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LIA CNRS-ENS Lyon/CASS Post-Western Sociology in Europe and in China : Workshop « Ethnicity, Space and Religion in Europe and in China »

24 juin 2019 - 26 juin 2019, à l’ENS de Lyon, site Monod, 1 place de l’Ecole


Organiser : Triangle, CNRS , ENS Lyon
Co-organiser : Institute of Sociology, CASS, Peking


The workshop will focus on the intermingling notions of ethnicity, religion and society in order to understand the common dynamics that religious groups and individuals share with other religious groups or faith groups in our global world of today. State management of religious pluralism in Europe and in China can provide the contextual framework for understanding the different trajectories of religious mobilizations in society in the past or today. Do the constitutional contexts, the secular regime, the historical formations of ethnicity or the social stratification of a society play a role in the way religious groups – for example Muslims - act ? Do all these characteristics related to law, public policies towards faith, sociological attributes of a society interact simultaneously or sequentially in the construction of ethnicity and its transformations in history ? The workshop will aim to draw some crossed analysis between different local/national contexts in Europe and in China in order to address this epistemological challenge for the study of ethnicity and religious mobilization in society.

In China cities provide a space for civic life and social integration, on which Buddhist temples, for example, work as an axial point of the prosperous economic practice and active social life of medieval Chinese city. The sacred space is also a place to educate and entertain people and ascribe them to a shared identity, i.e. a Chinese Buddhist. Nowadays, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and Lama religions exert a great influence on people out of the Tibetan communities, or even foreigners. Why the Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Lamas in Kham area have been moving during the last decades, monasteries moving closer and Lamas even traveling worldwide ? The workshop will highlight the new goals and strategies developed by Tibetan Buddhist elites, and focuses on the frame of interactions and coexistence between Sino-Tibetan parts in terms of social governance and relative autonomy. What about Chinese religions and Buddhism in Europe ? What about new practices and new transnational circulation of religiousness resources ?

The focus on the society will also lead us to discuss the political nature of the society. State formation through its representations, discourses and government of immigration, religious minorities, do influence the society. State recognition of ethnic differentiations can lead to a productive and positive polarization if the State considers it necessary for its rational organization and functioning which continuously evolves. However, this purpose will need to encourage at the same time freedom of religion and individuation of religion. The latter cannot be fully analyzed without taking into account the globalization of religion and, more particularly here, the transnational relations enacted by Muslims or Buddhists. How Muslim and Buddhist transnationalities and translocalities participate in the interaction of ethnicity, Islam and society ? Religious transnationalities and translocalities are built, transformed by processes of inclusion and exclusion marked by frontiers established in some cases simultaneously with the State.

This workshop will analyze interactions between ethnicity, religion and society in Europe and in China to draw theoretical and epistemological continuities and discontinuities between European and Chinese sociologies, to produce common knowledge and to improve the paradigm of Post-Western Sociology.


JUNE 24th

  • 9:00 – 9:30 Opening Ceremony
    • Professor Laurence Roulleau-Berger, CNRS Research Director, French Director of the LIA
    • Professor Wang Chunguang,Vice-Director of the Institute of Sociology, CASS
  • 09:30 – 10:00 : The main trends of contemporary religiosity in Europe
    Professor Sébastien Tank-Storper, CNRS Senior researcher, EHESS Paris
  • 10:00 – 10:30 : When Are Ethnic Boundaries Religious ? Some Remarks on the Hui Migrants in Nanjin
    Professor Fan Ke, Head of the Institute of Social Anthropology, Nanjing University
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 – 11:15 : Durkheim’s theory of religion and Chinese sociology
    Professor Laurence Roulleau-Berger, CNRS Research Director, Triangle, ENS Lyon
  • 11:15 – 11:45 : Integration and Religion in Paris : the case of Wenzhou
    Professor Wang Chunguang, Vice-Director of the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
  • 11:45 – 12:30 : Discussion
    Chairpersons : Professor He Rong and Doctor Fang Ling
  • 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Religion and City Life : Understanding the mechanism of how sacred space shapes traditional Chinese City
    Professor He Rong, Institute of Sociology, LIA Chinese Scientific Coordinator, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • 14:30 – 15:00 The religion of the Chinese people in France : Implantation and adaptation
    Doctor Fang Ling, Research engineer at the CNRS, GSRL Research Group for Sociology of Religion and Secularism
  • 15:00 – 15:30 The Reconstruction of Jama’at in Nanjing from 1999
    Associate Professor Bai Li, School of Social Development, Nanjing Normal University
  • 15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 – 16:15 : China’s Many Islams : From Accommodation to Assimilation ?
    Professor Dru C. Gladney, Pomona College, Claremont, California-President of the Pacific Basin Institute
  • 16:15 – 16:45 : The minority Muslim experience in the face of expressions of Islamophobia
    Professor Nacira Guénif, University Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis
  • 16:45 – 17:00 Coffee Break
  • 17:00 – 18:15 Discussion
    Chairpersons : Associate Professor Samadia Sadouni and Associate Professor Zheng Shaoxiong
  • 19:30 Dinner

JUNE 25 th

  • 9:00 – 9:30 : Southern African Indian Ocean Spatiality : the role of transnational Islam and Migration
    Associate Professor Samadia Sadouni, Sciences Po, Triangle
  • 09:30 – 10:00 : Why the Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Lamas in Kham area have been moving during the last Decades ?
    Associate Professor Zheng Shaoxiong, Center for Social and Cultural Anthropological Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
  • 10:00 – 10:30 : The Economic and Emotional Structures of Islamophobia. On the Production, Dissemination and Reception of Islamophobic speech
    Associate Professor Abdellali Hajjat, University of Paris-Ouest Nanterre
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 – 11:15 : A socio-history of Muslim youth movements in the Area of Lyon from the eighties
    Doctor Foued Nasri, associated researcher at Centre Max Weber, Lyon 2/CNRS
  • 11:15 – 11:45 : Chongqing’s Red Culture Campaign:Simulation and the Space of Power
    Doctor Mei Xiao, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
  • 11:45 – 12:30 : Discussion
    Chairpersons : Associate Professor Bai Li and Professor Dru C. Gladney
  • 12:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break
  • 14:30 – 16:30 : Roundtable Discussion for a LIA Research Program
    Chairpersons : Professors Fan Ke, Laurence Roulleau-Berger and Wang Chunguang
  • 19:30 Dinner

JUNE 26th

Full Day : Fieldwork Site

Morning :Visit of Cultural Center Le Rize in Villeurbanne by Safia Doumenc

  • 9 :00-9 :30 : Reception and coffee, presentation by the Director of the Rize, Vincent Veschambre (EVS, Le Rize)
  • 9 :30-11:30 : Presentation of the equipment and actions
  • 10 :00-10 :30 : Visit of the exhibition « Commitments ?! », Guillaume Caer (The Rize)
  • 11 :00-11 :30 : Presentation of the Inter-district Memories and Heritage
  • 11 :30-13 :00 : Presentation of research works
    • Lison Leneveler (CRJ, UGA) and members of the citizen jury (on reserve), presentation of the citizen jury created during the "Welcome to Villeurbanne" mission
    • Marie-Christine Cerrato Debenedetti (IREMAM, Aix-Marseille University) and members of the board (on reserve), presentation of the Villeurbanne advisory council against ethnic discrimination
    • Morane Chavanon (TRIANGLE, Lyon 2) presentation of her doctoral research on the memories of immigration in Saint-Etienne and Villeurbanne

Afternoon : 14:30-16:30 : Visit of the Grande Mosquée of Lyon by Doctor Foued Nasri, Centre Max Weber, Lyon 2

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