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Invitation to an International Conference

Re-Learning to Be Human for Global Times:

Dialogue of Cultures and Civilizations


Shandong University, Jinan, P.R. China

(near Confucius hometown)

August 7-9, 2018



As humanity moves ahead it is challenged by its own global reach; but globalization is not entirely new and the “global imaginary” seems to promise great opportunities. Moving ahead with the progress of the world, we must not lose what had been acquired, but build upon what had been achieved.


How then to create the paths ahead; how to discover the main challenges and opportunities; and how to interrelate one culture to another in a way which gathers them together in a pattern that is not abstract but concrete and continuous, analogous and dialogical?


To navigate globalization as a major transition which threatens world order and generates millions of immigrants the special challenge of our times is to go both more broadly and deeply in dimensions that are both horizontal and vertical, with inclusive breadth and inspiring transcendence.


Responding to this process of globalization will require delineating a complex of ideas and insights. Singly or conjointly, these should drive research and teaching forward, in a cohesive and creative manner to reach minds and hearts in this complex age. In the emerging crises of global times the overall effort would seem to cluster around the general theme: “Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times: Challenges and Opportunities.”


I. Listening and Discerning the Signs of the Times;

II. Ways of Thinking and Knowing: Distinctive and Sharable

III. Ways of Being and Ontological Commitments:

IV. Wisdoms as Ways of Life in Different Cultures;

V. Ways of Acting (Ethic and Religious) in the Major Civilizations;

VI. Human Flourishing (Economic, Political, Cultural, etc.) and Global Challenges;

VII. Social Imaginaries and Values through Different Cultural Traditions;

VIII. Crossing Boundaries and Fusion of Horizons; and

IX. Uniqueness and Commonality in Aesthetics and Arts.


Each of these subthemes should in turn suggest multiple more focused interdisciplinary research. These can draw upon, or contribute to, their own cultures, understood as ways of life.



Please send 300 words abstract and a brief CV to Bian Shaobin [shaobinb@sdu.edu.cn] and [cua-rvp@cua.edu] by January 20, 2018. Full papers sent by June 30, 2018 will be considered to be published by the RVP in its publication series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change".



There is no registration fees. Travel expenses will be covered by participants (or their institutions); the local organizer will provide accommodations during the conference.


For those who are interested in attending the World Congress of Philosophy to be held at the Peking University in Beijing, August 13-20, 2018, please check the LINK for a list of less expensive hotels close to the Peking University and the Renmin University of China (People's University of China) in Beijing. If you need further clarifications, please contact Xing Jianhua [1962827475@qq.com] and Yin Shuxi (Simon) [yin.shuxi@gmail.com].



Bian Shaobin

School of Philosophy and Social Development

Shandong University

Jinan, Shandong Privince

P.R. China

Email: shaobinb@sdu.edu.cn






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