The Research Center at TBC promotes research on cultural exchanges between China and the West, especially in the domain of religion. Our main activities include:
TBC actively participates and presents papers at conferences and seminars. TBC also sponsors and helps organize scholarly meetings.
In collaboration with Loyola University Chicago, this fellowship is designed to provide opportunities for currently non-tenured faculty to broaden their research and scholarship activities in China; foster a deeper connection with TBC; interact with professors and research colleagues at TBC; and contribute to the student learning experience on-site. In addition to pursuing individual research interests, the Matteo Ricci Faculty Fellow will serve as an occasional guest lecturer in his or her area of study for the TBC program. Contact us to learn more.
Professor David Francis Urrows 2014
TBC welcomed Professor David Francis Urrows, Associate Professor of the Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University. Professor Urrows was working on a research project about the history of pipe organ in China, from 1600 to the present. He was investigating existing and ongoing developments in pipe organ construction, installation, and its listening-culture in China as well as the increase in awareness of the instrument and its unique repertory. The research is not restricted to the religious use of pipe organ, and includes also its use in conservatories and concert halls.
The Beijing Center is proud to partner with AsiaLink as a scholar host. Asialink Arts facilitates residencies and projects for arts professionals. Programs enable creative development, exploration that build an Asia-capable, deeply Asia-engaged Australia through thought leadership and innovative programs that build knowledge, skills and partnerships.
David Musgrave 2017
A widely anthologised poet, author and founder of Puncher & Wattmann Publishing House. At The Beijing Center, David will research Chinese poetry to inform his new collection, and explore future avenues for publishing partnerships and collaborations.
The Ricci Scholars Program for Loyola University Chicago students offers an unparalleled study-abroad, immersion and global scholarship opportunity for highly motivated students. The program awards selected students with scholarships for travel, research and exploration during a junior year of study divided between two of the world’s most important cities: Rome, Italy, and Beijing, China. Ricci Scholars spend the Fall Semester at Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center and the Spring Semester at The Beijing Center. Through their two-semester immersion, Ricci Scholars may learn Chinese and Italian, participate in travel excursions, study both cultures and their histories, and engage in academic research to develop individual projects. A sophomore year introductory session prepares Scholars for the year of study abroad. Upon their return, Scholars complete their individual research projects and present their work to the university community and to the next group of Ricci Scholars.
Addison McTague 2017
A double major in English and Religious studies with a minor in the Arabic, is from Elmore, Ohio. Her research will look at the perception and expression of modesty among Muslim women in Rome and Beijing. Blending her intellectual interests and personal values, Addison’s extremely timely project will use qualitative methods of observation and personal interviews to determine the relative roles of forms of dress, such as the hijab, and other behaviors to express modesty within largely non-Muslim