The Foundation supports the "Confucianism in the Context of Globalization" lecture series 2021-2022

25 April 2022


"Confucianism is above all a culture of the self. It teaches us to make our hearts big. It is this thinking heart, in its empty and unencumbered state, that connects us to the world." Professor Frédéric Wang, University Professor of the History of Chinese Thought at Inalco and organizer of the Confucianism lecture series "Confucianism in the Context of Globalization" 2021-2022.
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What are the new challenges facing Confucianism in the context of globalization? How is it practiced in present-day China and elsewhere? To what extent are new approaches useful in tackling it? These are the main questions that the series of lectures on Confucianism, organized by the Inalco Foundation in partnership with UMR IFRAE and funded by the Eurasia Foundation (from Asia), aims to answer.

This series of fourteen lectures on Confucianism is organized by Professor Frédéric Wang, University Professor of the History of Chinese Thought at Inalco. Assured by specialists working in interdisciplinary perspectives on the various aspects of Confucianism, the lectures are open to the public and in particular to students and researchers working on the history of thought and religions in East Asia.

The lectures will be held face-to-face from 6pm to 8pm and/or as a hybrid from 2pm to 3:30pm
Location: Amphithéâtre Georges Dumézil - Maison de la Recherche
Inalco, 2 rue de Lille, 75007


September 16, 2021 - 6pm-8pm - (face-to-face)
The invention of Japanese Confucianism in modern Japan (1868 to the present). [The invention of Confucianism in Modern Japan (1868-nowadays)]
by Eddy Dufourmont, HDR lecturer in Japanese studies, Université Bordeaux Montaigne

September 21, 2021 - 6pm-8pm - (face-to-face)
Political Confucianism at the beginning of the 21st century: a flash in the pan? [Political Confucianism at the beginning of the 21st century: a straw fire?]
by Ji Zhe, Professor of Sociology of Religions, Inalco

October 1, 2021 - 6pm-8pm - (classroom)
Globalization, Chinese Character Exchange and Confucianism (lecture given in Chinese)
by Kang Youn-ok, Professor of Chinese Linguistics, Myongji University (Seoul)

October 8, 2021 - 2pm-3.30pm (hybrid)
Why Asian community now? (lecture given in Korean with translation)
by Chung Joon-kon, senior researcher, Eurasia Foundation (from Asia); lecturer, Meiji University

November 23, 2021 - 6-8pm - (face-to-face)
Wang Tingxiang (1474-1544) and the question of Evil
by Frédéric Wang, professor of intellectual history in China, Inalco

December 7, 2021 - 2pm-3:30pm - (in hybrid)
中日「射」文化傳承與儒學普世性 [The Exchange of Archery Culture between China and Japan and the Universality of Confucianism and Buddhism] (lecture given in Chinese]
by Qin Zhaoxiong, Professor of Anthropology, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

December 14, 2021 -2pm-3:30pm - (in hybrid)
Exploration of the eternal absolute truth (lecture given in Japanese with translation)
by Yoji SATO, President, Eurasia Foundation (from Asia)

January 25, 2022 - 6pm-8pm - (in hybrid)
Cultural Nationalism and Chinese Exceptionalism: Contemporary Chinese Confucians discussing "Universal Values"
by Christian Soffel, Professor of Chinese Studies, Universität Trier

February 1, 2022 - 6pm-8pm - (face-to-face)
Dialogue and debates between Zhang Zai and the Cheng brothers [Dialogue and debates between Zhang Zai and the Cheng brothers]
by Stéphane Feuillas, Professor of Classical Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Université de Paris

March 22, 2022 - 6-8pm - (face-to-face)
A Korean appropriation of Confucianism in the political and cultural context of the society from Chosŏn in the 18th century]
by Kim Daeyeol, Professor in Korean Studies, Inalco

March 29, 2022 - 6-8pm - (face-to-face)
從全球化論王陽明的「萬物一體」[On Wang Yangming's "Oneness of All Things" in the Perspective of Globalization] (lecture given in Chinese]
by Lin Yue-huei, Research Director, Academia Sinica

April 5, 2022 - 6-8pm - (face-to-face)
The Militarization of Confucianism in Modern and Contemporary China]
by Sébastien Billioud, professor of Chinese studies, University of Paris

May 16, 2022 - 6pm-8pm - (online)
Confucianism in the making of US democracy
by Dave Wang, manager, Laurelton branch (Queens library); adjunct prof., St. Johns University

May 24, 2022 - 6-8pm - (face-to-face)
Gendered Ritual Agency: Women and Confucian Rites in Contemporary China
by Anna Sun, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Duke University

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