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Confucian Traditions Unit

Call for Proposals

We especially welcome full panel proposals, as well as individual paper submissions, on the following themes for 2023. 

  • assessments of John Berthrong's work on Confucianism in relation to comparative theology 
  • women in transnational Confucianism, e.g., in Korea, Indonesia, and other areas beyond China
  • Confucian approaches to law and/or human rights
  • how best to teach Confucianism
  • Different methodological approaches to Confucianism; how religious studies relates to other common approaches to Confucianism 
  • the unity and/or disunity of virtues in Confucianism
  • Confucian approaches to grief, death, and/or dying

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