Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) China Lecture Series featuring Professor Prasenjit Duara

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Please join the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) for their China Lecture Series featuring Professor Prasenjit Duara, Oscar L. Tang Family Distinguished Professor of East Asian Studies at Duke University, on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time)

Professor Duara will be speaking on "The Varieties of Secularism: China, Japan and India in the era of Abrahamic Modernity." Secularisms in different societies have been shaped by complex crossings of older, looser collection of ideas and practices of ‘religion’ and the modern Protestantized conception of religion. Professor Duara develops a comparative frame of reference to discuss the nature of religious accommodation historically in China, India and Japan and Europe particularly with the confessional revolutions of the 16-17th centuries. He argues that the confessional revolutions played a significant role in the emergence of the self/other (saved/damned) binary of nationalism.

The impact of these European developments in the 19th and 20th centuries on Asian societies reveal both the points of commonality and divergences between the four societies. In the final analysis, he argues that 1) we might want to strive for an idea of accommodation of pluralism rather than secularism—as developed in the Western tradition-- as a global ideal; and 2) that religions in most of these societies continue to evolve and are responding to new global demands such as environmental sustainability; this will also produce opportunities and challenges in a post-secular world.

To register for this event, please click the Zoom link HERE.

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, and the International House at the University of Chicago.

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Megumi Kim, Center Administrator

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