Research Projects

Negotiating Spirituality and Urban Space in Jiangbeicheng: Local History, Religion and the Making of Modern China

(Funded under Early Career Scheme 2017 – 18, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong)

Principal Investigator

Li Ji, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Total Fund Awarded

HKD 573,056

Project Duration

36 months

Project Description

This project studies the intricate relationship between religion and urban space by focusing on the local history and changing religious landscape of Jiangbeicheng, a river town on the upper Yangtze River, during the imperial, Republican, and socialist periods from the late Qing to the present. It aims to write the local history of an urban district of Chongqing; To explore the role of religion in the historical process of building urban China; To develop a microhistorical approach to the study of urban China by focusing on the local experience of religion and urban development; And to provide a much-needed historical narrative on the development of Chongqing as the leading inland megacity in strategic plans to develop western China and One Belt One Road initiatives.