The starting point of this workshop is texts: texts in written, spoken, and visual forms such as vernacular liturgical manuals, folklore, stelae, and rock reliefs. It aims at exploring Chinese religious beliefs and practices from the perspective of popular religion. Discussions on institutional religions are not excluded since they arguably wield influence on popular religion and vice versa. While the workshop will give the methodological priority to texts, our focus is not the intellectual “metadiscourses” but an apprehension of ordinary practitioners’ beliefs and practices.
The symposium is cosponsored by the Humanities Project, AS&E, Office for Global Engagement, and the Department of Religion and Classics.
Sunday, September 30 at 9:00am to 5:00pm
Rush Rhees Library, Room 428
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626