Monthly online lectures on Sichuan religions

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Dear colleagues,

Please join us for the Sichuan Religions Online Lecture Series! This series of nine talks will present some of the findings from the multi-year research project Mapping Religious Diversity in Modern Sichuan, which is directed by Stefania Travagnin (SOAS, University of London) and Elena Valussi (Loyola University Chicago), and funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.  

The 'Mapping Religious Diversity in Modern Sichuan' project involves an international team of researchers who explore different religious traditions and practices in Sichuan, and it aims at revealing Sichuan's religious diversity through the analysis of communities and networks.

Lectures will be held online, on Zoom, at 2pm (UK Time). Each talk will consist of a brief introduction, a 50 minute lecture and a 30 minute Q&A open to all attendees. 

Please note that you need to register for the lectures; each lecture has a specific registration link. We will maintain a list of the emails of registered participants, and alert you of future lectures and recordings of past ones. For more information about each talk and the registration links, please visit our website: 

Below is the entire schedule. Feel free to share this widely! 

16 OCTOBER 2021 

Stefania Travagnin (SOAS, University of London) 

From the Center to the Periphery: Buddhist Discourses in Modern Neijiang   


13 NOVEMBER 2021 

Hu Jiechen 胡劼辰 (Yuelu Academy, Hunan University) 

A Preliminary Study on the "Dipper Altar Dedicated to Wenchang": Confucian Altars in Late Qing North Guizhou and its Sichuan Origin


18 DECEMBER 2021 

Volker Olles (Sichuan University) 

The Twin-Monasteries: a Case Study of Urban Sacred Space in Sichuan


29 JANUARY 2022 

Elena Valussi (Loyola University Chicago)

Lay Daoism on Emeishan in the Nineteenth Century: the Case of Li Xiyue 李西月


19 FEBRUARY 2022 

Yan Yiqiao 延易橋 (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)

Elite Religiosity, Salvationist Tradition, and Social Networks of Wartime Chengdu Local Charities, 1937-1945 


19 MARCH 2022 

Lars Peter Laamann (SOAS, University of London) 

Catholic Smalltown Life in Late-Qing Sichuan 


16 APRIL 2022 

Zhang Chongfu 張崇富 (Sichuan University) 

Origin and Spread of the Chuanzhu 川主 Worship 


21 MAY 2022 

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa (Occidental College) 

Treasures that Transcend Space and Time: Causes and Connections in the Migration of the Lineage of Dorje Dechen Lingpa in Sichuan and Beyond 


18 JUNE 2022 

Gilbert Chen 陳哲 (Towson University) 

Migration, Rebuilding and Monastic Landlordism in Mid- and Late Qing Chongqing