[2016-11-02] CUHK Translation Lecture Series 2016-17: Professor Timothy H. Barrett

Public Lecture
Professor Timothy H. Barrett
Emeritus Professor, Department of Religions and Philosophies
SOAS University of London
China and the Meaning of Religion
Date: 2 November, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Venue: LT7, Cheng Yu Tung Building, CUHK
Language: English
The Speaker
Prof. Timothy Hugh Barrett is now an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS University of London. His expertise lies in the history of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism as well as pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period. Among his books are Li Ao: Buddhist, Taoist, or Neo-Confucian? (1992), Taoism Under the T'ang (2006) and The Woman Who Discovered Printing (2008).
The Abstract
The absence of a word for religion in pre-modern East Asia has generally in the past not inhibited anyone from writing the history of religion in China. But the querying of the genealogy of the word in European languages by Talal Asad, and even more so the arguments against the appropriateness of applying the term in history outside the European context by Brent Nongbri, probably mean that a certain amount of reconsideration of such enterprises is now necessary.
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