Call for Papers: 5th International STCS Conference: From Hegel to Mao and Beyond — The Long March of Sinicizing Marxism

The 5th International STCS Conference will be held in Ljubljana between April 20-22, 2018. The main goal of the STCS (Specific Topics in Chinese Studies) conferences (organized by the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Ljubljana) is to use knowledge and flow of information through various disciplines to encourage and advance the study of specific topics related to China. We also hope to create and maintain a multidisciplinary platform for a fruitful exchange of ideas on different types, images, and categories of Chinese cultures. The 2018 conference is dedicated to the sinization of Marxism as a paradigm for research on Marxist philosophy in contemporary China.

In order to facilitate a fruitful academic dialogue between scholars and students working in these research topics, we particularly (but not exclusively) welcome papers focusing on the following aspects:

  •     Marxist, Neo-Marxist and Post-Marxist philosophical concepts and issues;
  •     Hegelian dialectics, the traditional Chinese principle of correlative complementarity and new dialectical models;
  •     Kant, Hegel and Marx through the prism of modern Chinese interpretations;
  •     The question of estrangement;
  •     Chinese interpretations of early and late Marx;
  •     Intercultural and comparative implications of socialism as a concept and a theory;
  •     Neo-Marxist aesthetics in China and abroad;
  •     Dialectical materialism and related concepts in Chinese tradition;
  •     Ontology, epistemology and phenomenology of sinicized Marxism;
  •     The concept of permanent revolution and its connotations;
  •     The relational Self and the modern subject in traditional and contemporary Chinese theory;
  •     Ethical and political implications of sinicized Marxism;
  •     Political and ideological applications/appropriations;
  •     Moral and ethical systems behind human relationships in the scope of Marxist studies;
  •     Traditional and modern understandings of social justice;
  •     The role of trade unions, cooperatives and other alternative forms of self-management;
  •     Socialism and communism “with Chinese characteristics”;
  •     Collectivism vs. communitarianism;
  •     Comparative Marxist studies;
  •     Relations between philosophy, ideology and discourse in sinicized Marxism, etc.

We invite proposals for panels, round table discussions, and papers addressing the outlined conference theme. Abstracts of under 250 words should be sent to Jana S. Rošker jana [dot] rosker [at] ff [dot] uni-lj [dot] si and/or Katja Kolšek katja [dot] kolsek [at] guest [dot] arnes [dot] si by November 25, 2017 at the latest.

Submissions should include the author's name, academic qualification, institutional affiliation, position, contact information – address, telephone number, email. Scholars who will submit their proposals by this deadline will be notified of their acceptance prior to January 15, 2018. The official languages of the conference are English and Chinese.

Please see the full Call for Papers in the attachment.