Call for Papers: International Symposium “Reading the Old in the Light of the Newly Discovered: Chinese Philosophy and Ancient Chinese Texts”

Macquarie Univ. Sydney, Australia
Dec 9th – 11th 2014
Deadlines: Early Jul and Oct 2014

You are cordially invited to the international symposium “Reading the Old in the Light of the Newly Discovered: Chinese Philosophy and Ancient Chinese Texts” organized by Chinese Studies, Department of International Studies (Languages and Cultures), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, to be held on 9-11 December 2014.
The symposium aims to explore a topic of scholarly importance: traditional Chinese thought in the newly recovered ancient texts.
In the past four decades, the discovery of previously unknown texts dating to the fourth century BCE and to the Han Dynasty, as well as older versions of known texts, has revolutionalized the study of early Chinese philosophy and history.  The texts are of great significance in understanding the development of major strands in Chinese thought and allowing us a fresh opportunity to ask crucial questions about ancient Chinese culture and history. Experts and key researchers in the fields of early Chinese writing and classical Chinese thought are being invited to contribute to the discussion of the topics in terms of modes of manuscript production, Chinese intellectual history, and new interpretations of Chinese thought in these newly recovered texts from this formative period of Chinese philosophy.
Both Chinese and English will be used to facilitate the discussion. Selected papers will be reviewed and published after the symposium.  
To facilitate organizing the conference, please send a brief biography of approximately 100 words (including name, position, affiliated institution and specialities) and an abstract of your paper by early July. We will also need the full paper by early October.
You will need to make your own bookings for accommodation and we suggest participants stay with Dunmore Lang College ( ) or
MGSM Executive Accommodation (
Thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you in Sydney.

Sincerely yours,

Dr Shirley Chan (, Tel: +6 12 98507021)
Head of Chinese Studies,
Department of International Studies,
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia


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