Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought

Announcing the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought, to be held at Wesleyan University on Friday and Saturday, November 8-9, 2013.

The goals of the Northeast Conference on Chinese Thought (NECCT) are twofold:

  1. To provide a regional forum for everyone from graduate students to established scholars to present work, learn from one another, and establish or strengthen mutual relationships; and
  2. To bring together scholars and students who approach Chinese thought from diverse disciplinary perspectives so as to foster understanding of our various objectives, perspectives, and constraints—the point not being to privilege one approach or hope for a grand synthesis, but simply to encourage each of us to be less insular and to find ways to learn from the approaches of others.

We will issue a call for abstracts later in the Spring, the submission deadline for which will be June 1. Papers will not be circulated in advance, there will be no pre-determined commentators, and we do not anticipate a conference volume. In short, this is intended to be an informal (though high-quality) discussion at which new ideas and work-in-progress are very welcome.

We anticipate that our budget will be able to cover up to two nights of lodging in Middletown for those whose papers are accepted, as well as meals during the conference for all registered participants. Everyone will be responsible for his or her own transportation to Middletown.

Please be in touch if you have any questions (see the conference organizer’s webpage here), and keep an eye open for the formal Call for Abstracts.


NECCT 2013 Advisory Board
Stephen Angle (Wesleyan, Philosophy and East Asian Studies)
Erin Cline (Georgetown, Theology)
David Elstein (SUNY New Paltz, Philosophy)
Paul Goldin (Penn, East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
Hagop Sarkissian (CUNY, Philosophy)
Bryan Van Norden (Vassar, Philosophy and Chinese-Japanese)

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