MRI Call for Papers

The Symposium of the Ricci Institutes of Macao and Taipei for 2019 is meant to spark serious discussions in China and Southeast Asia over the role of China’s wisdom traditions in promoting moral leadership in business and the professions.  These traditions — as recognised in China’s Constitution, namely, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestant Christianity, and Islam — converge in supporting moral excellence through the teaching and practice of various forms of religious observance: prayer, study of sacred texts, performance of religious rituals, and spiritual self-cultivation or contemplation.  We will use the term “Contemplation” to cover forms of meditation or spiritual practice that include those grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition but also in other wisdom traditions contributing to our deepening appreciation for spirituality, to designate the focus of this year’s conference.  Though China’s wisdom traditions differ among themselves in their metaphysical assumptions — that is, the reality of God and the nature of humanity’s relationship to it — they seem to converge in a number of ways they respond to the depth dimension of human experience. It has been one of the great insights of the founder of the Taipei Ricci Institute, Fr. Yves Raguin S.J. (1910-1998) to explore the importance of Contemplation not only as a path to enrich the Christian faith journey but also as a privileged door to enter in dialogue with other religions especially with Buddhism and Daoism.

Date: Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, 2019

Venue: Don Bosco Auditorium (University of Saint Joseph, Macao)

Brief for Submission 

With this call for papers we invite submissions that focus on a particular aspect of Contemplation, Mission and Martyrdom particularly in the Ignatian tradition, i.e. what it is, and how the opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and communication related to becoming “Contemplative in Action” might be understood and responded to by scholars, entrepreneurs, business leaders, as well as students, faculty, netizens, and others learning through social media.  What can we learn from the historic experience of those who put Contemplative silence at the core of their being and action?  How might a mission which is genuinely rooted in local cultures not only be enriched through Contemplation but also contribute to new approaches to mission. How do Martyrdom and the blood of martyrs through the centuries help to frame an action-oriented mission which is freed from sectarian concerns but is designed to advance the common good and enhance our capacities for moral leadership and social responsibility?

We encourage papers that reflect on the contributions made by the spiritual and wisdom traditions focused on Contemplative practices that flourished along cultural cross-roads including Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.What is the impact of contemplative traditions on our understanding of the terms of Mission and Martyrdom?

We are looking for papers that bring together theory and practice, research studies and case-based papers that address the intrinsic link between Contemplation, Mission and Martyrdom.  We welcome both careful empirical studies and thoughtful and well-developed conceptual work that explore this topic. Empirical studies should be supported by rigorous qualitative or quantitative data analysis. Conceptual work should be clearly grounded in the existing literature. Practitioner papers are welcomed to contribute to our understanding of effective teaching and learning, through research, reports and case studies that address any of the questions suggested here, or others that they believe should be addressed.

Submitted papers should have the potential to make a significant contribution both to action-oriented educational and academic literature and/or organisational development in order to qualify for inclusion in the Conference.

Accepted papers for the Conference will be considered for publication in the MRI Journal.

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Submission Dates

Please submit papers or an abstract of 500-700 words for consideration to Brian Chao, at, by 27 April 2019. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 29 June 2019, and at that time will be given a “Style Sheet” with instructions, on the length of the paper, formatting, the use of APA guidelines, and other technical details. The final deadline for papers is 1 October 2019.

Academic Committee

  • Stephan Rothlin SJ, Macao Ricci Institute
  • Jaroslaw Duraj SJ, Macao Ricci Institute
  • Thierry Meynard SJ, University of Sun-Yat-Sen, Guangzhou, China & Macao Ricci Institute
  • Olivier Lardinois SJ, Taipei Ricci Institute
  • Franz Gassner SVD, Religious Studies Department, University of Saint Joseph
  • Yang Hengda, Renmin University of China, Beijing
  • Zhou Shoujin, Peking University
  • Edmund Ryden SJ, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei
  • Mike Thompson, Gustavson Business School, University of British Columbia
  • Dennis McCann, Rothlin Ltd. Research Department