Author: ZHANG Hua, Professor, Beijing Language & Culture University
The 12th “Theology and Humanities” Summer Institute was held in Beijing from July 11-14, 2016. The theme of this Summer Institute was “Rethinking Universalism”. Eight keynote speakers from the US, UK, Israel, Holand and Mainland China delivered presentations at the Institute. More than 30 young academics from 27 different universities and institutions were invited to present panel papers, discussing and exchanging views on Theology and Humanities. Under the framework of “Rethinking Universalism”, the scholars presented papers within a wide range of disciplines, from literary criticism to comparative studies on classics, religious studies, aesthetics and ethics. This review summarizes the major concerns and issues raised during the Institute, including Christian Universalism, the possibilities and limits of ethics, uncertainty and belief in the age of virtual reality and the universality of literature. The Summer Institute demonstrated an academic effort to reflect on the modern way of life and to resolve longstanding dilemmas facing humanity.
Theology, Humanities, Interdisplinary and Intercultural studies
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