Religion in the Time of the Anthropocene: Perspectives from Greater China

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Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 20182:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
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Global Taiwan Lecture Series


How do religious movements promote or hinder transitions to ecologically sustainable societies in Asia? This talk considers the interaction of religion and ecology in the greater China region, focussing on Daoists in mainland China, Buddhists in Taiwan, and Mazu as the goddess of the marine bioregion connecting Taiwan, Fujian, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. From these three cases, the talk engages arguments from Duara and Latour concerning the intersection of culture, nature and modernity, and argues for a specifically East Asian approach to the theorization of religion in the anthropocene.

Speaker Bio:
James Miller’s research focuses on the intersection of religion, culture and ecology in China, with a focus on Daoism, China’s indigenous organized religion. He is professor of humanities at Duke Kunshan University, and has published six books including, most recently, China’s Green Relgion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustaianable Future (Columbia 2017).


Shannon Garden-Smith
(416) 946-8996


James Miller
Professor of Humanities, Duke Kunshan University

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Asian Institute

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