Faculty Travel Seminar - 2019

Asian Church Rising: Chinese Catholic Culture – Past Achievements, Present Concerns and Future Challenges

January 9-19, 2019 – China

Asian Church Rising: Chinese Catholic Culture - Past Achievements, Present Concerns and Future Challenges

The Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture announces its 2019 Faculty Travel Immersion Seminar. Each year the CCTC takes a small group of inter-disciplinary USD Faculty to a place connected in a broad sense with the Catholic intellectual and/or cultural and social traditions. This year the Travel Seminar will take place in China (Xi'an, Shijiazhuang, and Beijing.) The trip will take place on January 9 - January 19, with travel days of January 9th and 19th.

Christianity in Asia is exploding. Protestant Christianity is expanding more rapidly than Catholicism, but the Catholic Church continues to grow as well, numbering nearly 12 million. Famed missionary priest, Matteo Ricci, SJ., arrived in China in the late 16th century immersing himself in Chinese culture and adopting Chinese ways, dress, and thought to make Christianity more accessible to the Chinese. His methods have been the source of controversy ever since. A new controversy emerged after the Communist takeover of China: Two expressions of the Catholic Church exist in China—the Patriotic Association (recognized by the Chinese government and organized independent of Rome) and the Underground Church, which refuses to register with the Communist government and is in communion with the Pope. Pope Francis is working towards reconciling the two churches. This seminar will examine the cultural divides in Chinese Catholicism from both the historical vantage point and the contemporary. We will visit the cities of Xi’an, Shijiazhuang, and Beijing exploring Catholic China as well as some of the major cultural sites including the Terra Cotta Warriors, and the Great Wall.

Each faculty member selected to participate is required to produce and present an academic paper upon return. Applications are open to full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. Applications will be accepted on or before June 11, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by June 27th.

Faculty Presenters:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Diana Chen, Integrated Engineering
Reflections on Inculturation: Bridging or Diminishing Culture and Religion?
Maureen Day, Franciscan School of Theology
A Time of Navigation: American and Chinese Catholics’ Strategies in Religio-Cultural Negotiation
Victor Carmona, Theology and Religious Studies
China’s Floating Children: Questioning Catholic Social Teaching on Migration
Atreyee Phukan, English
From Foreign to Native: Religious Iconography and Selective Indigenization

Monday, May 6, 2019

Kate DeConinck, Theology and Religious Studies
Our Lady of China: From Donglu to D.C.
Mike Williams, Political Science and International Relations, and Changemaker Hub
Political Legitimacy and Social Control in a Transforming China
Lisa Nunn, Sociology
Factory Workers, Slaves, and Alienated Labor