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CFP: ACPA group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA in San Diego (April 16-20, 2014)

Call for Papers and Abstracts: The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America [ACPA] group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA meeting in San Diego.

 

Submission deadline:  September 25, 2013

ACPA Group Meeting at the 2014 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association

April 16-20, 2014, at the The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Description:  ACPA group sessions at the APA meetings have been successful in providing scholars an opportunity to try out new ideas and receive inputs for further development of the paper.  The attendance has been good, and we have always arranged one commentator for each paper presented.  We now welcome scholars to submit completed drafts, paper abstracts, or panel proposals for the 2014 APA Pacific Meeting. We shall continue to host two sessions with three to four papers, with commentators for each paper.  We will try to organize the session in keeping with a cohesive theme.  Therefore, the selection of papers for presentation will be partially based on how well they can be worked into a good session.

Guidelines for paper/abstract submission are as follows:

1. Papers on any topic of Chinese philosophy are welcome, but we especially encourage submissions that bring Chinese philosophy into conversation with contemporary discussions in other areas of philosophy.

2. Please do not submit a proposal to present the same paper to more than one group session at the same APA meeting.

3. Please let us know explicitly if you are not simultaneously submitting a separate paper proposal to other Asian philosophy groups for the same APA meeting.  In order to maximize the opportunity for multiple scholars to present their original work on Asian philosophy at APA meetings, we will give priority to proposals by scholars who are not simultaneously submitting competing paper proposals to other groups for the same APA meeting. (Commenting or chairing sessions elsewhere on the program is not a concern.)

4.  Membership of the ACPA is not required for consideration or acceptance, but all participants must be current ACPA members (with their membership dues paid) at the time of presentation, and priority of consideration will be given to members at the time of selection.

5. Feel free to submit a 300-500 word abstract for consideration.  However, a complete version of the paper should be submitted no later than 30 days before the meeting, so that the commentator will have sufficient time to write a thoughtful response.

6. If you submit a full paper for consideration, the paper should not exceed 4000 words.  Papers must be typed and in reproducible condition.  Please include a word count.

7. The presentation time for each paper will be between 20 and 30 minutes.  Please be prepared to present a meaningful version of your paper in the amount of time you will have; papers as long as 4000 words will not be able to be read aloud in their entirety.

Paper or abstract submissions and any questions should be sent electronically to ALL three members of the selection committee:

Dr. Tongdong Bai (ACPA President)

Fudan University

baitongdong@gmail.com

Dr. Huaiyu Wang (ACPA Vice-President)

Georgia College & State University

wdhyana@gmail.com

Dr. Steven Geisz (ACPA Secretary-Treasurer)

University of Tampa

sgeisz@ut.edu

July 30, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | , , | Leave a comment

CFP: ACPA group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA meeting in San Diego (April 16-20, 2014)

Call for Papers and Abstracts:  The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America [ACPA] group sessions at 2014 Pacific APA meeting in San Diego.

 

Submission deadline:  September 25, 2013

 

ACPA Group Meeting at the 2014 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association

 

April 16-20, 2014, at the The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

 

Description:  ACPA group sessions at the APA meetings have been successful in providing scholars an opportunity to try out new ideas and receive inputs for further development of the paper.  The attendance has been good, and we have always arranged one commentator for each paper presented.  We now welcome scholars to submit completed drafts, paper abstracts, or panel proposals for the 2014 APA Pacific Meeting. We shall continue to host two sessions with three to four papers, with commentators for each paper.  We will try to organize the session in keeping with a cohesive theme.  Therefore, the selection of papers for presentation will be partially based on how well they can be worked into a good session.

 

Guidelines for paper/abstract submission are as follows:

 

1. Papers on any topic of Chinese philosophy are welcome, but we especially encourage submissions that bring Chinese philosophy into conversation with contemporary discussions in other areas of philosophy.

 

2. Please do not submit a proposal to present the same paper to more than one group session at the same APA meeting.

 

3. Please let us know explicitly if you are not simultaneously submitting a separate paper proposal to other Asian philosophy groups for the same APA meeting.  In order to maximize the opportunity for multiple scholars to present their original work on Asian philosophy at APA meetings, we will give priority to proposals by scholars who are not simultaneously submitting competing paper proposals to other groups for the same APA meeting. (Commenting or chairing sessions elsewhere on the program is not a concern.)

 

4.  Membership of the ACPA is not required for consideration or acceptance, but all participants must be current ACPA members (with their membership dues paid) at the time of presentation, and priority of consideration will be given to members at the time of selection.

 

5. Feel free to submit a 300-500 word abstract for consideration.  However, a complete version of the paper should be submitted no later than 30 days before the meeting, so that the commentator will have sufficient time to write a thoughtful response.

 

6. If you submit a full paper for consideration, the paper should not exceed 4000 words.  Papers must be typed and in reproducible condition.  Please include a word count.

 

7. The presentation time for each paper will be between 20 and 30 minutes.  Please be prepared to present a meaningful version of your paper in the amount of time you will have; papers as long as 4000 words will not be able to be read aloud in their entirety.

 

Paper or abstract submissions and any questions should be sent electronically to ALL three members of the selection committee:

 

Dr. Tongdong Bai (ACPA President)

Fudan University

baitongdong [at] gmail.com

 

Dr. Huaiyu Wang (ACPA Vice-President)

Georgia College & State University

wdhyana [at] gmail.com

 

Dr. Steven Geisz (ACPA Secretary-Treasurer)

University of Tampa

sgeisz [at ] ut.edu

 

July 29, 2013 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | , , | Leave a comment

ACPA Call For Commentators for 2013 Pacific APA Group Sessions

[From Dr. Bai Tongdong, ACPA President and Professor of Philosophy, Fudan University]

Dear all,

The Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) will try to host two panels at 2013 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA).  Due to the limitation of space, the second panel might not be accepted by APA (this happens to all group meetings), but we are very hopeful.  Each presentation will have a commentator to comment on.  Please reply to me at baitongdong [at] gmail [dot] com if you are interested in commenting on any of the six presentations we are going to propose to APA.  Thank you for your considerations!
Best wishes,
Tongdong

Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America (ACPA) Group Panels at the APA Pacific Convention

March 27-30, 2013, at the Westin St Francis in San Francisco

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September 18, 2012 Posted by | Chinese philosophy | Leave a comment

Taijiquan, Daoist Metaphysics, and Practice

I often wonder about the connections—or lack thereof—between some interesting and potentially mind-blowing metaphysical claim and what might be called (although I don’t like the phrase) “real life.”  Lately, that wonder has been directed toward ways in which training in a practice such as taijiquan that at least purports to be meaningfully Daoist might inform and be informed by academic study of Daoist metaphysics.

I’ve had a bunch of different taijiquan teachers over the years.  Some of them were widely read about Chinese culture and history.  Others, not so much.  For whatever it’s worth, only one them—my first taijiquan teacher, who taught Yang family style in Chapel Hill back in the late 90’s—was Chinese, and though I never found out how well-read he was, I have come to appreciate how deeply knowledgeable that old man was about both taijiquan and Chinese traditions.  I feel like I learned a great deal from some of my teachers and that I managed to learn a bit less from others, but I’m grateful to all of them for offering me something important, and I suspect that I could have learned more from each and every one of them than I did, had I understood how to be a better student.  In each case, the teacher taught with sincerity.

As I’ve tried to learn taijiquan, I’ve had various moments when I’ve had the opportunity to think about the connections between the practice I was learning and the Chinese philosophy I work on academically.  Let me share two such incidents. Continue reading

October 1, 2011 Posted by | Chinese philosophy, Daoism, Metaphysics, Taoism | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Daniel Bell in the New York Times

Daniel Bell (Tsinghua University) discusses the unemployment situation for Chinese college grads, quotes Confucius, and channels Wittgenstein (just a bit) in the New York Times.  (Scroll down.)

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Contemporary Confucianism | 4 Comments