Invitation to an International Conference
to Be Human for Global Times:
Self-awareness of Life in A New Era
Insitute of Philosophy, Shanghai
Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, P.R. China
Nowadays the social life changes and develops so rapidly
that it is just like an over speeding car with its maximum
limit. We feel like riding a full automatic car controlled
by machine, and somehow feel confused about whether we are
the drivers or merely the passengers in this “car” of social
life. Indeed, we, human beings, are supposed to be the
driver in the “car,” but we may ask: Are we alert enough
during our driving in this “car” called social life? Are we
vigilant enough where we are heading toward with our “car”?
Do we still remember where we came from? What are the
responsibilities in constructing our common future? After
all, what is the purpose of human existence? All these
questions can direct to the conference theme: re-learning to
be human for global times: self-awareness of life.
There are various aspects and different ways concerning with
What is the most conspicuous change taking place in our
time? What are the major challenges in our day? Can we seize
the opportunities to develop a better social life and to
foster human flourishing?
What is the new impact of technology on social life or on
lives of human beings in general? Does technology master
human beings or vice versa? What is the purpose of science
and technology in human life? Can human beings alter the
direction of science and technology toward the good of all?
Have we developed much broader perspectives than the
antiquity when we talk about the human civilization? If yes,
what are the new understandings about human nature? How do
we elaborate human nature according to our new situations
and conditions which are rather different from the past?
Whether human nature is essentially individualistic or
collective? How to balance these two different views?
What are the cause for the crisis of refuges? What are
proper attitudes and ways to treat them: hospitable or
hostile? How to balance different interests among different
peoples, cultures and civilizations?
What did “value” mean in the past; what does it mean to us
today? Is it possible to recover and discover the true
meaning of social life in this new era? How to choose a
valuable and meaningful life in our contemporary world?
All the issues mentioned-above can be treated by philosophy,
sociology, ecology, politics, economics, axiology,
epistemology, etc. Participants may choose his/her own topic
according to his/her own interest so as to focus on one
specific aspect under the general theme.
Your creative and new ideas and insights will be
Please send 300 words and a brief CV to Professsor He Xirong [email@example.com],
Shi Yongze [firstname.lastname@example.org]
by April 20, 2017. Full papers sent by June 30, 2017 will be
considered to be published by the RVP in its publication
series "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Change".
There is no registration fee, Travel expense will be covered
by participants (or their institutions); the local organizer
will provide accommodations during the conference.
Professor He Xirong
Professor Shi Yongze