Wednesday, October 11

V3-02 From Uprooting to Re-rooting: Modern and Contemporary Discourses and Practices of Popular Religions in China

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Transnational Asia/Pacific Section

Chair: Wei Liu ()

7:30 pm
Doing Winter Solstice: the Practice Modalities of Doing Religion in the Native Vocabulary
Mubin Liu (Anhui University)

8:00 pm
The Carnival of Villagers: A Survey on the Ritual of "Welcome Dai Wang" in Eastern Hubei Province
Changsheng Huang (Wuhan University)

8:30 pm
Between Holy and Profane: Folk Beliefs and Cultural Images of the Snake in China
LEI CAI (Wuhan University)

9:00 pm
Re-rooted in Ancestral Memory: Solidifying Kin Ties through Ancestor Worship
Wei Liu ()

9:15 pm
Ziying You (The College of Wooster)

In China, popular religions once denounced as “feudal residual of superstition” have been revived as cultural heritage in recent decades. This panel tackles the complexity of changing discourses and practices of popular religions in China from the imperial era to the modern and contemporary era by situating their trajectories in the broader sociopolitical and cultural contexts. Following Chau’s (2011;2019) five modalities of doing religion, our presenters will discuss various aspects of Chinese religious culture. By embracing the construction of knowledge in Chinese folks’ everyday life, we try to uncover vernacular theory, or how a community understands itself at different times.