An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 13 to July 15, 2016 ~ Honolulu, Hawai'i ~ Hosted by the Asian Studies Development Program
Confucian Asia:   Traditions and Transformations 

Confucian Asia

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Confucian Asia:  Traditions and Transformations

This Summer Institute for college and university teachers will explore Confucianism as an evolving system of thought and practice, including its impacts on social dynamics, the arts and politics. The multidisciplinary program will facilitate deep and context-rich engagement with key traditions and primary texts (in translation), enabling participants to appreciate how common Confucian values were given different practical and institutional expression as they were carried from China to Korea, Japan and Vietnam, and as East Asia adopted and adapted the global ideals of modernization and industrialization. Designed to strike a balance between the needs both for breadth and depth in engaging traditions that are culturally and historically distant, the Institute will introduce participants to current scholarship on Confucianism and provide abundant resources for developing course materials for use in a wide range of humanities and social science disciplines. Applicants accepted into the program will receive a $3,900 stipend to help defray the costs of participation.


The first four weeks of the program will feature sessions that address the intellectual, spiritual, ritual and institutional dimensions of Confucianism as it takes root across East Asia; sessions on how Confucianism factored into and was shaped by ongoing political, economic, literary and artistic dynamics; and sessions devoted to close readings of classroom-relevant primary texts. The final week will be organized around “case studies” of Confucian encounters with global modernity, exploring its relevance for a changing world cultural order. Throughout, the aim will be to generate a richly interactive intellectual environment, carefully combining lectures and discussions led by some of the best teacher-scholars in the field with weekly film screenings, museum visits, small group discussions, and individual curriculum development meetings with the Institute Directors.

The Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP)

A Collaborative Effort of the East-West Center and University of Hawaii

Enhancing Undergraduate Asian Studies

Since 1991

Application Deadline:
Closed for the 2016 Institute