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

 

Evening

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

 

 

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