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AAS Panel 220: Spatial Studies of Chinese Religions and Society

发布时间: 2012-03-17
活动时间: 2012/3/17~2012/3/17

Panel 220: Spatial Studies of Chinese Religions and Society

AAS 2012 Annual Meeting
Civic Ballroom North, Second Floor
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Canada
10:15am – 12:15pm, March 17, 2012

In the long history of human development in China, religion has significant impacts on its cultural and social development. The dramatic development of religions in China in the past 33 years has attracted academic and public attention. However, few scholars, if any,   have provided macro-level quantitative descriptions of the studies of Chinese religions as well as its interactions with other aspects of the society. Most data on the subject are not available to scholars in the public domain, including religious sites with spatial locations, scholars’ collections from their research projects, and other invaluable information.

To promote spatial studies of Chinese religions and society, some efforts have been made by scholars at Harvard, Berkeley, Purdue, Michigan and some other institutions on the establishment of spatial databases of Chinese history and religions. Those projects will allow scholars to do spatial analysis on collected data, which may provide new insights into religions and society in China through integrating social, economic, demographic, religious, and geographical information. This panel will focus on the spatial studies of Chinese religions and society with several reports from some projects funded by the Henry Luce Foundation at Harvard University, Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of Arizona, and some other institutions.
The panel will include the following presentations:

Organizer: Shuming Bao, the University of Michigan
Chair: Z. George Hong, Purdue University Calumet

Spatial Explorer of Chinese Religions and Society
Shuming Bao and Changzhen Wang, China Data Center, the University of Michigan

The Spatial Religion and the Church Shortage Area Identification
Z. George Hong, Purdue University Calumet

Locating Religious Sites at the Local Level
Peter Bol, Center For Geographic Analysis, Harvard University

Spatial Analysis and GIS Modeling of Regional Religious Systems in China
Jiang Wu and Daoqin Tong, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Arizona
Karl Ryavec, Department of Geography, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Discussants:

Peter Bol, Center For Geographic Analysis, Harvard University
Juan Wang, Department of Political Science , McGill University