Jul 31

[Call for Book Proposals] Current Perspectives on Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Education

Book Series by Information Age Publishing
Current Perspectives on Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Education

Series Editors:
Hongyu Wang (Oklahoma State University-Tulsa)
Jing Lin (University of Maryland)
Heesoon Bai (Simon Fraser University)
Xin Li (California State University-Long Beach)



Complicated intra-cultural and inter-civilizational conversations and cooperation in and through education have become imperative for human and ecological survival and renewal in today’s world, which is facing unprecedented challenges. The purpose of this book series is to engage in in-depth, cross-cultural and intercultural, international dialogues on how Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in classical and/or contemporary schools of thought can inform today’s educational theory and practice. Mutual engagement between East and West has had a long history, although obscured in recent centuries by the domination of techno-scientific instrumental reason in the West. It is time to renew nondualistic East-West dialogues for educational insights into relationality, creativity, leadership, compassion, and wisdom to help transform our current understandings and practices.

Although Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism are ancient wisdom traditions, they all have new developments in the contemporary age both in Asia and in the West. The focus of this book series is on current perspectives, historically informed and critically analyzed, and their contemporary influences in the diverse settings of education. The editors of this book series welcome manuscripts that draw upon one or multiple schools of thought within or across Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, and/or their intellectual, cultural, and spiritual relationships with Western thought to explore fundamental educational issues or content subject areas at all levels (from early childhood education to higher education) and in all settings of education. Not to reinforce the East/West binary, however, the editors look for manuscripts that evoke and inspire cross-fertilization of educational ideas, new awareness, and alternative pathways that engage difference in a mutually enhanced and enriched way.

The scope of this book series includes multiple educational dimensions such as purposes and aims of education, personhood and interbeing, curriculum and pedagogy, cultural diversity, educational leadership, embodied knowing, ethics, peace and sustainability, and international studies, as well as re-thinking education in specific subject areas. Other topics can be applied as well. The manuscripts can address formal or informal educational programs using a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary lenses.



Please help Information Age Publishing (IAP) envision the purpose and audience for your book project by writing a proposal that includes the following elements. IAP’s goal is to understand how your book could make an important, unique contribution to your field.

Begin your proposal by explaining the overall objectives and significance of the book project in a detailed statement of purpose (1-3 paragraphs).

In writing your statement of purpose, please respond to the following questions:
• Who is/are the author(s)/editor(s)?
• If this is an edited volume, include a list of contributors/affiliations. Please indicate if this is a tentative list.
• Who is your audience for this book? (e.g., academic or professional, adoption potential or reference work)?
• How could the book be marketed (e.g., are there professional societies or SIGs that would be interested in this book)?
• How do you expect readers to make use of this book?
• How does the book extend current knowledge in your field of study?
• How does the project explore previously unrecognized or infrequently considered topics in the literature?

Also tell us:
• How this work fits in with the published literature
• The length of the project
• Your schedule for delivery of the final draft
• About any special production issues such as complicated graphics, art work, photos, etc.
• Whether you are submitting your proposal to other prospective publishers. In addition to your statement of purpose, please add:

An outline of the book that provides a short narrative description of each chapter. For edited volumes, provide a list of the chapter titles or topics that will be covered as well as the names and backgrounds of authors (a couple of sentences).

Two sample chapters (preferably the introduction chapter and another chapter) and a resume or curriculum vitae for the authors(s) or editor(s).

Regarding manuscript format requirements: Please check the publisher’s website. If classical works not in poetry form are translated into poetry form in English, please note that the copyright permission for quoting the translation will follow the policy for quoting a poem, unless the author uses her or his own translation.

The proposal should be emailed to: hongyu.wang@okstate.edu