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Director's welcome

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies web page. This page outlines, the activities of the Centre, its mission, goals and achievements.

Established in 1993, the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies provides a focus for research, teaching, interdisciplinary applications and public education on the interactions among culture, society, economics and politics in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

The Centre is particularly interested in examining the changes at the cultural and political levels which have radically altered international, strategic and economic relationships on a global basis. Interactions between 'East' and 'West', as well as the future direction of Australia in its relations with Asia are fundamental aspects of the Centre's activities.

Alongside research, publishing and flow-on into existing teaching programs, the Centre is also involved in hosting public lectures, seminar series, and outreach to other international, regional and local organisations. Research Papers, conferences papers, book and research projects are taken up on a continuing basis.

If you are interested in knowing more about the centre or would like to contribute to our growing body of knowledge in this area, please contact me via [email protected] .

Dr R. James Ferguson, Director
B.A. (Hons) (Macq), PhD (Bond)

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The Centre regularly publishes a range of research papers that explore new perspectives in the area of Asian studies, or East-West dialogue in the context of globalisation.

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Conference | Confucianism and World Disharmony: The Quest for Harmony in Difference

The international conference 'Confucianism and World Disharmony: The Quest for Harmony in Difference' will be held from Wednesday, 28 August to Saturday, 31 August 2019 at Bond University on the Gold Coast, Australia. It is hosted by the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies and the Faculty of Society & Design (Bond University), organised with support from the World Consortium for Research in Confucian Cultures and The Centre for East-West Relations (Beijing Foreign Studies University).

For over three thousand years, Chinese philosophy and Confucian thought have built up sophisticated approaches exploring social, political and environmental harmony. One of the key understandings of these approaches is that a diversity of roles and relationships are required for the evolution of sophisticated states and adaptive cultures.
Confucianism became one of the main drivers of societal norms across much of East Asia, and has been going through a global academic revival over the last two decades. The Confucian tradition has insights that can help us reflect on the root causes of, and remedies for, disorder in the 21st century. An engaged Confucianism can be inclusive of diverse national identities and build bridges of dialogue to alternative philosophical and religious traditions. The conference has been designed to draw in a wide range of intercultural, interdisciplinary and critical viewpoints.
Keynote Speaker: 

The keynote speaker will be Professor Chenyang Li (School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) who specializes in Chinese and comparative philosophy, and has written widely on related political, cultural and educational issues.

Call for conference papers

Contact details

For further details about the Conference and Submission details, contact one of the following:
Dr. R. James Ferguson; Dr. Yi Chen; Professor Roger T. Ames; or Cindy Minarova-Banjac, the Research and Communications Coordinator for the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies at Bond University.

Final Submissions: If you have not already done so and want to present a paper, please send us the title, a brief biographical paragraph, and the abstract of your proposal by the 1st August 2019. There is no cost, but registration is necessary since places are limited.

Seminar series

Each year, the Centre runs a number of public seminars. Recent seminars have included Confucius Goes West: Rethinking Chinese Humanism for the Twenty 21st Century (by Senior Faculty Fellow Alan Chan), Reflections on the Atomic Age (by Professor Joseph M. Siracusa), AIDS and Instability in China’s ‘New Frontier’ (by Dr Anna Hayes), Understanding Australia’s International Behaviour – Perspectives from Middle Power Diplomacy (by Yue Cui), Nuclear Extended Deterrence and a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone: Could They Co-exist? (by Professor Peter Hayes), and China’s Vision of Global Order: Harmony Versus Power? (by Dr Rosita Dellios & Dr R. James Ferguson).

Please contact Dr R. James Ferguson (Tel: +61 7 5595 2520, Email: [email protected]) or Dr Rosita Dellios (Tel: +61 7 5595 2514, Email: [email protected]) if you would like to attend, present, or otherwise be involved in future seminars.