International Confucian Program in Qufu

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The 2017 Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute International Program provides an exciting opportunity for international teachers and students of Chinese history and culture to spend a month at an established Confucian Academy. Run by the Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute in Qufu, China, the program aims to help participants gain a clear understanding of the historical evolution of Chinese thought and culture through an in-depth examination of Chinese canonical and interpretative texts.

With the rise of China as major force in the world’s political and economic order, the program adopts an alternative approach to examining and analysing Chinese philosophical texts to appreciate their aesthetic and structural differences. By gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese natural cosmology, history, and philosophy, participants will view the emergence of a dynamic contemporary China in a different light.

The month long training program will be led by Professor Rodger T. Ames (Peking University) and Tian Chenshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University) as participants take part in interactive seminars, group discussions, cultural activities and events.

To apply for this unique opportunity and learn more about the program please follow the link.



Dr Alan Chan HJ visits Bond University

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alan-and-raoulPictured: Dr Alan Chan HJ (left) and Professor Raoul Mortley (right)

Dr Alan Chan HJ arrived on the Gold Coast, Australia, last week where Bond University prepared a series of events to acknowledge the immense contribution and support made to the university, particularly the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies (CEWCES).

Among the celebrations was a recognition luncheon hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of Bond University, Professor Tim Brailsford. The Chancellor, Dr Annabelle Bennett, and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Society and Design, Professor Raoul Mortley, were also present to share their appreciations.

During the luncheon the Vice-Chancellor shared with the esteemed guests a short summary of Dr Chan’s efficacious life and career. Highlights include 40 years as a power house in the shipping business. After his exit in 2007, Dr Chan devoted his energies to the study of Confucian ethics. He published a number of books in the area, as well as the dissemination of knowledge among Centres, particularly CEWCES.

Through Dr Chan’s efforts and encouragement, Bond University has developed various collaborations and joint research with China Foreign Affairs University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Dr Chan attends and contributes to the conferences held jointly between them. The financial assistance provided has allowed staff and doctoral students to participate in exchanges among institutions, as well as foster research by academics which has resulted in a highly regarded new book release “The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power” by Dr R. James Ferguson and Dr Rosita Dellios. The Confucian Weekly Bulletin is another result of his support.

During Dr Chan’s stay he was also involved in an interview with Professor Raoul Mortley, as added means to transmit Confucian doctrines to the West. Topics examined include Confucian Diplomacy, Confucianism and the Environment and Confucianism and its applicability to all cultures. To view an extract please click here.

Not only is Dr Chan an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies at Bond University, but also an active thinker and contributor to a wealth of Confucian knowledge and expertise in various countries, including China. It is always a pleasure for Bond University to welcome Dr Chan back on campus and to share the fruits of knowledge and understanding that have been cultivated as a result of his generosity.


Job Opportunity Announcement: Assistant Professor for Confucian philosophy subject wanted at Bond University

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The Faculty of Society & Design, which houses the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, is seeking to appoint a dedicated and enthusiastic professional to the role of Assistant Professor to develop and teach an online and blended learning style course, on the subject of Confucian philosophy and its relevance in the modern world.

The successful candidate would also be expected to conduct research in the area of Confucian thought, and to collaborate with the International Relations staff in their research in the East/West area.

This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for three years. For further details regarding this appointment please reference the position descriptions and selection criteria available from www.bond.edu.au/employ

Completed applications should be sent to Peta Dawson/Tanya Anderson: employment@bond.edu.au

Applications close 5.00pm, Wednesday 15 March 2017


Chinese New Year, Confucius, and Ben Franklin

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ben franklin.jpgOne week has passed from Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, which represents a combination of religious and secular rituals that have primarily stemmed from practices in Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism.

Communities Digital News has released an article that suggests Confucius and Ben Franklin could have celebrated Chinese New Year together, despite the differences in time and place, both reflecting the best of their respective cultures. Author Dennis Jamison writes:

As people around the world began the Chinese New Year, few people would have the audacity to make a connection between the holiday and Benjamin Franklin. Yet, at the heart of the actual celebration of Chinese New Year is the application of some of the precepts that Confucius taught centuries ago, and some of what Ben Franklin wrote about is in alignment with Confucian teaching.

Confucius lived and taught in China 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, at a time in which the Buddha was sharing his thought with the people of India. Franklin lived in the turbulent period of colonial America which experienced the creation of the United States of America. However, despite the difference in the time and geographic areas, it is likely that had Franklin met Confucius on a street in Philadelphia in the late 1700s, they may have had quite a discussion about Chinese New Year.

To read how you can follow the link.