Chinese Religions and Globalisation, 1800-Present
University of Cambridge
Department of East Asian Studies - St Catharine's College,
July 3-6, 2008
Thursday, 3 July
Session 1: Globalisation and the religious field in China: Theoretical Approaches / Chair: Christian Meyer
"Religious markets in China since 1800: Potential and limits of a concept"
"One empire and multiple local religious systems: the management of religious pluralism in Qing China, 1800-1898"
Conference dinner at St Catharine's (SCR; lounge suit)
Friday, 4 July
Session 2: The state's role and the religious market: Changes and/or Continuity? / Chair: Thoralf Klein
"The Christian Century of South China: The Church-State Relations in Chaozhou, Guangdong Province (1860-1980)"
"The Communist Party on the Religious Market: Falun Gong's political performances on a global stage"
"Globalisation, the Loss of Ruist Intellectual Hegemony, and the Experience of Cultural Angst in 19th and 20th Century China"
Session 3: New Encounters through Globalisation: Inter-religious exchange, dialogue, competition / Chair: Adam Chau
"'Religion' and its historical passage into contemporary China"
"Sectarian Responses to Foreign Presence in China in the Nineteenth Century: The Wanbao baojuan (1858) and other examples"
"Globalisation and Buddhist-Christian Encounter in Republican China"
Visit of the Orchard in Grantchester Pub
Saturday, 5 July
Session 4: Becoming global(ised) - and aware of it / Chair: Joachim Gentz
"Islam in China - China and the Muslim World: ethnicity, politics and global Islam"
"Does International Buddhist Networking Influence the Biographical Self-constructions of Lay Buddhists in Contemporary Taiwan? Results of Interview based Field Research"
"Globalization and the Rise of Philanthropic Religion in Taiwan"
Session 5: Religion(s) and academia: observers and/or participants / Chair: Lai Pan-chiu
"Was there 'religious studies' in Republican China?"
"Debates on national identity and modernization in the context of historical research on late Qing/early Republican Christian missions in 20th century China"
Break with Refreshments
"Does the study of religion (with a focus on Christianity) play a special role in the ideological crisis of the present reform era?"
"Sino-Christian theology: an outworking of the globalized academic market-place or a newly contextualized Christianity?"
Sunday, 6 July
Session 6: The changing role and use of 'media' from tradition to modern (script, book, art, ritual) / Chair: Thomas Jansen
"Encounters with the Foreign and Script Fundamentalism in Early Twentieth Century China"
"Tibetan Buddhists and their books in a digital age"
"Annual Offering Rituals to Confucius and the Revitalization of Confucianism in Quzhou, China"
Concluding discussion and perspectives for further specialized conferences
End of conference/departure