Fairbank Center: Understanding Religious Change in China: Connecting History and Anthropology


Monday, February 29, 2016, 10:00am to 6:00pm


CGIS South S030, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Presentations Include:
• Donald Sutton (Carnegie Mellon University): “Chinese Rituals and the Problem of Sincerity: Applying Seligman, Weller, Puett and Simon’s Ritual and Its Consequences to Late Imperial and Modern China.”

• P. Steven Sangren (Cornell University): “Alienation and Creativity: Desire and Imagination in Ritual Processes”

• James Robson (Harvard University): “Filling Out the Archive: A Brief Reflection on the Need for a Historically Informed Anthropology and an Anthropologically Informed History”

• Megan Bryson (University of Tennessee, Knoxville): “Creating Ethnic Religion: History and Ethnography in Dali, Yunnan”

• Michael Szonyi (Harvard University): “History, Anthropology, Archaeology: Why Are There Two Gods in the Houshan Temple?”

• Evelyn Rawski (University of Pittsburgh): Concluding Thoughts