Additional upcoming Asia-related events of particular interest:

Mediating Modernity: The YMCA’s Global ‘Moral Empire,’

Stefan Huebner, European Studies and Asia Center, Harvard University; Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4 pm
CURA, 10 Lenox Street, Boston University

Co-sponsored by BU’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs, and the Center for Global Christianity and Mission

CURA March 28th, 2018 FINAL[2]

Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies Colloquium

Calamity from Within?  Jesuits, Papal Legates,
and Chinese Imperial Envoys in the Eighteenth Century

Thursday, April 12, 2018 3-5 pm
John J. Burns Library, Boston College,
140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA

Presented in collaboration with The Boston College Libraries

BC event Calamity from Within? Jesuits, Papal Legates, and Chinese Imperial Envoys in the Eighteenth Century, April 12, 2018 graphic

The Chinese Rites Controversy developed into a political, theological and intellectual struggle between monarchs, popes, diplomats, theologians and philosophers that lasted over a century (1635-1742) and left many victims in its wake—a “calamity from within” the Church and the Jesuit order.

The Controversy centered on the following questions: Were Chinese family ancestral rituals and ceremonies to Confucius civic in nature? Could Chinese converts engage in these rituals and ceremonies without compromising their new Christian religion? The Jesuit missionaries in China believed they could, and in 1700 they found in the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing dynasty an advocate for their position. Other missionaries and, ultimately, the papacy, did not concur, and labeled the rites as idolatrous.

Elisa Frei and Eugenio Menegon will focus their presentations on the lives of some Jesuits of the China mission who traveled across the oceans, cared deeply about the issues, took sides, played politics, and suffered dire consequences for doing so. Their experiences represent a microcosm of the Controversy and reveal its global reach as a clash of cultures and a unique phenomenon in early modern intellectual and religious history.

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Asia-Related Events in
Greater Boston and New England

You can also explore other Boston-area Asian Studies events at:

Boston College
Brandeis University
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Museum of Fine Arts
Northeastern University
Peabody Essex Museum
Suffolk University
Tufts University
University of Massachusetts Boston

Boston College

Asian Studies Program


Brandeis University

East Asian Studies Program Brandeis University                                               Brandeis University
      East Asian Studies Program                      South Asian Studies Program


Harvard University

HUAC Events
Asia Center


Committee on Regional
Studies – East Asia


South Asia Institute


South Asian Studies


Fairbank Center for
Chinese Studies

Harvard-Benching Institute



Committee on Inner
Asia and Altaic Studies

The Korea Institute

RIJS harvard

Resischauer Institute of
Japanese Studies


Weatherhead Center

Davis Center Harvard
Program on Central Asia
and the Caucasus

Department of East
Asian Languages and

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Foreign Languages and Literatures Department            Search MIT’s calendar


Museum of Fine Arts

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Northeastern University

Asian Studies Department


Peabody Essex Museum

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Suffolk University

Unknown  Rosenberg Institute

Tufts University

  Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies

Department of German, Russian & Asian Languages and Literatures

University of Massachusetts Boston

        Asian Studies Department                  Institute for Asian American Studies