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Talk: Anthropology in China: Thought and Methodology
Date: 18 January 2008 (Friday)

Modern China Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures is pleased to present a talk by:

Professor LUO Hongguang, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


‘Anthropology in China: Thought and Methodology’

Date: January 18, 2008 (Friday)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Room G4, G/F, Tang Chi Ngong Building

In this talk, Professor Luo looks at the development of anthropology as a field of study in China and draws a distinction between ‘Anthropology in China’ and “Chinese Anthropology”. He defines ‘Anthropology in China’ as the application of universal anthropological methodological principles, such as those pioneered by Franz Boas and Bronislaw Malinowski, to the examination of Chinese cultural evolution. ‘Chinese Anthropology’, on the other hand, he sees as relating to thought and therefore presents it as ideologically distinct from other anthropological disciplines in its approach to the understanding of human cultural evolution.

About the speaker:
Professor Luo is a Senior Researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, where he holds the titles of Director Assistant of the Institute of Sociology and Director of the Department of Social Anthropology. Professor Luo earned his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Osaka in 1994. He is the author of several books and has published widely in both Japanese and Chinese scholarly publications. He was also Director and Executive Editor of the CASS journal ‘Sociological Research’ between 1998 and 2004. Professor Luo’s research interests include cultural anthropology, the role of non-governmental organizations in Asia, exchange systems, and systems of belief and authority.

The talk will be conducted in Putonghua. It will last around one hour and will be followed by a Q&A session. All are welcome.
For enquiries, please contact Ms Lucilla Cheng at 2859-2000 or

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