Sichuan Religions Online Lecture Series

Oct 2021 – June 2022

Please join us for the Sichuan Religions Online Lecture Series! This series of nine talks will present some of the findings from the multi-year research project ‘Mapping Religious Diversity in Modern Sichuan’, which is directed by Stefania Travagnin (SOAS, University of London) and Elena Valussi (Loyola University Chicago), and funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

The ‘Mapping Religious Diversity in Modern Sichuan’ project involves an international team of researchers who explore different religious traditions and practices in Sichuan, and it aims at revealing Sichuan’s religious diversity through the analysis of communities and networks. Here is our project website:

Lectures will be held online, on Zoom, at 2pm (UK Time). Each talk will consist of a brief introduction, a 50 minute lecture and a 30 minute Q&A open to all attendees.

Please note that you need to register for the lectures; each lecture has a specific registration link. We will maintain a list of the emails of registered participants, and alert you of future lectures and recordings of past ones. For more information about each talk and the registration links, please visit our website:

Sichuan Religions Online Lecture Series

Below is the entire schedule, and a poster is attached. Feel free to share this widely!

16 OCTOBER 2021
Stefania Travagnin (SOAS, University of London)
From the Center to the Periphery: Buddhist Discourses in Modern Neijiang 內江

13 NOVEMBER 2021
Hu Jiechen 胡劼辰 (Yuelu Academy, Hunan University)
A Preliminary Study on the “Dipper Altar Dedicated to Wenchang”: Confucian Altars in Late Qing North Guizhou and its Sichuan Origin

18 DECEMBER 2021
Volker Olles (Sichuan University)
The Twin-Monasteries: a Case Study of Urban Sacred Space in Sichuan

29 JANUARY 2022
Elena Valussi (Loyola University Chicago)
Lay Daoism on Emeishan in the Nineteenth Century: the Case of Li Xiyue 李西月

19 FEBRUARY 2022
Yan Yiqiao 延易橋 (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)
Elite Religiosity, Salvationist Tradition, and Social Networks of Wartime Chengdu Local Charities, 1937-1945

19 MARCH 2022
Lars Peter Laamann (SOAS, University of London)
Catholic Smalltown Life in Late-Qing Sichuan

16 APRIL 2022
Zhang Chongfu 張崇富 (Sichuan University)
Origin and Spread of the Chuanzhu 川主 Worship

21 MAY 2022
Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa (Occidental College)
Treasures that Transcend Space and Time: Causes and Connections in the Migration of the Lineage of Dorje Dechen Lingpa in Sichuan and Beyond

18 JUNE 2022
Gilbert Chen 陳哲 (Towson University)
Migration, Rebuilding and Monastic Landlordism in Mid- and Late Qing Chongqing


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