Religions and Local Society in the Historical, Comparative, and Theoretical Perspectives: An International Conference in Honour of Timothy Brook
Timothy Brook is a historian of China whose writings reach out to embrace world history. A graduate of Harvard University, he has taught at Toronto, Stanford, and Oxford, and has held the Republic of China Chair at the University of British Columbia since 2004, where he graduated to professor emeritus in 2022. Brook has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Getty Fellow, a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and a visiting professor at the Villa I Tatti in Florence. A historian of China since the 13th century, he writes on a range of political, social, and cultural topics, though with a focus on China’s engagements with the world. Brook has published thirteen books, which have been translated into many Asian and European languages. In addition, he was editor-in-chief of Harvard University Press’s six-volume history of imperial China, which became a bestseller in China. Among his more popular books areVermeer’s Hat(Bloomsbury), Mr. Selden’sMap of China(Penguin), andGreat State: China and the World(HarperCollins).
本次會議集結研究不同宗教傳統、学术背景各异的學者，在歷史的、比較的和理論的視角下重新探討宗教和地方社會的互動，以此向今年夏天榮休的卜正民教授致敬。卜正民教授在1993年出版的《為權力祈禱》(Praying for Power)一書中從社會學和地域視角研究晚明時期的江南佛教，為帝制晚期中國佛教的研究創造了一種影響極大且持續至今的研究範式。當今適值全球化時代，本次會議探討世界上不同宗教傳統與地方社會的相互作用與互動，不僅將加深對特定宗教的理解，而且有利於多元宗教/文化的共存與互鑒。
* Day 1 = August 12 (Friday) in North America, August 13 (Saturday) in East Asia and Europe (including UK).
** Day 2-2 = August 13 (Saturday) in North America, August 14 (Sunday) in East Asia and Europe (including UK).
*** Day 3-2 = August 14 (Sunday) in North America, August 15 (Monday) in East Asia and Europe (including UK).