CFP: "Paradigms of Change in Modernizing Asia and America"-Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, October 13, 2017

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30 May 2017

from: Yone Sugita:


Dear Colleagues,

Together with the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Ghent University is organising a conference entitled "Paradigms of Change in Modernising Asia and America". The event will take place in Ghent, Belgium on October 13, 2017.  

The conference aims at a collective reflection on the development of a new vocabulary of change outside of Europe between the end of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, in connection with the process of modernisation.

At the moment, our three keynote speakers are Prof. Wang Hui (Tsinghua University), a recognized world leader in global intellectual history, Prof. Jon Davidann (Hawaii University), an internationally recognized specialist on U.S.-East Asian history and author of numerous publications in world history and cross-national cultural and political exchanges, and Prof. Bart Dessein, the director of our School of Chinese Studies. Please, refer to the website below for more detailed information on the theme of the conference.

We would be happy to host papers dealing with the reinterpretation of European historiographical and philosophical notions—such as renaissance, enlightenment, revolution, evolution, etc.—and with the re-signification of traditional terminology deriving from Chinese characters as well as Arabic, Turkish, Sanskrit, Pali, etc. expressions indicating change. We welcome papers exploring North and Latin America, Asia and the Islamic world.

We are looking forward to receiving proposals for individual presentations (20 to 25 minutes). The deadline for abstracts' submission is July 20, 2017. More information can be found on our website:

We would greatly appreciate if you could help us circulate this call widely and we would be delighted to have you here in Ghent.