Apply now to speak at the International Symposium: Confucianism and Modern Society

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Applications are still open for the 2015 International Symposium titled Confucianism and Modern Society.

When: Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15
Where: Bond University

How can I attend as a speaker or as a guest?
Simply contact Paulina via before April 7 to express your interest in becoming a speaker or  by May 8 if you would like to join us as an audience member!

Symposium Theme

A joint collaboration between the Bond University Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies and Beijing Foreign Studies University Center for East-West Relations, this inaugural symposium seeks to identify problems, opportunities and innovations that may benefit from the interaction of Confucian thought with contemporary life.

Proposal Submissions

The Organising Committee invites proposals for presentations that address the central symposium theme of “Will the vitality of the Confucian tradition serve and advance modern society”, along with expressions of interest for panel and round table participation.  Proposals should be brief (100-250 words) and include a working title and subject matter overview.

Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Address 1: Confucianism and Business
Dr Yang Xiaohua (San Francisco University) – What Confucius can teach us as China goes global?
Respondent: Dr Caitlin Byrne (Bond University)

Panel 1: Confucianism – Business Ethics and Governance
Speaker 1:
Mr Alan Chan (Singapore) – Confucian Entrepreneurship
Commentary: Professor Raoul Mortley (Bond University)
Speaker 2: Mr Reg Little (retired Australian diplomat and author) – Confucian ethics and the 21st Century Global Business
Speaker 3: Miss Luan Yilan (Beijing Foreign Studies University) – The Chinese Interpretive Context of “Democracy”
Panel Chair: Rosita Dellios

Keynote Address 2:  Harmony, reciprocity and engagement: Confucian approaches to modern life
Professor Shan Chun (China University of Political Science and Law) – Confucian Humaneness in Modern Human Rights Politics?
Respondent:  Professor Bee Chen Goh (Southern Cross University)

Panel 2: Confucianism in Modern Society
Speaker 1:
Dr Tian Chenshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University) – Confucian Values in a Changing World Cultural Order – The Predicament
Speaker 2: Dr Rosita Dellios (Bond University) – Confucius and Women
Speaker 3: Professor Wen Haiming  (Renmin University of China) – Significance of Confucianism: Cultivating oneself as Concretizing one’s Intentions
Speaker 4: Dr Yu Lei (Renmin University of China) – Confucius’s Thoughts of “He” (和) and Its Influence on China’s Foreign Strategy: China’s Path to its “Peaceful” Rise at Systemic and Sub-systemic levels
Panel Chair:  Samad Aftab

Round Table Discussion with Audience:
Confucianism for the 21st Century
Speaker 1:
Dr James Ferguson (Bond University) – Title TBC
Speaker 2: Dr Nguyen Ngoc Tho (Vietnam National University) – Confucianism and humane education in contemporary world
Speaker 3: Ms Vivian Man Wai Fung (Sino-Aust Culture Association Inc) – Good ethics, good business
Moderator:  Dr Jonathan Ping (Bond University)

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