Religious studies’ Jonathan Tan discusses history of the study of Catholicism

Jonathan Tan, the Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor in Catholic Studies and associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, participated in a recent roundtable event hosted by the Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore.

Marking the second anniversary of the launch of the Initiative for the Study of Asian Catholics (ISAC), the discussion was titled “Catholic Studies in Asia: Prospects and Challenges.” 

During the event, Tan explained the historical perspective of the study of Catholicism, and the “emergence of an interest in global or world Catholicism as a field of study,” which moved from something that was “European- or Vatican-driven” to “global Catholicism or world Catholicism.” Earlier during the event, Tan met with undergraduates, postgrads and postdocs in a seminar on recent trends and developments in Catholic Studies around the world.

Learn more about the event.