Religious Transformation in Asian History


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Religious Transformation in Asian History   9:00am - 6:00pm

Australian National University
Australian Captial Territory

Phone: +61 2 6125 4323

Asian history and culture have been profoundly influenced by a number of religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, Sikhism, Shamanism, and Shinto). These traditions offer spiritual guidelines but also set moral and ethical standards for the daily life of people in Asian countries. The formation of cultures of communities across the region was informed by regional religious traditions. However, their social structures were challenged by the wave of colonialism and imperialism in the modern era. Just as Western modernisation affected society, politics, law, culture, customs, and ways of thinking in Asia, it also influenced the domestic conditions of traditional religions. They became either weak and irrelevant or they transformed in order to survive. Many new religious movements also emerged as alternatives. What were the key issues in the colonial environment of Asia? How did local religious communities react against modernisation? What modes of religious existence prevailed: consistency, transformation, or compromise? The primary aim of the ANU Religion Conference is to explore the various phenomena of socio-religious transitions in Asian history. The religiosity of Asian people is used as a new perspective by which Asian modernisation can be re-interpreted in a fresh way.

Fields of Research:
• Theory and Methods
• New Religious Movements
• Transnational Religions
• Colonial Religions
• Religions in East Asia
• Religions in South and Southeast Asia
• Sociology of Asian Religions
• Religious Education
• Religious Canons
• Religion and Politics
• Religion and Media
• Religion and Women
• Religion, Arts, and Science
• Buddhism
• Hinduism
• Islam
• Shamanism
• Christianity
• Japanese Religions

If you are interested, please send your abstract (150 words) and biography (80 words) to the following email ( ).

Abstract Deadline: 09 February 2016.

Registration (Professors): AUD 350
Registration (PdD Students): AUD 250

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