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SACP Call for Papers – Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
47th Annual Conference October 1-4, 2015
Monterey, California


Keynote Speaker: Professor Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame

Title of Keynote Presentation: "Cross-Cultural Philosophy and World Maintenance."

Deadline for Abstracts and Proposals: March 1, 2015

The 47th Annual Conference of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy ( will be held at the shore of beautiful Monterey, California from October 1-4, 2015.

The conference theme, "The Past, Present and Future of Cross-Cultural Philosophy," is designed to invite scholars representing Asian and cross-cultural traditions of thought to present research on the many aspects of the legacies, lessons, challenges, and promise of comparative philosophy from its history to its current state and future prospects. Of course, those who wish to participate are most welcome to submit abstracts and presentations on the widest variety of topics that correspond to their special areas of interest as well, so long as they engage in some way with Asian traditions of thought.

Presentation and panel proposal abstracts should be sent electronically to both Mary Bockover ( and Michael Barnhart ( IMPORTANT: Abstracts for presentations should be no longer than 300 words, including a filename that begins with the presenter's last name regardless of whatever else is included, e.g., 'Berger - SACP 2015'. The presenter's name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address must also be stated on the abstract itself. Panel proposals should include the title and a description of the panel that should not exceed 300 words, in addition to the information for each panellist just mentioned. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2015. Notice of acceptance or rejection of proposals will be sent to your e-mail address by the beginning of April, with instructions for how to register and pay the conference fees if you intend to participate.

To encourage student participation, the SACP has once again set up Graduate Student Essay Contest Awards for the 2015 conference. Student Essay Contest Prizes are: First prize: $1,000; Second prize, $750; and Third prize, $500. The awards are given in order to assist with the travel and accommodation expenses for those winners who attend and present their work at the 2015 SACP conference only. Graduate students who wish their papers to be considered for these prizes should submit a complete essay of no more than 10 pages (or 4,000 words) and an abstract that does not exceed 300 words to both Mary Bockover and Michael Barnhart at the above address.

Further details about travel, lodging and meals will be provided to those whose papers are accepted to the conference at the appropriate time.

2015 Conference Organizing Committee

Douglas Berger, SACP President
Robin Wang, SACP Vice-President
Mary I. Bockover, SACP Secretary
Michael Barnhart, SACP Treasurer
Geoffrey Ashton. SACP Board Member
Franklin Perkins, SACP Board Member
Haiming Wen. SCAP Board Member

SACP-AAR Call for Papers
SACP Special Symposium on Raimon Panikkar's Intercultural Thought
November 20, 2015
Atlanta, GA

In addition to the two regular SACP panels, the SACP will host a special symposium on the intercultural thought of Raimon Panikkar at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta. This symposium is made possible by a generous private financial support. It will take place on November 20 (Friday), the day before the beginning of the official program of the AAR annual meeting.

Raimon Panikkar's thought covers a wide range of fields, from theology to the dialogical method and enriching interreligious and intercultural understanding. The purpose of the symposium is for scholars interested in Panikkar's thought to probe the possibilities of developing Panikkarian insight in our intercultural studies. Please submit your paper proposal directly or loosely related to any aspect of the following theme:

  • The integration of ‘knowledge’ and ‘being,’ subject and object, part and whole in Panikkar’s vision and its implication to the issues of gender, intercultural dialogue, theory and praxis.

  • Any other topic that may deem significant in your personal spiritual-intellectual life as a scholar-teacher.

Upon receipt of your proposals, the program committee will select papers in line with the emerging framework of the symposium and organize a panel on a major theme.

Please submit your proposal of 200-300 words, together with your name and the contact information, to Dr. Michiko Yusa, at

The deadline for submission is May 20, 2015 (Wednesday).

Please specify your abstract submission by clearly noting "Panikkar Symposium."

Including for a Special Workshop on How to Incorporate Asian Texts into Traditional Philosophy Courses
2016 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association
January 6-9, 2016, Washington, DC

The Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy welcomes proposals for our panels at the American Philosophical Association's Eastern Division meeting. Proposals regarding any aspect of Asian or comparative philosophy are welcome. This year, we especially welcome paper and panel proposals for a Special Workshop on How to Incorporate Asian Texts into Traditional Philosophy Courses. Workshop papers should be targeted at non-Asianists who want to incorporate Asian texts into a traditional philosophy course. Proposals for incorporating Asian texts into courses in any area of philosophy are welcome, including ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, introductory courses, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, moral psychology, logic, environmental philosophy, philosophy of gender, philosophy of law, social/political philosophy, etc.

Whether for the special workshop or other areas of Asian and comparative philosophy, please submit individual paper abstracts or complete panel proposals.

Paper abstracts should be 150-200 words in length. Complete panel proposals should include: panel title, a 150 word introduction to the theme of the panel, and a 150 word abstract for each of the papers. Include each presenter's name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation.

No simultaneous submissions, please.

Please submit these materials no later than May 7 to Brian Bruya at

The 11th East-West Philosophers' Conference: "Place"
Wednesday, May 25 - Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hosted by the University of Hawai'i.

Humanity takes up space. In this, humanity is no different from other species. Humanity also purposefully transforms space, but is not unique in doing so. Other species also reshape the spaces they occupy to serve their purposes: birds create nests, bees create hives and beavers create dams. What seems to be uniquely human is the disposition to qualitatively transform spaces into places that are charged with distinctive kinds of significance.

Contemporary philosophical uses of the word “place” cover considerable conceptual ground, centered on a distinction between ‘space’ and ‘place’ that was formalized by geographer-philosopher Yi-fu Tuan, who suggested that “place incorporates the experiences and aspirations of a people” over the course of their moral and aesthetic engagement with sites and locations. Building on this distinction, we might say that spaces are openings for different kinds of presence—physical, emotional, cognitive, dramatic, spiritual, and so on. Places emerge through fusions of different ways of being present over time—a meaning-infusing layering of relationships and experiences that imbue a locale with its distinctively collaborative significance. Place implies sustainably appreciated and enhanced relational quality.

For many indigenous peoples, the relation to “place” has traditionally been so intimate that to be forced off the land is to be forced out of themselves, cut off from part of what makes them who they are. But contemporary urban residents develop similar senses of the dynamic and recursive relationship between who they are and where they are, and among even those who are most globally mobile, recognition persists of the significance of a ‘house’ being transformed into a ‘home.’ Humanity is a place-making species.

Yet the place-making propensities of humanity seem from the outset to have been inseparable from questions about our place in the world—the place of ‘humanity,’ of ‘my people,’ and of ‘me’ personally. One result of these questions has been the crafting of complexly imagined cosmologies and narratives of “promised lands” and “paradises” beyond the horizon of present experience. Another result, however, have been concerns growing out of the recognition that our places in the world are not equal and that being present together in some common social, economic, or political space does not necessarily endow us with equivalent opportunities for participation and contribution. At times, these concerns about equity and justice have led to the crafting of “non-places”—utopias—as means to establishing trajectories of hope that might lift us out of opportunity- and dignity-denying places.

For the 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference, we are inviting panel and paper proposals related to the theme of “Place.” Of special interest are panels and papers that explore how places emerge through the sustained, shared practices of mutually-responsive and mutually-vulnerable actors. Subthemes might include: the place of the personal, including issues of identity-construction and privacy; place and culture, including considerations of how cultures shape and is shaped by relationships with natural and built environments; places of pilgrimage, including places charged with political or cultural, as well as, religious significance; places of memory; places of mediation, including social and mass media; place and the political, including places of justice and places of both conflict and peace; trading places, including the places of entrepreneurship and concerns about the place of equity in economics; and the place of philosophy, addressing issues about the real and ideal roles of philosophy in contemporary society.

About the East-West Philosopher’s Conference:

For more than three-quarters of a century, the East-West Philosophers’ Conference series has hosted a dialogue among some of the world’s most prominent philosophers of their time. The dialogue began in 1939 when three University of Hawai‘i visionaries—Professors Charles A. Moore, Wing-tsit Chan, and Gregg Sinclair—initiated the first East-West Philosophers’ Conference in Honolulu. Its aim was to explore the significance of Eastern ways of thinking as a complement to Western thought, and to distill a possible synthesis of the ideas and ideals that are aspired to in these unique traditions. Comparative philosophy has evolved from this earliest idea to pursue a mutual respect and accommodation among the world’s cultures, with conferences continuing to be held in 1949, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2011. Each of these conferences focused on a theme chosen as a vital issue of its time.

This conference series has been successful in fostering dialogue among philosophical traditions, and was instrumental in the establishment of the East-West Center on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i in 1960. Philosophy East & West, now one of the leading journals on comparative studies, was founded in 1951 as a forum that continues this same dialogue. Conference volumes from papers presented at these conferences have been published by the University of Hawai’i Press to share with and promote further discussion on its theme within the world academic community.

Sponsoring Institutions:

The EAST-WEST CENTER promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

The UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I is a Research I institution founded in 1907 that has identified Asia and the Pacific as one of its selected area of excellence, with many of the centers in its School of Pacific and Asian Studies ranked as National Resource Centers. The University of Hawai’i Press is one of the leading international publishers of scholarly monographs and journals on Asian cultures.

A short abstract can be sent to the organizing committee by email attachment to: The deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2015. We anticipate that this forthcoming conference like the previous ten will be an historical event. We look forward to welcoming you to the Islands.

Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock, Co-Directors

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