Warp, Weft, and Way

A Group Blog of Chinese and Comparative Philosophy

CFP: June, 2012 ISCWP event in Wuhan on Language

(Please note the “Special Note” at the end: even if you cannot take part in this event, if you are interested in the theme you are invited to submit a paper for inclusion in two publication projects.)

Call for Papers

Symposium / 學術研討會Philosophical Issues Concerning Chinese Language and Development of Contemporary Philosophy of Language” “關於漢語的哲學問題與當代語言哲學發展”

2013 Term / Wuhan“Beijing Roundtable on Contemporary Philosophy” 2013届-武漢“北京當代哲學國際圓桌學術研討會”
Wuhan University/Philosophy School “Advanced Forum in Comparative Philosophy” 武漢大學哲學學院“比較哲學高峰論壇”

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November 20, 2012 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy, Comparative philosophy, Philosophy in China, Philosophy of language | Leave a comment

TOC: Latest issue of Asian Philosophy

Issue 22:4 of Asian Philosophy has been published.

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November 20, 2012 Posted by | Tables of Contents | Leave a comment

Confucius China Study Plan: Significant Fellowship Opportunity

As I understand it, this new program has the potential to provide foreign Ph.D. students studying in China with up to RMB 200,000 per year for six years; and their are other dimensions of the program as well. Some information is below, and on the linked websites. Anyone with specific additional information, please share in the comments. Note that students applying from universities with affiliated Confucius Institutes will apparently receive priority.


Confucius China Study Plan(Trial Version)



In order to foster deep understanding of China and the Chinese culture among young elites from around the world, enable the prosperous growth of China studies, promote the sustainable development of Confucius Institutes, and enhance the friendly relationship between China and the people of other countries, the Confucius Institute Headquarters (the Headquarters) has set up the “Confucius China Study Plan”.

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November 18, 2012 Posted by | Graduate study, Opportunities | Leave a comment

Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute

Here is an announcement of a month-long summer program for faculty and graduate students; note that there will be a parallel opportunity for undergraduate students’ more information about that is forthcoming soon.

We are pleased to introduce the Third Annual Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute at the Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy in Shandong, China, July 6 to August 3, 2013.

This month-long training program for teachers of Chinese culture and advanced graduate students will be led by professors Roger T. Ames (University of Hawaii), Sor-hoon Tan (National University of Singapore) and Tian Chenshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University), with a special series of lectures by Henry Rosemont, Jr. (Brown University), Zhang Xianglong (Beijing University), and Hans-Georg Moeller (University College Cork). Our time together will revolve around careful and critical readings of classical texts and contemporary commentaries, seminars, discussion groups, cultural events and activities, and a number of field trips.

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November 18, 2012 Posted by | Confucianism, Opportunities | Leave a comment

Panels at the Upcoming AAR Conference

Here is an update from Thomas Wilson concerning the American Academy of Religion conference that will be held this weekend:

Please note the two panels sponsored by the Confucian Traditions Group. We especially encourage you to attend the business meeting following the Saturday afternoon session (A17-316). We’ve also listed a few other panels that might be of interest to you.
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November 13, 2012 Posted by | Conference, Confucianism, Daoism, Religion | Leave a comment

CFP: “The Rise of the Asian Century: Trends in Asian and Christian Philosophy”

“The Rise of the Asian Century: Trends in Asian and Christian Philosophy for Building a Just and Sustainable World “

Asian Association of Christian Philosophers Annual Conference 2013
Dates: 10 – 11 April 2013
Venue: Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines


The Asian Association of Christian Philosophers invites abstract submissions for its annual conference to be held from April 10 to 11, 2013, at Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. The theme of the conference will be: “The Rise of the Asian Century: Trends in Asian and Christian Philosophy for Building a Just and Sustainable World.” The conference language will be English.

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November 13, 2012 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Chinese philosophy, Conference | Leave a comment

Assistant Professor Position in Sogang University, South Korea

The Department of Religious Studies at Sogang University, the Jesuit University in Seoul, South Korea, invites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position in ‘Chinese religions’ (centered on Confucianism) at the assistant/associate professor rank, to begin in fall 2013. The Ph.D. must be in hand by time of appointment.

The ideal candidate is expected to have a background in religious studies, specializing in the study of Chinese religions (centered on Confucianism). The candidate must be able to work with classical Chinese, and fluent in (spoken and written) Korean and English so as to conduct academic works of teaching and publication in both languages.

Application process will begin with online application at Sogang University toward the end of February 2013 (as of November 13, 2012, it does not appear that the application is open yet). Inquiries and nominations can be sent by e-mail to the chair of the Religious Studies Department, at <pgpak@sogang.ac.kr>.

November 13, 2012 Posted by | Confucianism, Job Opening, Religion | Leave a comment

Panel information available for 2013 AAS

A listing of panels to be held at the 2013 Association of Asian Studies Conference, to be held March 21–24, 2013 in San Diego, California, is now available (titles of panels only). It is a long list, and I have not perused it carefully. A couple immediately stood out to me: “339: Chinese Thought as Global Theory?” and “167: Elite and Popular Confucianism in Contemporary China” (I will be taking part in the latter). I imagine there will be plenty more that would interest readers of this blog, though AAS has unfortunately had little philosophy and little on early China in recent years. (See, though, the recent announcement of a meeting-in-conjunction with AAS on the part of the Society for the Study of Early China.)

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Chinese philosophy, Conference, Philosophy in China | 3 Comments

New Books on the Revival of Confucianism

Some intriguing new books have been published in a new series featuring essays by many of the leading voices calling for a revival of Confucianism—people like Jiang Qing, Kang Xiaoguang, Chen Ming, and so on. See below for some information  on the volumes in the series that have been published in 2012. (For some further information, see this website.)

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November 12, 2012 Posted by | Confucianism, Contemporary Confucianism, Jiang Qing | 2 Comments

Columbia Neo-Confucianism Seminar Dec. 7

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene on Friday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:30pm. We will meet in the Board Room on the first floor of the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. Please note the earlier starting time.

Our presenter for this session is Jaeyoon Song of McMaster University. The title of Dr. Song’s paper is “The Zhouli and Li Gou’s Constitutional Agenda.” A copy of the paper is available; please contact any of the organizers for a copy. Please note that it is slightly different than the copy sent out earlier and supersedes the earlier version.

All are welcome to attend. Please feel free to forward this message to interested colleagues. Please join us after the seminar for dinner at the Columbia Cottage restaurant, which is located on the corner of Amsterdam and 111th Streets.

If you have any questions, you may contact one of our organizers: Yong Huang, (yhuang@kutztown.edu), Tao Jiang (tjiang@rci.rutgers.edu), On-cho Ng (oxn1@psu.edu), or Deborah Sommer (dsommer@gettysburg.edu or das9@caa.columbia.edu).   Our rapporteur this year is Liu Peng (pl2411@columbia.edu) of Columbia University.

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Lecture, Neo-Confucianism, Politics | Leave a comment

CFP: Society for the Study of Early China First Annual Conference

The Society for the Study of Early China First Annual Conference

A call for papers for the first annual conference of the Society for the Study of Early China, to be held in conjunction with the 2013 national meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.

The SSEC conference will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, in room “Edward C” of the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel in San Diego, California. The planning committee is now accepting individual paper proposals.

Prospective speakers should plan for a presentation of 20 minutes, with 10 minutes allocated for discussion. Please submit proposals in PDF or MS Word format to <SSECconference2013@gmail.com>. Submissions should include the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, academic rank, contact information, paper title, and a brief abstract of no more than 250 words. Proposals are due by January 15, 2013.

All are welcome to attend our meeting in San Diego. If you are not a current member of the Society for the Study of Early China, we urge you to become one now by ordering Early China 33-34 (see www.earlychina.org for order forms or to pay online).

Please note that those who participate only in the SSEC conference need not register for the AAS meeting.

November 12, 2012 Posted by | Call for Papers (CFP), Conference | Leave a comment

TOC Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39:3

Journal of Chinese Philosophy

Volume 39, Issue 3 Pages 325 – 467, September 2012

The latest issue of Journal of Chinese Philosophy is available on Wiley Online Library

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November 7, 2012 Posted by | Chinese philosophy, Tables of Contents | Leave a comment

Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教電子書目

Especially given the great importance of Buddhist discourse in the 19th and 20th centuries to modern Chinese thought more broadly, this resource looks to be very valuable!

From: “Gregory Adam Scott” <gas2122@columbia.edu>

I am very pleased to announce the public opening of the online search interface to my Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教電子書目.

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November 6, 2012 Posted by | Buddhism, Modern Chinese Philosophy, Resource | Leave a comment

Nov. 2 Neo-Confucianism Seminar

Our thoughts go out to those in the New York area recovering from Hurricane Sandy! Happily, the lights stayed on in Middletown where I live, though 650,000 people are without power in Connecticut and many more in New York, New Jersey, and beyond. 

Update, 10/31: The Nov. 2 Seminar has been cancelled, and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

The next session of the Columbia University Seminar on Neo-Confucian Studies will convene on Friday, November 2 from 3:30 to 5:30pm.  We will meet in the Common Room in the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.  Please note the earlier starting time.

Our presenter for this session is Deborah Sommer.  Her paper is titled “The Body of Confucius in Han Apocrypha.”  A copy of her paper can be obtained from any of the Co-Chairs (see below).

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October 30, 2012 Posted by | Confucius, Han Dynasty | Leave a comment

Weinstein Prize on East Asian Buddhism


The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce the
third competition for the Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, honoring
Professor Weinstein's many contributions to the study of East Asian Buddhism in
North America. The prize will be awarded once every two years to the best Ph.D.
dissertation on East Asian Buddhism written in North America during the two
previous years. The dissertation must be based on original research in the
primary languages and should significantly advance our understanding of East
Asian Buddhism. East Asian Buddhism is understood for this competition to refer
to those traditions in East Asia that take Chinese translations of the Buddhist
scriptures as their basis (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese). Studies
of East Asian Buddhist communities in the West are not eligible for
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October 30, 2012 Posted by | Buddhism | Leave a comment