International Conference on ‘Eastern Civilization in the Process of Globalization’
Peking University inaugurated an international conference on eastern civilization in the process of globalization in the university’s Yingjie Communication Center, November 13. A hundred or so international scholars and experts from more than thirty universities and research institutes participated in the conference. Sixty one papers were presented in the conference. Several celebrated scholars, including Tu Wei-ming (internationally-known Chinese-American scholar, professor of East Asian studies, Harvard University), Tang Yijie (professor of philosophy, Peking University, director of the Institute of Chinese philosophy and Culture), and Xu Pinfang (Council Chairperson of Chinese Association of Archaeology) gave keynote speeches at the first-day conference. Zhang Xinsheng, assistant minister of Department of Education and chair of UNESCO executive bureau, presented his congratulatory speech at the conference.
The conference was co-organized by Peking University and Harvard-Yenching Institute. Wu Zhipan, vice president of Peking University, was the executive chair of the conference. The panelists discussed the following hotly-debated topics in current intellectual world: East Asian cultural process and society development in face of economic globalization; encounter, clash, and assimilation between the western and eastern civilization; the interrelationship between economic development, public policy, and East Asian cultural heritage; order and justice in social development; mass media and East Asian cultural dissemination; world civilization as seen from the perspectives of the East.
The conference aimed to inspire further discussion among scholars concerning chance and challenge faced by the East in the ongoing globalization process. By hosting such a conference, its organizers intended to encourage further varied researches that may reveal the development as well as change of eastern civilization, law of development of this civilization, and the potential contributions eastern civilization may make for world development and world peace in the age of globalization.
Interdisciplinary approach characterized the conference. Social sciences, humanities, and to a certain degree, natural sciences, have mutual influence on each other, forming a dependent and interconnecting relationship. It is already well known that certain innovation in humanities may have originated in the field that cut across disciplines. Focusing on such a paramount topic as ‘Eastern civilization in the process of globalization’ and bringing together scholars from different countries and different fields, the scholarly discussions in the conference would doubtlessly help set off intellectual debate, thus leading to an academic innovation.