Translating Religion and Theology in Europe and Asia: East to West

March 22-24, 2017
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

The Berkeley Public Theology Program, supporting the study of theology in a globalizing world

Participant Biographies

Gregory Blue, Associate Professor of History, University of Victoria
Gregory Blue initially studied Philosophy in the United States and Belgium. From 1977 until 1990 he was a Research Associate at the East Asian History of Science Library/ Needham Research Institute, earning his Ph.D. in Social & Political Science from Cambridge University in 1989. From 1990 to 2014, he taught World History in the History Department at the University of Victoria, where he continues to work with graduate students in a variety of disciplines. His current research includes projects on the history of Western interpretations of Chinese history and society, and an intellectual biography of the historian of Chinese science, Joseph Needham. His publications on comparative history and Sino-Western cultural relations include China and Historical Capitalism: Genealogies of Sinological Knowledge (co-edited with Timothy Brook) and Statecraft and Intellectual Innovation in Late Ming China: the Cross-Cultural Synthesis of Xu Guangqi, 1562‑1633 (co-edited with Catherine Jami & Peter Engelfriet).

Anthony E. Clark, Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Chinese History at Whitworth University
Anthony E. Clark is Edward B. Lindaman Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Chinese History at Whitworth University. His recent publications include: Heaven in Conflict: Franciscans and the Boxer Uprising in Shanxi (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015); Zhonghua Tianzhujiao xundao jianshi 中華天主教殉道簡史, A Concise History of Catholic Martyrdom in China (Hong Kong 香港: Ciyouhui chubanshe 慈幼會出版社, 2013); (Ed.) A Voluntary Exile: Chinese Christianity and Cultural Confluence since 1552 (Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013); (Ed.) Beating Devils and Burning Their Books: Views of China, Japan, and the West (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press/Association for Asian Studies, 2010); China’s Saints: Catholic Martyrdom During the Qing (1644-1911) (Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2011); and Ban Gu’s History of Early China (Amherst: Cambria Press, 2008).

Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Professor and Eliaser Chair of International Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley
Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Professor and Eliaser Chair of International Studies, has an A.B. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations (Harvard) and a Ph.D in Asian Languages (Stanford). He uses both excavated and transmitted texts to reconstruct the religions, philosophies, and cultures of early China. Recent books include Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China (2004) and Readings in Han Chinese Thought (2006). He is currently translating a set of Song dynasty essays on the Zhuangzi. He is Editor of the Journal of Chinese Religions.

Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley
Alison Gopnik is a Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy (D. Phil Oxford University) at UC Berkeley. She works on problems of causal knowledge and learning, intuitive theory formation, and “theory of mind.” Her work explores the relation between empirical work in cognitive development and classical philosophical problems in epistemology and philosophy of mind. She is coauthor of Words, Thoughts and Theories (MIT Press, 1997) and The Scientist in the Crib (Harper Collins, 2000).

Lionel Jensen, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Faculty Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
Lionel M. Jensen is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Notre Dame, and Faculty Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, as well as an Affiliate of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. His research is identified closely with the intellectual history of “Confucianism;” however, his interests and published work extend from ancient, through medieval, modern and even contemporary topics. He has conducted research into Chinese religion and thought, contemporary economy and politics, human rights, folklore, early Sino-European contact, popular cults, comparative mythology, and nationalism. He is author of Manufacturing Confucianism: Chinese Traditions and Universal Civilization (1997). More recently Jensen has coedited China In and Beyond the Headlines (2012). He has just completed the manuscript for his latest book, Re-enchanting Confucianism: Mythistory and the Supernatural in the Making of Tradition and is editing Visible Vestiges: Rare Photographs from the Robert E. and Beverly O’Grady Collection to be published in late 2017.

Tiziana Lippiello, Professor of Classical Chinese and History of Chinese Philosophy and Religions, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Tiziana Lippiello is Professor of Classical Chinese and History of Chinese Philosophy and Religions at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. She earned her Ph.D. in Classical Chinese and East Asian History from Leiden University. Her research specialties include early Chinese thought, Chinese ethics and religious studies.

Thierry Meynard, Professor of Philosophy, Sun Yat-sen University
Thierry Meynard s.j. is currently Professor and Ph.D. Director in the Philosophy Department at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, where he teaches Western Philosophy and Latin Classics. He is the Vice-Director of the Archive for the Introduction of Western Knowledge at Sun Yat-Sen University. From 2012 to 2014, he was also the Director of The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, a study program established by the Jesuits in 1998, and he still supervises the research activity of this center. In 2003, he obtained his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Peking University, presenting a thesis on Liang Shuming. From 2003 to 2006, he taught Philosophy at Fordham University, New York. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Macau Ricci Institute. He has authored The Jesuit Reading of Confucius (Boston: Brill, 2015), The Religious Philosophy of Liang Shuming (Boston: Brill, 2011), Confucius Sinarum Philosophus (Rome: IHSI, 2011), and co-authored with Sher-shiueh Li, Jesuit Chreia in Late Ming China (Bern: Peter Lang: 2014).

Peter Park, Associate Professor of Historical Studies, University of Texas at Dallas
Peter Park received a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the University of Texas at Dallas, in the Fall of 2007 as Assistant Professor of Historical Studies and in 2013 became Associate Professor. He teaches courses on historical methodology, early modern Europe, the European Enlightenment, the history of philosophy, and comparative philosophy.

Dr. Park studies European knowledge systems, cultural transfer, cultural canons, and identity. He has published articles and book chapters and has co-edited two books on historical and philosophical topics, including German Orientalism, comparative linguistics, early modern Jewish anti-Christian literature, philosophical skepticism, scientific racism in the Enlightenment, and German and French Enlightenment thinkers on China. He is the author of Africa, Asia, and the History of Philosophy: Racism in the Formation of the Philosophical Canon, 1780-1830 (SUNY Press, 2013), which won the 2016 Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Award.

He has begun work on a critical translation of Die speculative Trinitätslehre des späteren Orients (The Speculative Doctrine of the Trinity of the Late Orient) (Berlin, 1826) by the Lutheran theologian and orientalist Friedrich August Tholuck (1799-1873). This text is possibly the earliest study in the German language of heterodox philosophical sects within early Islam.

He has won research fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and the Francke Foundations. He has presented his research to academic audiences in Germany, India, Hong Kong, Turkey, South Africa, and the United States.

Franklin Perkins, Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Franklin Perkins is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and editor of the journal Philosophy East and West. His main teaching and research interests are in classical Chinese philosophy, early modern European philosophy, and in the challenges of doing philosophy in a comparative or intercultural context.  He is the author of Heaven and Earth Are Not Humane: The Problem of Evil in Classical Chinese Philosophy (Indiana, 2014), Leibniz: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2007), and Leibniz and China: A Commerce of Light (Cambridge, 2004), and he is co-editor of Chinese Metaphysics and Its Problems (Cambridge, 2015) (with Chenyang Li). His books have been translated into Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese.

Paul Rule, Research Associate, China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University
Paul Rule was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. He spent some years as a student member of the Society of Jesus, completed an honors degree in history at the University of Melbourne, and a doctorate in Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He is a former Director of the Religious Studies program at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, where he taught Chinese and Aboriginal religions, religious theory and modern Catholicism as well as Chinese history. Dr. Rule’s research and publications have mainly related to China and include books and articles on Christianity in China, other Chinese religions, Aboriginal religion and peace and justice issues. He has been Editor for and President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions and a member of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. He is currently a research associate in the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University and is working on a history of the Chinese Rites Controversy for the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco where he has been EDS-Stewart Distinguished Fellow. He is also a member of the Macau Ricci Institute assisting in an edition and translation of the Acta Pekinensia (the first volume appeared in Rome in 2015).

Nicolas Standaert, Professor of Sinology, University of Leuven
Nicolas Standaert is Professor of Sinology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. His recent publications include: The Intercultural Weaving of Historical Texts: Chinese and European Stories about Emperor Ku and His Concubines (Leiden: Brill, 2016); Chinese Voices in the Rites Controversy: Travelling Books, Community Networks, Intercultural Arguments (Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2012); The Interweaving of Rituals: Funerals in the Cultural Exchange between China and Europe (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008).

Alexander Statman, PhD Candidate, History, Stanford University
Alexander Statman studies the history of science in the early modern world, particularly in Western Europe and China. His research focuses on ideas of history and geography, metaphysics and cosmology, occult science, and cross-cultural exchange. In his dissertation, he considers French interpretations of Chinese natural philosophy during the late eighteenth century in conjunction with emerging Enlightenment views of science, society, and global human civilization.

Wu Huiyi 吳惠儀, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Needham Research Institute, Cambridge; Associate Researcher, Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, Paris
Wu Huiyi is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Needham Research Institute, and Associate Researcher at the Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine of Paris. She received professional training as a translator, before completing her Ph.D. in History in 2013 under joint supervision between Université Paris Diderot and Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane (Florence). Her dissertation (in French) entitled Translating China in the Eighteenth Century: French Jesuits as Translators of Chinese Texts and the Renewal of European Knowledge about China (1687-ca. 1740) will be published in April 2017 by Editions Honoré Champion, Paris.

Zhang Qiong 張琼, Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University
Qiong Zhang is Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University, in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  She received her BA and MA in Philosophy from Wuhan University, China, and her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University.

Her research fields are early modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history and the history of China’s encounter with Western Europe since the sixteenth century.  Her book on the reception of the notion of the globe in seventeenth century China, Making the New World Their Own: Chinese Encounters with Jesuit Science in the Age of Discovery, was published by Brill in June 2015. She received the 2015 Academic Excellence Award of CHUS (Chinese Historians in the United States) on account of this book. Professor Zhang is currently working on two projects that explore the knowledge ecology within the fields of Bowu learning (or natural history) and what may be called “Chinese meteorology” during the late Ming and early Qing.