20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy (ISCP)



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 Asia

Participants 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). The registration fee for panel organizers will be waived.

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. 


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 at http://www.hss.ntu.edu.sg/programmes/philosophy/iscp/Pages/Home.aspx


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.


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.


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.


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 programmes: http://www.charleswei-hsunfufoundation.net/birth.html 


Organised by

International Society
for Chinese Philosophy

Philosophy Programme
Nanyang Technological University
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