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Confucian Traditions Unit

Call for Proposals

We welcome full panel proposals and individual paper submissions on the following themes for 2021.

● Lineage in Confucianism, and in various constructions/interpretations of Confucianism
● Rhetorical analysis of the dialogue form in Confucian texts, including its implications for both textual analysis and teaching philosophy
● Theorizing relationality in Confucianism; this could include comparisons with other approaches/traditions
● Confucianism and resilience or reconstruction; responses to tragic loss or destruction
● Discussion of a recent book or books on any aspect of Confucian Studies
● Translation workshop on a primary text

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

Review Process Comments

We encourage authors of high quality individual paper proposals that are not accepted this year to consider submitting panel proposals on the topics.