The Popular Revival of Confucianism in Contemporary China

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China Studies Research Centre Seminar Series

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Date:
Tuesday 27 March 2018 06:00 pm until Tuesday 27 March 2018 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
Jean Zhang
03 9479 3889; csrc@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
Professor Sébastien Billioud
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture
Cost:
Free

Based on his 2015 publication, The Sage and the People, this lecture explores the popular revival of Confucianism that has taken place in China since the beginning of the twenty-first century. The research focuses primarily on the reappropriation and reinvention of popular practices in society. Analyzing case studies and narratives of activists involved in this “revival,” the research attempts to understand their motivations, aspirations, difficulties, and achievements, as well as their ambiguous relation to Chinese politics. The Confucian revival is studied within the broader context of emerging challenges to Western categories (religion, philosophy, science, etc.) and great modernization narratives that prevailed throughout the twentieth century. Finally, by means of a comparison between state cults carried out in both Mainland China and Taiwan the book discusses the articulation of the political and the religious and, beyond that, the contemporary fate of the Chinese cosmological tradition.

About the Speaker

Sébastien Billioud is Professor of Chinese studies at University Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité and the current Head (2017-19) of the Taipei branch of the French Center for Research on Contemporary China located at Academia Sinica. Publications include Thinking through Confucian Modernity: A Study of Mou Zongsan's Moral Metaphysics (Brill, 2012), in collaboration with Joël Thoraval, The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China (Oxford University Press, 2015 and CNRS Editions, 2014) and, as editor, The Varieties of Confucian Experience (Brill, 2018, forthcoming). He is currently completing a new monograph entitled Reclaiming the Wilderness, Contemporary Dynamics of the Yiguandao. Professor Billioud is currently a visiting scholar in the China Studies Research Centre of La Trobe University.

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