Fengshui Symposium

CFP – 1st Symposium of the Academic Journal of Feng Shui – Oceania

‘Canopy & Chariot – Chinese Concepts of Heaven and Earth in the Feng Shui Tradition’

University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May 2017

The Journal
The Academic Journal of Feng Shui (AJOFS) is a peer-reviewed open-access online journal that publishes original research articles in all aspects of Feng Shui.

The first International symposium on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment was held at the City University of Hong Kong in 2005. Subsequently the second, third and fourth international conferences were successfully completed in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Furthermore, two international conferences on Feng Shui (Kan Yu) and Architecture were hosted by Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in 2010 and 2012. The common aim of these conferences was to provide an international platform to exchange research in the area of Feng Shui.

In order to extend into the future world-wide research on Feng Shui in a sustainable way, the peer-reviewed open-access online Academic Journal of Feng Shui (www.AJoFengShui.co.nf) was created in 2013 to give a focus for rigorously researched contributions to the knowledge of Feng Shui.

The objectives of the journal are:

(1) to promote academic research in all areas of Feng Shui
(2) to collect publications and sources of information for Feng Shui research
(3) to provide news and information on academic activities related to Feng Shui

The Journal Editorial Board:
Dr Michael Mak (Editor) – University of Newcastle, Australia
Mr Howard Choy – European College of Feng Shui, Berlin, Germany
Dr Michael Paton – University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Albert So – Asian Institute of Built Environment, Hong Kong

The Symposium
Further to these goals, and continuing in the tradition of the previous events, in 2017 the AJOFS will host its 1st Symposium in Sydney, Australia. Speakers will include a range of professional academics from various Feng Shui related fields including Architecture, Geology, Sinology, the Environment and Chinese Medicine.

Centered on the Oceania region with international guests, confirmed speakers include –

Associate Professor Hong-Key Yoon (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Dr Derham Groves (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Dr Michael Mak (University of Newcastle, Australia)
Mr Howard Choy (European College of Feng Shui, Germany)
Dr Michael Paton (University of Sydney, Australia)

The symposium will host a Gala dinner (location TBD) on Saturday 13 May at an additional cost to attendees.

Site visits will be arranged in the program on Sunday 14 May, locations and details to be advised.

The Theme
The proposed theme for the 2017 Symposium is ‘Canopy & Chariot – Chinese Concepts of Heaven and Earth in the Feng Shui Tradition’. Drawing from the ancient Chinese term kanyu 堪輿, approximately translated as ‘Canopy’ and ‘Chariot’ or ‘Chassis’, this embodies the two mains schools of thought in Feng Shui – The Form School, dealing primarily with observational analysis of the landscape and physical topography; and the Compass School, chiefly concerned with astronomical and calendrical calculations determined by the magnetic compass.

Speakers will be presenting on a number of related topics which they have personally researched and thereby contributed to the understanding of this ancient art.

The Audience

The broad scope of this symposium should encourage patronage from academics as well as modern practitioners and students of Feng Shui looking to increase their knowledge, introduce architects to applications of Feng Shui, be of interest to professionals and enthusiasts of Chinese language or culture and also aid those trained in Chinese Medicine to become better acquainted with a traditionally allied modality.

A Call for Papers
AJOFS welcomes interested parties to submit an abstract for review by the scientific committee. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, demonstrating an original idea/s and contribution to the field. All submissions must include the authors’ name, academic credentials, associated educational institution, full contact details and should be sent to AJoFengShui@gmail.com. Full paper should be no more than 6000 words including references, will be refereed by two reviewers. The format of the manuscripts should follow the template of the Journal (www.AJoFengShui.co.nf >> Submission >> Template).

Deadline for Abstract: 31 Dec 2016
Notice of abstract acceptance will be made within 2 weeks of submission

Deadline for Full Paper: 28 Feb 2017
Peer-review of full paper will be made within 4 weeks of submission.

Accepted parties will be required to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses and be available for either day of the event. Registration fees will be waved and entry to the gala dinner complimentary. All final presentations must be made in Power Point; provision for other media will not be made. All full papers presented will be included in the Proceedings of the Symposium and published on the Journal’s website.

Organising Committee:
Dr Michael Mak (Chair)
Mr Tyler Rowe (Co-Chair)
Dr Michael Paton (Chair of Scientific Committee)
Mr Howard Choy
Prof Wei Dong
Dr Albert So