Call for Papers - 4th Biennal Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) - “Interpretation and Reinvention” - June 16-18, 2023
The 4th Biennal Conference of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) will take place in Macerata (Italy) on June 16-18, 2023. The theme of the conference is “Interpretation and reinvention.”
Every philosopher always has a forerunner to interpret. Any new philosophical theory is grounded in an existing theory, which it reinvents or contrasts. Every concept has its own history of contrasting and converging interpretations and reinvention. While this is obvious in the case of Western Philosophy, it is not always the case for China, whose cultural history is often improperly represented as static, converging, and repetitive. We all have in mind Raffaello Sanzio’s fresco The School of Athens that plastically represents the opposing visions of nature in ancient Greece. The painting is dynamic and full of individual traits of the more than twenty philosophers represented. Those figures, freshly painted by Raffaello, are opposing, rejecting, or reinventing their masters’ teachings and common sense. In this conference, we invite the scholars to participate in the process of “painting” the fresco of the thinkers of Chinese philosophy.
Confucius reinvented Zhou culture in a new philosophical and moral shape. Mozi openly dismissed ruist ritualistic doctrines. Mencius and Xunzi diverged in the interpretation of Confucius’s teaching. Hanfeizi made use of Laozi’s political view for creating a renovated legalist perspective. The School of Mystery, Chinese Buddhists Schools, Song and Ming Neo-Confucianism, Contemporary New Confucianism, etc., are all instances of the interpretative and reinventing activity inherent in Chinese philosophy. Chinese culture is certainly the expression of a strong and unique converging attitude, but we should never neglect the dynamism of synthesis and reinvention. In this conference, speakers are invited to discuss their research and shed new light on the dynamism of the history of Chinese Philosophy from any perspective: metaphysical, ethical, historical, theoretical, linguistic, rhetorical, aesthetic, etc. Original abstracts able to show the converging or diverging links between thinkers or schools in any period of Chinese history are particularly welcome.
Scholars interested in Chinese philosophy and philosophy in China are invited to submit proposals for individual papers or panels to Selusi Ambrogio (University of Macerata), <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals should include the title and a brief description of the panel and the names, affiliations, email addresses of the participants, and the titles of each participant’s presentation with 250 words abstracts. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2022. Notice of acceptance of proposals will be sent to your email address by early February, with instructions on how to register and submit the conference registration fee (EACP members: 60 EUR for scholars and 20 EUR for students; non-members: 80 EUR for scholars and 30 EUR for students).
Keynote speakers of the conference: Jana Rošker (University of Ljubljana) and David Chai (The Chinese University of Hong Kong).
To encourage the participation and inclusion of young researchers, there will be a Young Scholars Award. MA holders and PhD candidates should submit a full paper and indicate whether they wish to compete for the award. Winner(s) of the award will receive a certificate, prize money from the Association and the possibility to publish of the paper(s) in the international academic journal Asian Studies https://journals.uni-lj.si/as/about (peer-reviewed and indexed).
As in Asia, particularly in the People Republic of China, Covid-19 restrictions are likely to still be in place, and we will allow a very limited number of selected speakers to participate digitally. Those unable to physically attend because of travel restrictions or because of a positive Covid-19 test during the days of the conference will be allowed to participate online (in that case, membership of EACP is compulsory).
Further information can be found on the website of the European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP) https://www.ea-cp.eu/.
The official languages of the conference are English and Chinese.
To view this CFP in PDF format, please click here.
This online conference is being 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) and across four different time zones.
Many internationally renowned experts on Li Zehou have accepted our invitation and are participating in this conference. We are both proud and honored.
On this website, you will find the conference program and the proceedings, which include preliminary drafts by (almost) all the participants. They will be discussed at the conference and then revised for the final publication of the Li Zehou memorial volume that will be submitted to SUNY Press.
We hope that the conference will be interesting and inspiring, and that it will give us a lot of new food for thought. Creating new ideas by honoring and developing the old ones is something Li Zehou always valued. Therefore, we believe that this meeting will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate and appreciate all that we have learned from this great philosopher.
On behalf of the organizers,
Jana S. Rošker