Zhe Gao

I received my B.Ec. (International Economics and Trade, 2003) and M.Phil. (Religious Studies, 2005) from Renmin University of China, and M.A. (Christian Studies, 2006) and Ph.D. (Religious Studies, 2010) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I taught at Minzu University of China (China) before joining the University of Stirling in 2017 where I am an Interdisciplinary Senior Lecturer in Religion and Translation, Division of Literature and Languages. 

The early stage of my academic research mainly focused on the translatability of Christianity into Chinese culture. As one of the major participants of the Movement of Sino-Christian Studies, I considered all my research related to Christianity as translating activities, whether they are linguistic translations of English Christian literature into Chinese, or re-interpretations of Christian messages in the context of Chinese society and culture, or the practice of inter-faith dialogue between Christianity and Chinese traditions – especially through doing comparative theology. My research was also deeply interdisciplinary, consisting primarily of Christian theology in its most general sense, and lying at the intersection of translation, hermeneutics, economics, and cultural studies interaction.  

My first book, 《辛劳与礼物:工作神学批判研究》(Co-creation and Gift: A Critical Study of Theologies of Work, 2015), through reflecting on the two dominant theological approaches to human work after the Reformation, tries to draft a theo-economics of human work based on the concept of “gift”. Most of my academic journal papers either are interdisciplinary Christian studies of public issues or concern the contextualization and inculturation of the Christian faith in modern China, or both. I have also translated four English academic books into Chinese and co-translated several with others. 

My more recent research focuses on the history of ‘religion’ as a modern category in its relation to Chinese intellectual and political narratives since its being introduced to China at the end of the 19th century.