The Ancestors Come Back: An Ethnographic Study of Lineage Traditions in Southern Zhejiang---Prof. Lizhu Fan & Prof. Na Chen

Event Date: 

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 2212 HSSB
This presentation is based on anthropological observations of lineage traditions in Southern Zhejiang, the birthplace of China's private economy. Many villages have now rebuilt their ancestral halls and recompiled their genealogies. Should we think of lineages as lost cultural heritage or as a cultural renewal? The current lineage revival is not simply a return to earlier patterns, but is instead closely related to local history, to specific social ties, to local political changes and to globalization.
FAN Lizhu 范丽珠 is Professor of Sociology at Fudan University and Managing Associate Director, Fudan - UC Center on Contemporary China at U.C. San Diego. As a pioneer sociologist of religion in China, she has engaged in historical and ethnographic studies of Chinese folk religious beliefs and sociological theories of religion.
CHEN Na 陈纳 is a research fellow at the Center for Social Development, Fudan University, and research associate at the School of International Relations & Pacific Studies, U.C. San Diego. His research interest includes sociology of religion, sociology of development, and intercultural communication. His recent research includes an ethnographic study of the revival of Confucianism and reconstruction of Chinese identity, and the study of clientelism as a guanxi tradition in an East China rural community.