Joint Conference with Chinese University of Hong Kong: Christianity in Asia: Past, Present, and Future

Between May 26 and May 28, 2011, The University of Notre Dame and the Chinese University of Hong Kong hosted a joint conference entitled: Christianity in Asia: Past, Present, and Future.  The conference aimed to promote new scholarship and inter-disciplinary scholarly exchange about Christianity in Asia, in addition to increasing academic collaboration between Notre Dame and CUHK.

The Conference was sponsored by the Lanson Foundation and the Chinese University of Hong Kong ‘s Chung Chi College, in addition to the University of Notre Dame’s Office of the Provost, International Office, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and Center for Asian Studies..  It was co-organized by the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies and the Centre for the Study of Religion and Chinese Society at Chung Chi College and the University of Notre Dame’sCenter for Asian Studies, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Asia Initiatives, and Notre Dame Asia Office. 

Group photo of Conference Participants
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The conference included 35 participants, including 12 from Notre Dame and 10 from CUHK.  The remaining scholars attended from the United States, Italy, England, Korea, China, and Macau.  The main topics of the conference included, the Ecumenical Movement and Political Dimension of Christianity in Asia, Biblical Translation and Christian Literature in Asia Historical and Transnational Dimensions of Christianity in Asia, Religion and Ethnographies in Asia Christianity and Business Ethics in China, Christianity and Bioethics in China, and Inter-religious Dimensions of Christianity in Asia.

As representatives from University of Notre Dame, Professor Gregory Sterling, Dean of Graduate School, Professor Howard Goldblatt, Director of Center for Asian Studies, and Dr. Jonathan Noble, Director of the Asia Office, attended the opening ceremony and addressed the conference participants and honored guests. “This conference represents Notre Dame’s commitment to expanding and deepening the University’s scholarly exchange with colleagues in Asia,” remarked Jonathan Noble. “Collaborating with CUHK on organizing this conference has been a rewarding experience, and we hope the new partnership will result in future research collaborations, including scholarly publications and other conferences.”