Tianzhu Steering Committee 天柱指导委员会
James Benn (McMaster)
James Benn is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies. His field of research is religion in medieval China (roughly fourth to tenth century, CE). To date he has concentrated on three major areas of interest: bodily practice in Chinese Religions; the creation and transmission of new religious practices and doctrines; and the religious dimensions of commodity culture. In particular, he has focused on self-immolation, Chinese Buddhist apocrypha, and the history of tea. He works with primary sources written in literary Chinese and my research engages with that of scholars who publish in English and French as well as in modern Chinese and Japanese. Although his work is grounded in traditional Sinology—a discipline based on knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of pre-modern China—his publications are also aimed towards scholars of Religious Studies.
Jinhua Chen (UBC)
Jinhua Chen is Professor of East Asian intellectual history (particularly religions) at the University of British Columbia, where he also served as the Canada Research Chair in East Asian Buddhism (2001-2011). He additionally held short-term teaching positions at other universities including the University of Virginia (2000-2001), the University of Tokyo (2003-04), and Stanford University (2012).
As recipient of research grants and fellowships from different sources including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program, Killam Foundation, Peter Wall Institute for the Advanced Studies, Society for the Promotion of Buddhism (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai [BDK]), Japan Society for the Promotion of Social Sciences (JSPS), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Max Plank Institute, the Academy of Korean Studies, and most recently, the National Humanities Center (USA), he has been engaged in research projects related to East Asian state-church relationships, monastic (hagio/)biographical literature, Buddhist sacred sites, relic veneration, Buddhism and technological innovation in medieval China, and Buddhist translations. In addition to publishing five monographs, including (1). Making and Remaking History (Tokyo, 1999), (2). Monks and Monarchs, Kinship and Kingship(Kyoto, 2002), (3). Philosopher, Practitioner, Politician: The Many Lives of Fazang [643-712] (Leiden, 2007), 4. Legend and Legitimation: The Formation of Tendai Esoteric Buddhism (Brussels, 2009), and (5). Crossfire: Shingon-Tendai strife as seen in two twelfth-century polemics (Tokyo, 2010), he has also co-edited five books. He is also the author of over fifty book chapters and journal articles, with major academic journals such as Asia Major, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, History of Religions, Journal Asiatique, Journal of Asian History, Journal of Chinese Religions, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, and T’oung P’ao: Revue internationale de sinologie. Several of his forthcoming books include one on medieval Chinese monastic warfare, another on Buddhism and Daoism’s politico-economical roles in early eighth century, and finally an annotated English translation (with an extended Introduction) of the complete works of the 9-10thcentury Korean literary luminary Choe Chiwon 崔致遠.
Ann Heriman (Ghent)
Ann Heirman is the Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies, an international research centre that focuses on India and China. She teaches Classical and Buddhist Chinese. She has published extensively on Chinese Buddhist monasticism and the development of disciplinary rules, including Rules for Nuns according to the Dharmaguptakavinaya (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 2015), A Pure Mind in a Clean Body, Bodily Care in the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China (Academia Press, Ghent, 2012, with Mathieu Torck) and The Spread of Buddhism (edited volume with Stephan Peter Bumbacher, Brill, Leiden, 2007).
Zhe Ji (INALCO)
JI Zhe is currently a professor of sociology at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales-Université Sorbonne Paris Cité in France. He has been the Director of the Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le bouddhisme (CEIB) since 2016 and co-head of the Equipe ASIEs since 2017. His main study areas are Buddhism and the relationship between religion and politics in China. His recent publications include Religion, modernité et temporalité : une sociologie du bouddhisme chan contemporain (CNRS Editions, 2016), Making Saints in Modern China (co-edited with David Ownby and Vincent Goossaert, Oxford University Press, 2017). In 2014, he was nominated a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France.
Robert Sharf (UC Berkeley)
Robert Sharf is D. H. Chen Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies (1979) and an M.A. in Chinese Studies (1981) from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan (1990). His graduate work included study in Japan; he was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Research into the Humanities (Jinbun Kagaku Kenkyūjo) at Kyoto University, and also conducted fieldwork at Kōfukuji in Nara (1985-87).
Before joining the Berkeley faculty he taught in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University (1989-95) and in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan (1995-2003). He works primarily in the area of medieval Chinese Buddhism (especially Chan), but he also dabbles in Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist art, ritual studies, and methodological issues in the study of religion. He is author of Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise (2002), co-editor of Living Images: Japanese Buddhist Icons in Context (2001), and is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Thinking about Not Thinking: Buddhist Struggles with Mindlessness, Insentience, and Nirvana.”
In addition to his appointment in East Asian Languages and Cultures, he is Chair of the Center for Buddhist Studies at UCB. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, the Journal for the Study of Chinese Religions, the Journal of Religion in Japan, and the Kuroda Institute Series published in conjunction with University of Hawai’i Press.
Eugene Wang (Harvard)
汪悦进(Eugene Wang)毕业于上海复旦大学，后赴美获美国哈佛大学艺术史硕士、博士。现为美国哈佛大学艺术史与建筑史系洛克菲勒亚洲艺术史专席终身教授 (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art)。是哈佛大学仅有的两位来自中国大陆的文科华裔终身教授之一。曾经数年为哈佛大学文理学院网页首页人物。曾任美国国家美术馆高级视觉艺术研究所、盖蒂基金会等顾问, 美国大学艺术史协会机关刊物Art Bulletin编委会编委。获美国古根海姆 (Guggenheim) 基金会学术成就奖及美国专业学会 (American Council of Learned Societies) 所颁赖斯康姆奖, 及哈佛大学教学奖。专著《塑造法华经：中国中古佛教视觉文化》(Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China) (2004) 获日本岅本日深学术奖。著述内容广泛, 涉及艺术史从古代到现当代各时期，包括青铜、书画、雕塑、建筑、版刻、摄影，电影等多种媒介。着重研究艺术的时空序列、图像编码、及与认知结构的关系。为麦克米兰出版社《佛教百科全书》艺术类主编。历年来先后受邀于世界各地讲学，如奥地利维也纳、瑞士苏黎世、德国柏林、海德堡、法兰克福、英国剑桥大学、澳洲悉尼、墨尔本、加拿大多伦多、及日本九州等大学讲课。最近创建哈佛文理学院中国艺术实验室 (Harvard FAS CAMLab – Chinese Art Media Lab)，致力研究开发以新技术和多媒体呈现中国文化与艺术的时空。
Yayu Wang (Hubei Liuzu)
Yayu WANG is the Chairperson of the Directorate for Hubei Liuzu Cultural Transmission Co., Ltd., China. She is the representative for the Liuzu Temple for the Steering Committee.
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