to promoting the study of Chinese philosophy, language, history, and culture. We want to encourage dialogue among Greek sinologists, collaborate on research initiatives, and establish connections with sinologists across the globe.

All Greek scholars actively engaged in research related to any aspect of sinology, regardless of background or level of degree, are invited to contact us.

How to Join:

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