The Sage and the People: The Confucian Revival in China
Based on the newly published book The Sage and the People (Oxford University Press, 2015), the presentation focuses on the popular revival of Confucianism that has taken place in China since the beginning of the twenty-first century. Analyzing empirical cases and narratives of the activists involved in this 'revival', it examines their ambiguous relation to Chinese politics. By means of a comparison between state cults carried out in both mainland China and Taiwan it also discusses the articulation of the political and the religious and, beyond that, the contemporary fate of the Chinese cosmological tradition.
- Sébastien Billioud (Université Paris-Diderot)