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Ritual and Religion in Chinese History and Anthropology

1 March @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

An exploration of ritual practices in Chinese history and anthropology, as well as indigenous ritual theory concerning these practices, opens up a number of interesting comparative issues concerning religion, belief, and, of course, ritual itself.  This talk will discuss these themes and the larger implications these issues may have for our understandings.

About the Speaker:
Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology at Harvard University.  His interests are focused on the inter-relations between religion, philosophy, anthropology, and history, with the hope of bringing the study of China into larger historical and comparative frameworks.  He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity.

Date: March 1, 2024, 10:30-12:00 (HK time)
Language: English
Venue: Hybrid – Room 201, May Hall, HKU and via Zoom (Registration is required)
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1 March
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Room 201, May Hall, HKU and via Zoom


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ASIAR Research Cluster, HKIHSS, HKU
Centre on Chinese Religions, Southwest Jiaotong University