Third Annual Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute
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Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute for Teachers
July 6-August 3, 2013Nishan, Shandong, China
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OrganizersCenter for East-West Relations, School of International Relations and Diplomacy,
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy
School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Confucius Institute Affairs Office, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Overseas Student Affairs Office, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Advanced Institute of Confucian Studies, Shandong University
School of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University
School of Chinese Classics, Wuhan University
Middlesex Community College
Asian Studies Development Program, East-West Center and University of Hawaii
Contents Introduction02 Organizers03
How to Apply?30
Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy at sunset.
IntroductionBACKGROUND: Only a few years ago the Confucian Studies Summer Institute at the Nishan Academy was merely a dream conceived by a few ambitious individuals. Mu Zhongjian, President of the Nishan Academy, Wang Dianqing, Vice President of the Academy, Chen Hongfu of the Sishui County government, and Professors Roger Ames and Chen Tianshan met to discuss the possibility of establishing a summer institute. They saw the need for deep and thoughtful cultural dialogue between Chinese and Western cultures, a dialogue often clouded by prejudice and cultural assumptions. The annual Summer Institute is the fruit of their dream.
The first annual Summer Institute, held in July 2011, was a great success.The second, in June 2012, built upon that success with a new group of scholars and teachers from around the world. Again in 2013, for one month from July 6th to August 3rd, participants will read Chinese classics with world renowned scholars at the birth-place of ConfuciusNishan, China. We welcome teachers and students interested in Chinese culture to join us for this unique educational and research experience. This year we will spend the first week of the Institute at Beijing Foreign Studies University to take advantage of several of Beijings unique features, especially the presense of guest lecturers, and opportunities to visit historical sites like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
PURPOSE: Chinas rising influence in both global politics and economics sets the stage for students and teach-ers to begin to understand the significance of Chinas rich philosophical heritage. To understand what is driving Chinas evolution, it is important that students study early Chinese texts and their interpretive contexts and attempt to understand Chinese culture on its own terms. Historically, Chinese philosophy has been read and interpreted too often through a decidedly Western cultural lens, and as a consequence it has been forced to an-swer to Western cultural assumptions. While Chinese culture has evolved enormously over the centuries, there are nevertheless enduring cosmological commitments that have given continuity and coherence to a changing and fluid tradition. The challenge for us, then, will be to adopt an interpretive approach to these early Chinese canonical texts that will allow us to discover the uncommon assumptions that give them their philosophical contexts, and through a careful reading come to appreciate the structural differences that make them distinct.
The final goal of the Summer Institute is to equip the participants with a deep understanding of Chinas canoni-cal texts and a framework for intepretation which they can apply in their classes on Chinese culture for western students. In order to accomplish this, we will undertake a careful, critical reading of the primary texts that is sensitive to alternative world views and different modalities of thinking, as well as to fundamental linguistic dif-ferences.
PARTICIPANTS: The program is designed for teachers of Chinese culture, literature, history and philosophy, but graduate students and teachers from all vocational and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate students may enroll in a seperate but parallel program. Chinese language ability is not neces-sary, but a basic familiarity with Chinese culture and classical texts is presupposed. All participants should have English language skills sufficient to follow and understand academic lectures. The program will accept twenty international participants and twenty from within China.
, OrganizersCenter for East-West Relations
Nishan Birthplace of the Sage AcademySchool of International Relations and Diplomacy, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Confucius Institute Affairs Office, Beijing Foreign Studies UniversityOverseas Student Affairs Office, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Advanced Institute of Confucian Studies, Shandong UniversitySchool of English and International Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University
School of Chinese Classics, Wuhan University Middlesex Community College
Asian Studies Development Program, East-West Center and University of Hawaii
Nishan Birthplace of the Sage AcademyThe Academy is a nongovernmental organization committed to the study and promotion of traditional Chinese cul-ture, especially Confucianism. It is a place for open dialog that seeks to develop and promote traditional Chinese Confucian culture and encourage harmony among the worlds diverse civilizations. The Academys motto, return-ing to our roots, inspiring innovation, implies that while committed to the study and promotion of traditional culture, the Academy also looks to the future and seeks to share ideas with and learn from other cultures.
The Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy was unveiled on October 8, 2008 and immediately began holding academic conferences and teaching programs. The official founding ceremony was held the following year on June 23, 2009. The Academy covers an area of more than 16 acres in Sishui County, Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius. These hallowed grounds lie at the heart of ancient Chinese culture, near the homes of Confucius and Mencius and a short distance to the famous Mt. Tai, all within the borders of the ancient state of Lu. The Academy is currently in the third stage of construction which, when completed, will house a library, a conference center, con-ference rooms, classrooms, an exhibition center and a hotel.
Big Family: Chinese and American students pose with faculty and local of-ficials in front of the Nis-han Birthplace of the Sage Academy. Summer 2011.
Confucian culture is the foundation of Chinese traditional culture and supports and sustains the spiritual world of the Chinese people. It has withstood the vicissitudes of history, showing its lasting value and undying strength. At this crucial juncture in world history, both a time of civilizational clash and dialogue, Confucianism again makes its appearance on the world stage, setting itself forth as an Eastern beacon of human harmony.
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Center for East-West Relations, Beijing Foreign Studies University
The Center for East-West Relations (CEWR) was founded within the School of International Relations and Diplo-macy at BFSU in 2008. CEWR was founded as a hub for academic and cultural activities that encourage nuanced and thoughtful dialogue between cultures East and West.
CEWR MISSION STATEMENT The peoples of the East and the West will confront unique opportunities and challenges during the course of the 21st century. These will encompass social, political, economic, environmental, scientific and cultural relations. Techno-logical advances have brought formerly remote and isolated regions of the world into close communication, making mutual understanding and accommodation vital to the intercourse of daily life, while the information revolution has brought a growing awareness of the profound diversity and complexity of the worlds cultures. Without knowledge, understanding and sensitivity, contrasting and conflicting world-views give rise to ethnocentrism and fundamental-ism. These can allow suspicion and distrust to politicize cultural, ethnic, religious, and racial differences. Managed with wisdom, however, these same differences can be the inspiration for a more varied, resourceful and harmonious global community.
The Center sponsors a number of events and programs to encourage cross-cultural understanding. Besides orga-nizing the Confucian Studies Summer Institute, the Center also sponsors interdisciplinary conferences on philoso-phy, international relations, business, and politics, including the annual WE Forum. Past conference titles at the WE Forum have included: Summit on Global Economic and Cultural Issues: The Global Financial Crisis and its Cultural Implications (2009), Confucian Scholarship in the 20th Century and the Renaissance of Eastern Civilizations (2010), and Confucianism and the Sinization of Marxism (2011).
School of Chinese Classics, Wuhan UniversityOn June 25, 2010, Wuhan University founded Chinas first complete degree granting School of Chinese Classics in China. The School of Chinese Classics is a degree granting institution offering bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Breaking traditional disciplinary boundaries, the School brings together philosophy, history, literature