Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series

At the Frontier of God's Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China

2023-10-31 16:002023-10-31 17:30Asia/Hong_KongAt the Frontier of God’s Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
At the Frontier of God’s Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China

Dr. Ji Li
(Associate Professor of History, The University of Hong Kong)

Date/Time: October 31, 2023 (4:00 pm HKT) | October 31, 2023 (9:00 am CET)
Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong or via Zoom
Language: English
Enquiry: (Email) ihss@hku.hk

Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
    2023-10-31 16:002023-10-31 17:30Asia/Hong_KongAt the Frontier of God’s Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China

    Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
    At the Frontier of God’s Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China

    Dr. Ji Li
    (Associate Professor of History, The University of Hong Kong)

    Date/Time: October 31, 2023 (4:00 pm HKT) | October 31, 2023 (9:00 am CET)
    Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong or via Zoom
    Language: English
    Enquiry: (Email) ihss@hku.hk

    Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series
      Overview

      Title:

      ​At the Frontier of God's Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China

      Speaker:

      Dr. Ji Li (Associate Professor of History, The University of Hong Kong)

      Date/Time:

      October 31, 2023 (4:00 p.m. HKT | 9:00 a.m. CET)

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      Title:

      ​​At the Frontier of God's Empire: A Missionary Odyssey in Modern China

      Speaker:

      Dr. Ji Li (Associate Professor of History, The University of Hong Kong)

      Date/Time:

      October 31, 2023 (4:00 p.m. HKT | 9:00 a.m. CET)

      Venue:

      Lecture Hall, G/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong (Map), or Via Zoom

      Language:

      English

      Enquiry:

      Abstract

      To a lively cast of international players that shaped Manchuria during the early twentieth century, At the Frontier of God's Empire adds the remarkable story of Alfred Marie Caubrière (1876-1948). A French Catholic missionary, Caubrière arrived in Manchuria on the eve of the Boxer Uprising in 1899 and was murdered on the eve of the birth of the People's Republic of China in 1948. Living with ordinary Chinese people for half a century, Caubrière witnessed the collapse of the Qing empire, the warlord's chaos that followed, the rise and fall of Japanese Manchukuo, and the emergence of communist China. Caubrière's incredible personal archive, on which Ji Li draws extensively, opens a unique window into everyday interaction between Manchuria's grassroots society and international players. His gripping accounts personalize the Catholic Church's expansion in East Asia and the interplay of missions and empire in local society. Through Caubrière's experience, At the Frontier of God's Empire examines Chinese people at social and cultural margins during this period. A wealth of primary sources, family letters, and visual depictions of village scenes illuminate vital issues in modern Chinese history, such as the transformation of local society, mass migration and religion, tensions between church and state, and the importance of cross-cultural exchanges in everyday life in Chinese Catholic communities. This intense transformation of Manchurian society embodies the clash of both domestic and international tensions in the making of modern China.

      About the Speaker

      Ji Li is Associate Professor of History at The University of Hong Kong. Her research areas center on the history of Christianity, religion and local society, and women and gender in late imperial and modern China. She is the author of God's Little Daughters: Catholic Women in Nineteenth-century Manchuria (Washington 2015), Missions Etrangere de Paris and China from the Seventeenth Century to Present (ed., Brill 2021), and At the Frontier of God's Empire: An Missionary Odyssey in Modern China (Oxford 2023).

      About the Series

      This series aims to introduce a wide range of cutting-edge research in various disciplines and areas. If you have any questions about this seminar or would be interested in giving a talk, please contact Dr. Ghassan Moazzin (gmoazzin@hku.hk). 

       

      Light refreshments will be served for registered participants attending the seminar in person.

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