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ASACP Conference 2015


Conference Details

The ASACP Conference 2015 will be hosted by Monash University.
Dates: 10 July (Friday) - 12 July (Sunday) 2015
Venue: Monash University Caulfield Campus, Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Conference Venue: Building H, 8th floor, Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Download Conference Booklet

The conference booklet contains the ASACP 2015 conference programme, abstracts and a list of affiliations. (PDF 28 pages; updated 10 Jul 2015)

Call for Papers

Proposed Conference Panels

Panel 1: Mind, Consciousness in Indian Philosophy
Panel 2: Mind and Consciousness in East Asian Philosophy
Panel 3: Action in Indian Philosophy
Panel 4: Action in East Asian Philosophy
Panel 5: Cultivation in Indian Philosophy
Panel 6: Cultivation in East Asian Philosophy
Comparative Philosophy: Methodology, Prospects and Problems
Panel 1: Indian and East Asian Philosophy
Panel 2: Asian and Western Philosophy
Panel 3: Ancient and Contemporary Philosophy

Please note that the actual panels of the conference differ somewhat from the proposed panels. Please refer to the latest Conference Programme.

Keynote Speakers

Friday 10 July

Professor Graham Priest on “The Net of Indra”
Commentary by Prof. Alan Hájek

Graham Priest
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
Graduate Center
City University of New York;
Boyce Gibson Professor Emeritus
The University of Melbourne

Alan Hajek
Professor of Philosophy
Research School of the Social Sciences
Australian National University

Saturday 11 July

Professor Arindam Chakrabarti on “God/No One Knows:Objective Existence Claims and Refutations of Idealism”
Commentary by Professor Graham Oppy

Arindam Chakrabarti
Department of Philosophy
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu, Hawai‘i

Graham Oppy
Professor of Philosophy
Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Monash University

Sunday 12 July

Professor John Makeham on “Xiong Shili’s Understanding of the Relationship between the Ontological and the Phenomenal”
Commentary by Professor Frank Jackson

John Makeham
Professor of Chinese Studies
School of Culture, History and Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University

Frank Jackson
Professor Emeritus
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
Australian National University

Max Charlesworth Memorial Lecture

Professor Morny Joy on “From Theories of Action to Activism: Investigating Continuities in the Work of Paul Ricoeur, Hannah Arendt, and Indian Women Thinkers/Activists”

Morny Joy
Dept of Religious Studies
University of Calgary

Please note that Professor Joy will also be presenting a related
lecture at Deakin University, Burwood Campus. Download the pdf for further details.

Key Dates

Expressions of Interest (Participation in a Panel, Paper Title, Panel Chair): 31 Mar 2015
Submission of Abstracts (200 words): 30 Apr 2015
Early Bird Registration ends: 30 Apr 2015
A Conference Reception will be held after the opening keynote address on Friday evening
10 Jul 2015.


Early Bird Registration Fees
(before 30 Apr 2015)
Full time, waged: AUD 150
Students, unwaged: AUD 50
Per day: AUD 40 (Friday); AUD 70 per day (Saturday, Sunday)

Normal Registration Fees
(after 30 Apr 2015)
Full time, waged: AUD 200
Students, unwaged: AUD 75
Per day: AUD 50 (Friday); AUD 90 per day (Saturday, Sunday)

Download Registration Form

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Conference Location

onash University Caulfield campus

The ASACP Conference 2015 will be held at Monash University Caulfield Campus in Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia.
Please note that information about travelling to the campus and parking locations is included on the PDF map of the campus.

Travelling to Caulfield campus
Parking at Caulfield campus
Map of Caulfield campus
Melbourne Train Network Map
Cranbourne Line Map
Pakenham Line Map


The Conference Organisers recommend that interstate or international visitors to the conference consider booking hotel accommodation in Melbourne’s CBD rather than in the area directly surrounding the conference venue. The hotels suggested here (from are priced in the mid-range for Melbourne hotels.

The hotels we recommend below are in the area of the CBD near Chinatown (e.g. Russell St, Little Bourke St, Little Latrobe St and Lonsdale St) and are in close proximity to train stations such as Melbourne Central. From there the conference venue can be easily reached by train from any station on the city loop via the Cranbourne or Pakenham train lines (see the maps above).

Space Hotel
380 Russell Street, Melbourne 3000

City Garden Hotel
378 Little Bourke St, Melbourne 3000

Mercure Welcome
265 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

Brady Hotels Central Melbourne
30 Little Latrobe Street, Melbourne 3000

Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
131 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000

Victoria Hotel
215 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

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Conference Organisers

ASACP Conference 2015
Chair, Conference Organising Committee:
Dr Monima Chadha
Philosophy Section
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
Monash University

ASACP Committee: 2013-2015
President: Karyn Lai (University of New South Wales)
Treasurer: Peter Wong (University of Melbourne)
Secretary: Alan Polson (University of Adelaide)
Ex-officio Committee Member: Purushottama Bilimoria (University of Melbourne)
Web Officer: Guy Petterson (University of Melbourne)

Conference Inquiries

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please send your email to:

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