International Society of East Asian Philosophy First International Conference

Date: December 14-15, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)

Venue: Surugadai Campus, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

Organizer: International Society of East Asian Philosophy (ISEAP)

Co-organizer: Meiji University


East Asian Philosophy: Past, Present and Future 


English (preferable), Japanese, Chinese and Korean


Papers presented at the conference are highly encouraged to submit to The Journal of East Asian Philosophy (published by Springer, peer-reviewed, all in English)

Keynote Speakers

Professor Edward SLINGERLAND (Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia)

Professor LIN Chen-Kuo (Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, National Chengchi University) 

Professor GODA Masato (Dean and Professor, School of Arts and Letters, Meiji University, Japan)

Important Dates

April 30, 2019

Submission deadline of abstracts for organized panels and individual papers 

May 15, 2019

Notification of acceptance by email

June 1, 2019

Release of tentative program

December 14-15, 2019

First International Conference at Meiji University

Submission of proposals

All proposals should be submitted to by April 30, 2019 (Japan Time).

For organized panels, please submit the following in MS Word format:

  1. Full names (surname in CAPITAL letters), affiliations (including Department) and email addresses of 3 to 4 members of the panels and indicate one as the chair
  2. A 250-word (maximum) abstract for the panel
  3. A 250-word (maximum) abstract for each papers of the panel
  4. Research interests
  5. Publications (optional)

For individual papers, please submit the following in MS Word format:

  1. Full name (surname in CAPITAL letters), affiliation  (including Department) and email address 
  2. A 250-word (maximum) abstract
  3. Research interests
  4. Publications (optional)

Registration fee
Free of charge

Visa application, transportation, accommodation and meals
Self-financed and should be arranged by the panelists themselves


This is the first regular international conference organized by the International Society of East Asian Philosophy. Its aim is threefold: 1) to enhance the research quality on East Asian philosophy, 2) to provide a substantial international academic platform for East Asian philosophy, and 3) to foster international collaborations for East Asian philosophy. Further conferences are planning to be held in different parts of the world.

While there is a very long history of philosophical tradition in East Asia, philosophy was not recognized and developed as a discipline in the academia until the late nineteenth century. Having shared the innovative translation of the Greek origin term, philosophia given by Nishi Amane, tetsugaku 哲学, philosophia has been transformed into various forms in East Asia throughout the last two centuries. Alongside the reception of and confrontation with Western philosophy, a great amount of new philosophical discourse and traditions have been consolidated in East Asia. It is, therefore, a timely and urgent agenda to take a close look on them.

This conference welcomes proposals on all periods, themes, figures, texts, concepts and perspectives on East Asian philosophy, as well as comparisons between various traditions within and without East Asia in the past, present and future. This conference specifically encourages young scholars to submit their proposals. 

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