Purdue University

Summit Program & Schedule - Thursday, Oct.9th, 2008

Simultaneous interpretation between Chinese and English will be provided for all the sessions on October 9-10.


8:00 Registration


8:30-10:00  Opening Remarks and Session I: The Emerging Social Scientific Study of Religion in China


  1. HE Guanghu, Renmin University:  Thirty Years of Religious Studies in China
  2. Eileen Barker, London School of Economics: Preparing the Way: Conceptual Descriptions and Understandings of Religion and Spirituality in Contemporary China


10:00-10:30 Group photo


10:30-12:00    II.  The Historical Factor in Contemporary Society


  1. FANG Litian, Renmin University: The Modern Significance of Some Basic Concepts in Chinese Buddhism
  2. Philip Jenkins, Penn State University: The Transformation Of Gender And Family In Emerging Asian Christianity
  3. Gordon Melton, Institute for the Study of American Religion:  History as a Factor in the Social Scientific Study of Chinese Religion


12:00-1:30      Lunch


1:30-3:00  III. Religious Pluralism in Chinese Societies


  1. MOU Zhongjian, Central University for Nationalities:  The Pluralistic-Assimilatory Model of Chinese Religious Culture
  2. MA Rong, Peking University: The Religious Tolerance of Traditional Chinese Civilization and the Mode of Indigenization of Foreign Religions—the Case of Islam
  3. Richard Madsen, University of California, San Diego: Secular State And Religious Society In Taiwan
  4. FAN Lizhu, Fudan University: The Dilemma Of Chinese Religious Studies in the Framework of Western Religious Theories


3:00-3:30 Break


3:30-5:00  IV. Empirical Studies of Chinese Religions and Spiritualities


  1. Daniel Olson, Purdue University:  Explanations of International Differences in Religion that May Apply to China
  2. Graeme Lang, City University of Hong Kong, and LU Yunfeng, Peking University: Religious Individualism, Collectivism, and Environmentalism: Preliminary Analysis and Applications in Chinese Societies
  3. Joseph Tamney, The Catholic University of America:  The Resilience of Confucianism


5:00-6:30 Dinner



7:00-8:00  Confucianism in the Modern World: Keynote address

TU Weiming, Harvard University: Confucian Spirituality in Contemporary China


8:10-9:30  Confucianism in the Modern World: A Plenary Panel Discussion


  • Robert Neville, Boston University: Confucian Humaneness (Ren) Across Social Barriers
  • John Berthrong, Boston University: From Beijing to Boston: The Future Contributions of the Globalization of New Confucianism
  • KANG Xiaoguang, Renmin University of China: A Study of the Renaissance of Traditional Cultures in Contemporary China



Stone Hall Room 347, 700 W. State Street, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 Phone: (765)494-5801 Fax: (765)494-6938 Email: CRCS@purdue.edu
© by CRCS at Purdue University. All rights reserved.