"Divination in Chinese Religions" (Workshop)

Dez 10
10. Dezember 2019 09:00 Uhr bis 11. Dezember 2019 17:00 Uhr
IKGF seminar room in building D1, Hartmannstr. 14, 91052 Erlangen

The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities „Fate, Freedom and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe“ (IKGF) of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg is delighted to announce the Workshop

„Divination in Chinese Religions“

to be held on

December 10-11, 2019

at the

IKGF seminar room in building D1

(Hartmannstr. 14, 91052 Erlangen)

Conveners: Philip Clart (Leipzig University), Fabrizio Pregadio (IKGF Erlangen), and Matthias Schumann (IKGF Erlangen)

Please register here for this workshop until December 2, 2019:
This workshop explores the role of divination within Chinese religious history. Divination is a complex term, which denotes various practices and techniques that aim to reveal the hidden significance of events or knowledge related to the future. Associated practices and techniques include both technical calculations as well as more intuitive, inspired forms of divination. The role of divination in Chinese religious history varied accordingly, ranging from the use of astrology for ritual means to the revelation of Buddhist prophecies. The aim of this workshop is to explore the various functions of divination both within the established religious communities as well as in local cults and popular religious movements. In addition, the workshop will also consider the more critical views that are attested in official religious discourse. While divinatory practices are just as ubiquitous within the religious field as they are in Chinese society more generally, divination retained a streak of the unorthodox and a critique of associated practices could be used for the sake of self-legitimation and identity construction.

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