National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Professor Yu-chen Li 李玉珍 received her Ph.D. degree in 2000 from Cornell University. She is currently the chair of the Graduate Institute of Religious Studies at National Cheng Chi University. Yu-chen Li focuses on gender issues in Buddhism, such as the development of Bhiksuni sangha and Buddhist interaction with local culture through women. Her recent research deals with the conversion process of vegetarian women to Buddhism in 20th century Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Yu-chen Li published numerous works such as The Buddhist Nuns in Tang Dynasty, The Narrative of Sexuality and Desire among Sacred/Ordinary Men and Women, and Buddhism and Women in Postwar Taiwan, as well as more than 40 papers. Professor Li delivered three presentations at the Doctoral School Specialist Course “Women and Nuns in Chinese Buddhism” as guest lecturer: “Buddhist Nuns and Women in Tang China, with Text Reading” on June 4th, “Nun’s Ordination: The Taiwanese Case” on June 5th, and “Taiwanese Nuns in the Contemporary Era” on June 7th.