Reality, Argumentation, and Persuasion: Metaphysical Explorations and Epistemological Engagements in Chinese Philosophy

ISCP 21st International Conference on Chinese Philosophy
Tuesday 2nd July- Friday 5th July, 2019

“Reality, Argumentation, and Persuasion:
Metaphysical Explorations and Epistemological Engagements in Chinese Philosophy”

University of Berne, Institute of Philosophy, Switzerland

Chinese philosophy has since its pre-Imperial beginnings been concerned with knowledge – witness Zhuangzi’s argument with Hui Shi about knowing about the happiness of the fish. Furthermore, as this famous story makes clear, there is argument about what people know and what they do not know. And there are things known, in this story, the happiness of the fish, more usually, the character of rulers, the rites, how to act, right and wrong, history, cosmology, the unifying principle of the world, medicine, and mathematics. Yet these aspects of the Chinese tradition have hardly received the attention they deserve from philosophers—questions of what can be known, what the concept of knowledge is taken to be, what role it plays within various conceptual frameworks, as well as the sceptical challenges made to knowledge, beginning, once again, with the Zhuangzi. Scepticism makes room for persuasion, and for clarifying what makes a sound argument, as opposed to mere persuasion. But there are also systematic collections of knowledge (mathematical, medical, cosmological, scientific, for example) which are prominent in the tradition, and they have close connections with philosophy proper. We invite proposals for papers and panels to deepen our understanding of these issues, and carry Chinese philosophy forward into the new millennium.

 

Invited speakers:

Karine Chemla, SPHERE, CNRS & University Paris Diderot, France
Anne Cheng, Collège de France, France
Karyn Lai, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Scholar in Residence, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
Paul Unschuld,   Institute for Chinese Life Sciences, Charité-Medical University, Berlin, Germany
Yang Guorong, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, China
Jenny Zhao, Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellow, Needham Research Institute and Darwin College, Cambridge, UK

 

Venue:  Lerchenweg 36, 3000 Berne 12, Switzerland

www.philosophie.unibe.ch

Topics include the following:

Reality:

  • Yin-yang, Five elements, and Yijing (and other similar systems) as systems of classification
  • Chinese ontology (you/wu—being/nonbeing)
  • Chinese idea of the Ultimate Reality: Dao, Li, Taiji, the relation between One and Many
  • Chinese cosmology
  • Philosophical anthropology—Man’s relation to Heaven/Nature
  • Chinese Philosophy of Mind—nature, mind, emotion, desire.

Knowledge:

  • Theories of knowledge, perception and experience in Chinese philosophy
  • Epistemic reasoning and justification in Chinese philosophy
  • Theories of truth in Chinese philosophy
  • Concerns over scepticism
  • Knowledge and virtues
  • Knowledge, skills, and values
  • Moral knowledge
  • Early Encounters with Western Sciences: 16th-18th Centuries
  • Modernization and Westernization in the early 20th Century
  • Technology of the 21st Century: Chinese Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence

Argumentation and Persuasion:

  • Argument and knowledge
  • Analysis of particular arguments in philosophical texts from Pre-Qin to Contemporary
  • Persuasion and therapy
  • Persuasion and knowledge
  • Persuasion and power
  • Rhetoric – political, ethical, religious, legal, aesthetic
  • Of particular interest: Mohist Theories of argumentation, Theory of Names, Daoist methodology of debate, and specific argumentation in Buddhism

Timeline:
Paper abstract/panel proposal (with all paper abstracts) due (500 words)—English or Chinese: September 15, 2018 [Submission Email address TBA]
Acceptance by November 15, 2018
Final version of paper due: February 1, 2019
Hotel registration deadline: March 15, 2019 

Organizers:
R. A. H. King, University of Berne, Institute of Philosophy, Switzerland
JeeLoo Liu, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton, USA
Ann Pang-White, Department of Philosophy, The University of Scranton, USA
Weimin Sun, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Northridge, USA
Jinli He, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Trinity University, USA
Genyou Wu, Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, China
Zemian Zheng, Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, China

Contact: richard.king@philo.unibe.ch

 


国际中国哲学会第二十一届国际哲学大会:201972-5
主题:实在,论证,说服:中国哲学中的形上探讨与知识论的参与
地点:瑞士波恩大学

中国哲学对知识论辩的关注可溯及先秦时代, 庄子与惠施对知鱼之乐的辩论即是实例。他们两人的争辩涉及人们所知与所不知的领域。当我们谈论知识, 必然涉及所知的对象—不管是庄惠辩论之中的鱼之乐, 先秦诸哲所关注的王者之德, 礼法之规范性, 行为之准则, 是非判断的基础, 通一万物的道及理, 还是种种人类系统性的知识, 如历史、宇宙论、医药、数学等等。知识论与所知的领域是不可分割的。然而, 中国的实在论与知识论至目前为止还未受到足够的哲学肯定与研析。种种中国知识论上的问题—比如知识的内容与可能性,【知识】的概念分析,知识在不同概念架构中所扮演的角色,以及怀疑论者对知识的挑战—都尚未受到哲学家的足够关注。本次ISCP国际哲学大会意图弥补这项缺失。本次大会的议题检视中国哲学中的知识概念,包括所知的对象,知识在概念架构中的角色,以及种种挑战知识可能的怀疑论立场。怀疑论为区分有效论证与纯粹修辞提供了探讨空间。同时需要专注的是中国思想史上有系统性的知识体系(如数学, 医学, 宇宙论, 自然科学, 等等),不仅在中国传承中地位重要,而且非常具有哲学性。本次ISCP国际哲学大会希望能能到众多学者的支持,藉由对这些重点哲学问题的探讨,推动中国哲学在新世纪全球化的蓬勃发展。

特邀主题演讲专家:

Anne Cheng, Collège de France, France
Karyn Lai, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Austria
Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Scholar in Residence, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Paul Unschuld,   Institute for Chinese Life Sciences, Charité -Medical University, Berlin, Germany
Guorong Yang 杨国荣, Department of Philosophy, East China Normal University, China
Jenny Zhao, Lloyd-Dan David Research Fellow, Needham Research Institute and Darwin College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

建议分项议题

【实在】

  • 阴阳, 五行, 易经
  • 中国宇宙论
  • 中国有无之辩
  • 终极实在的探讨:道, 理, 太极, 一与万殊
  • 中国哲学人类学:人与自然
  • 中国心灵哲学:人性, 人心, 情欲

【知识】

  • 中国哲学的知识, 知觉, 经验论
  • 中国哲学中对知识的思考与验证
  • 中国哲学中的真理论
  • 中国哲学中对怀疑论的关注
  • 知识与德性
  • 知识, 技能, 与价值
  • 道德知识的可能性
  • 16-18世纪中国学术对西方科学的吸收与反应
  • 20世纪中国学术的现代化与西学化
  • 21世纪的关怀:中国哲学与人工智能

【论证与说服】

  • 论证与知识
  • 对中国哲学文献中的特别论证的分析
  • 说服与治疗
  • 说服与知识
  • 说服与权力
  • 修辞学:政治, 伦理, 宗教, 法律, 美学
  • 墨辩
  • 名家理论
  • 道家论证法
  • 佛家辩证法

时间表:

  • 500字【中英文不拘】论文大纲与专题讨论提案(必须包含所有论文大纲)截止日期:2018年9月15日 【收件电邮日后公布】
  • 审核结果宣布:2018年11月15日
  • 完整论文截止日期:2019年2月1日
  • 特价旅馆预订截止日期:2019年3月15日

会议组织委员会:

  • A. H. King 金瑞, University of Berne, Institute of Philosophy, Switzerland
  • JeeLoo Liu 刘纪璐, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Fullerton, USA
  • Ann Pang-White 庞安安, Department of Philosophy, The University of Scranton, USA
  • Weimin Sun 孙卫民, Department of Philosophy, California State University, Northridge, USA
  • Jinli He 何金俐, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Trinity University, USA
  • Genyou Wu 吴根友, Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, China
  • Zemian Zheng 郑泽绵, Department of Philosophy, Wuhan University, China

联络人:刘纪璐 JeeLoo Liu (jeelooliu@gmail.com)

24th World Congress of Philosophy (WCP 2018)

Beijing, 13 – 20 August 2018
Department of Philosophy, Peking University


 

ISCP WCP Program [August 14-15, 2018]

 

Day 1 (August 14, 2018)

ISCP Panel I: Innovative Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy, Session I 

Thematic Comparative Philosophy on Early Confucianism

Time: 1:50 p.m.

  1. Puqun Li (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada): “Dwelling in Peace and Joy (an 安、le乐) in the Analects—Confucius’ Positive Psychology”
  2. May Sim (College of the Holy Cross, USA): “Wise Agents East & West: From Individual to Cosmic Agency”
  3. Kai Wang (Beijing Normal University, China): “Xunzi’s Notion of Self-cultivation in the Perspective of Aristotelian Virtue Ethics”
  4. Chi-Shing Chen (National Chengchi University, Taiwan): “Virtue Jurisprudence: Aristotelian Equity and Category of Xunzi”

 

ISCP Panel II: Innovative Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy, Session II

Through the Looking Glass of the Other

Time: 1:50 p.m.

  1. Douglas L. Berger (Leiden University, Netherlands):
    Paramārtha / 真諦and Schopenhauer: A Case Study of Western Misrepresentations of Buddhism”
  2. Roy Tseng (Academia Sinica, Taiwan): “Toward a Confucian Liberalism”
  3. Tzuli Chang (Fudan University, China): “A Confucian Response to Rawls’ Conception of Moral Persons”
  4. Carl Joseph Helsing (High Point University, North Carolina, U.S): “Language Games and Liberation: Linguistic Strategies of Utility, Therapy, and Creativity in the Zhuāngzi’s Inner Chapters”

 

ISCP Panel III: Innovative Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy, Session III

Comparative Philosophy in Context

Time: 1:50 p.m.

  1. Xinyan Jiang (University of Redlands, USA), “Comparing Chinese and Western Philosophy in Context”
  2. Yao-Cheng Chang (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “Standards of Argumentation: The Rising Importance of San Biao in Modern Mohist Studies”
  3. Rina Marie Camus (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong): “Is there Zhi 志 in Western Philosophy? An Asymmetric Comparison from East to West”
  4. Philipp Renninger (Cotutelle Universities of Lucerne (CH) and Freiburg (DE)): “Comparing Legal Philosophical Traditions in the Chinese and the German-speaking World”

 

ISCP Panel IV: Gender Studies, Women Issues, and Chinese Philosophy

Time: 1:50 p.m.

  1. Ranjoo Herr (Bentley University, USA): “Does A Feminist Future in East Asia Require Western Feminism?”
  2. Ann Pang-White (The University of Scranton, USA): “Female Chastity in the Yijing and Other Confucian Texts: Genealogy and Radicalization”
  3. Lili Zhang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore): “Revisit Yin-Yang Relation in the Yijing
  4. Yuanfang Dai (Michigan State University, USA): “Rethinking Difference and Solidarity in Feminist Philosophy: Connecting East and West with a Chinese Transcultural Perspective”

 

Day 2 (August 15, 2018) 

ISCP Panel V: “Rediscovering the Forgotten Chinese Philosophers” Session I

Time: 1:50 p.m.

How to Become a Philosopher: The Many Lives of Yang Zhu

  1. Carine Defoort (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “Unfounded and Unfollowed Mencius’s Portrayal of Yang Zhu and Mo Di”
  2. Attilio Andreini (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy): “Beyond the Mengzi: Another Side of the Yang-Mo Symbol”
  3. Jongchul Park (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “The Ethical Features in Yang Zhu’s Philosophy Based on His Mingshi Theory(名實論)”
  4. Abigail Wang 王曉薇 (The University of Leuven, Belgium): “Republican Intellectuals on Yang Zhu: Mencius’ Critique on Yang and Mo Revisited (1903-1940)”

 

ISCP Panel VI: “Rediscovering the Forgotten Chinese Philosophers” Session II

Time: 1:50 p.m.

Wang Fuzhi’s Philosophy for the Contemporary World

  1. Liangjian Liu (East China Normal University, Shanghai, China), “A Moral Philosophy Based on the Doctrine of Vital Energy (Qi) and Affective Mindset (Xin): Wang Fuzhi’s Study of Mencius and Its Contemporary Significance”
  2. Dawid Rogacz (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland): “Wang Fuzhi’s Philosophy of History — A Distinctive Form of Historical Materialism?”
  3. Tian Feng 田豐 (Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China), “The Significance of Wang Chuanshan’s Historical Cultivation to Modern Personality”
  4. Nicholas Brasovan (The University of Central Arkansas), “Ecological Humanism in the Philosophy of Wang Fuzhi”
  5. JeeLoo Liu (California State University-Fullerton, USA), “What Can We Learn from Wang Fuzhi’s Moral Sentimentalism?”

 

ISCP Panel VII: “Rediscovering the Forgotten Chinese Philosophers” Session III

Time: 1:50 p.m.

  1. Heawon Choi (University of British Columbia, Canada): “Misinterpreter or Reinterpreter? Zhi Dun and His Buddhist Philosophy Reconsidered.”
  2. Jinli He (Trinity University, USA): “Wang Guowei on Ziran”
  3. Rafal Banka (Jagiellonian University, Poland): “Li Zehou’s Philosophical Aesthetics and Consciousness”
  4. Yao-nan Zhang 張耀南 (Beihang University, China) and Shuang Qian 錢爽(Ghent University, Belgium): “Tetralogy of ZHANG Dong-sun’s Four Declarations of Knowledge and Logic”

 

ISCP Panel VIII: Relevance of Chinese Philosophy in the Modern World

Time: 1:50 p.m.

  1. Geir Sigurðsson (University of Iceland, Iceland): “Future Aging on Ancient Terms? Confucian Filiality and Senescence”
  2. Jaeyong Song (McMaster University, Canada): “‘Share and Rule’: The Implications of the Fengjian Discourse for the Modern World”
  3. Guo Wu (Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, USA): “Ontology of Sensibilities: How Can Chinese Philosophy Influence the Modern World?”
  4. Chi-Fang Tseng (Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan): “Buddhism Approach to Differentiation in the Modern World”

Call for Papers—ISCP Panels at 24th World Congress of Philosophy

The World Congress of Philosophy is organized every five years by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) in collaboration with one of its member societies. The XXIV World Congress will be held in Beijing, China, from August 13 to August 20, 2018. More details can be found at http://wcp2018.pku.edu.cn/yw/index.htm.

The International Society for Chinese Philosophy plans to hold consecutive panels for one or two days at WCP, and welcome all of you to submit your paper and panel proposals. The papers and panels should be consistent with the following themes:

Chinese Philosophy, from the Past to the Future
Key Themes:
1. Innovative Comparative Approaches to Chinese Philosophy
2. Rediscovering the Forgotten Chinese Philosophers
3. Relevance of Chinese Philosophy in the Modern World
4. Gender Studies, Women Issues, and Chinese Philosophy

Deadline for Paper abstracts (300 words)/Panel proposals: Nov. 1, 2017

Completed drafts for all accepted papers are due by Jan. 31, 2018

All ISCP programs will be finalize before March 1, 2018.

Thank you for your support to ISCP. Please send your paper/panel proposals to all four of the following ISCP board members by Nov. 1, 2017.

Dr. JeeLoo Liu: jeelooliu@gmail.com
Dr. Jinli He: jhe@trinity.edu
Dr. Ann Pang-White: pangwhitea2@scranton.edu
Dr. Weimin Sun: Weimin.sun@csun.edu

20th International ISCP, Day 2 – 4

20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy in a Multicultural World, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Final Report: 

The 20th ISCP conference has successfully concluded on July 7, 2017.  In the four days of the conference, there were many concurrent sessions covering a rich array of topics from the comparative angle, the hermeneutic angle, the angle of textual analysis, the angle of reconstructive reading, and the philosophical angle.  The distribution of Chinese and English sessions is about 50-50.  A distinctive feature of this conference is to showcase junior scholars and advance graduate students amidst established scholars. These junior scholars carry themselves impressively well, presenting refreshing approaches and novel ideas. The ISCP aims to continue this direction set by this conference to integrate junior and senior scholars.

At the business meeting, it is announced that the next ISCP conference will be held at the University of Bern in Switzerland in 2019.  Professor Richard King, our current Vice President, will be the key organizer of this conference, and the tentative theme is “Knowledge, Persuasion, and Argument in Chinese Philosophy.”  More information will be updated on our website when available.  The Nomination Committee also decided to nominate Professor Yang Guorong from East China Normal University in Shanghai, China to be considered for the next VP after Professor Chenyang Li finishes his term at the end of 2017.  There will be an official e-vote among current members in November.

It is also announced that starting January 1, 2018, we will raise our membership fees to $30 a year. There will be a membership page posted on our website, and everyone can consult the page to see the status of his or her membership.

The 24th World Congress of Philosophy will take place in Beijing (Peking University), China, on August 13-20, 2018, and the ISCP will propose a one-day mini-conference at this venue.  We aim to produce a philosophically attractive and engaging mini-conference, with four sub-themes and high quality papers. We welcome suggestions on innovative themes. Once we have chosen the themes, we will do a call for papers and the selection will be rigorous.  To expose Chinese philosophy to philosophers outside of this area of expertise, all papers will be written and read in English.

At the conclusion of this conference, the ISCP banner was passed from Chenyang Li to Richard King, to symbolize the passing of the torch. It is with great commitment that the ISCP officers will continue the professionalism and academic rigor exemplified in this conference, and we look forward to seeing more participants at the next conference in Bern in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary of Other Plenary Talks:

The third plenary session was held on July 5th, the second day of ISCP conference. The session was chaired by Carine Defoort from University of Leuven, who introduced the first speaker, Prof. Vincent Shen (沈清松) from the University of Toronto, and the second speaker, Prof. Bryan van Norden (萬百安) from Vassar College and Yale-NUS. Prof. Shen, in his lecture “Daxue: The Great Learning for University Today,” emphasizes the significance of Daxue in today’s higher education, as well as in the modern society of globalization. Prof. Shen promotes the method of strangification as the ideal way to handle various issues encountered in today’s multicultural society. The method of strangification, inspired by Daxue, is understood as a method of consensus building through the process of universalization. It is also called waitui (外推), since strangification is rooted from one’s own generosity and extends from one to the others with the principle of reciprocity. Prof. Shen compares his theory with Habermas’ theory of communicative action and considers his own theory superior. Shen’s talk generated a lot of interesting questions from the audience.

Prof. van Norden, in his lecture, “Like Loving a Lovely Sight: Simile and Metaphor in Chinese Philosophy,” gave a vivid presentation on the use of metaphor and simile in Chinese philosophy, particularly in the Confucian tradition. van Norden focused on a popular and influential statement made in Daxue, “It is s like hating a bad odor, or loving a lovely sight” (如恶恶臭如好好色), and elaborated various ways of interpreting this statement. He found the traditional interpretations of “loving a lovely sight” inadequate as they tend to avoid the sexual reference implicit in the statement (se 色 means a beautiful woman rather than a beautiful color), and so in such interpretations the immediate connection between perception (seeing a beauty) and action (loving the beauty) is missing. The intended parallel between hating a bad odor and loving a lovely sight is also absent under traditional interpretations. van Norden further examined Chen Yi’s idea of true knowledge with Chen’s example of a farmer once mauled by a tiger, Zhu Xi’s discussions on deeper understanding, and Wang Yangming’s claim that there is a direct link between knowing and action. This relates well to the perennial issue of knowledge and action, and van Norden’s presentation generated lots of discussion.

On Day 4, July 7, there were three plenary talks.  Professor Haifeng Jing gave the talk on the three dimensions of hermeneutical reconstruction of Chinese classics: First, it should respond to the challenge of modern Western culture, such that it can have a dialogue and correspondence with Western hermeneutics in terms of its domain of problems and its means of expression. Second, it should be enriched by the profound Chinese cultural heritage by which it can mobilize all past interpretations of Chinese classics inclusively with regard to past records and modes. Among the traditions, Confucian classics should be its core, but not the sole element, whereas elementary studies of the texts and words (xiaoxue) should provide a foundation, but not to set the limitation.  Third, it should have an explicit aim.  The reinterpretation of Chinese classics is not meant to sort out national cultural heritage, but to shed light on the philosophical import and core essence of past thinking, so as to establish the identity of contemporary Chinese culture, to provide written testimony and to explore its modern significance.  He argues that the philosophical imports of the Confucian classics might be better preserved by neo-Confucianism of the Song-Ming era. If we want to further develop the philosophical dimensions of Chinese hermeneutics of the classics (jingxue), we need to draw upon the texts of neo-Confucianism (zixue).  The study of neo-Confucian texts can enhance our hermeneutic reconstruction of Confucian classics. He concludes that “philosophizing” Confucian classics is already a trend, a “must”, not an option and not in dispute. Nowadays we must acknowledge Confucianism as philosophy, not merely a form of religion or a way of life.

Professor Karyn Lai’s talk is entitled “The Devil is in the Detail: the Significance of the Analects for Moral Theory and Practice.”  She begins by citing Immanuel Kant’s derogative and dismissive attitude toward Chinese philosophy, in particular, his denouncing the existence of Chinese ethics.  She continues to present the negative assessment of Chinese ethics, especially in the Analects, that is echoed in many other earlier scholars on Chinese philosophy.  However, in all these criticisms, there are some presuppositions on what “ethics” should have and what the Analects is lacking.  Lai suggests that we take a different approach: study the text of the Analects closely to see what it does offer. She points out that the Analects manifests the paradigm of examples and situationality.  Book Ten of the Analects, for example, is filled with trivial examples of etiquette and Confucius’ demeanor in various situations.  According to Lai, an important route to becoming moral is to learn from examples — familiarizing oneself with norms of behavioral propriety, practicing what one learns, having discourse with others — which in turn builds a repository of appropriate behavior.  Stories in the Analects are not meant to set up normativity in all situations, nor to define various virtues. If we take it to be doing the latter tasks, then of course we would be disappointed.  It is time that we go beyond seeking moral “theory” in the Analects.  She emphasizes that it is not that norms are not important; however, moral principles often cannot help us to make moral decisions in particular situations.  She cites Linda Zagzebski’s view that moral theory is like a world map — it helps us to situate ourselves in the world, but cannot offer us practical guidance.  She concludes that moral theory by itself is never sufficient and we need many examples to help guide us through the multiple ethical situations in life.  And the Analects offers us a rich moral repertoire.

Professor Chung-ying Cheng gave the final plenary talk on the anthropic roots of Confucianism. What he means by anthropic principle (AP) is his rendition of the Chinese phrase: tianrenheyi, which means literally the unity of heaven and human.  He suggests that there are two versions of the AP: The strong anthropic principle suggests that this universe has a power and age and cosmological constants to accommodate human emergence and development.  The weak anthropic principle suggests that this universe must be consistent with our capability and performance in observing and knowing this universe so that what we know cosmologically is true of the universe.  Heaven is the root of our emergence, and at the same time, human ought to aim for cultivating the virtues of Heaven to perfection.  Hence, the unity of heaven and human is basically the unification of virtues in nature and in human conduct.  In the history of Chinese philosophy, many Confucians emphasize unification in various aspects.  Unification is a matter of grounding humanity and its moral efforts for completion and perfection. Cheng suggests that this principle can better explain the world than current scientific models, because it enables us to answer the initial questions of human being, human understanding and human action.

 

Respectfully submitted,

JeeLoo Liu
Executive Director of the ISCP
Weimin Sun
Secretary of the ISCP

20th International ISCP, Day 1

Dear All

Here is a brief report on the first day of the ISCP 2017 conference held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore: Chinese Philosophy in a Multicultural World. Those of you who could not make it this time can get a sense of what is going on here.

20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy
Day 1, July 4th, 2017

Opening Ceremony

President Chenyang Li opened the conference with remembrance of two former presidents of the ISCP: Professor Shu-hsien Liu and Professor Jiyuan Yu, both passed away in 2016.  He also shared the sad news of the recent passing of Henry Rosemont, Jr. (1934-2017).  All participants were asked to rise up to give a two-minute silence in memoriam.

Dean Alan Chan gave a welcoming speech next. He explained that this 20th ISCP conference, with more than 200 participants from various countries, is the largest ISCP international conference to date. He attributed this phenomenal success to Chenyang Li and his team. He also thanked the sponsors of this conference: Center for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Confucian Association, Singapore, Pei Hwa Foundation, and Modern Confucianism Foundation Ltd.

Chenyang Li explained that this is a Green conference; hence, no paper or abstract is printed out. Instead, they are available on the website. The organizers also provided the gift of a smartly designed square refillable water bottle for all participants to reduce the wasteful production of plastic bottles.  This is really a model that other conference organizers should emulate.

The first plenary speaker is Dr. Robert C. Neville from Boston University, a long-time leader of the ISCP.  The title of Neville’s talk is “Ritual and Creativity.” He explains that whereas rituals dictate rules of human interactions, creativity is needed for individual space and personal integration.  Rituals are in all aspects of our lives; our life is fundamentally a ritualized life. Creativity is required for individual expressions and maneuvers of rituals. There are of course certain rituals that are harmful, such as racism and sexism. Critical analysis of rituals requires creativity that stands outside the box. Thirdly, the invention of new rituals requires creativity. Sometimes the old rituals and the new ones do not cohere with one another. Nevertheless, we should not be afraid to open new paths. Furthermore, rituals support spontaneity. A well-played life provides leisure and leisure allows spontaneity. Neville suggests that the dichotomy between individualism and participation is mistaken. Each of us in our core has all sorts of ritual forms that make us complete. Over lifetime, we make who we are by the choices we make and the paths we take.  The days are over when people are forced to take the paths that their parents set for them. Each of us gives personal integration of various rituals in our life. We humans leave environmental footprints (so it is good that this is a Green conference). Many of our effects on others and on the world are of course out of our control. Nevertheless, the best way to make ourselves better people is to take what we can control and to make the best of it by our personal and conjoined actions. Such creativity does not stand in opposition of ritualized life; on the contrary, creativity can enhance the richness of our ritualized life.

The second plenary session includes two keynote speakers: Professor Carine Defoort from KU Leuven and Professor Tao Liang from Renmin University.  Defoort’s talk argues that Confucianism and Mohism should not regard each other as archenemies. She analyzes the connection between Kongzi and Mozi and suggests that the negative references of each other in the texts should be read as “constructions,” rather than literally. The two schools have more in common than disagreement.  She cites Kang Youwei’s (1858-1927) view that Mozi was a religious leader, and that Confucius was not any less a religious leader too.  In Kang’s view, for Confucianism to emerge as a religion, it needs a rival religion; hence, Mohism was treated as an opposing school.  Defoort further argues that it was Mencius who presented Mohism as a foe, highlighting the latter’s theory of “care without gradations.” In Mencius’ characterization, Mohism is demonized and oversimplified. Some later Confucian scholars did raise doubt about Mencius’ reading of Mohism. In the West, beginning in the 19th century, scholars raised serious objections to Mencius’ reading of Mohism and his “unjust” accusation. The key doctrine of Mohism should be on inclusiveness rather than equality in one’s love and care of others. She concludes that we need to do more careful study on the philosophical differences between the two schools.

Professor Liang Tao talks about the integration of Mencius and Xunzi. He said that he has been advocating a new Confucian lineage: The old lineage for Confucians is Kongzi — Zengzi — Zisi — Mengzi. New lineage for the transition of Dao is Kongzi — 72 disciples — Zisi — Mencius — Xunzi. Liang further suggests that we adopt new “Four Books”: AnalectsBook of RitesMengzi, and Xunzi.  An obvious difficulty for his integration of Mencius and Xunzi is of course the apparent disagreement of their view on human nature. Liang argues that Xunzi’s view is not really that human nature is evil, and that good is the result of external efforts. He cites the excavated text and Pang Pu’s interpretation that what Xunzi meant by effort (“wei”) was not external efforts, but “conscious exertion.”  The term ‘wei’ refers to activities of heart-mind. So Xunzi’s view should be read as “human nature is bad and heart-mind is good.”  The heart-mind for Xunzi is moral and intelligent, being inclined to goodness. So the debate between Mencius and Xunzi is actually not on whether human nature is good or bad; rather, it is on whether morality is based on human nature of human heart-mind.

The host has been very generous in providing tea breaks and luncheon. Tea breaks came with delicious appetizers, desserts, fresh fruit, in addition to coffee and tea. The luncheon was a huge buffet with three options: Western, Asian and Vegetarian. The breaks and lunch are set in a casual atmosphere conducive to interpersonal exchanges. Many participants are able to catch up with old acquaintances or make new ones.

The afternoon program consists of two time slots, each with six concurrent sessions, some in Chinese and some in English. The rest of the conference will be mostly similar to the first day — one plenary session and several concurrent sessions. The conference closes on July 7th.  A final report will be given after the conference is concluded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted
JeeLoo Liu
Executive Director of the ISCP

20th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy Programme

The program for the 20th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy is now posted on the conference page.

View the Conference Programme 會議議程

 

Sad News

 

Dear friends,

I am extremely saddened to share the news that ISCP executive director and executive committee chair, Professor Jiyuan Yu passed away on 3 November 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.

His passing is a major loss to our organization. Professor Jiyuan Yu also served as the president of ISCP in 2012-2013 and hosted the 18th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy in Buffalo, New York in 2013. He will be remembered dearly by his friends and colleagues. A panel will be organized in his honor at the upcoming 20th International Conference on Chinese Philosophy in Singapore, 4-7 July 2017.

Thank you, Jiyuan and farewell, our dear friend!

Chenyang Li

President of ISCP

 

Jiyuan Yu (1964-November 3, 2016) was a moral philosopher noted for his work on virtue ethics. Yu was a long-time and highly admired Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York, starting in 1997. Prior to his professorship, Yu completed a three-year post as a research fellow at the University of Oxford, England (1994-1997). He received his education in China at both Shandong University and Renmin University, in Italy at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and in Canada at the University of Guelph. His primary areas of research and teaching included Ancient Greek Philosophy (esp. Plato, Aristotle), and Ancient Chinese Philosophy (esp. Classical Confucianism).

He served on the Editorial Boards of History of Philosophy Quarterly (2002-2005), World Philosophy (2000-present), Frontiers in Philosophy (2006–present), the Chinese translation of the Complete Works of Aristotle (1988-1998), and the book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy (New York: Global Publications). He received the University’s Exceptional Scholar (Young Investigator) Award, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002. He was appointed a 2003–04 Fellow at the National Humanities Center and a Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow in the spring of 2008.

 

Condolences to the passing of Professor Jiyuan Yu

 

 

Condolences from Professor Guo Qiyong

沈清松先生、李晨阳先生:有学生告诉我,网上发布了余纪元教授不幸逝世的信息。惊闻噩耗,不胜震悼!

纪元教授英年早逝,是哲学界的重大损失,也是国际中国哲学会的重大损失!纪元教授好学深思,心知其意,

贯通中西,掘井及泉,在古希腊哲学与儒学方面造诣甚深。他刻苦钻研,为人谦和,教书育人,积极奉献。

他曾两度应我的邀请来敝校参加国际中国哲学大会及“近30年来中国哲学的发展”国际学术会议并发表论文,

又作演讲,并在我主编的《儒家文化研究》上发表《英美儒家哲学研究评析》的长文。他曾把他大著的中译

本《德性之镜》赠我。我虽因事未能出席他主持的布法罗的那届国际中国哲学大会,但我推荐了几位学生去,

都得到他的热情照顾与关怀。他的逝世,使我十分悲痛!深切悼念纪元教授,祝愿逝者安息!请代问候余教授

的亲属!敬颂

冬安!

郭齐勇敬上

 

Condolences from ACPA

Dear colleagues of ACPA,

I am shocked and greatly saddened by the news that Prof. Jiyuan Yu (SUNY Buffalo) has passed away.

My sincere condolences to his family, his friends and all those who know him.

Bongrae Seok (Vice President ACPA, Alvernia University)

Please see the message below by our secretary/treasurer Suk Choi (Towson University):

 

I am heartbroken to share the sad news that my teacher and mentor,

Professor Jiyuan Yu, Dept. of Philosophy at University at Buffalo, State

University of New York, passed away on November 3, 2016, after a long and

courageous battle with cancer. He was an exemplary scholar, teacher,

friend, and an incredible person. Without his warm-hearted advisement and

encouragement, I would not be where I am today. He will be missed not

only by me, but by many friends who have shared many years of cherished

memories with him.

(Suk Gabriel Choi, Treasurer/Secretary of ACPA Towson University)

 

 

 

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Call For Papers: the 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (in English & Chinese)

Call for Papers

The 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP) will be held at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on 4 – 7 July 2017.

Conference Theme: Chinese Philosophy in a Multicultural World

In the 21st century, cultures that originated on different continents are in close contact and people from various philosophical and religious traditions interact on multiple levels. How can Chinese philosophy position and present itself in this multicultural and intercultural world? How does a globalized world affect the study and development of Chinese philosophy? What does Chinese philosophy contribute to the making of a more harmonious and prosperous world? How can Chinese philosophy more effectively interact and communicate with other traditions? What can Chinese philosophy do to further renew and enrich its own traditions? This conference explores such questions, directly and indirectly, from a wide range of perspectives.

Under the general theme of “Chinese Philosophy in a Multicultural World,” the subthemes of this conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Chinese philosophy as a cultural tradition
  2. Contemporary challenges for Chinese philosophy
  3. Continuing relevance of Chinese philosophical ideas
  4. Buddhism and the contemporary world
  5. Confucianism and the contemporary world
  6. Daoism and the contemporary world
  7. Chinese philosophy as a world philosophy
  8. Chinese philosophy and philosophies of other cultures
  9. Comparative approaches to Chinese philosophy
  10. Pluralism and diversity in Chinese philosophy
  11. The model of Confucian-Daoist complementarity
  12. The harmony of the three teachings (Buddhism-Confucianism-Daoism)
  13. Society and politics in Chinese philosophy
  14. Multiculturalism in Singapore, East Asia, and Southeast AsiaParticipants may present papers on individual philosophers or thematic topics. The organizers strongly encourage proposals for panels focused on particular thinkers or issues.

Submission guidelines:

The conference languages are both English and Chinese.

English abstracts should be 250 to 300 words; Chinese abstracts should be about 500 characters. Abstracts should include paper title, author’s name, affiliation, and email contact information.

Panel submissions (including “Author-Meets-Critics” sessions) should include the topic, panelists and their affiliations, a summary of the proposed panel in 300-500 words (English) or 800-1000 characters (Chinese), and an abstract for each of the papers (in 250–300 words for papers in English and 400-500 words for papers in Chinese).

Individual paper presentations are 20-25minutes each. Proposed panels can be either 1.5 hours with two presenters (20-25 minutes each) and one commentator (10-15 minutes), or 2 hours with three presenters.

Timeline:

Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: November 30, 2016

Communication of acceptance: January 31, 2017

Deadline for submitting early-bird registration form: March 31, 2017

Deadline for submission of full papers: May 30, 2017
More logistics information will follow soon. Submissions and inquiries should be emailed to iscp2017@ntu.edu.sg . More information regarding the conference will be available here (http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/philosophy/iscp/Pages/Home.aspx) .

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Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation: ISCP Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy

The Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation and the International Society for Chinese Philosophy are pleased to announce the 2017 ISCP Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy.

A total of three prizes of $2,000 each are offered for the best essays in the area of Asian philosophy, including two awards for graduate students or junior faculty within five years of receipt of the Ph.D., one each in Chinese and English, as well as one award for a senior scholar, whose essay can be in either Chinese or English. Funding up to $1000 also will be provided for the winners to travel to the 2017 biennial ISCP conference.

All awardees are required to attend the 2017 Singapore conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy conference to present their winning essays.

ELIGIBILITY

The contest is open to scholars at all levels, including independent scholars. However preference will be given to young scholars beginning their careers, such as graduate students or assistant professors within five years of graduation), and senior scholars who require funding to attend the conference.

SUBMISSIONS

All submissions should be sent to iscp2017@ntu.edu.sg, with “Fu Contest Essay” in the subject line. Decisions will be rendered by separate committees of scholars, drawn from the membership of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy.

Previously published papers are not acceptable. Submissions in English should not exceed 5,000 words; submission in Chinese should not exceed 7,000 words. DEADLINE: March 1, 2017.

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

The purpose of the contest is to encourage young scholars who show promise of making important contributions to the study and development of Chinese philosophy or Asian philosophy related to Chinese thought, and to help senior scholars with financial limitations to present their work at ISCP conferences.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. CREATIVITY original philosophical insights, such as comparative analysis.
  2. COHERENCE a cogent, well-argued presentation.
  3. SCHOLARSHIP competence in dealing with philosophical texts and interpretations.

Please visit the Fu Foundation website to learn more about its programs: charleswei-hsunfufoundation. org

 

征稿

国际中国哲学学会第二十届国际会议将于2017年7月4日至7日在新加坡南洋理工大学召开。

会议主题:中国哲学与多元文化世界

二十一世纪,随着起源于不同地区的文化联系日趋紧密,生活在各种哲学和宗教传统下的人们之间的相互交流也在多重层面展开。在多元文化和跨文化的世界中,中国哲学如何定位和呈现自己?世界全球化如何影响中国哲学的研究与发展?中国哲学能否为创造一个更加和谐与繁荣的世界贡献力量?中国哲学与其他传统如何更有效的沟通及相互影响?中国哲学如何持续创新并发展自身传统?本次会议将从广阔的视角直接或间接地探讨这些问题。

本届会议以“中国哲学与多元文化世界”为主题,包含但不局限于以下若干子题:

  1. 中国哲学作为一种文化传统
  2. 中国哲学的现代挑战
  3. 中国哲学思维的持续有效性
  4. 佛教与当代世界
  5. 儒家与当代世界
  6. 道家与当代世界
  7. 中国哲学作为一种世界哲学
  8. 中国哲学与其他的哲学文化
  9. 中国哲学的比较研究和发展
  10. 中国哲学的多元化与多样性
  11. 儒道互补模式研究
  12. 三教(佛教-儒教-道教)的和谐
  13. 中国哲学中的社会政治理论
  14. 新加坡、东南亚和东亚的多元文化

学者可以对个别哲学家或者主题发表论文。同时,主办单位鼓励大家组织和参与针对特别的思想家或哲学问题的专题讨论。

投稿指南:

  1. 会议官方语言为中文和英文。
  2. 英文摘要250-300字;中文摘要约500字。摘要需包括:论文题目,作者姓名,单位,和邮箱等联络信息。
  3. 本会接受专题组別论文个别论文的投稿

(i) 专题组別论文

专题组別论文投稿(包括“作者与评论者面对面”部分)需包括:小组的专题题目,所有参与者的姓名、单位和联系方式,小组专题提案的简介(英文300-500字;中文800-1000字),及每篇论文摘要(英文250-300字;中文约500字)

专题组別的时间分别采取以下两种形式:

1.5小时:两位宣读人,每位发言20-25分钟。一位点评人,发言时间10-15分钟。

2小时:三至四位宣读人,每位发言20-25分钟。

(ii) 个別论文

个別论文投稿者須提供论文题目、作者姓名、单位、联系方式以及论文摘要(英文250-300字;中文约500字)

个人论文宣读限时20-25分钟。

  1. 时间表:

(i) 提交论文摘要及专题组別论文提案:2016年11月30日前

(ii)发送录用通知:2017年1月31日前

(iii) 提交优惠注册登记表:2017年3月31日前

(iv) 提交论文全文:2017年5月30日前

提交论文及查询请联系iscp2017@ntu.edu.sg .

更多的会议相关信息将很快公布。请见http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/philosophy/iscp/Pages/Home.aspx

 

【傅伟勋基金会优秀论文竞赛奖公告】:

 

1.傅伟勋基金会将在2017年国际中国哲学会第二十届国际会议上颁发三份优秀论文奖,奖励立意新颖有益、论证有理有据、材料使用充实得体的优秀论文。

 

  1. 其中两份为学界新秀特设(包括研究生和年青教师)。奖金各2000美元,外加1000美元以内的参加会议有关费用。得奖者本人必须参加会议并宣读论文。

 

3.参赛者必须在提交论文到(iscp2017@ntu.edu.sg)时,在电邮主题(subject line)注明“傅伟勋基金会参赛论文”。英文论文不超过5000字;中文论文不超过7000字。参赛截止日期2017年3月1号。

 

 

Report on the 19th ISCP International Conference & Business Meeting Minutes (2015)

 

The International Society for Chinese Philosophy held its 19th international conference with the theme “Chinese Philosophy in Contemporary Society” at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 7/21 to 7/24, 2015. The conference was co-sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. More than 150 scholars from more than 10 countries (Australia, Austria, Brussel, Canada, China including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, Germany, Japan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States) attended the conference. The conference had more than 50 sessions including 6 plenary sessions and about 120-130 formal presentations. Professor Robert Neville delivered the plenary speech “Confucianism and the Feminist Revolution: Ritual Definition and the Social Construction of Gender roles” on the first day of conference. In a joint plenary session on the first day of the conference, Professor Michael Nylan delivered the plenary speech “On the Philosophy of Friendship”, and Professor Hans Sluga delivered the plenary speech “Friendship: East and West”. Professor Guo Qiyong delivered the plenary speech “Spirit and Distinguishing Features of Chinese Philosophy and its Critique of Modernity and Beyond” (中国哲学的精神与特点及其对现代性的批判与超越), and Professor Cheng Chung-ying delivered the plenary speech “Completing Classical Confucian Theory of Human Nature and its Goodness: On Zisi, Mencius and Xunzi in an Interactionist Framework”, on the second day of the conference. Professor Vincent Shen delivered the plenary speech “Self and Many Others: Confucian ‘Learning for Self’ and ‘Learning for Others’” on the third day of the conference. Professor Lisa Raphals delivered the plenary speech “Daoism, Naturalism and Chinese Culture” on the fourth day of the conference.

Sandra Wawrytko on behalf of the Fu Foundation presented the Fu Foundation Essay Contest awards to three awardees in a brief ceremony. The three awardees presented their winning essays in a special session of the conference.

The Board held its business meeting on 7/24. Professor Neville delivered the opening remarks. The executive director of ISCP, Professor Jiyuan Yu, could not attend the conference due to health reason, and the deputy director of ISCP, Professor Robert Neville, chaired the business meeting.

A brief ceremony of appreciation followed and an honorary plaque was presented to Professor Kwong-loi Shun by Professor Neville to thank him for organizing the 19th ISCP international conference, his outstanding leadership and excellent services as the President of ISCP (2014-2015).

Professor Neville made an announcement of the nominees of the next president and the next vice president of ISCP. The current vice president of ISCP, Professor Chenyang Li at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has been nominated as the candidate of the next president by the nomination committee appointed by the Board. After a careful deliberation, the nomination committee has nominated Professor Richard King at Bern University of Switzerland as the nominee of the next vice president. The board will hold an online election of the next president and vice president in 2015 and all members of ISCP will vote electronically on the nominated candidates. After the election, the new president and vice president will assume their duties on 1/1 2016. The current president of ISCP, Professor Kwong-Loi Shun at the University of California-Berkeley will step down in the end of 2015.

The meeting also held a short memorial ceremony in memory of renowned Chinese philosophers who passed away in 2014 and 2015. The attendants of the business meeting held one minute silence for Professor Fang Litian (方立天)at Renmin University, Professor Pang Pu (庞朴)at the Academy of Social Science, Professor Tang Yijie (汤一介) at Beijing University, Professor Wu Kunru (鄔昆如)at the National Taiwan University and Professor Yu Wujin (俞吾金)at Fudan University.

Professor Ann Pang-White gave the treasurer’s report (see the report below) and Xiaomei Yang gave the secretary’s report (see the report below).

Professor Lu Jianyou at Xian Transportation University made a request to host the 22nd ISCP International conference in Xian (西安), China.

The Board of ISCP thanks the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the organizer of the conference, all people who helped organizing the conference for their support and hard work. The Board also thanks all the participants of the conference for their participation.
Treasurer’s Report (2015)_

International Society for Chinese Philosophy Tax Year 2015

(As of June 30, 2015)

Bank of America Accounts Ending Balance: $10,138.28

Business Economy Checking: $6,115.41

Business Investment Account: $4,022.87

Paypal Ending Balance: $1,133.29

= ISCP Total Ending Balance: $11,271.57

This is in line with our previous annual years’ ending balance.

Expenses incurred so far in 2015:

  1. Renewal of FISP (Federation Internationale des Societes de Philosophie) 3-year membership (2015, 2016, 2017): $559.16
  2. Tax Preparation Fee: $565
  3. Sponsoring ISCP HK International Conference Farewell Dinner: $1,000
  4. Plaque of Appreciation for ISCP President Kwong-Loi Shu (host of the HK Conference): $$ (N/A yet)

Detailed financial records, tax-returns, and annual reports from previous years are available upon request.

Respectively submitted by Ann A. Pang-White, treasurer of ISCP

Secretary’s Report (2015)  

Since the 18th ISCP International Conference in Buffalo in 2013, this Secretary of ISCP has assisted the ISCP board to accomplish the following operations.

(1) Professor Ann Pang-White and this secretary together maintain and update the ISCP membership directory. This secretary sends a call for membership renewal annually. Since the 18th conference in 2013, we have welcomed many new members. The number of our members continues to go up since 2013. So far we have more than 100 members who either renewed their membership in 2013, 2014 or 2015, or renewed their membership before 2013 but whose membership remains up to date.

(2) This secretary has assisted the board in making some personnel changes. Our liaison to APA Eastern Meeting, Professor, Jinmei Yuan, our liaison to APA central, Professor Huaiyu Wang, and our liaison to American Academy of Religion, Professor Eric Nelson, all resigned. We thank each of these three dedicated members for their excellent service. The Executive Board has appointed Professor Geir Sigurðsson, University of Iceland, as the new ISCP liaison to the APA Eastern Meeting. Professor Robin Wang continues to be our liaison to the APA Pacific Meeting. The Board also calls for nomination and self-nomination for liaisons to the APA Central and American Academy of Religion.

(3) Professor Kwong-loi Shun on behalf of ISCP organized the 19h ISCP International Conference on Chinese Philosophy, entitled “Chinese Philosophy in the contemporary society”. This secretary assisted the organizer of the 19th ISCP International Conference in organizing the conference.

(4) This secretary assisted the board in organizing the 2015 Charles Fu Foundation’s Best Essay Contest in Asian Philosophy. The ISCP board formed two blind review committees, one for submissions in Chinese language and the other for English language. The committee for submissions in Chinese could not select a winner from total 3 submissions after a careful review and all three awardees were selected from 11 submissions in English.

(5) Our website URL address remains as http://www.iscp-online.org/. It is in operation. This secretary renewed the domain of our site in 2014 for two years and the domain needs to be renewed next year. Before ISCP find a web master to manage the site, this secretary currently manages the website and will continue to be the site’s maintainer.

Finally, this secretary takes this opportunity to express her sincere thanks to her colleagues Jiyuan Yu and Ann Pang-White for their selfless assistance, understanding, and friendship. It has been a great pleasure working with both of them as ISCP officers.

Submitted by Xiaomei Yang, Secretary of ISCP