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International Workshop: The Revival of Traditional Culture and Confucianism in China Today

6th-7th March, 2008. 6th: 10h00-18h30; 7th: 9h30-17h00
Building 18 Collaboration Room No.2, Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo

Objectives of the workshop:
The interest in traditional culture and Confucianism has become increasingly apparent since the opening and reform policy. Ambiguous and somehow paradoxical in the 1980s, it has become more specialized in the 1990s, gaining then momentum in the Academic world. Since the beginning of the current decade, the phenomenon has expanded, left the ivory tower and now reaches broader segments of the population. Yet, the dynamic that can be observed gives good reasons to believe that this trend is going to develop further on. The phenomenon is both complex and manifolds. Research on the matter is today scattered and various disciplinary fields hardly communicate with each other, especially out of China. However, it is important to initiate a trans-disciplinary research dynamic in order to better understand what is at stake and what significance the current trends might have for China and even beyond. In that respect, we hope that the workshop could be the starting point of the creation of an international network of scholars from various horizons interested in the topic. Such a network would make it possible to expand the scope of the research, to define more accurate orientations and to develop a variety of academic projects, including symposiums and publications.

(Language: Chinese; Admission Free)

Organized by the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy (UTCP) in collaboration with the French Center for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC)


6 March, 2008

10:00 Opening Address: Kobayashi Yasuo (UTCP)
10:10-10:30 Wang Shouchang (Beijing University)
“Traditional Chinese culture and contemporary economical society: inquiry and analysis of national study education for entrepreneurs”
10:30-10:50 discussion
10:50-11:10 coffee break
11:10-11:30 Gan Chunsong (Renmin University of China)
“Some features of Confucian restoration movement in mainland China”
11:30-11:50 discussion
11:50-12:10 Chen Bisheng (Renmin University of China)
“Confucian thought in a sacred life: inquiry of Donghu village”
12:10-12:30 discussion
12:30-14:30 lunch
14:30-14:50 Takayanagi Nobuo (Gakushuin University)
“‘Origin’ of ‘Confucian restoration’?: some types of views for Confucianism in late Qin and early Republic of China”
14:50-15:10 discussion
15:10-15:30 Sébastien Billioud (CEFC)
“Jiaohua. the Confucian revival in China as an educative project”
15:30-15:50 discussion
15:50-16:10 Joël Thoraval (EHESS)
“An shen li ming: the Confucian revival between self-cultivation and religion”
16:10-16:30 discussion
16:30-16:50 coffee break
16:50-18:00 overall discussion
19:00 dinner

7 March, 2008

9:30- 9:50 Nakajima Takahiro (UTCP)
“Transversal study of Confucian restoration between pre-war Japan and contemporary Japan”
9:50-10:10 discussion
10:10-10:30 Minakuchi Takuju (University of Tokyo)
“Reformation of Confucius Temple as 'the Renaissance of Chinese Culture'
Mainly on the Case of Taipei in 1968”
10:30-10:50 discussion
10:50-11:10 coffee break
11:10-11:30 Ji Zhe (EHESS)
“Deyin music culture: from ‘national music enlightenment’ to national study reconstruction”
11:30-11:50 discussion
11:50-12:10 Tanaka Yuki (UTCP)
The national music and the traditional music in modern China: Wang-Guangqi and comparative musicology
12:10-12:30 discussion
12:30-13:30 lunch
13:30-15:00 overall discussion and conclusion

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