2016 Confucianism Symposium

A joint collaboration between the Bond University Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies and Beijing Foreign Studies and Beijing Foreign Studies University Centre for East-West Relations.

The 2016 Confucianism Symposium, held at Beijing Foreign Studies University over two days in October 2016, explored the role that Confucian thought and governing tradition can play in an emerging economic order. An emphasis was placed on countries with Confucian culture traditions.

Under the general theme of “Confucianism, Governance and the Emerging Economic Order”, academic and business professionals across the globe shared their expertise and opinions on the role of Confucianism in the modern world.

The symposium consisted of two keynote addresses and seven panel presentations with a total of 19 presenters. Delegates took part in an interactive open discussion after each panel presentation.

The topics discussed by keynote speakers and presenters are available for viewing below.


Key-note Speakers:

Professor Roger T. Ames, Beijing University, China: Confucian Role Ethics: A challenge to the Ideology of Individualism

Professor Daniel A. Bell, Tsinghua University, China: Democracy, Meritocracy, or Both? Reflections on China’s political future


Dr Alan Chan, Singapore: How to develop a more humane world based on Confucian Teachings

Professor Li Xuejun: Northwest University, China: Confucianism and new global order

Dr R. James Ferguson, Bond University, Australia: Adaptive Confucian Relationships: Models for contemporary International Relations

Dr Rosita Dellios, Bond University, Australia: A Confucian Turn to Geopolitics as Win-Win Development

Mark Kassab, Bond University (Alumnus), Australia: A Confucian View on Brexit

Nosa Esiet, Bond University (PhD Candidate), Australia: Confucius goes to Africa: Case Study of Nigeria

Reg Little, International Confucian Association, Australia: Western Incomprehension – A Tale of “Junzi” and “Xiaoren”

Cindy Minarova-Banjac, Bond University (Masters student), Australia: Confucius, Economics and the Theory/Practice Gap

Dr Martin Lu, Bond University (Rtd), Australia: The Confucian Origin of Dr Sun Yatsen’s “Three Principles of the People”: Historical Expression of the Consciousness of Freedom.

Professor Zhai Yu Zhong, Peking University, China: The Balance of the Logical Trap of the Western Economics and Classic Chinese Economics

Professor Raoul Mortley, Bond University, Australia: Pandora’s Jar. Hope in Human Culture: An East-West Comparison

Professor Shubhra Tripathu, Govt. MVM College, India: The Bhagwad Gita and Confucian Ethical Dimensions for business and Industry: A comparative Inquiry for Bilateral Trade Relations

Dr David Bartosh, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China: Wang Yangming (王阳明)and the True Value of Gold: With Transcultural Comparative Remarks

Professor Guo Yi, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea: Human Nature. Foundation of Morality and Law

Professor Zhong Bangding, Renmin University, China: The Inheritance of the Confucian’s Business Moral Value System and Practical Significance

Professor Tian Chenshan, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China: A Successful Ancient Story of “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”

Li Jun, Qingdao University, China: The Economic Intelligence of the “indivisible One and Many” in “One Belt, One Road”

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