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ASIAR Newsletter Issue 15
ASIAR - Asian Religious Connections Research Cluster, HKIHSS
LECTURE SERIES | Religion and Empire
A Talk by Dr. Laleh Khalili who is a Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London and the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration (Cambridge 2007), Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies (Stanford 2013), and Sinews of War and Trade (Verso 2020).
Upcoming Talk:
Reflecting on Maritime Transportation as the Sinew of Commerce and Conflict

In this talk, drawing from her recent book, Sinews of War and Trade, Khalili will discuss the centrality of maritime transport infrastructures to the making of capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula. She will highlight histories of colonialism, labour struggles, and war-making as central to the forging of these infrastructures.

Date: November 22, 2021, 6:30 pm (HK time) 

Language: English 

Venue: Via ZOOM (Registration is required to receive the link.)

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Held once a month, the series invites scholars from all around the globe to discuss their research on the interconnections between religion, infrastructure and empire in Afro-Eurasia. Engaging a wide variety of disciplines and topics, the lectures promise to enrich our understanding of how religiosities are transforming in an infrastructurally-connected yet increasingly de-globalizing world defined by great power competition.
E-WORKSHOP | Global Chinese Catholicism

This workshop explores the lived realities of Chinese Catholic communities established around the world as well as interactions among them and with Chinese Catholics in China.

While most of the literature on Chinese Catholicism focuses either on its history in mainland China or on its complicated relationship with the Chinese Communist Party, this workshop turns the spotlight on the many Chinese Catholic communities who have long been living in Sao Paulo, Milano, Melbourne, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, etc. Often, those communities are presented as a result of past migrations or as a mere attempt to preserve a particular ethno-religious identity. Thus, little attention is given to their on-going transformation and development – nor to their relations to other Chinese catholic communities present either around the globe or in mainland China. Furthermore, while social scientists have been paying a renewed interest in the Chinese diaspora and its religious dimensions, little attention has been oriented toward global Chinese Catholicism. Therefore, this e-workshop intends to not only investigate the diversity of global Chinese Catholic communities but also their current evolutions and networking.

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This e-workshop is the first step of a collaborative project sponsored by ISAC (Initiative for the Study of Asian Catholics) and BRINFAITH (Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road) to foster research on Global Chinese Catholicism. This e-workshop will occur online through zoom.

It will be on December 8, 9, and 10, from 8 pm to 10 pm (Singapore Time), to accommodate researchers around the globe.

Researchers interested in Global Chinese Catholicism are invited to register for this e-workshop by sending an email to

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