Constructing and Interpreting the Daotong (Transmission of the Way) in the Perspective of Chinese and Korean Neo-Confucianism


1st – 2nd Jul 2013

International conference organised by:- The Centre of Chinese Studies (CEC, ASIEs, Inalco), – The Centre of Korean Studies (CECO, ASIEs, Inalco) – The Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul) The organising committee is pleased to invite colleagues and Ph.D students interested in Neo- Confucianism to submit abstracts for this international conference regarding the construction

and (re-)interpretations of the Daotong. Its objective is to re-examine the process through which Neo-Confucian discourse was legitimated by promoting the notion of Transmission of the Way, both in Chinese and Korean contexts. The conference will discuss the following questions: should we distinguish a stage of Transmission of the Way (daotong) from one of Dao Learning (daoxue), as suggested by Yu Ying-shi? How did Chinese and Korean Neo-Confucians develop their doctrine in the lineage of Dao Learning? Why did Zhu Xi’s school dominate Korean Neo-Confucianism? What is the validity of Mou Zongsan’s division of the Chinese Neo-Confucian tradition into two or three branches?

The conference will also be an opportunity to review new methodologies dealing with research on Neo-Confucianism in both philosophical and historical perspectives.

Working languages: Chinese, English, French, Korean (Handout in Chinese or English hoped for if oral presentation in French or Korean)
Organising Committee: Choi Young Jin, Kim Dayeol, Isabelle Sancho, Frédéric Wang
Contacts: Frédéric Wang (, Isabelle Sancho (
Conference Location: Inalco, Salle des Conseils, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris


15th March 2013: submission of abstract
30th May: final program of the conference
1st and 2nd July: Conference dates