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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Confucian Traditions Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit is committed to the study of the diversity of religious traditions associated with Confucius and his followers, including areas where Confucian thought and practice intersect with those of other traditions. The Unit embraces historical, philosophical, and dialogical approaches, and is not located in any single country or discipline.

Call for Papers: 

This unit is committed to the study of the diversity of religious traditions associated with Confucius and his followers, including areas where Confucian thought and practice intersect with those of other traditions. The unit embraces historical, philosophical, and dialogical approaches, and is not located in any single country or discipline.

This Unit invites proposals concerning any aspect of Confucianism from any geographical area in any historical field with any methodological orientation. Topics of particular interest this coming year are:

• Representations of Confucianism in contemporary China, or via contemporary institutions such as Confucius Institutes

• The Confucian diaspora, for example in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore

• Confucianism in public life; or, Confucian conceptions of a public intellectual

• Debates during the Six Dynasties between Confucians, Daoists, and Buddhists over the character and relations of these traditions

• Periodization of Confucianism in modern history, including various obituaries of Neo-Confucianism

• Book discussion sessions on recently published studies of Confucianism

Prearranged roundtable and papers session proposals, including those on topics not listed above, have a much better chance of acceptance than individual paper proposals. Panels that are in the traditional two-and-a-half-hour format are welcome, but we also encourage applicants to propose panels in a 90 minute format, or the new 120 minute format. These can take the form of a mini-panel or a symposium on a particular text, author, or pedagogy. Underscoring that Confucianism is not just a Chinese phenomenon, we would also like to encourage people working on Confucian topics outside of China to send in proposals.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Comments: 
We encourage authors of high quality individual paper proposals that are not accepted this year to consider submit panel proposal on the topics.
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee