Daoist Conference 2014

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Daoism: Tradition and Transition 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies Boston University, May 29-June1, 2014 For the last ten years, the series of international conferences on Daoist Studies has been instrumental in enhancing the study, application, and awareness of Daoism throughout the world.

The only major Daoist conference series, it follows a tradition that began in Boston (2003) and continued through Mt. Qingcheng (2004), Fraueninsel in Bavaria (2006), Hong Kong (2007), Mt. Wudang (2009), Los Angeles (2010), Mt. Nanyue (2011), and Ammersee Lake near Munich (2012).

In honor of its great success and as a tribute to Boston University for the initial conference, the 9th International Conference on Daoist Studies will take place once again at Boston University. This year’s conference theme is “Daoism: Tradition and Transition.” The focus is on Daoist thought, history, and practice—with particular attention to the impact Daoism has exercised in Chinese history and the contemporary world.

Panel topics include Daodejing, Zhuangzi, Huainanzi, Ge Hong, Daoism in Taiwan, Teaching Daoism through film, and many others more.

Sponsors: Boston University Department of Religion, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, Boston University College of Arts and Science; Three Pines Press.

Conference Organizers Livia Kohn, Professor Emerita, Boston University Thomas Michael, Boston University John Berthrong, Boston University Steering Committee (alphabetical): Shin-yi Chao, University of Rochester Eske Mollgard, University of Rhode Island David Mozina, Boston College Eric Nelson, University of Massachusetts Lowell Robert C. Nevill, Boston University Michael Puett, Harvard University Gil Raz, Dartmouth College Harold D. Roth, Brown University

Keynote Speakers: Lai Chi Tim 黎志添, Chairman of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, and Director of the Centre for Studies of Daoist Culture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Author of: Guangdong Local Daoism: Daoist Temple, Master, and Ritual (Chinese University Press, 2007). Xun Liu, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University. Author of: Daoist Modern: Innovation, Lay Practice and the Community of Inner Alchemy in Republican Shanghai (Harvard University Press, 2009).

Format: The conference commences on Thursday morning with an opening plenary session, immediately followed by two keynote speeches. It ends on Sunday afternoon with a closing plenary session. There are thirteen sessions (three on Thursday, four each on Friday and Saturday, and two on Sunday), each consisting of two break-out panels and one workshop. There will be a banquet on Friday night, and movie screenings on Thursday and Saturday nights.

Panels: Three 20-minute or four 15-minute individual paper presentations on the panel theme, followed by discussant’s 20-minute response and participant’s questions (1¾ hours). Workshops: Emphasis on practice and experience (1¾ hours). Forums: An opportunity to read a particular text with a group of learned scholars. Presenters post their text on the web a month ahead of time for participants to study; hour session for discussion Languages: Conference sessions will be in English and/or Chinese. Please refer to the conference program for each session. Presentation abstracts can be submitted in either language.

Registration: Email to daoconf@gmail.com: Name, Institution, Email, Phon, Paper title, Abstract

Conference Fee and Payment: To hold a slot on the program (for paper presentation) and/or if you wish to participate in the banquet, the conference fee (US$80) needs to be paid in advance. It is refundable at 50% until March 1, 2014.

Credit card: www.paypal.com—send to daoconf@gmail.com (add $3 for fee; free if you have a PayPal account already).

Check to “L. Kohn (Conf.)” Mail to P.O. Box 530416, St. Petersburg, FL 33747.

On-site Registration: Participants who choose to attend without giving a paper may register on-site. The fee for all three days is $80. It is also possible to register for single days: US $30 per day. Note: If you want to participate in the banquet, register early.

Deadlines: April 1, 2014: Abstracts for papers due; May 1, 2014: Schedule and abstracts e-mailed and posted

Scholarships: Some scholarships will be provided from the proceeds of this and last year’s conference. A scholarship includes a fee waiver plus a share of travel expenses. Applicants should be within three years of completing 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.

Room and Board: Participants make their own housing arrangements. Recommended sites include: www.bostonhostel.org (several BU dorms used for hostels in the summer) www.hostelworld.com (cheap and practical accommodation, including also hotels) www.airbnbnb.com (private rooms with breakfast in people’s houses)