James Legge Conference and Public Lectures 11-13 June

In the bicentennial year of James Legge, the renowned Scottish missionary-scholar, an international and interdisciplinary conference focusing on his work and that of Scottish Missions to China, will take place in the University of Edinburgh from 11-13 June 2015.  The conference will include two keynote public lectures on the evenings of 11th and 12th June.

Inside and outside of China, there is a growing scholarly debate around how foreigners have contributed to and, at times, maligned prevailing understandings of Chinese philosophy, religion, and culture. One of the most important figures in these discussions is James Legge, the Scottish missionary-scholar to China, and translator of Chinese writings into English, and Christian writings into Chinese.

Conference Programme

The conference programme ‘James Legge & Scottish Missions to China’ giving details of the papers to be presented over the three days is available here – Download Legge 2015 Conference Programme.

For further information on the event and a link to register for the conference please visit this webpage.  =

If you have enquiries on this programme please contact in the first instance cswc-events@ed.ac.uk.

Keynote Lectures

The general public is welcome to attend the two evening keynote lectures which will be followed by a wine reception.  No registration is required for the keynote lectures.

Keynote Lecture 1

Thursday 11th June 5.30pm New College, Mound Place EH1 2LX

Yang HuilinProf Yang Huilin, Renmin University of China
The Translator’s Identity and Its Paradox’

Yang Huilin is Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies of Renmin University of China. His research interests include theological hermeneutics andinterdisciplinary studies of religion and literature. He is the author of many works including China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture (Baylor University Press, 2014)

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
All welcome, no advance booking required

Keynote Lecture 2

Friday 12th June 5.30pm New College, Mound Place EH1 2LX

Lauren PfisterLauren Pfister,
Hong Kong Baptist University
‘Pulling the Plank out of One’s Own Eye

Reflective Moments of Transformation gained from James Legge’s Christian Engagement with Notable Chinese Persons’

Lauren Pfister is Professor of the Religion and Philosophy Department of Hong Kong Baptist University. He has published widely on Qing Dynasty philosophy, Ruist-
Christian dialogue, and hermeneutics, including the important two-volume work on
James Legge entitled Striving for ‘The Whole Duty of Man’ (Peter Lang, 2004).

This lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
All welcome, no advance booking required.

This conference is organised by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for the Study of World Christianity, in collaboration with the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies with sponsorship from the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the New College Senate.