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Old Society, New Faith: Religious Encounter and Cultural Identity in Early Medieval China and Europe

Workshop in Comparative History

Saturday, December 01, 2012
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA

Organized by Mu-chou Poo (History, Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Robert Gurval (Classics, UCLA)



Section A

Chair: Lothar von Falkenhausen (Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History, UCLA)

1:30-1:40: Bin Wong (Professor of History; Director of Asia Institute, UCLA): Welcome remarks

1:40-1:50: Ping-chen Hsiung (Professor of History; Director of Research Institute for the Humanities, CUHK): Introduction of the CUHK-UCLA collaborative scheme

1:50-2:20: Mu-chou Poo (Professor of History, CUHK): Conference scheme; The Buddhist taming of the ghosts: New ways to solve old problem

2:20-2:40: Michele Salzman (Professor of History, UCR): Religious Encounters and Cultural Identity in Rome and China

2:40-3:00: Tea break


Section B

 Chair: Robert Gurval (Professor of Classics, UCLA)

3:00-3:20: Harold Drake (Professor of History, UCSB): Religious Competition and Violence

3:20-3:40: Natasha Heller (Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA): Revenge and Reincarnation: Buddhism and Justice in Early Medieval China

3:40-4:00: John Kieschnick (Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University): Does Monotheism Matter?

4:00-5:30: General discussion: themes to pursue; people to invite for conference; plan for a second conference


Supported by:

  • UCLA Asia Institute Humanities in Asia/Asia in the Humanities Initiative
  • Research Institute for the Humanities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Humanist Humanities Project of Foguang Vihara

Please RSVP to hanmochang@yahoo.com

Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific Center