University of Cambridge > Talks.cam > CRASSH lectures > Translating Religion and Secularism in China

Translating Religion and Secularism in China

Add to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Sam Mather.

Historically, the cluster of ideas and practices closest to ‘religion’, ‘faith’ and ‘ritual’ in imperial China occupied a very different historical structure and role from the Abrahamic traditions which gave the names to the above mentioned cluster. The paper will seek to outline the Chinese cluster with reference to the framework of Axial Age traditions. Rather than competition over scripture and faith, Chinese society has witnessed competition between the state, elites and popular groups over the issue of cosmological hegemony and access to cosmological power. The introduction of secularism and religion as social categories in 20th-century China has involved the (modern) Christianization of the question of religion and continues to obscure the problem of religion both in academic analysis and political practice.

All welcome and no need to register attendance.

This talk is part of the CRASSH lectures series.

Tell a friend about this talk:

This talk is included in these lists:

Note that ex-directory lists are not shown.

 

© 2006-2019 Talks.cam, University of Cambridge. Contact Us | Help and Documentation | Privacy and Publicity