Mapping the Territory: Religion, Place, and Space in Asian Humanities

Session Two: Across Asia and Throughout the World

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Rajgir, Bihar State, India (Photographed by Thomas Newhall)

Saturday, January 30, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Live via Zoom

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About the Conference:
Religious movements carried out by various human activities define a place and space, and occasionally vice versa. What fascinating stories do these mutual interactions yield? This conference seeks to bring together scholars to metaphorically “map” the territory that encompasses the relationship between religion and place across Asia. We will explore topics including but not limited to historical studies of religious practices and places, literary studies of texts and ritual spaces, ethnographic studies on religious landscapes, and archeological studies on religious sites and artifacts. In this event, we will investigate how spaces and places, either real or imagined, contribute to contemplative, ritualistic, artistic, or ethical aspects of life within religious traditions, texts, and activities throughout Asia.

Session One: Mapping the Territory in Premodern China - 1/16/2021 

Session Two: Mapping the Territory Across Asia and Throughout the World - 1/30/2021

Samee Siddiqui (UNC Chapel Hill)
Religion and the Problem of “Origins”: Inter-Asian Conversations in Japan (1880-1920)

Joshua Tan (UC Santa Cruz)
Migrants, Missionaries, and Mapping Chinese Christianity in Cold War Asia

Kaitlyn Ugoretz (UC Santa Barbara)
(Re)locating the Sacred: Examining the Transnational Production of Shintō Space

Daigengna Duoer (UC Santa Barbara)
Colonialism in Disguise: Japanese Agent Kimura Hisao’ Colonial Gaze and Embodiment in Inner Asian Religious Spaces and Places

Respondent: Richard Von Glahn (UCLA)


Session Three: Mapping the Territory of Buddhist Ritual Practices - 2/13/2021

Session Four: Mapping the Territory in the Late Imperial Era - 2/27/2021


For more details about subsequent sessions, please refer to the Conference Schedule below.


This conference is co-sponsored by UCHRI, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, and UCLA Center for the Study of Religion.

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Download file: Mapping-the-Territory-Schedule-ux-j3f.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Pacific Center