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A Conference on Nôm Studies
April 11-12, 2008
Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor
Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society of Temple University invites scholars, researchers, consultants, and other experts to submit original and unpublished works conveying innovations, ideas, multidisciplinary problems, position papers, field studies, case studies, etc., in formulating the scope and areas of Nôm studies.  Nôm studies can be tentatively thought of as multi-disciplinary research in Vietnamese studies recorded in the ideographic script called chữ Nôm, used in Vietnam from the tenth century to the 1920's.
Suggested Topics for Conference Papers:
  1. Basic Research in chữ Nôm
    history of the origin, formation, and development of chữ Nôm, script type, functions of chữ Nôm, its cultural significance, and problems of text studies of chữ Nôm, etc.

    This type of research has been conducted since the beginning of the 19th Century with the publication of dictionaries in parallel Nôm and Quốc ngữ. Since the beginning of the1990's, an IT branch of Nôm basic research was initiated with the creation and maintenance of a Nôm ideogram repertoire, and was submitted to and adopted by the multi-lingual Unicode Consortium and the ISO/IEC 10646. Currently, all newly built operating systems include 9,299 Vietnamese Nôm ideograms. Thousands more were submitted and are awaiting multi-lingual adoption. The Conference hopes to discuss such issues as inclusion of newly discovered Nôm ideograms for researchers.

  2. Fields of Nôm Research
    related to historical dialectology, linguistics, and specialized language and idioms (in such fields as philosophy, medicine, mathematics, history, geography, and so on).

    The Conference hopes to initiate discussions on the scope of discipline specializations in Nôm studies to help prepare students in their choice of subjects and data for research.

  3. Problems in the Popularization, Use, and Teaching of Nôm
    In the face of a shortage of comprehensive Nôm curricula, the popularization of Nôm studies becomes difficult.  Learning Nôm is also tied to knowledge of Vietnamese.  The Conference hopes to initiate efforts to build textbooks for basic Nôm courses.

Submitted papers must describe work not previously published. Papers must not be submitted concurrently to another conference with refereed proceedings.

Abstracts and Paper Drafts Submission

  1. Papers can be written in English, French or Vietnamese.
  2. All submitted papers must have an abstract in English.
  3. Abstracts should be 500 words, submitted together with author’s name, professional address, contact telephone and email, and a short biography.
  4. All submissions are to be in both paper and in electronic form, or via email. Contact the the Center, at, if you need help.

Papers Reviewing And Publication

  1. Submitted papers will be reviewed. Accepted papers will be published by means of electronic proceedings. Authors of accepted papers must sign a copyright release form.
  2. All submitted papers will use Unicode standard Times New Roman, 12 point, single-spaced.
  3. Conference paper readers: Prof. Philip Alperson, Prof. Sophie Quinn-Judge and Dr. Ngo Thanh Nhan of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society of Temple University.

Important Dates

  1. January 31, 2008: Deadline for abstracts and invited session proposals.
  2. February 15, 2008: Notifications of Acceptance.
  3. March 15, 2008: Final paper submission for both individual papers and invited sessions, both hard copies and electronic versions.
  4. April 5, 2008: Final Program Announcement.

Important Information about coming to the Conference

  1. The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society will cover the conference costs and food.  It is expected that participants to the Conference will arrange and pay for their own transportation and lodging during the Conference. 
  2. The Organizing Committee has a limited amount of funds to support travel and lodging expenses for qualified participants.

Papers Submission and Conference information, please contact Prof. Philip Alperson, Prof. Sophie-Quinn Judge and Dr. Ngo Thanh Nhan at:

Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society
Attn: Nôm Conference
Gladfelter Hall 1014, 1115 Berks Street
College of Liberal Arts, Temple University,
Philadelphia, PA 19122.

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