Women and the Feminine/Yin: Theory, Society, and Practice

Submitted by LvKohn on Mon, 07/05/2010 - 06:03
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Nanyue (Southern Marchmount), Henan

7th International Conference on Daoist Studies -- Nanyue (Changsha), June 24-28, 2011

The seventh in a series of major conferences on Daoist studies and modern application, this follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), and Los Angeles (2010).

This year’s location is the spectacular southern marchmount, Mt. Heng near Changsha in Hunan, with its great peaks and temples and, most importantly, the site of the Kundao Training School for Daoist nuns. The meeting coincides with the graduation ceremony of the third year of nuns, and we will be able to join in the festivities.

The theme is women: concepts of the feminine, visions of yin and yang, position of women in Daoist history, practices associated with women traditionally, the social and religious roles of women today, as well as traditional women’s internal alchemy and modern forms of qigong and other Daoist-inspired health practices.

Sponsors: Religious Research Center of Central South University, Hunan Taoist Association

Presentations: individual papers (20-25 mins) or complete panels, with three papers plus chair, discussant (2 hour session).

Forums: 3 or 4 individual papers or text readings that are not presented but posted on the web a month ahead of time for participants to study; session focuses on discussion

Workshops: 2 hours, with emphasis on practice and experience

Languages: English, Chinese

Keynote: Catherine Despeux, “Daoist Women in Chinese Culture”

Fee: US$ 150

The abbess of the Kundao Academy, Master Huang Zhi’an, invites all foreigner participants to stay and eat free of charge. This registration fee covers transport from Changsha airport or railway station, participation, program, and excursions.

To pay, go to www.paypal.com and send to “daoconf@gmail.com” or mail a check made out to "ADC" to L. Kohn, PO Box 609, Dunedin, FL 34697.

Registration: Please send the following information to “daoconf@gmail.com”






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Note: You will not be put into the program until registration is complete and fee paid


March 1, 2011: fee goes up to US $200.00
May 15, 2011: abstracts for papers due
May 31, 2010: schedule and abstracts e-mailed and posted

Scholarships: Limited funds are available for scholarships (conference fee, partial airfare) for young scholars within three years of the Ph.D. (before or after).

To apply, please send registration information, plus status of Ph.D. and name of advisor, as well as draft abstract of paper to daoconf@gmail.com.

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For those who can read

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/28/2010 - 01:07.

For those who can read Chinese, here is a link to a blog about Daoism and Traditional Chinese Medicine: http://blog.sina.com.cn/daokedaoye.

The author of the postings there has died in 2002. He had practiced Qigong for many years and studied Taozang for years as well. He's not affiliated with any Daoism institution.

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Hope to see Daoism studies go

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 05:59.

Hope to see Daoism studies go deeper and wider, such as the hygiene/health/Qigong practices. It might hold the key to human longevity.

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The information about the

Submitted by James Miller on Sun, 12/19/2010 - 18:52.

The information about the conference has just been updated.