9th International Sinology Forum

Leiria, Portugal,
20th – 22nd Feb 2014

The Portuguese Institute of Sinology is currently organizing its 9th International Sinology Forum, to be held on 20, 21 and 22 February in Leiria (Portugal) on the topic “China: Tradition and Modernity”.
For this purpose it is welcoming papers from specialists on China, in particular researchers, scholars and postgraduate students.
China is a huge country with a history stretching over millennia. An immeasurable number of its customs and values have lasted down the ages, surviving the impact of successive waves of modernity that have assailed it. Some of the old values came down to us often confused with habits or traditions. And so it is that, with every aspect of contemporary Chinese society being deeply rooted in tradition, the country is at the same time experiencing a period of increasing creativity. Tradition and modernity are in fact complementary, and together they may represent socio-cultural equilibrium. With the theme ‘China: Tradition and Modernity’, the 9th International Sinology Forum will address the various contemporaneities of this extraordinary country, looking at their philosophical, cultural, economic and social facets.

The following items should make it easier for researchers to approach this topic:

Tradition in modernity: how, despite modernization, the Chinese people have managed to keep certain traditions in their daily lives, their ways of thinking, their rituals, festivals, etc.;
The Consumption of tradition and the commodification of the past;
The attraction of the West and the influence of western philosophy on Chinese tradition;
Neo-Confucianism and the re-engagement with tradition;
Economic modernization, the reformulation of Chinese traditional economic structures and the subsequent shifts in social stratification;
The continuity of traditional visual and performative arts and the new artistic panorama;
The continuity of literary traditions and the new literary panorama;
Myths, Heroes, Icons and Modernity;
Tradition and modernity in urban spaces (architecture, public art);
Local Development and Heritage.

For more information see the document attached.

The Organizing Committee
— Instituto Português de Sinologia ISCSP – Pólo Universitário da Ajuda, gab. 40, piso 2 Tel: 213 619 430 (ext: 453074) Fax: 213 619 442 http://www.ipsinologia.com

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