Lecture Series 2017/18


How political religion shapes today’s global politics


Speaker:
Dr Alexander Görlach, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York
Date: Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Bio-sketch
Alexander Görlach is an In Defense of Democracy Affiliate Professor to Harvard University College and a fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, UK. Alex is also a senior advisor to the Berggruen Institute, a think tank based in Los Angeles. He is the publisher of the online-magazine www.saveliberaldemocracy.com and an op-ed contributor to the New York Times.

Abstract
In all parts of the world the resurgence of national narratives, fueled by religious rhetoric and claims, is to be observed: Russian-Orthodoxy in Vladimir Putin’s realm, Sunni-Islam in Turkey, Hindu-Nationalism in India, and Confucianism in China. Also in Europe and the United States, strongholds of liberal democracies, narratives have been deployed that highlight the identity of countries in regard to their political-religious heritage. The lecture will look into the whereabouts of these developments and tries to make a case for a secular, pluralist approach that has been, for the last seventy years, the prevalent model for society in all parts of the Western World.

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Global Yijing: The Receptions of the Book of Changes in Europe and the US


Speaker:
Dr Geoffrey Redmond, MA, MD, New York City
Professor Tze-ki Hon, Professor, Department of Chinese and History, City University of Hong Kong
Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Venue: G7619, 7/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong (Please use Lift 3)
Language: English

Abstract
This presentation will briefly review the history of the Yijing within its own culture, then trace its arrival and later history in the West. The early translations into Western languages (Latin, German, English and French) typically misunderstood the nature of the text. Particularly with the appearance of the Wilhelm- Baynes translation and the renewed interest in Asian thought beginning in the sixties, the Yijing became a world classic. Two trends developed: First, the Yijing (usually spelled as I Ching and pronounced ‘eye ching’) was adopted into popular culture and inspired many works derivative of it. Second, a few serious Western scholars began to make important contributions to Yi Xue 易學 (Study of the Changes), continuing the project of the Doubting Antiquity movement (Yigupai 疑古派) to reconstruct the meanings of the Zhouyi 周易, the 3,000 year-old earliest textual layer. Both trends will be discussed and divination practice will be demonstrated.

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