Chinese Religious Texts Authority (CRTA) workshop

Chinese Religious Texts Authority (CRTA) workshop

Updated with schedule.


Paris (France), January 4-7, 2024

New researches on Chinese Religious texts 1600-1940: genres and corpora

This three-day workshop is organized by the CRTA (Chinese Religious Texts Authority) project with support from the FROGBEAR project, and is financially supported by ITI HiSAAR, ANR-DFG project “ChinaText. Religious Text Production and Identity Formation in China, 17th to 21st Centuries”, and GEO. CRTA is an open-access, international collaborative database project aiming at describing Chinese religious texts. The workshop will introduce CRTA to participants and stimulate discussion about late imperial and Republican religious texts of different genres. The workshop will take place in Paris, France, and will begin on the early afternoon of January 4, 2024.

We open this call to graduate students and early-career scholars of all nationalities and disciplines. Each participant will prepare in advance a 20-minute round-table presentation on a current, unpublished project in relation to a late imperial, early Republican religious text (or a set of texts) of their choosing from the CRTA database. The workshop will schedule presentations by early career and confirmed scholars including members of CRTA project’s steering committee, with the aim of discussing and obtaining feedback from colleagues on the challenges posed by these texts and/or their topics. Candidates should be able to present and take active part in discussions in English.

Candidates should send a CV, plus the title and abstract of a presentation for round-table discussion to before August 15, 2023.


Members of the project’s steering committee include:    

    • Katherine Alexander (University of Colorado)
    • Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University)
    • Daniela Campo (University of Strasbourg)
    • Philip Clart (University of Leipzig)
    • Vincent Goossaert (EPHE, PSL)
    • Gregory Scott (University of Manchester)
    • Huayan Wang (IHEC, Paris)


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CRTA covers three nights (January 4th to 7th) single-room accommodation, breakfast, lunch and one group dinner in Paris. CRTA will also offer a travel grant to partially cover air/train fare to Paris (400 euros for participants coming from Asia or North America, and 100 euros for those coming from Europe, outside France).



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Thursday, January 4
2:30-8 pm Public conference
“Studying Chinese Religious Texts in 2024: Resources and Methods”
Maison de l’Asie, Salons (in presence only)

2:30 Welcome, Daniela CAMPO & Vincent GOOSSAERT
2:40 “CRTA: where we are and where we go,” Katherine ALEXANDER & Gregory SCOTT 3:20 “The ChinaText project,” Philip CLART
4 pm “The Chinese Christian Texts Database,” Nicolas STANDAERT
4:40 Coffee break
4:50 “Finding and Studying Chinese Religious Texts,” HU Jiechen
5:30 “The construction of textual authority in contemporary Chinese Buddhism,” JI Zhe 6:10 General discussion
6:30-8 pm Buffet dinner and drinks onsite


Workshop sessions are by invitation only, and are not open to the public.

Friday, January 5
Working meeting at MSH, salle 9
9:30 am-12 pm Workshop presentations

9:30-10:15 Gregory Scott 10:15-11:00 Cao Xinyu online 11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12 Chen Wenxi
12-2 pm Buffet lunch onsite and visit in the neighborhood
2-6 pm Workshop presentations
2-2:45 Elsa Cuillé
2:45-3:30 Zhang Xiaoyu
3:30-3:45 Coffee break
3:45-4:30 Gao Yu
4:30-5:15 Hu Jiechen
5:15-6 pm Richard Ellguth Free evening

Saturday, January 6
Working meeting at Sorbonne, escalier E, 2e étage, salle Gaston Paris
9:30 am-12 pm Workshop presentations

9:30-10:15 Marcus Bingenheimer
10:15-11:00 Ma Zhujun
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12 Zheng Qijun
12-2 pm Lunch onsite and short visit
2-6 pm Workshop presentations
2-2:45 Katherine Alexander
2:45-3:30 Jakub Zamorski
3:30-3:45 Coffee break
3:45-4:30 Lan Yangyang
4:30-5:15 Tan Guan-Fan
5:15-6 pm General discussion
8:45 pm dinner at Chez Julien – Lou Pescadou

Sunday, January 7

10 am-12:30 pm CRTA steering committee meeting


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