World Confucian Conference to open in Qufu

September 15, 2017
China Daily

The Eighth World Confucian Conference will be held in Qufu, the hometown of Confucius, from Sept 20 to 21, themed "Confucianism and a community of shared future for mankind", according to a press conference that convened on Sept 11 in Jinan.

This year the conference has five sub-topics: the religion and belief under Confucianism, Confucian ethics and common human values, Confucianism and the individual value, rites civilization and value reconstruction in the current society, and the modern path of inheriting and developing traditional culture.

By now, the organizing committee has received more than 150 papers, including more than 90 from Chinese scholars and more than 60 from foreign scholars.

The winner of "The 2017 World Distinguished Researcher in Confucianism (formerly known as Confucius Cultural Award)" will be announced during the conference.

There will be two keynote speeches, eight round table forums and three panel discussions during the conference, where top 10 developments in Confucian researches in the past two years will also be released. Also, the youth PhD forum will be held from Sept 27 to 28 themed "Confucian belief, rites civilization and social governance".

The attendees include noted scholars from more than 30 different countries and regions.

The conference is an international Confucian event engaged in creating a platform for Confucian research, exchange and cooperation. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the Shandong provincial government.

Leaders of major organizers of the conference attended the press conference, including Hu Jinyan, vice president of Shandong University, Li Guolin, deputy head of the Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Wu Jiwen, deputy mayor of Jining city.