‘EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON LOVE’:
CHINESE CHRISTIANITY AND THE PARTY
Speaker: Dr GerdaWielander
Date: Monday 5th March
Venue: A 6.8 Maria Hewlett Building (A Block) Harrow Campus
Chair: Prof Hugo de Burgh
OPEN TO ALL
This talk asks the question what influence Christian values have had on social and political values in post-socialist China. Christianity, understood as an ideological source of social and political values, informs both official ideology and ‘dissident’ ideology, albeit in different ways and to a different extent, and is an increasingly accepted source of social moral and ethics in contemporary China. I argue that while we tend to think of China as an atheist, secular state, it is in fact vital to understand the importance religion plays in the state’s response to emerging new values in society without giving ground in terms of a more democratic system.
Gerda Wielander’s research interest lies in contemporary China’s social and political development. Most recently she has been interested in the way Christian belief is influencing and shaping political discourse in contemporary China. She has published several articles in this field and has been awarded an AHRC Fellowship in 2012 to complete her book on Christian values in Communist China (to be published with Routledge in 2013).
GerdaWielander was educated in Vienna and Beijing. She obtained an M.A. in Chinese Studies in 1990 with a dissertation on Liang Qichao’s historiography, including a first translation into German of Liang’s “XinShixue” (New Historiography). Her PhD (1995) investigated the Malaysian Chinese evaluation of China’s Democracy Movement (1976-1989) as expressed in the region’s vibrant Chinese press.
Gerda is Principal Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Director of the Undergraduate Languages Programme in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages. She has taught at a number of British universities including SOAS and Cambridge before coming to Westminster in a full-time capacity.
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