ARSR – Call for Manuscripts



Volume 11 (forthcoming 2020)


Edited by:
Nanlai Cao (Renmin University of China), Giuseppe Giordan (University
of Padova, Italy) and Fenggang Yang (Purdue University, USA)

Four decades of economic reform and opening up in China has brought
about dramatic social and cultural changes associated with
globalization. As China is being increasingly integrated into global
economy, more and more Chinese live transnational lives and practice
religion globally. So far the scholarship of the interrelationship
between religion and globalization in the Chinese religious field has
primarily been set in the historical context of the encounter between
Western Christian missionaries and local Chinese agents.
By now the relationship has become substantially diversified, with an
increasing number of Chinese people going abroad for various religious
as well as non-religious reasons, including planting new temples and
churches to reach local people as well as serving the Chinese
diaspora. At the present stage of China’s globalization, there is an
intellectual urgency of going beyond the China/West dichotomy in the
common narrative of globalization that assumes western concepts and
forces transform the lives of local Chinese people.
This volume seeks to challenge the dichotomous ordering of the western
global and the Chinese local, and add a new perspective for
understanding religious modernity globally. To explore these issues we
propose to include articles on the following themes, covering a range
of different religions and geographic areas:

1.      Changing state-religion dynamics and the globalization of Chinese religions
2.      The rise of new diasporic religious communities, networks and movements
3.      Interreligious dialogue and politics in the context of China’s
4.      Chinese religions in the transnational context of secularism,
cultural pluralism, and multifaith societies
5.      Transnational Chinese religions and emerging information technologies
6.      Religion among the second generation Chinese immigrant youth
7.      Transnational Chinese religiosities and gender relations

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Giuseppe Giordan

Submission of proposals: June 30, 2018
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2018
Completed manuscripts (7,000 words): June 30, 2019