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English Talks at the 13th I-Ching World Conference

 

Professor Chung-ying ChengOpening Ceremony

In addition to delivering a technical presentation in Mandarin, Professor Chung-ying Cheng, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (shown on the right), gave a brief introductory talk during the opening ceremony. Some of this was in English, warmly welcoming participants from all parts of the world to the conference.

Keynote Speeches

Joseph Grange and Linyu GuThe opening day was devoted to presentations from the keynote speakers. With one exception, these were all in Mandarin.

The English keynote was delivered by Jospeh Grange (on the left), Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Maine, USA. His paper was entitled "Yijing, Soul and American Philosophy". He talked about the important parallels between the thought of the American philosophers John Dewey and Alfred North Whitehead and the Yijing, with the work of Professor Cheng being cited as central in allowing these connections to be made.

Professor Grange's talk was translated into Mandarin in real time by Dr Linyu Gu (pictured on his left). Dr Gu must also be commended for her tremendous help to all the English language participants, both during the preparation for the conference, and throughout the conference itself.

Chung-ying Cheng and Linyu GuThe English Language Session

On the morning of the second day, the conference split into three parallel groups for the presentation of papers. One of those group sessions, chaired by Professor Chung-ying Cheng (on the left) and Dr Linyu Gu (on the right) was dedicated to English language papers. Because of the number of speakers scheduled for the session, it was necessary for each to restrict each presentation to 15 minutes. In the following sections I give a very brief description of each of the talks.

Ting-Chao ChouTing-Chao Chou

Dr Chou is the director of the Preclinical Pharmacology Core Laboratory, Molecular Pharmacology & Chemistry Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA. His paper was titled "Yijing Concept in Contemporary Matematics, Topology and Sciences". The presentation centred around Dr Chou's widely cited work exploring a Unified Theory of the Median-Effect Principle of the Mass-Action Law, suggesting that dose and effect are related in a complementary yin/yang fashion.

Bent NielsenBent Nielsen

Dr Nielsen is Professor of Chinese Civilization and Culture in the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His paper was titled "Contemporary Uses of the Yijing: Conceptual Thinking and Strategies for Success in Business". By presenting some differences in the underlying values to be found in Chinese and Western thought, he emphasised the role of the Yijing in understanding Chinese business models and management.

Friederike AssandriFriederike Assandri

Dr Assandri is a Research Associate at the Center for Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her paper was titled "Onto-Hermeneutics, Chongxuanxue and the Yijing". In her presentation she discussed the Daoist school of Twofold Mystery and its use of Buddhist tetra lemma logic to create a consistent theory that was able to integrate a wide range of diverse traditions from early medieval China.

Heinich GeigerHeinrich Geiger

Dr Geiger is from the Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst, Bonn, Germany. His paper was titled "Making Things Clear: Sign, Function and Language in The Book of Changes". His presentation approached the Yijing from the perspective of semiotics. Through the work of Charles Peirce he explored the use of signs (the gua 卦) in the book and their role in explicating relationships, concluding that, in their repesentation, they encompass "the reality of the whole universe".

Andreas SchoterAndreas Schöter

I am a Lecturer in Computing in the School of Technology and Creative Arts, Carnegie College, Dunfermline, Scotland. My paper was titled "The Yijing: Metaphysics and Physics". I spoke on the deep conceptual connections between some of the ideas in classical Chinese philosophy and the theoretical constructs of quantum physics. I focussed in particular on the relationship between the idea expressed by Wuji er Taiji 無極而太極 and the quality of the vacuum in quantum physics. For full details of my presentation, please check here.

Claudine GrangeClaudine Grange

Ms Grange has a MSc in Nursing and is a Licensed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, working in the Homeless Health Clinic and Portland Community Health Clinic, Portland, USA. Her paper was titled "Living a Healthy Life Through Yijing Wisdom and Cognitive Therapy". In her presentation she found a strong conneection between the use of the Yijing for personal development and the techniques of Cognitive Therapy. Amongst other concepts she identified the idea of change as liberation and the necessity of correct thinking as common ground.

Eric S NelsonEric S. Nelson

Dr Nelson is a member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachsetts, Lowell, USA. His paper was titled "Leibniz and the Yijing: Philosophy, Intercultural Interpretation, and the Hermeneutics of Nature". In his talk he explored contrasting appraoches to interperting the Yijing as exemplified by Leibniz and Hegel. Whilst Leibniz saw it as valid source of philosophical and mathematical material, Hegel saw it as merely primitive picture thinking. Yet neither of them really had an adequate understanding of the book. From this starting point, Nelson explored the cultural scope of philosophical thought.

Loreta PoskaiteLoreta Poškaite

Dr Poškaite is a member of the Centre of Oriental Studies, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania. Her paper was titled "The Manifestations of the Yin-Yang Dialectics in the Art of Cai Guoqiang". In her talk she focussed on the role of the Yijing as a source of aesthetic values in traditional Chinese art, for example, the importance of process, the harmony of humanity and nature, and the role of complementary opposites. She then showed that these ideas are also present in contemporary Chinese art, particularly in the fireworks of Cai Guoqiang.

Caplain StephaneStéphane Caplain

M Caplain is an Honourary Professor at D'Ecriture Musicale au Conservtoire National de Region, Marseillle, France. His talk was titled "Musical Composition and the Yi Ching". M Caplain's presentation was in two parts. Firstly he discussed the relationship between the symbols of the Yijing and certain elements of structure and language in musical composition. In the second part he played a recording of one of is own compositions, showing the score on PowerPoint and indicating key elements as the music played. You can check out his website here (in French).

 

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