The next international conference on Daoist Studies will take place at
May 30-June 1, 2014
For details, see below:
Daoism: Tradition and Transition
Sponsors: Boston University Department of Religion, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, Boston University College of Arts and Science.
Livias 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; Michael Puett, Harvard University; Gil Raz, Dartmouth College; Harold D. Roth, Brown University
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 Friday morning with an opening plenary session, immediately followed by two keynote speeches. It ends on Sunday afternoon with a closing plenary session. There are nine sessions (three on Friday, four on Saturday, and two on Sunday), each consisting of three break-out panels and one workshop. There will be a reception on Friday night, and a movie screening on Saturday night.
Break-out Panels: Three 20-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 email@example.com:
Name, Institution, Email, Phone, 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.
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 $35 each for Friday or Saturday, $30 for Sunday. Note: If you want to participate in the banquet, register early.
Deadlines: March 1, 2014: fee goes up to US $100.00
May 1, 2014: abstracts for papers due
May 10, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)