The Fairbank Center recognizes the importance of religion as a way to understand people and society. This is especially true in a religious ecosystem as complex as China’s. Throughout the year, the Center hosts talks and workshops dedicated to exploring facets of the religious experience in China, both past and present.


Michael A. Szonyi
Michael A. Szonyi

Michael A. Szonyi

Director of the Fairbank Center; Professor of Chinese History

Michael Szonyi is Director of the Fairbank Center at Harvard University and Professor of Chinese History in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Department of History.

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James Robson
James Robson

James Robson

Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

James Robson is Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is the Director of Undergraduate Studies, East Asian Studies, and has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Regional Studies East Asia M.A. program.

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Janet Gyatso
Janet Gyatso

Janet Gyatso

Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies

Professor Janet Gyatso is a specialist in Buddhist studies with concentration on Tibetan and South Asian cultural and intellectual history.

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Divinity 419 | Cambridge MA, 02138

Research Projects

Digging up the Chinese Dead

This workshop, in December of 2015, worked to shed empirical, methodological, and theoretical light on the often murky topic of displacement in death. Presentations by a scholars from across the country asked about the interplay between Chinese societies, economic and social dislocation, state-building imperatives, and other moments of extreme change. Together these scholars grappled with the question of how the dead featured in these moments of change and what this can tell us about China in the past and present.

Understanding Religious Change in China: Connecting History and Anthropology

As part of the Fairbank Center’s annual Chinese Religions Seminar series, scholars of Chinese religion came together in February 2016 to discuss the intersection between religion and history in China. Presenters, including the Fairbank Center’s director, Michael Szonyi, covered topics that ranged from the creation of ethnic religion to ritual processes in China.

Upcoming Events

Mon 27
Apr 07

Chinese Religions Seminar

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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