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Center for Process Studies China Project Summer Programming, 2024

China Project Summer 2024 Activities

The 18th Whitehead International Symposium on Children Wisdom Education | June 25, 2024, Beijing

This symposium aims to delve into how to effectively cultivate children’s ecological literacy in the context of the new era of ecological civilization, contributing to children’s holistic development and the sustainable development of society.

Guest Speakers
  • John B. Cobb, Jr.: Founding President of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker: Renowned American ecologist, and a leading figure in exploring the ecological dimensions of Confucianism worldwide.
  • John Grim: a well-known American expert on Indigenous culture.
  • Andrew Schwartz: Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies (CPS) and Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv).
  • Fan Meijun: Co-founder of the Global Network of Ecological Education and Program Director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China.
  • Liao Liying: Researcher at the Beijing Institute of Preschool Education Sciences.
  • Wang Zhihe: Executive Director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China.
  • Yan Xiaoxia: Principle of the Beijing Whitehead Education and Technology Research Institute.
  • Liao Liying: Former Secretary-General of the China Early Childhood Education Research Association and senior early childhood education expert.

International Symposium on Process Philosophy and Comparative Studies of Chinese Thought | July 6 – 7, 2024, Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC)

These two event (the symposium and the summer academy) aim to delve deeply into the intersections of Whitehead’s process philosophy and Chinese thought. We will discuss and explore how Whitehead’s process philosophy relates to traditional Chinese thought and how comparing these two intellectual traditions can offer new frameworks for understanding the modern world. We are committed to utilizing Whitehead’s process philosophy to conduct an in-depth and comprehensive re-reading and interpretation of traditional Chinese thought.

The events will bring together renowned scholars from both domestic and international backgrounds to explore the core ideas of Whitehead’s process philosophy, its developmental trajectory, and its comparative studies with Chinese traditional thought. Meanwhile, the summer seminar offers scholars and students interested in process philosophy an opportunity for systematic learning. Through lectures, academic discussions, and case analyses, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic theories of Whitehead’s process philosophy, its developmental history, and its applications in modern society.

17th Process Summer Academy | July 8 – 13, 2024, UIC, Zhuhai, Guangdong


July 6: Registration for participants and students at the Yuzhan Hotel, Tangjiawan, Zhuhai

July 7: International Symposium on Process Philosophy and Comparative Studies of Chinese Thought

July 8 – 12: Whitehead Process Philosophy Summer Academy

Beginner’s Class:
Introduction to Process Philosophy, “Entering Whitehead”


  • Professor Yang Fubin (Beijing Institute of Technology)
  • Professor Yang Li (Harbin Normal University)
  • Professor Wang Zhihe (Center for Process Studies)
  • Professor Wang Kun (Zhejiang Normal University)
  • Dr. John Becker (California State University)

Advanced Class: Intensive Reading of “Science and the Modern World” (1925)


  • Professor Guo Haipeng (UIC)
  • Dr. Justin Heinzekehr (Goshen College)

Organic Process Thinking and Ecological Transformation of Enterprises | July 14 – 15, 2024, Dongguan, Shenzhen

Due to the escalating ecological crisis, human civilization is at a critical juncture. As ecological civilization rises, unsustainable modern industrial civilization is declining, leading to widespread business failures. Entrepreneurs are exploring how to revive and transform their companies from profit-driven to ecological enterprises that promote the well-being of humans and nature. How can businesses achieve sustainable success, become places where employees grow healthily, and shift from “profit-driven” to “Tao-driven”? What role do organic process thinking and traditional Chinese culture play in this ecological transformation?

An international symposium titled “Organic Process Thinking and the Ecological Transformation of Enterprises” will be held from July 14 – 15, 2024, in Dongguan, Shenzhen. This will be the first process conference held at a factory.

Dr. Meijun Fan serves as the Co-Director of the China Project and is primarily responsible for overseeing Cultural Communication, the newspaper publication of the project. Additionally, she manages the Chinese visiting scholar program, conference program, and publicity efforts. Previously, Fan held the position of Vice-Chair and Professor at Beijing Normal University’s Philosophy Department. She completed her doctoral studies in Chinese traditional aesthetics and aesthetic education at the same university. Fan has authored six books and co-authored seven, including the notable work Cobb and China: An Intensive Study of Cobb’s Postmodern Ecological Civilization Thoughts. Her book Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic received the “Excellence Award in Philosophy and Social Science” in China in 1997. She has also published over 100 academic articles in Chinese and English.