Other China events

Online Workshop: Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society

Online Workshop Series on the Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society (II)

Introduction to Spatial Explorer of Religion: Theory, Methodology, Data, Technology and Applications

Presented by Shuming Bao, Director, China Data Center at the University of Michigan

Organized by China Data Center at the University of Michigan, Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, and Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet

 10-11:00 am (EST), May 24, 2014


This workshop is one of the online workshop series on “The Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society” supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. Designed to introduce theory, methodology, technology, data and online tools for spatial study of religion, this workshop will focus on an entry-level of training on the newly developed spatial explorer of religion, distributed by the University of Michigan China Data Center. The training workshop will demonstrate how space-time data of different formats and sources can be integrated, visualized, analyzed and reported in a web based system. In addition, some case studies and future applications of the spatial explorer of religion  will be discussed.

The workshop is free and open for public. Pre-registration is required. The online registration will be closed once all seats are full. Please click the following link for the online registration: http://chinadatacenter.org/Learming/SeminarsContent.aspx?id=69

The Roy A. Rappaport Lectures

“Making the Dead Modern”
by Erik Mueggler
Winter 2015

This series of four public lectures describes a book project in progress, titled Songs for Dead Parents. The lectures examine the history of death ritual in a small minority community in mountainous Southwest China, where people are heir to an extraordinary range of resources for working on the dead: techniques to create material bodies for dead beings, exchanges to give substance to relations among the living and with the dead, and abundant poetic language to communicate with the dead. Work on the dead takes the form of making them material and immaterial. Corpses replace bodies; effigies replace corpses; tombstones replace texts; texts replace tombstones. Social personhood, involving relations among living and dead, is mutual entanglement through shared substance; dead persons are subjected to a long labor of disentanglement with the final goal of severing them from the shared world of matter and memory. It is through work on the dead that people envision the cosmological underpinnings of the social world and assess the social relations at the foundations of community. In this context, the long history of official interventions meant to reform death ritual has been deeply consequential, transforming both social relations and the positions of living and dead in relation to the state, as the central historical actor.