Visiting Scholars

2007 Visiting Scholars


Prof. XU Tao

Professor Xutao was graduated from the Department of Philosophy of theBeijing University. He is an associate professor of the Department of Philosophy of Wuhan University. His research interest includes Philosophy of Religion, especially Christianity. Prof. Xu involved in the editorial work of “Excerpts of Documents on Medieval Philosophy.” He is also responsible for the translation work of Part I of Summa Theologiae. His research projects includes The Theoretical Positioning of Thomas Aquinas, Introduction to Religious Studies. He has published a number of articles on Christian Studies.

Prof. Xu was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Catholic Studies from mid-March 2007 to mid-April 2007. His research topic is “Humanism of Jesus Christ and Humanism of Budda.”(基督的人性化與菩薩的人間化以超越基督論和凡夫菩薩論為例)

Prof. KANG Zhijie

Professor Kang Zhijie is an associate professor of the Department of Political Science of Wubei University, teaching Christian Culture, Historical Studies of Chinese Christianity, etc. Her works include Liturgical feast days of Christianity (2000), Christianity along the Yangtze River(2006), The Vineyard of God — A Case Study of a Catholic Community in North-west Wubei, 1636-2005(2006). Besides, Prof. Kang has published more than 40 articles.

Professor Kang was invited as a visiting professor at the Centre for Catholic Studies fromMarch 2007 to May 2007. Her research topic is “Catholic Religion and Chinese Rural Society.” She was a guest speaker of the public lecture “I do not die, I enter life: Funeral Rites of Rural Catholic Community.” She also participated in various academic activities to share the fruits of her research projects on cemeteries studies.

Dr. Jean-Paul WIEST

Dr. Jean-Paul Wiest is the Research Director and Scholar in Residence of the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (TBC), University of International Business & Economics, Beijing since 2003. He is also a member of the Ricci Institute Scholars’ Council and a Distinguished Fellow of the ESD-Stewart Chair in the the University of San Francisco. He is the co-director of project on the “History of Catholic Cemetery of Zhengfusi (Beijing) and the People Buried in It” and the co-director of the “Summer Seminar on Oral History” of Central NormalUniversity, Wuhan.

Dr. Wiest has been invited to be a visiting scholar at the Centre for Catholic Studies during 16-27, April 2007, to give lectures and sharing his research experiences on Catholic Cemetery of the French Missionaries in Beijing and History of Religious Congregations.

HUANG Pingying

Miss Hunag Pingying is a researcher of the Hakka Research Centre of the National Central University, Taiwan. She has been in charge of an academic journal on the Development of Relationship between Mainland China and Taiwan. The research projects she has conducted involve “The Second Burial Customes of Hakka Community in Tao Yuen Province,” “Oral History Studies of Hakka.”

Miss Huang was invited by the Centre for Catholic Studies to speak in the public lecture on Cemetery Studies.

Dr. Eileen KANE

Dr. Eileen Kane was formerly Senior Lecturer in History of Art in University College Dublin. She was educated at the Dominican College, Eccles Street, Dublin, and at University College, Dublin. She was awarded the degree of Ph.D. for her thesis on the Avignonese painter Jacques Yverni, and painting in south-eastern France and Piedmont in the early fifteenth century. Her research interests and her publications have centred upon art in Avignon, Rome (especially the basilica of San Clemente) and Dublin. Her most recent book (2005) is: The Church of San Silvestro in Capite in Rome, the titular church of His Eminence Desmond Cardinal Connell, Archbishop Emeritus of Dublin. During her thirty-three years as College Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in the Department (now‘School’) of History of Art in University College Dublin, she taught a wide range of courses on the history of European Painting. the University of San Francisco. He is the co-director of project on the “History of Catholic Cemetery of Zhengfusi (Beijing) and the People Buried in It” and the co-director of the “Summer Seminar on Oral History” of Central Normal University, Wuhan.

Dr. Kane has been invited to be a visiting scholar at the Centre for Catholic Studies during October and November, 2007, to give a series of lectures on European Art History and she will plan the routes of study tour with Fr. Louis Ha.

Angela LAM

Miss Angela Lam graduated from the Department of Fine Arts, the University of Hong Kong. Then she studied Art History, Latin, Archives Management in Norwich and Rome. She has a Diploma (Master) of Paleography and Archives Administration. She was a researcher for the Documentary “Secret Files of the Inquisition: part III – the War on Ideas.” She involved in archival work of David Lubin Memorial Library for the Food and Agriculture Organisation, and United Nations and Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu (ARSI), Rome, and is familiar with the history of Medieval and Renaissance Periods.

Miss Lam was invited by the Centre for Catholic Studies to co-teach the course? “Christian Visual Faith” in November 2007. She also gave public lecture on archival work experiences and interpretation of Religious Inquisition.

Dr. Leonard SWIDLER

Professor Leonard Swidler is Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue of the Temple University Philadelphia. He is the co-founder and editor of Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and also co-founder and director of the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue. His lectures and writings cover a wide range of topics, including inter-religious dialogue, dialogue between Christianity and various cultures and disciplines, global ethics, religious liberty and human rights, etc. His more recent books include For All Life. Toward a Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic: An Interreligious Dialogue (1999), The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue (co-author with Paul Mojzes, 2000),Confucianism in Dialogue Today. West, Christianity, and Judaism (co-editor with Shu-hsien Liu and John Berthrong, 2005).

He is a Senior Fulbright Scholar and is invited to the Centre for Catholic Studies as a visiting scholar from November 19 to Dec 1, 2007, giving lectures to graduate students and the public on topics such as inter-religious dialogue, Christianity and China and Feminism.

Dr. Roman MALEK

Dr. Roman Malek is the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oriental Studies and Director of the Monumenta Serica Institute in Sankt Augustin of Germany.

He was invited by the Centre for Catholic Studies to give a keynote speech in the Conference on History of Catholic Religious Orders and Missionary Congregations in Hong Kong in December 2007. The topic of his speech is “Charisma—Mission History—Local Church: Remarks on Historiography and Spirituality of Religious Orders and Congregations in the Chinese Context.”