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Confucian Traditions Unit

Call for Proposals

We welcome full panel proposals and individual paper submissions on the following themes for 2022. 

  • Confucian political theory 

  • Ritual theory and ritual performance in Confucianism 

  • What does it mean to be "Confucian"? What sort of religion is Confucianism, and what constitutes adherence to the tradition? 

  • Different methodological approaches to Confucianism; how religious studies relates to other common approaches to Confucianism 

  • Reception of Confucianism in the West; more generally, how did Confucians respond to modernity? 

  • Discussion of a recent book or books on any aspect of Confucian Studies 

Other topics are also welcome, as are co-sponsored sessions with other Units. 

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.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members