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Between Cruelty and Killing: Buddhist Activism, Civic Culture, and the Transnational Origins of the Animal Protection Movement in China

Jan 20, 2016 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

This presentation is part of the GEAS Open Colloquium.

Although animal protection has recently become one of the fastest growing civic activist movements in China today, its origins can be traced back to the early twentieth century. During the 1930s, Buddhist activists in Shanghai made the first Chinese attempt to launch a modern animal protection movement. Their Chinese Animal Protection Association (Zhongguo baohu dongwu hui) sought to emulate the successful examples of animal advocacy groups in England, the United States, and other foreign nations. In exploring the organization’s innovative efforts to adapt foreign strategies to local conditions, this presentation will highlight not only the transnational origins of Chinese animal protection, but also the important role of religious beliefs and practices in shaping the modern trajectory of Chinese civic culture.

Brooks Jessup is a Postdoctoral Fellow with GEAS.

Time & Location

Jan 20, 2016 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Holzlaube, Room 0.2001
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin