Course Teachers: Dr. Ghassan Moazzin and Dr. Izumi Nakayama
Time: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Venue: Room 201, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
This course involves intensive reading, discussion, and writing exercises aimed at assisting HKIHSS first-year graduate students with their individualized methodological and theoretical training and to broaden and deepen their understanding of how their research interests relate to other disciplinary and thematic fields. Compiling and mastering a substantial reading list will be a central feature, and a state-of-the-field essay will be submitted at the end of the term. All students will read and discuss their classmates’ essays.
This is a compulsory course for all MPhil and PhD students of the Institute.
This is a Cross-Institutional Course and welcomes students of other local universities to enroll in during the course enrollment period for Semester 1, 2021 – 2022.
IHSS 6002: Direct Reading on East Asian Culture
(Semester 1 & 2, 2021 – 22)
Course Teachers: Individual thesis supervisors
This course is devoted to the critical reading on existing works on East Asian culture. Students will learn to critique existing scholarship and literature in the relevant fields. Topics and approaches may (but are not restricted to) include: historiography, anthropology, sociology, history of knowledge production, gender, culture, religion, and literature.
Assessment: 100% coursework
This is a compulsory course for all PhD students of the Institute. MPhil students may register this course as one of their elective courses.
Students who wish to enroll in this course should consult their supervisors in advance.
IHSS 6005: Selected Topics on Religion and Society in Asia
Re‐Assembling Reality: Reframing Science, Religion and Society in Asia
(Semester 1, 2021 – 22)
Course Teachers: Professor David A. Palmer and Dr. Mike Brownnutt
Prerequisite: Admission is open to persons of all disciplinary backgrounds. Admission by permission. Interested students or auditors should contact either instructor with a brief introduction of your background and interest: David Palmer: email@example.com; Mike Brownnutt: firstname.lastname@example.org
This interdisciplinary seminar will use insights, concepts, examples and approaches from the study of religions in Asian contexts to question and reconstruct the relationship between science and religion. The construction of competing knowledges and discourses on “science” and “religion” is constitutive of the epistemic foundations of modernity and has shaped the tensions between Western modernity and Asian traditions. This encounter has led to reinventions and reconfigurations of Asian cosmologies, as well as to challenges to Western dichotomies and definitions of science and religion. This seminar will take up these challenges at the ontological, epistemological and methodological levels. It will critically engage with prevailing theories in the philosophy of science; draw on insights from anthropology, the sociology of science / STS, and the sociology of religion; and use examples from a wide range of religious traditions, scientific disciplines, and systems of knowledge. Building on but extending far beyond the Western philosophy of science, this seminar will propose new ways of thinking about what the world is made of, how it can be known, and how epistemic communities construct and use knowledge.