Culture, International Relations, and World History:
Rethinking Chinese Perceptions of World Order
May 6-11, 2011
Hartley Conference Center, Stanford University
The workshop will gather together a small group of distinguished scholars to engage in sustained conversations on the theoretical implications and practical values of the traditional Chinese vision of world order, or tianxia (all under heaven). This vision anchors a universal authority in the moral, ritualistic, and aesthetic framework of a secular high culture, while providing social and moral criteria for assessing fair, humanitarian governance and proper social relations. Varied discourses indebted to tianxia have resurfaced in modern China in quest of moral and cultural ways of relating to and articulating an international society. We believe that the Chinese vision may prove productive in exploring possibilities of world culture and literature in the tension-ridden yet interconnected world. In this workshop, we will examine the ways in which Chinese thinkers and writers have envisioned China’s place in and as world history and its new responsibility in the interstate world system.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the School of Humanities and Sciences. Major funding is provided by Stanford’s Presidential Fund for Innovation in the Humanities.
Please contact Carmen Suen for more information.