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|CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURES: JAPAN AND CHINA IN COMPARISON (1543-1644)
November 30–December 2, 2006
The present symposium aims to bring together leading Sinologists and Japanologists from around the world engaged in research on the history of Christianity in Japan and in China. It takes as its point of departure the 400th anniversary of the death of Alessandro Valignano, S.J. (1539–1606), one of the first Europeans to articulate a clear policy of religious and cultural engagement with the civilizations of China and Japan.
This symposium aims to foster a comparative and interdisciplinary approach by adopting a format that includes both short formal papers and interactive panel discussions. This will allow scholars not only to present their own research but also to explore jointly with other specialists the similarities and differences between newly emerging models of Christianity among the Japanese and the Chinese. Each panel will focus on a specific theme that illustrates and compares the elaborationand development of new expressions of Christian culture in the two countries.
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More specifically, scholars will concentrate on early Christian texts in translation, works of art, the development of new forms of Christian ritual, local community organization, etc., in late Ming China and Warring States / early Tokugawa Japan (ca. 1543–1644). Such modes of interaction with local cultures, while originally relying on European models, were adapted over time by the missionaries and prominent local Christians to and transformed by the East Asian cultural matrix. How these processes evolved historically in Japan and in China will be the main focus of the symposium. A number of scholars will also explore the unique role played by Macau, the port-city that was at the diplomatic, economic, and religious crossroads between East Asia and Europe and that facilitated these encounters between faith and culture. The official languages of the symposium will be English, (Mandarin) Chinese, and Japanese. Simultaneous translation will be provided. Please check this website periodically for further detailed information and updates.
Co-Sponsors: Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, U.S.A.
Macau Ricci Institute, China
EXPERIENCING JESUS CHRIST THROUGH CHINESE EYES
November 3-5, 2006
This conference will examine how Chinese cultural, social, intellectual, theological, artistic and other perspectives reflect, as through a prism, dimensions which will enrich our shared understanding of Jesus Christ. We seek to learn more deeply about the Faith life and spiritual journey of the living Church in China in its own context.
Program Highlights: Keynote Papers, Panel, Focused Discussion Groups, Liturgy and Prayer, Resources Exhibit, and Chinese Cultural Evening
Rachel ZHU Xiaohong, Fudan University, Visiting Scholar at Yale Divinity School
Rev. Paul SHI Hui Min, China Catholic Institute of Philosophy and Theology
Cecilia TAO Beiling, Guang Qi Catholic Press, Shanghai
Eucharistic Liturgy - Celebrant and homilist: Cardinal Paul Kuo-hsi SHAN, Kaohsiung Diocese, Taiwan
For more information, or to register, contact
US Catholic China Bureau
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ 07079
Co-sponsors: Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim
TRADITION AND FAITH: LIFE IN A NORTHERN CHINESE VILLAGE
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco
750 Kearny Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
To the west of Beijing lies a mountainous region that contains close to thirty villages that have existed for centuries. Here within Mulberry Valley Village, the faith of the people, Catholicism, has remained unchanged for over a hundred years. Join us for a presentation of photographs by Ms. SHI Song and a detailed explanation by Prof. YANG Huilin as we explore the culture, society, architecture, and religious life of this unique village in China today.
Speakers: Dr. YANG Huilin is Professor of Comparative Literature and Dean, People’s University of China in Beijing and currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the EDS-Stewart Chair at the Ricci Institute. Ms. SHI Song is Senior Editor and Photo-artist at the People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, China.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For reservations, call the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco at 415-986-1822, St. Mary’s Chinese Schools and Center at 415-929-4690, or Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401.
Co-sponsors: Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim, St. Mary’s Chinese Schools and Center
TREASURES FROM JAPAN AND CHINA IN THE JESUIT ROMAN ARCHIVES (1540-1773):A SPIRITUAL OR COLONIAL "ENTERPRISE"?
Thursday, April 13 , 2006
University of San Francisco
Come explore the early history of the interaction between Westerners, Japanese, and Chinese as told through 16th-18th century manuscripts and early printed materials written by those who actually took part in these events. Join the Ricci Institute at the USF Center for the Pacific Rim as Rev. Antoni Üçerler reveals the treasures of the Japonica-Sinica Collection of the Archives of the Society of Jesus in Rome, a collection soon to be available electronically at USF. Utilizing the rare and unique resources of the Archives, Fr. Üçerler will retell the story of how the Jesuits in East Asia, Latin America, and Europe engaged in an animated debate across continents as they struggled to define their missionary “enterprise”.
Rev. M. Antoni J. Üçerler, S.J. is a full-time Research Fellow at the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome (IHSI). After earning his doctorate from the University of Oxford, he taught for many years in the Department of Comparative Culture at Sophia University in Japan. In 2003, while in residence at the Ricci Institute, he was Distinguished Fellow of the EDS-Stewart and Kiriyama Pacific Rim Studies Chairs.
Rev. Stephen Schloesser, S.J., Lo Schiavo Chair at the USF Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, will be the moderator.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reservations recommended; call the USF Ricci Institute at 415-422-6401.
Co-sponsored by EDS-Stewart Chair at the USF Ricci Institute, USF Center for the Pacific Rim,
USF Asian Studies Program, USF Japanese-Studies Program, USF Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, and The Japan Society of Northern California.
GENDER, CULTURE, AND POWER: CHINESE AND WESTERN WOMEN INTERACT IN LATE IMPERIAL AND EARLY MODERN CHINA
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of San Francisco
The colloquium will be an interdisciplinary examination of the interaction between Chinese women and Western women in China during the Qing and Republican periods, highlighting issues of gender, culture, and power. The aim of the colloquium is to provide a forum for the examination of themes concerning the interaction between Chinese women and Western women in China such as: social and cultural roles, social reform, education, cultural exchange, encounters with Christianity, relations of power, gender roles, and issues of race.
Panels will be organized thematically and will encourage discussion among participants and the audience. (DOWNLOAD a PDF of the Colloquium schedule)
Registration forms must be received by Wednesday, March 15, 2006. Space is limited; please apply early to reserve your space.
A block of rooms has been made available for colloquium participants at:
Radisson Miyako Hotel San Francisco, 1625 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Please refer to block name “USF-Ricci Institute” when booking your room to obtain the special rate of $109.00/night plus 14% tax (single or double occupancy). This rate is available for the nights of Tuesday, April 4th and Wednesday, April 5th, 2006. Reservations must be made prior to March 14, 2006 to obtain this rate. Please book your room early to ensure availability.
For more information, please contact: Melissa Dale, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Research
Ricci Institute, USF Center for the Pacific Rim, 2130 Fulton Street, LM 280, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080. Tel: 1-415-422-2230, Fax: 1-415-422-2591, E-mail: email@example.com
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