Jan 19: Xian-bo Yuan, “Public Undergrounds and Underground Publics”

Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 12:00-1:15pm (Swift 208)
Xian-bo Yuan

Public Undergrounds and Underground Publics

Abstract: The paper focuses on how imaginations of exposure and secrecy are animated in the discourse of “above/underground” Christian churches in China, particularly through designations of certain speech genres and actions as “politically sensitive.” It is both an ethnographic and conceptual interrogation of what it means for religious activity to be ‘public’ and/or ‘secret’ in China.

The paper should be read in advance. For a copy of the paper, please email contact-global-christianities@uchicago.edu.

Co-sponsored with the Religion & the Human Sciences Workshop. Lunch will be provided.