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2024 Summer School in Christian Studies: Peace, Inside and Out

15-19 & 22-26 July 2024
Summer SchoolCentre for Sino-Christian Studies
15-19 & 22-26 July 2024
AAB 612, Baptist University Road Campus, HKBU
Registration Fee
[for Observer] HK$100/ day; HK$500 for HKBU staff or full-time students for the whole course

ATI Summer Seminar in Asian Philosophy and Scholasticism:
Peace, Inside and Out

July 15-26th, 2024 • Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr. Jonathan Crowe, Bond University

Dr. May Sim, College of the Holy Cross



Dr. Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe is Head of School and Dean of the School of Law and Justice at the University of Southern Queensland, where he also holds a Research Chair in Law and Justice. He previously taught at Bond University and the University of Queensland, and has held visiting positions at Georgetown University and the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author or editor of eleven books and well over 100 book chapters and journal articles, primarily on legal philosophy, ethics and public law. His books include Australian Constitutional Law: Principles in Movement (Oxford University Press, 2022), Mediation Ethics: From Theory to Practice (Edward Elgar, 2020, co-authored with Rachael Field), Natural Law and the Nature of Law (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and the Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory (Edward Elgar, 2019, co-edited with Constance Youngwon Lee). He co-edits the Journal of Legal Philosophy with Raff Donelson and Hillary Nye.



Dr. May Sim

Dr. May Sim received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation, Aristotle’s Understanding of Form and Universals, was directed by Alasdair C. MacIntyre. She is the contributing editor of The Crossroads of Norm and Nature: Essays on Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics (1995) and From Puzzles to Principles?: Essays on Aristotle’s Dialectic (1999). Her book, Remastering Morals with Aristotle and Confucius, Cambridge University Press (2007), is a comparison of the ethical life in Aristotle and Confucius.  She is currently working on a booklength account of human rights from the Confucian perspective, and a book on Metaphysics and Ethics: East & West. She was the President of the Southwestern Philosophical Society (2006), the current director of the Asian Studies Program at Holy Cross, and the current director of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy (BACAP 44th Annual Program 2022-23).  She was also the 62nd President of the Metaphysical Society of America (2013 MSA) and the President of the 49th Annual Conference of the Northern New England Philosophical Association (2019 NNEPA).  Sim is a fellow (2021-23) of the Center for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics (CASEP). 

2024 Seminar Theme – Peace, Inside and Out: This seminar is intended to introduce scholars and graduate students to Confucian and medieval Latin (‘Scholastic’) perspectives on peace within individuals and in broader society, hoping to pave the way for fruitful philosophical dialogue between these important traditions by bringing together those working on projects in Asian or medieval philosophy, ethics, political philosophy, religion, and theology. Preference will be given to those students or scholars already working on issues associated with the theme of the seminar. Questions regarding the nature of peace, and what is required for its achievement, are central to the classical political tradition East and West. Those same questions deeply impact questions concerning what it is to live a good life, as explored differently in ethics and theology. The Confucian and medieval Latin tradition have extensively explored these themes together, as fundamentally inseparable: peace in society requires as a necessary, if not sufficient condition, peace within each heart. The role of education, especially moral or character education, is also critical for effecting the relevant changes to conscience required for peace to flourish. These perspectives have great value in the midst of growing tensions and conflict in the world today. This seminar will focus on shared themes or insights associated with peace within medieval Scholastic philosophy, as well as within Confucian philosophy, both in earlier forms (e.g., High Middle Ages, Qin dynasty Confucians) and in later developments of the tradition.


Format of Seminar and Additional Information:

● The seminar will take place on campus at Hong Kong Baptist University, in Hong Kong.
●  There will be sessions from 9:30am-5:45pm from Monday to Friday, with the weekend free. Each morning will open with lectures and a seminar-style discussion of the texts and issues at hand. Each afternoon will involve presentations of papers by participants and further seminar-style discussion of topics relevant to the participants’ interests.
● Fifteen scholars and fifteen graduate students will be admitted to this seminar as participants. All admitted participants to the seminar (scholar or graduate student) will have food, accommodation, and travel covered by the CSCS-ATI.
●  Each admitted participant will be required to write a 3000-4000 word paper that can be presented during the course of the seminar. (Graduate students will be assigned topics; scholars will propose a paper topic as part of their application).
● Others are also allowed to attend as observers, after registering online and paying a registration fee.

Application Instructions: 
Scholar applicants who want to be considered as participants will be required to submit a completed application form, including:

  • A cover letter of no more than two pages, indicating your interest in the seminar, your areas of research, and a paper topic proposal (300-500 words) for an article that might cover the themes of the seminar. This should be new research you intend to undertake, not previously published work. A completed paper will need to be submitted before the seminar begins.
  • An updated CV including: name, date of birth, address, email, current academic institution, degree, discipline, and publications.


Graduate student applicants will be required to submit a completed application form, including:

  • A cover letter of no more than half a page, indicating briefly your interest in the seminar.
  • An updated CV, including: name, date of birth, address, email, current academic institution, degree, discipline, any publications, and a list of all graduate coursework.
  • A brief statement of research interest no longer than 750 words.
  • One academic writing sample.
  • A letter of recommendation from your PhD supervisor (attached within the completed application).


Observers need not apply, but will require filling out the form at the Register link  on the CSCS website.

All application materials should be combined into one PDF file (with materials in the order indicated above) and submitted via e-mail to Please put as the subject of the email: “Summer Seminar 2024 Application: [Scholar/Student].” Please direct any further questions to


APPLICATIONS DUE: February 29th, 2024. Incomplete applications will not be considered.