The International Confucian Association organized a dialogue to discuss the topic related to the research and dissemination of Confucianism in North America in order to promote the mutual exchanges on the research and dissemination of Confucianism and to deepen people-to-people exchanges in international arena.
To better connect and provide services to members of ICA, strengthen their communications and enhance their mutual understandings, Liaison Committee for Members of ICA planned to hold “Dialogue among Members in Europe-Friends of International Confucian Association (ICA)”in the afternoon of December 17th .
Raúl Ramírez Ruiz, director of the Research Group on China-Spain Relations at the URJC, participated in this meeting with a presentation entitled:
First words of Raúl Ramírez Ruiz's presentation at the conference:
The reception of Confucianism and other Chinese philosophies. Are Chinese philosophies an underrated path to mutual understanding?
"The idea of this brief exposition entitled “The reception of Confucianism and other Chinese philosophies. Are Chinese philosophies an underrated path to mutual understanding?” it is due to a statement that Professor Minkang Zhou of the Autonomous University of Barcelona made in a conference guest at my university, the Rey Juan Carlos University. Professor Zhou said:“The Dao de Qing is the most translated, edited, and sold Chinese book in Spain and Europe”This statement surprised me and, immediately, I asked myself.“How is it possible that a book so difficult to understand is the best seller?How is it possible that the Analects of Confucius, which, for me, has a more practical, more understandable content, do not have that impact?The first answers that came to mine mind was:“Orientalism, as defined by Edward Said. “People buy that book because it is exotic, but they don’t read it.”Even so, I decided to study the topic".
Raúl Ramírez Ruiz (R3)
The academic meeting was developed with the following program:
Language：Chinese and English
16:30—16:45 Conference Opening Ceremony
Xu Yongji, Vice Secretary General of ICA,
Director of Liaison Committee for Members of ICA
16:30—16:40 Remark from Li Wei,
Vice President of ICA, Professor of Ningxia University
16:40—16:45 Group Photo
16:45—18:30 Speech from Participants（10 Minutes foreach Speaker）
Moderator: Wen Haiming, Deputy Director of Liaison Committee for Members of ICA, Professor of Renmin University of China
Agita Baltgalve (Latvia), Professor of University of Latvia
Topic：Comparision of Two Translations of "Lunyu" in Latvian Language
Elena Avramidou(Greece), Associate Professor of Philosophy of Ionian University，Greece
Topic: Confucianism in Europe: A Contemporary Challenge
Marijan Cingula (Croatia), Professor of Croatia Libertas International University
Topic：The Modern Confucianism and Global Social and Economic Issues
Raul Ramirez Ruiz (Spain), Professor of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Topic：The reception of Confucianism and other Chinese philosophies. An underrated path to mutual understanding?
Carsten Boyer Thøgersen (Denmark), Professor of Denmark Niels Brock - Copenhagen Business College
Topic：How modern Chinese policy initiatives are embedded in traditional Chinese Thinking
Rui Lourido (Portugal), Director of Portugal Observatory
Topic：The role of Culture in the case of Portugal, in the Mutual Learning among Civilizations
Jana S. Rošker (Slovenia), Professor of Univerza v Ljubljani
Topic：New approaches in Comparative Transcultural Philosophy: the Method of sublation
Yang Guiping, Deputy Director of Liaison Committee for Members of ICA, Professor of Minzu University of China
Topic：Integration of Islam and Confucianism, Mutual Learning among Civilizations
Kong Deli, Deputy Director of Liaison Committee for Members of ICA，Professor of Capital Normal University
Topic：The Outlook on Confucianism of Reginald Fleming Johnston as the Teacher of Emperor in Late Qing Dynasty
Wen Haiming, Deputy Director of Liaison Committee for Members of ICA, Professor of Renmin University of China
Topic：The intentionality of ancestors and heavens: contemporary significance of Confucian religious sensibility