The Tsinghua University Sino-French Research Centre is pleased to invite you to the following presentation (in Chinese) :
PhD candidate in sociology at Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion and recipient of the CEFC short-term mobility grant for doctoral research
« The Passing of Glory: Urban Development, Local Politics, and Christianity on Gulangyu Island, Xiamen »
« 逝去的荣耀：城市发展、地方政治与厦门鼓浪屿的基督教 »
After the defeat of Qing government in the First Opium War, Xiamen was forcibly opened to the outside world as a trading port. At the same time, Christianity entered. As increasingly more westerners came, Gulangyu was thrust into a Western-led modernization process, in which Christianity played a major role in reshaping the sociocultural context of the island. Trinity Church, built in 1934, was a witness to the prosperity of Christianity on this island. Despite the harsh repression during Mao’s political campaigns, Trinity Church survived and revived after its reopening in the late 1970s. However, the church was doomed to decline because of the state-led commercialization driven by the development of tourism on the island. As Gulangyu experienced rapid social, cultural, and demographic changes, Christianity on the island in general and Trinity Church in particular were inevitably affected. This research, based on ethnography of Trinity Church, reveals the fate of Christianity on the changing island.
Monday, November 23, 2015, from 14:00 to 16:00
Tsinghua University Mingzhai Building, Room 337