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Confucian Traditions Unit

Call for Proposals

We welcome full panel proposals and individual paper submissions on the following themes for 2020.

● Discussion of a recent book or books on any aspect of Confucian Studies
● Different ways to teach Confucianism in various contexts (such as temporal vs. thematic structure; or classics only vs. later historical periods)
● Translation workshop on a primary text
● Debates over the contemporary revival of Confucianism; is this good or bad? In what ways?
● Scholarship and public engagement related to Confucianism; how to handle public-facing scholarship as a teacher of Confucianism

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.