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.


leonard van derkuijp
leonard van derkuijp

Leonard van der Kuijp 范德康

Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies

Leonard van der Kuijp is professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies and chairs the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies. Best known for his studies of Buddhist epistemology, he is the author of numerous works on Tibet and TibetanRead More

Department of South Asian Studies | Inner Asian and Altaic Studies | 1 Bow St. | Cambridge
Michael A. Szonyi
Michael A. Szonyi

Michael A. Szonyi 宋怡明

Director of the Fairbank Center; Professor of Chinese History

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

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CGIS South Building | 1730 Cambridge Street | Cambridge MA 02138
Janet Gyatso Heashot
Janet Gyatso Heashot

Janet Gyatso 珍妮·嘉措

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
James Robson
James Robson

James Robson 羅柏松

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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2 Divinity Avenue | 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.

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Spring 2019 Courses on China

COURSES PRIMARILY FOR UNDERGRADUATES History HIST 13U: Asian Diasporas in Global History Michael Szonyi and Sunil Amrith The goal of this seminar is to help you appreciate the ways in which our world has been shaped by mass migration, and in particular two great...

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October 2018 Newsletter

View our October 2018 Newsletter in your browser Welcome to our New Affiliates Welcome to our new affiliates for the 2018-2019 academic year! This year we are pleased to welcome four Postdoctoral Fellows, fourteen Visiting Scholars, ten Graduate Student Associates,...

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