Living Dao Today Views and Visions: 8th International Conference on Daoist Studies, June 6-10, 2012

Submitted by LvKohn on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 00:31
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The 8th international conference on Daoist Studies, in June 2012, is being held in Germany:

Right on the shore of the Ammersee lake, close to the city of Munich, the location offers great facilities, including a bath house on the lake, a boat pier, tennis and volley ball courts, a bowling alley, and lots of green lawns for qigong, taiji quan, and more.

This year's theme is "views and visions of life" in a contemporary, historical, and comparative contexts. What does it mean to be a Daoist today? How does Daoism traditionally see life—real, ideal, and celestial? How does the Daoist vision of life compare to that of the West, Chinese medicine, and Buddhism, both historically and today?

Individual papers (20-25 mins) or complete panels, with three papers plus chair, discussant (1¾-hour session).

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; 1¾-hour session for discussion

1¾ hour, with emphasis on practice and experience

Languages: English, German

After participants arrive on Wednesday, June 6, the conference begins on Thursday, June 7, at 9:00 with a plenary session. Panels will open at 10:30 and continue, with a break for sightseeing or local activities on Friday afternoon (June 8), through early Sunday afternoon. A festive dinner is held on Saturday evening, June 9). The concluding forum takes place on Sunday (June 10), at 3:30 pm.

Welcome: Hans van Ess, University of Munich

Vincent Goossaert, „Morality Books and Daoist Visions of the Good Life”
Vivienne Lo, “How Daoist is Chinese Medicine?”

Fees and Scholarship
Fee: 400 Euro, all inclusive:Participation, program, facilities, room, board, entertainment, exhibition space
Single room: add 40.00 Euro (total 440.00 Euro)

Students: Students on a tight budget can apply for a reduced fee of 300 Euro.

10 young scholars and practitioners within three years of professional graduation (before or after) are eligible for scholarships that cover the entire fee plus half of transportation. Please send information on training, school, date of graduation, and paper, forum, or workshop proposal to “”

NOTE: All scholarship recipients will need to pay two thirds of the fee (300 Euro) ahead of time. You will be reimbursed in cash once you get to Ammersee. We cannot take reservations for rooms and participation without this payment.

email, providing the following information:
Place (City / Country)
Email address
Paper / workshop title (if presenting)

Deposit A non-refundable deposit of Euro 100.00 is payable at registration.

Germany and Europe
Postbank--Routing: 50010060, Account: 425762607, IBAN DE47500100600871493604

USA and China: Go to, send amount to “" (Note: processing fee applies).

April 1, 2012: remainder of fee due
April 15, 2012: paper abstracts due
May 1, 2012: program e-mailed and posted
May 15, 2012 full papers sent to discussants