[Seminar] Theology After the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement: Notes from Hong Kong and Vancouver

[Updated 31 December 2017: Thank you very much for your interest in this event. For those who might have missed this talk by Dr. Justin Tse, here are some of the event photos.]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30–8:00 pm
120, C. K. Choi Building, UBC
1855 West Mall, Vancouver

One of the hallmarks of the 2014 prodemocracy occupy protests in Hong Kong known as the Umbrella Movement was the presence of Christians doing theology on the streets, sometimes fused with Cantonese hero traditions. But in the aftermath of the movement, how has the relationship between theology and politics developed, especially in a time of greater authoritarian power exerted by the People’s Republic of China on its “Special Administrative Region”? What can be learned about the efficacy of God-talk in protest when the movement is considered to be over? How has such God-talk traveled transnationally to Vancouver?

Justin K.H. Tse is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern University. He is lead editor of Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Palgrave, 2016), and his writing can also be found in Population, Space, and Place, Global Networks, Progress in Human Geography, Review of Religion in Chinese Society, Social and Cultural Geography, Chinese America: History and Perspective, Ching Feng, and the Bulletin for the Study of Religion. He is working on a book manuscript titled “Religious Politics in Pacific Space: Grounding Cantonese Protestant Theologies in Secular Civil Societies,” and a second project is under way comparing the theological afterlives of occupy protests in Hong Kong, Kyiv, and Seattle.

This event is organized by the Hong Kong Studies Initiative and co-sponsored by the Centre for Chinese Research and the Department of Geography.