In order to build Shandong University into the center of world Confucius study, to make it to be a top-ranking discipline and thus promote the development of related disciplines, Shandong University, in January 2012, incorporated original Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Center of Confucian Studies, Institute of Literature, History and Philosophy, and Editorial Department of Literature, History and Philosophy into the new Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, retaining the name of “Institute of Literature, History and Philosophy” and keeping the independence of “Editorial Department of Literature, History and Philosophy”.
The Advanced Institute of Confucian Studies of Shandong University is not only an independent body of scientific study, but also an open and public platform. As such a platform, the Institute will open itself to the whole university, the whole nation and the world step by step, and to all of scholars engaged in classical academic study, during the process of which it will be gradually built into one of the authoritative institution of classical academic study at home and abroad, especially Confucian studies. At present, the Confucian Institute includes institutes of Chinese philosophy, Chinese history, Chinese literature, Confucian Classics and Chinese traditional philology, ancient text, folklore and Office of Xu Jialu, Office of Pangpu. The present dean is Mr. Xu Jialu, the permanent vice deans are Xu Xianghong, Fan Liming, the executive dean is Wang Xuedian, the secretary of the Party committee is Ba Jinwen, and the vice deans are Yan Bingang, Du Zhexun and Huang Yushun.
The original Institute of Literature, History and Philosophy was established in 2002, incorporating the original Research Institute of Literature, History and Philosophy (established in 1983), the Research Institute of Collation of Ancient Books (established in 1983), and Research Institute of Folklore (established in 1985). The original Research Center of Confucianism and the original Advanced Institute of Confucian Studies was established in 2010. The journal Literature History and Philosophy was established in 1951. The famous scholars who served as research and administrative leaders in the original institutions include Hua Gang, Wu Fuheng, Yang Xiangkui, Xiao Difei, Wang Zhongluo, Guan Dedong, Jiang WeiSong, Wang Shaozeng, Ge Maochun, Ding Guanzhi, etc. The famous scholars who are still doing research work include Pang Pu, Dong Zhian, Ji Changhong, Xu Jingzhe, Gong Kechang, Zhang Zhonggang, Meng Xiangcai, Liu Xiaodong, and Feng Haofei.
The Institute has 4 first level disciplines: Chinese literature, history, philosophy and sociology; 10 second level disciplines; 2 independent doctoral programs: Chinese classical philology and Chinese folk literature; 8 cooperated doctoral programs: Chinese ancient literature, Chinese graphology, history theory and history of history, special history, Chinese modern and contemporary history, foreign philosophy, Chinese philosophy and philosophy of science and technology; 3 cooperated postdoctoral stations of first level discipline: philosophy, literature and history; and 12 master programs: foreign philosophy, Chinese philosophy, philosophy of science and technology, folklore, Chinese folk literature, literature and art, Chinese graphology, Chinese classical philology, Chinese ancient literature, history theory and history of history, special history and Chinese modern and contemporary history. Chinese classical philology was approved successfully as key discipline of Shandong province and of the nation, and the research institute of folklore was approved as Shandong province’s non material cultural heritage research base and became Chinese festival culture research base of Ministry of Education. There are more than 100,000 books in the library of the institute, including 10,000 thread-bound ancient books, most of which are original editions of Ming and Qing Dynasties, among which Classification of Five Notes published in 10th year of Mingchenghua was once a holding of the original “Wen Yuan Ge”, Da Zheng Zang Ji has script of Dai Jitao, and both of them are cherishing classical books.
The Institute has an excellent team of teachers totaling 60, among whom there are 28 professors, 13 associate professors, 8 lecturers, 7 administrative staff members, 4 staff members for library management. In addition, there is a teacher from US and a teacher from Japan. There are 17 doctoral tutors, and more than 80% of the teachers have a doctoral degree. Professor Wang Xuedian and professor Zhen Jiewen were appointed as members of literature and history research museum of Shandong province, professor Ma Laiping as government counselor of Shandong province. Professor Du Zexun and Zhang Shishan entered Education program for New Century Excellent Talents. It has cultivated about 200 doctors and 400 masters, one of whom won the award of the national top 100 doctoral thesis, and another one of which was nominated for it. There are about 230 master and doctoral candidates now in the institute, and about 40 post-doctors in program.
The Institute is a comprehensive organization of human science that specializes in studies of Chinese classics, especially of Confucianism,. It aims at cultivating graduate students of high level, gains a number of remarkable results having a top level of the time in the fields of Chinese traditional academy such as ancient Chinese, ancient history, and ancient philosophy, and has become an important force in the research of philosophy and social science and the main body of the construction of “985 project “and “211 project” of Shandong University. Chinese classical philology, Chinese ancient literature, folklore, history of Chinese language, history theory and history of history and philosophy of science and technology is famous in academia for their high expertise and creative spirit, has successively undertaken about 50 projects supported respectively by nation, ministry of education and Shandong province, gained significant accomplishments, formed unique style of research and was recognized widely in the academia. Among them, the theory of history, philology, folklore, literature of Pre-Qing and Two Han dynasties, modern Chinese language, research of Du Fu, hermeneutics and Chinese hermeneutics take a leading position at home and abroad.
The Institute puts great emphasis on international academic communication and international cooperation, realizing outstanding achievements in these aspects, establishing successively substantial and long-termed academic communication and cooperation relationship with France, the US, Germany, Japan, Korea, Hongkong, and Taiwan. There are about 90 person-times of teachers and 40 person-times of graduate students who went abroad for academic communications. It has held about 20 international symposiums and employed about 10 famous scholars as honorary professors, chair professors, distinguished professors in flow position, visiting professors or concurrent doctoral supervisors.
The original Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies made great contributions to the cooperation between the government of Shandong province and Shandong University, reconstruction of the value of traditional culture for needs of development in the time of globalization of economy and diversity of culture, building of Chinese spiritual home, the talent training, scientific research and cultural integration, exerting the regional priority of Shandong University in the Qi Lu Region, in Confucius’ hometown and in the origin of Confucianism, and the research, popularity and propagation of Confucianism.
The new Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies will fully take good advantages of its past. Its future development will under the guide of the strategy of opening the Institute, equaling Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism, and leading the research of classics, and thus it proposes the scientific line of juxtaposition of Han and Song, document and thought, history of classics and history of philosophy, popular classics and newly unearthed documents, textual research and philosophical connotation, history and commentary, potentiality and brilliance, being humble in study and becoming significant in influence, history and reality, basic study and employment, respecting personal interesting and encouraging team cooperation, Chinese classical culture and western culture. It will promote the comprehensive, overall, deep development of Chinese traditional academy from the three aspects of academic project, academic activity and academic publishing, while still insisting on its high level and high start point of academic standard. In the premise of respecting the developing rule of academy, we will, through solid effort, do our best to build the Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies into a national center of inheriting and innovating Chinese culture, an eastern center of reviving human civilization, and a world center of Confucianism.