The 8th Summer Institute for the Social Scientific Study of Religion was held July 4-15, 2011 at Renmin University of China, Beijing. The Summer Institute is part of the Chinese Spirituality and Society Program, and the objective is to train faculty members at Chinese universities that have been offering or plan to offer sociology of religion courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 23 people attended the summer institute and received certificates by completed the full course.
Other lecturers were: Wei Shan and HE Guanghu of Renmin University, Min Zhou of University of California, Los Angeles, Zuoyue Wang of California State Polytechnic University, GAO Shining of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Vincent Goossaert of CNRS-EPHE, France.
Anning Hu and Jun Lu of Purdue University served as interpreters.