Wuhan, P.R. China, 2015

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 Invitation to an International Conference

The Methods of Mateo Ricci and Communication between Western and Chinese Cultures

 Wuhan, P.R. China                                      July 12-13, 2015


in cooperation with

Department of Religion, School of Philosophy

Wuhan University


Conference Program



Matteo Ricci is known as “the greatest contributor to communication between Western and Chinese culture” as a catholic Jesuit coming in the late Ming he originated a series of methods and strategies to adapt to the Chinese tradition. These methods and strategies characterized by the “adjustment,” were followed by most of the Jesuits, and were called “the methods of Mateo Ricci” by the Emperor Kangxi. Allowing Chinese Catholic believers to worship Heaven, their ancestors and Confucius, the Methods were intended to combine Confucianism with Christianity. As a means of spreading Christian belief, they triggered the widespread and sustained arguments over Chinese rituals between the Jesuits and the Mendicant orders in China, within both the Western world and China, and between the two.


In the age of globalization and diversification, the Methods were re-discovered and their meanings and significance re-defined and re-annotated. In 2001, Pope John Paul II considered Matteo Ricci’s best contribution to be in the area of “cultural communications”, and pointed out parallels of his method and those of the early Church Fathers’ who perceived creative connections of Christianity with Greek-Roman culture.


The conference will consider the diversity of human cultures, and the possibility of their communication as well as their combination.


Scholars who are specialized in this area are cordially invited to take part with your insightful contributions.



Please send 300 words and a brief C.V. to the contact Professor Huang Chao  hcdj2000@whu.edu.cn and cua-rvp@cua.edu until April 30 2015. Presentation of accepted papers will be 20 minutes in length followed by 20 minutes discussion. Full papers (for which in order to promote in-depth investigation there is no upper page limit) will be due by October 1 for publication.



The conference will be held at the campus of Wuhan University.



There is no registration fee. All travel expenses will be covered by participants (or their institutions).



The Department of Religion

School of Philosophy

Wuhan University

Wuhan, P.R. China

Li Jianqun: Email: riskaversion@126.com

Qu Zhihong: Email: zhhong707@aliyun.com

Huang Chao: Email: hcdj2000@whu.edu.cn






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