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Thursday 5 September 2019

08.30-09.30: Registration

09.30-10.30: welcome address, opening remarks, practical information, young scholar award announcement (room 1)

10.30-11.00: coffee break

11.00-12.30: parallel panels A

12.30-14.00: lunch break

14.00-15.30: parallel panels B

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-17.30: parallel panels C

17.45-18.45: keynote speech 1: Leigh K. Jenco (London School of Economics) (room 1)

19.00-22.00: conference dinner for all participants (@de Abt)

Friday 6 September 2019

09.00-10.30: parallel panels D

10.30-11.00: coffee break

11.00-12.30: parallel panels E

12.30-14.00: lunch break

14.00-15.30: parallel panels F

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-17.30: parallel panels G

18.00-19.00: keynote speech 2: Haiming Wen (Renmin University of China) (room 1)

19.15-20.15: EACP board meeting

Saturday 7 September 2019

09.00-10.30: parallel panels H

10.30-11.00: coffee break

11.00-12.30: parallel panels I

13.00-14.30: general assembly of EACP membership (room 1)


Detailed conference program

Thursday 5 September


08:30-09.30: Registration


09.30-10.30 (Room 1)


Welcome address — Andreas Niehaus, Ghent University, chairman of the Faculty Committee for Internationalization

Opening remarks — Ralph Weber, Institute for European Global Studies (University of Basel), president of the EACP

Practical information — Bart Dessein, Ghent University, vice-president of the EACP


Young Scholar Award Announcement + Presentations (3 x 10 minutes)

Dimitra Amarantidou (East China Normal University)

Antonio De Caro (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Dawid Rogacz (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)



10.30-11.00: coffee break


11.00-12.30: parallel panels A


Room 1 – Modern Transformations of Chinese Philosophy and Philosophy in China

Chair: Sharon Small (East China Normal University)

Qingjie James Wang (University of Macau): “Chinese Philosophy as ‘Philosophy in China’ (在中國的哲學) and ‘Philosophy from China’ (從中國來的哲學).”

Sai Hang Kwok (University of Macau): “Phenomenology and Intercultural Questioning: a case of Chinese Philosophy.”


Room  2 – Evolving Interpretations of Change in the Yijing and Beyond

Chair: Dušan Vávra (Masaryk University)

Hyun Höchsmann (East China Normal University): “The Yijing as a Pythagorean Synthesis of Heraclitean Becoming and Parmenidean Being.”

Sutong Hao (KU Leuven): “The Zhong Chapter of the Commentary on the Book of Changes in the Mawangdui Silk Texts”

Katerina Gajdosova (Charles University): “To Fulfil One’s Name: the Ontological Role of ming 名 in the Light of Excavated Cosmologies.”


Room 3: Reinventing Neglected ‘Masters’: Yang Zhu and Mozi

Chair: Julia C. Schneider (University of Göttingen)

Xiaowei Wang 王曉薇 (KU Leuven): “From a Beast to a Philosopher: the Reconstruction of Yang Zhu and his Doctrines in the work of Liang Qichao.”

Lisa Lindkvist Zhang (Heidelberg University): “Differentiating ‘Chinese’: a Debate from 1928-1929 on the ‘Indian Nationality’ of Mozi.”

Yao-Cheng Chang 張堯程 (KU Leuven): “Beyond the Paradigm: Revisiting the Mohist Sensory Test Based on the ‘Identifying Upward’ Chapters.”



12.30-14.00: lunch break




14.00-15.30: parallel panels B

Room 1 – Roundtable discussion: Do we really need to take the history of (Chinese) philosophy so seriously today?

ChairJana Rošker (University of Ljubljana)

Ľubomir Dunaj (University of Vienna): “Do We Really Need to Take the History of (Chinese) Philosophy so Seriously Today?”

Geir Sigurdsson (University of Iceland): “What is (Chinese) Philosophy and How Does it Help Us Understand (China)?”

Fabian Heubel (Academia Sinica): “The Politics of Immanent Transcendence: Transformation and Revolution in the Book of Changes.”

Dennis Schilling (Renmin University of China): “Confucian ‘Humane Government’ ― a Never-Fulfilled Promise.”


Room 2 – Changing Paradigms of Identity: The Non-Han Other in Early-Modern and Contemporary Chinese Intellectual History

ChairLisa Lindkvist Zhang (Heidelberg University)

Leigh K. Jenco (London School of Economics): “Chinese Taxonomies of Difference: Arguing For and Against Territorial Expansion in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.”

Julia C. Schneider (University of Göttingen): “Imperial Censorship of a Racist Discourse? The Qianlong Inquisition of Ming Books.”

Ady Van den Stock (Ghent University): “Chinese Philosophy and its (Religious) Minorities: on the Changing Identity of Sino-Islamic and Modern Chinese Thought.”



15.30-16.00: coffee break



16.00-17.30: parallel panels C

Room 1 – Paradigms of Change and Changing Paradigms in Modern Chinese Philosophy

Chair: Bart Dessein (Ghent University)

Carine Defoort (KU Leuven): “The Current Paradigm of ‘Zheng Ming’ Research Created by Hu Shi.”

John Makeham (La Trobe University): “The Role of Change in Xiong Shili’s Understanding of Ti and Yong.”

Jana Rošker (University of Ljubljana): “The World as a Dynamic and Changeable Structure: Zhang Dongsun’s Pan-Structural Epistemology.”


Room 2 – Intercultural Encounters between China and Europe

Chair: Federico Brusadelli (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg):

Phillip Grimberg (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg): “The Friendship That Never Happened – Li Zhi and Matteo Ricci as Proponents of Late Ming Philosophical Syncretism.”

Selusi Ambrogio (University of Macerata): “Paradigms of the European Understanding of Chinese Philosophy (16th-18th century).”

Helena Motoh (University of Primorska): “Early 20th Century Representations of Chinese Thought in Slovenia.”



Plenary session, Room 1

Keynote speech Leigh K. Jenco (London School of Economics)

“The Colonial Implications of Concepts of Human Nature (xing) in Chinese Philosophy”


19.00-22.00: conference dinner for all participants (@de Abt)



Friday 6 September



09:00-10.30: parallel panels D


Room 1 – Roundtable on “Philosophy in Taiwan and Taiwanese Philosophy” (part 1)

Chair Ming-chao Lin (National Taiwan University)

Bart Dessein (Ghent University): “The Legacy of Taixu in Taiwan.”

Hui-ling Wu (Fu-jen Catolic University): “Research in Daoist Thinking Patterns: Wang Pi’s Te Yi Wang Yen.”

Lin Ming-chao (National Taiwan University): “Contemporary Studies on the Ethics of the Zhuangzi in Taiwan”

Jana Rošker (University of Ljubljana): “Taiwanese Modern Confucianism in International Dialogue with Chan Buddhism: Dialectical Models of Mou Zongsan and Nishida Kitaro.”

Hsien-Chung Lee (National Taiwan University): “The Development of Research on Chinese Philosophical Methodology in Taiwan.”

Téa Sernelj (University of Ljubljana): “The Problem of Xu Fuguan’s Methodology in Comparative Aesthetics.”


Room 2 – Chinese Buddhist Philosophy

Chair: John Makeham (La Trobe University)

Juen Chien (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich): “The Mind and Mental Factors according to the Cheng Wei Shi Lun (成唯識論): An Approach to Buddhist Soteriology in Chinese Yogācāra.”

Ernest Billings Brewster (Iona College): “Continuity in the Face of Constant Change: Xuanzang’s Translations of the Abhidharma Texts of Sanghabhadra.”



10.30-11.00: coffee break



11.00-12.30: parallel panels E


Room 1 – Roundtable on “Philosophy in Taiwan and Taiwanese Philosophy” (part 2)

Chair: Ming-chao Lin (National Taiwan University)

Debate among roundtable participants.


Room 2 – Classical Texts: Narrative, Context, and Rhetoric

ChairLun Du (Universität Duisberg-Essen)

Xiaojiao Cui 崔曉姣 (Peking University): “Historical Narratives in Early Chinese Classics: the Case of the ‘Great King Leaving Bin’ in Transmitted Texts and the Bamboo Slips of the Zhou xun 周馴 (Instructions of Zhou).”

Dušan Vávra (Masaryk University): “Translating Early Chinese Texts and the Problem of Contextualization.”

Dimitra Amarantidou (East China Normal University): “You Cannot Say the Same Thing Twice: Change and Irony in the Analects.”



12.30-14.00: lunch break




14.00-15.30: parallel panels F


Room 1 – Neo-Confucianism

Chair:  Phillip Grimberg (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Nikolai Rudenko (Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow): “Changing the Ontological Paradigm with the Canon of Changes: Li Zhi’s Critique of Zhu Xi in the Discourse on Husband and Wife.”

Christian Soffel (University of Trier): “Zhang Shi, Zhu Xi and the Propagation of the Daotong – Local Activities and Shrine Inscriptions.”

Dawid Rogacz (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań): “Exploring Historical Materialism in Medieval China.”


Room 2 – Daoist Transformations

ChairDennis Schilling (Renmin University of China)

Richard J. Sage (Hong Kong Baptist University): “Resystematizing ‘Change’: From Zhuangist views and Yijing exegeses to the Liezi’s Tian rui chapter.”

Meng-Chieh Tsai (National Taiwan University): “Zhuangzi’s Dynamic Language and its Corresponding Ethics.”


Room 3 – Chinese Philosophy in its Contemporary Practices: Transformations in the Moral, Spiritual and Psychological Sphere.

Chair:  Ivana Buljan (University of Zagreb)

Wei-Lun Lee 李維倫 (National Dong Hwa University): “The Bodily Experience of Qi 氣: a phenomenological investigation.”

Mieke Matthyssen (Ghent University): ““Daoism-Based Psychotherapies in China: an investigation into the transformative healing process rooted in Zhuangzi’s ‘fasting of the heart-mind’ (xinzhai 心斋).”

Vytis Silius (Sun Yat-sen University): “When Killing is Not ‘Immoral’: ‘daode’ and ‘morality’ as different normative domains.”


15.30-16.00: coffee break


16.00-17.30: parallel panels G


Room 1 – Emotions and Emotional Attunement in Chinese Philosophy

Chair: Geir Sigurdsson (University of Iceland)

David Machek (University of Berne): “Xunzi on Emotions.”

Robert Carleo III (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): “Dai Zhen on Attaining Principle through Empathy.”


Room 2 – Cognitive and Moral Potential in Chinese Thought

ChairTéa Sernelj (University of Ljubljana)

Anders Sydskjør (University of Bern): “Seeing People and Situations for What They Are in the Jiebi.”

Wolfgang Schwabe (Foguang University): “Human Potential in the Zhong Yong and Confucian Traditions.”

Margus Ott (Xiamen University/Tallinn University): “Primary Knowledge (liangzhi 良知) and Primary Ability (liangneng 良能) in Wang Yangming.”


Room 3 – Change and Transformation in the Universe, Body, and Mind

Chair:  Mieke Matthyssen (Ghent University)

Antonio de Caro (Hong Kong Baptist University): “Paradigms of Creation and Changing Cosmogonies: the influences of the Zhouyi 周易 in Angelo Zottoli’s (Chao Deli, 晁德蒞, 1826-1902) Qupi xunmeng 取譬訓蒙and the narration of creation ex nihilo as huacheng 化成 (completed transformation).”

Claire Zhenxun Fan (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin): “The Unchanging Principles and the Changing Motions in the Ancient Conception of Human Soul and Body.”

Wei-Chun Hsiung 熊偉均 (National Taiwan University): “Hun and Po: Another Way to Trace the View of Subjectivity in Pre-Qin China.”




Plenary session, Room 1

Keynote speech Haiming Wen (Renmin University of China)

“The Philosophy of the Book of Changes and Its Influence on Changing Paradigms of Chinese Philosophy ”


19.15-20.15: EACP Board meeting (Room 3)



Saturday 7 September


09:00-10.30: parallel panels H


Room 1 – Manifoldness of Change in the Zhuangzi (part 1)

Chair: Fabian Heubel (Academia Sinica)  

Dennis Schilling 謝林德 (Renmin University of China), “Conceptualizing Change in Ancient Chinese Thought.”

Yuxiao Wang 王雨萧 (Renmin University of China),Reconsidering Zhuangzi’s View of Life and Death from the Perspective of ‘Change’ (庄子生死观的“化”与“变” ).”

Qingwen Lyu (Renmin University of China): “Outer Variability and Inner Stability: An Interpretation of yīn shì (因是) as ‘Adaptive Thinking’ in the Zhuāngzǐ (《庄子·齐物论》的“变”与“不变”——以“因是”为角度的分析).”


Room 2 – Transformations in Chinese Paradigms of Politics and Social Change

ChairSelusi Ambrogio(University of Macerata)

Lisa Indraccolo (University of Zurich): “Talking About (R)Evolution: Concepts of Change in the Gōngsūn Lóngzǐ 公孫龍子and Beyond.”

Federico Brusadelli (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg): “The Imperial Algorithm: Han Feizi’s ‘techniques’ (shu 術) and the Politics of Artificial Intelligence.”

Eugenia Werzner (Freie Universität Berlin): “There is Evolution, but no Progress: Fan Bingqing’s 樊炳淸 (1876-1931) answer to Liang Qichao.”


Room 3 – Chinese Thought between Aesthetics and Philosophy

Chair:  Ady Van den Stock (Ghent University)

Aglaia Starostina (Russian State University for the Humanities): “Shifting the Intellectual Landscape: the Philosophical Background of the Xiaoxianglu 瀟湘錄 (late Tang).”

Ziyao Zhang 张子尧 (Ghent University): “Observations on Chinese Textbooks of Aesthetics during the Early 20th Century.”



10.30-11.00: coffee break



11.00-12.30: parallel panels I


Room 1 – Manifoldness of Change in the Zhuangzi (part 2)

Chair:  Fabian Heubel (Academia Sinica)

Tobias Zürn (Washington University in St. Louis): “Movements of the Way: The Zhuangzi and the Aesthetics of Reversal (fan 反).”

Songyao Ren (Duke University): “Flow and Wonder in the Zhuangist Ideal of Wandering.”


Room 2 – Changing the Face of Contemporary Chinese Philosophy

ChairHelena Motoh (University of Primorska)

Ralph Weber (University of Basel): “A Sociological Reading of Tu Weiming’s Philosophy.”

Sharon Small (East China Normal University): “Continuity and Change: Philosophical Transitions in the 21st Century.”

Yajun Tang 湯雅俊 (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology): 牟宗三先生老子诠释中的典范转移初探 (A Tentative Inquiry into the Paradigm Changes in Mou Zongsan’s Interpretation of Laozi)


Room 3 – Encounters between Tradition and Modernity in Late Qing and Early Republican China

Chair:  Carine Defoort (KU Leuven)

Jing Shi (Ghent University), “Progressivism and National Character: on the First Major Change in Zhang Taiyan’s 章太炎 Studies of the Chunqiu and the Zuozhuan” (进步性和民族性——论章太炎“春秋左传学”的第一次转变)

Nan Zhang 张南 (Ghent University), “Jingxue 經學 (Classic Studies) and Philosophy in a Historical Sense: Liao Ping’s 廖平View of Chinese Philosophy and its Methodological Significance.”

Shuang Qian 钱爽 (Ghent University),  “Logical Correspondences to the Four Emblematic Symbols (si xiang 四象) in the Xici 繫辭 (Appended Remarks): some clues from Japanese and Chinese translations of the four types of categorical propositions in Western formal logic during the late 19th and early 20th century.”



Room 1 – General assembly of EACP membership