Conference Details

 

The Joint Meeting of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy and the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy in 2013 will be hosted by the Philosophy Department at the National University of Singapore.

Dates: 8 July (Monday) - 11 July (Thursday) 2013
Venue: National University of Singapore, University Town (please refer to the programme for the precise venue for each session).

Click here to download the programme.

Click here to download the list of titles and abstracts for the conference.

Click here to download the map and directory of the University Town.

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Call for Papers

 

Deadline for Abstracts and Proposals: March 15, 2013

The conference theme, "Conflict and Harmony: From Embodied Emotions to Global Realms," is designed to invite scholars representing Asian traditions of thought to present their research on the many ways in which philosophers of these heritages thematize the dynamics of conflict and harmony. Relevant topics could span a broad range of problematics, from the internal conflicts of desires and ideas, emotions and reason, body and mind, and how to resolve these in practice to social, political and global conflicts and strategies for their resolution.

The theme will also accommodate discussions of the continuing conflicts or historical development from conflicts to reconciliation between different schools of thought and philosophies in different traditions or between traditions. The theme is intended to increase engagement amongst participants. However, the conference will consider abstracts and presentations on various topics that correspond to members' areas of interest as well.

Presentation and panel proposal abstracts should be sent electronically to BOTH Mary Bockover (Mary.Bockover@humboldt.edu) and Michael Barnhart (Michael.Barnhart@kbcc.cuny.edu), AND cc'd to Roger Ames (rtames@hawaii.edu).

Abstracts for individual papers should be between 200-300 words, including a title. Panel proposals should include the title and a brief description of the panel, names and affiliation of panelists and titles of each participant's presentation, with the same word-limit as above. The deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2013, (postponed to 15 March) a deadline that pertains to proposals submitted by faculty members and graduate students alike.

Notice of acceptance of proposals will be sent to your e-mail address sometime in the beginning of March.

To encourage student participation, the SACP has once again set up Graduate Student Essay Contest Awards for the 2013 conference Student Essay Contest Prizes are: First prize: $1,000; Second prize, $750; and Third prize, $500. The awards will be applied to the travel and accommodation expenses for those attending the 2013 Joint Meeting of the SACP and ASACP, so award winners should bring their travel receipts with them. In order to have their essays considered for the prize, graduate students should submit a complete essay of no more than 10 pages (or 4,000 words) to BOTH Mary Bockover and Michael Barnhart, AND cc-ed to Roger Ames, by March 15, 2013.

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Accommodation

 

UPDATE: Please note that registration for campus accommodation has closed.

We have made block reservation of two kinds of accommodations (total of 60 rooms) on campus.

To apply for Option 1 or 2 (see below), fill in the application form (click here for details about registration). For the student dorm rooms (i.e. Option 1), your credit card will be charged in advance. If you cancel after 7 Jun, there will be penalty of one night’s rate.

As for the Visitors Lodge (Option 2), the staff from the Lodge will contact you for payment by credit card after we send them your name and email. This must be made after 1 week according to their instructions, and the terms and conditions of the booking.

[FULLY BOOKED!] Option 1: Student dormitory rooms for SINGLE occupancy only

This is in U-town itself, where the conference is being held. Each set of rooms are single gender only, so this is not suitable for married couples.

There are 40 rooms reserved, although more rooms may be available.

Note: Please note that check in time for these rooms is limited from 2pm to 8pm. We will arrange for your luggage to be left on site from 9 am to 2 pm.

Cost:
SGD$58+ per room per night (6 rooms with common bathroom)
OR SGD$61 per room per night (4 rooms with common bathroom).

*All rooms with air-condition and bed linen provided. Rates are subject to 7% tax.

 

[FULLY BOOKED!] Option 2: Visiting Faculty members ensuite rooms for double occupancy at the Visitors Lodge

This is within 15-20 minutes walk of the conference venue, and there is also an internal free shuttle bus between Visitors Lodge and U-town. This has more convenient access to public buses and free shuttle bus to nearest MRT station (our version of subway).

Only 20 suites available.

Cost:
SGD$128+ per night.

*Rates are subject to 7% tax. Most suites only have double beds. Extra bed sofa may be available with extra charge in some suites.

 

alternative Accomodation Options within Campus

There are other guest accommodations available on campus at varying distance from the conference venue, in case Options 1 and 2 (above) run out.

There are shuttle buses connecting different parts of the campus, but during the vacation period (when our conference is being held), they are not so frequent.

You may apply to stay elsewhere within campus grounds by clicking here.

When asked to provide thename and email of a NUS contact person, please enter “Tan Sor Hoon” and “phitansh@nus.edu.sg”; A/P Tan will endorse it after verifying that you have applied for this conference.

 

alternative Accomodation Options outside Campus

There are many hotels in Singapore, and Singapore has a good public transport system, including reasonable taxi fares. However, commuting takes time, and it can take you an hour to get to the university in the morning if you are staying in town. The university is on the South-Western sector of the island, while the town area is in the mid-section.

The most convenient MRT (metro) station for getting to the conference venue is the Clementi Station on the East-West Line (Green Line). You can check the accessibility from whatever hotel you decide to stay in. Unfortunately, the size of the conference does not allow us to arrange for special rates, so you are pretty much on your own for this category.

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Registration

 

To register for this conference, click here to download the application form. (This form includes both the registration form for the conference and accomodation).

Please e-mail a copy of the completed registration forms to phitansh@nus.edu.sg

Registration Fees

Don't wait! Register early to enjoy our early bird discount!

Early Bird Special (before 1 May 2013)

Early Bird Special: Regular
US$110.00

Early Bird Special: Emeritus/Student
US$75.00

Normal Prices (after 1 May 2013)

Regular
US$150.00

Emeritus/Student
US$100.00

 

Payment Methods

You may choose to make payment either by Paypal or by cheque.

By Paypal

Please select the appropriate option below and click "Pay Now." You can choose to pay using your credit card or with your Paypal account.

Please include your Paypal Transaction ID number and the Date of Payment in the registration form.

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By Cheque

Please make cheques payable to "Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy" and mail it with the completed registration form to:

Roger T. Ames,
Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy
c/o Philosophy Department,
National University of Singapore
3 Arts Link AS3 Level 5,
Singapore 117570, Republic of Singapore

Click here if you wish to make a further donation for student stipends.

 

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Getting Around

 

Taxis are safe with reasonable fares; you just need to tell the taxi drivers where you are going.

MRT (“Mass Rapid Transit” our version of subway/metro) is efficient, and buses are also usually frequent. You can get directions to go from one place to another via google very easily these days. If you are using public transport, you may want to purchase a store value card, called the “EZ-Link” card, which saves you the trouble of purchasing single tickets, and fishing for change on buses – you also get rebates for transfers if you use this card. This is available at any MRT station ticket office.

The station on the National University of Singapore Campus is the Kent Ridge Station on the Circle Line (Yellow Line).


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But depending on where you are coming from, the Clementi station on the East-West line may actually be more convenient.


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From CHANGI INTERNATIONAL airport to National University of Singapore by MRT and bus

The MRT trains run between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. It will take at least one hour, more if transfers take longer.

Via Clementi MRT Station


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1. Take the MRT from Changi Airport and board the train on the Green Line towards Tanah Merah Station (refer to map above).

2. Alight at Tanah Merah Station and transfer to the train heading towards Joo Koon (both trains belong to the same Green Line).

3. Alight at Clementi Station, and walk towards Clementi Mall (on your left). Follow the directions to the bus interchange (refer to map below).


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4. At the bus interchange, take bus 96 which will take you into the campus.

5a. If you are heading to the Visitors' Lodge, alight at the bus stop opposite Yusof Ishak House. You will see the facade of the Visitors' Lodge on your left just before your stop (as shown in the photo on the right). The bus stop where you alight is a few metres away from the Lodge. You can walk there.

 

5b. If you are heading to the U-town accommodations, alight at the bus stop opposite Yusof Ishak House. You will see the facade of the Visitors' Lodge on your left just before your stop (as shown in the photo on the right). Transfer to the Internal Shuttle Bus D1, which will take you into U-town, which is two stops away (alight after the bus has crossed a bridge). It’s a short journey of a few stops, and if you are unsure where to alight, any of the students on the bus or the driver will direct you. The U-town bus stop where you need to alight is right outside the Create Buildings (as shown in the photo on the right). From the bus stop, there are direction signs to the various accomodation buildings.

OR While you are still on bus 96, alight at the first bus stop along Clementi Road (there is a construction site behind the bus stop named: the Yale-NUS Liberal Arts College site.) Walk in the same direction as the bus towards the expressway (AYE). Before the turnoff to the expressway, there is a pedestrian access into U-town, leading to the back of the Stephen Riady Center and from there to other buildings within U-town.

 

Via Kent Ridge MRT Station

There is an MRT station (Kent Ridge Station) on campus, but it involves two transfers from the airport.


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1. Take the MRT from Changi Airport and board the train on the Green Line towards Tanah Merah Station (refer to map above).

2. Alight at Tanah Merah Station and transfer to the train heading towards Joo Koon (both trains belong to the same Green Line).

3. Alight at Bouna Vista Station, and transfer to the Circle Line (Yellow Line) platform. You will need to follow directions in the station.

4. Take the MRT on the Circle Line heading towards Harbourfront Station.

5. Alight at Kent Ridge Station.

6a. If you are heading to the Visitors' Lodge, take the internal shuttle bus A1 at the bus stop up a ramp when you exit the station (National University hospital exit), and alight at the Yusof Ishak House bus stop. You will need to cross the road as the Visitors' Lodge is located on the other side.

 

 

 

6b. If you are heading to the U-town accommodations, you will need to make two shuttle bus transfers. Take the internal shuttle bus A1 from Kent Ridge Station and alight two stops later (at the "Lim Seng Tjoe" Lecture Theatre 27 bus stop; prepare to alight when you see the Dentistry building on your left). From that same bus stop, take the internal shuttle bus D2 from the Kent Ridge MRT station and alight after the bus crosses a bridge (when you see the building as shown in the photo on the left).

 

 

From NUS campus to other parts of Singapore

From U-town

Take the internal shuttle bus D1 and transfer to bus A2 (the same route as A1/D2 above but in reverse), to get to the Kent Ridge MRT station (Circle Line - Yellow). From Kent Ridge Station, you can easily visit sites such as Haw Par Villa, Holland Village, Mount Faber, Vivocity, and Resorts World Sentosa.

OR take D2 to the Central library bus stop, cross the road and take bus 96 to Clementi MRT station (East-West Line - Green). At Clementi, you will also have access to various other public buses at the bus interchange. From Clementi Station, you can easily visit sites like CIty Hall, Marina Bay area, Esplanade, Orchard Road, and more.

From Visitors' Lodge

Take public bus 96 (from the bus stop just a few meters down the hill on the same side of the road) to Clementi MRT station (East-West Line - Green), and bus interchange. From Clementi Station, you can easily visit sites like CIty Hall, Marina Bay area, Esplanade, Orchard Road, and more.

To get to Kent Ridge MRT station (Circle Line - Yellow), from the same bus stop, take internal shuttle bus A1 or public bus 95. From Kent Ridge Station, you can easily visit sites such as Haw Par Villa, Holland Village, Mount Faber, Vivocity, and Resorts World Sentosa.

If you take bus 95, you have the additional option of going to Bouna Vista MRT Station (East-West Line - Green and Circle Line - Yellow). There are two malls next to Bouna Vista Station.

 

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Trip to Pulau Ubin

 

Prof. Ames will be organising a trip to the little island of Pulau Ubin after the conference. Pulau Ubin is just a short ferry ride away from mainland Singapore.

Details of the trip have yet to be finalised. Please visit this website again soon for more updates about the trip.

If you are interested, please contact Prof. Ames at rtames@hawaii.edu.

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Contact Us

 

If you have any further enquiries about this conference, please contact A/P Tan Sor Hoon at phitansh@nus.edu.sg

If you'd like to find more information about the Department of Philosophy here in the National University of Singapore (NUS), please visit our main website here.

For more information about the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, please visit their website at http://www.sacpweb.org/

For more information about the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, please visit their website at http://philosophy.unimelb.edu.au/asacp/

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