Research Projects

Making Religion, Making Local Society: The Social History of a Catholic Village in Northeast China

(Funded under General Research Fund Scheme 2014 – 15 Exercise, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong)

Principal Investigator

Li Ji, Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Total Fund Awarded

HKD 627,340

Project Duration

24 months

Project Description

This project studies a Catholic village in northeast China by focusing on the formation, negotiation and continuity of its Catholic identity under the historical periods of imperialism, republicanism, colonialism and communism from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. Through a study of the multi-generational history of the village, the project seeks to illuminate a set of issues on religious identity and local elites, state building and local society, as well as Christianity and localization in modern China.