Department of Sociology and Social Research Centre in Hong Kong Shue Yan University will co-organize the webinar entitled “The Beginning, End and Continuation of Human Life: an Anthropological Perspective” on March 26, 2024 (Tuesday), 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Hong Kong Time) via Zoom.

The webinar will be delivered by Professor Chengpu YU, National Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

In this lecture, Professor YU will use a series of ethnographic fieldwork data to explore the multiple existences of human life. Xunzi·Li Lun《荀子·礼论》 says: “The birth of a new life is the beginning of human beings; death is the end of human beings; when both the beginning and the end are well-organized, the humanity is complete”. The beginning and end of life have always been classic topics of concern in anthropology. In recent years, modern medical technologies have changed the way human life exists and challenged the boundaries between life and death. This lecture will use the fieldwork data on assisted reproductive technology, end-of-life care, and organ donation to demonstrate the various possibilities of human existence and to summarize the analytical perspective of anthropology on the subject of human life.

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:00PM (HKT)
Venue: via Zoom (Meeting ID: 943 4027 5641, Password: 0326; Link:
Enquiries: 28067343/

You are cordially invited to join us in this lecture. It would also be wonderful, if you could circulate this seminar information to persons who might be interested.

We look forward to meeting you via Zoom!