Hanging a Sheep’s Head and Selling Dog Meat: Religion and Governance in China

Starts:
4:00 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ends:
6:00 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2013
Location:
10 Lenox Street, Brookline, First Floor Conference Room
The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, Department of Anthropology, and the Center for the Study of Asia present Robert Weller. Dr. Robert Weller came to CURA and the Department of Anthropology at Boston University in 1990. His work here has concentrated on China in comparative perspective, although his specific interests have been nearly as eclectic as the Institute’s—from a critical examination of the role of culture in East Asian business to the latest changes in Chinese religion. Dr. Weller’s current research focuses on two areas. The first is the possibility of an “alternate civility” in China, which might help promote political change without sharing all the features usually associated with civil society in Western scholarship. The second topic is the transformation in the way nature and the environment are viewed in the modern world, looking at both global cultural influences and at the development of indigenous concepts in new economic and social systems.