CRTA workshop on reading late imperial Chinese religious texts

CRTA workshop on reading late imperial Chinese religious texts

Read the CRTA workshop report here.


Aussois, France, December 15-19, 2019

This five-day workshop is organized by the CRTA (Chinese Religious Texts Authority) project, supported by FROGBEAR. CRTA is an open-access, international collaborative database project aiming at describing Chinese religious texts. The workshop will introduce CRTA to participants and produce descriptions of chosen texts at the same time as it will train participants in readings late imperial religious texts of different genres.

We open this call to graduate students and early-career scholars of all nationalities and disciplines; we require a good reading command of classical Chinese and capacity of taking active part in discussions in English. We will also ask each participant to prepare in advance descriptions of three texts of their choosing within a corpus (we will send corpus and template ahead of time). We hope that participants will maintain participation in the project after the workshop.

The workshop will take place in a beautiful resort in the French Alps, in the village of Aussois. The resort will provide single-room accommodation and full board.

Candidates should send a letter and CV to before April 30, 2019. The letter (in English) should explain how training in reading late imperial religious texts intersects with and can enrich their own research.


  • Katherine Alexander (U. of Colorado): nineteenth-century baojuan 寶卷
  • Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple U.): Buddhist mountain and temple gazetteers 山志 / 寺志
  • Daniela Campo (U. of Strasbourg): modern Buddhist sermons 開示
  • Vincent Goossaert (EPHE, PSL): late Qing morality books 善書
  • Gregory Scott (U of Manchester): modern Buddhist periodicals and monographs 期刊與專著
  • Wang Huayan (CEIB): stele inscriptions 碑記

Each instructor has a 4 hour session: 1 hour introduction to the genre, 3 hours guided reading of one text.


17 graduate students and early-career scholars.

Language of the instruction and discussions



Sunday 15 Dec

am: train Paris-Modane, transfer to Aussois
pm: presentation of the CRTA project, discussion
night (2 hours): Wang Huayan: Temple stele inscriptions from Yunnan

Monday 16 Dec

am: Greg Scott: modern Buddhist periodicals and monographs
pm: Katherine Alexander: nineteenth-century baojuan

Tuesday 17 Dec

am: Marcus Bingenheimer: Buddhist mountain and temple gazetteers
pm: outdoor activities (bring good shoes)
night: young scholars presentation of one text each (1)

Wednesday 18 Dec

am: Daniela Campo: modern Buddhist sermons
pm: Vincent Goossaert: late Qing morality books

Thursday 19 Dec

am: young scholars presentation of one text each (2)
Validation of the CRTA entries for all texts discussed
pm: train Modane-Paris


CRTA covers transportation from Paris and accommodation and meals in Aussois. Transportation costs (international airfare) to Paris: current budget may allow us to fund airfare only partially, but we are applying for extra funds.