International Conference on “Esoteric Buddhism and East Asian Society” — Panelists

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ABÉ Yasurō 阿部泰郎
(University of Nagoya 日本名古屋大學)
Cynthea BOGEL
(Kyushu University  九州大學)

Cynthea J. Bogel is Professor of Japanese Art History and East Asian Buddhist Visual Cultures at Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan). She is co-chair of the IMAP and IDOC graduate student programs in premodern Japan studies (see and Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Asian Humanities at Kyushu University (JAH-Q). Her research focusses on premodern Japanese Buddhist icons, especially statues. Relationships between Japanese icons and East Asian correlates, the study of iconography or ritual contexts and how they relate to the goals of the temple and patrons, the historiography of Buddhist cultural properties, and the effects of nineteenth-century scholarship on the field are a few of her research interests.

Bogel holds MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University and a BA from Smith College. She taught Japanese art history and Buddhist visual culture at the University of Oregon (Eugene) for five years and at the University of Washington (Seattle) for fourteen years before moving to Japan in 2012 to take up her current position. She worked as Asian Art Curator at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, which led to her first co-authored book on ukiyoe prints. She has conducted research in India, Pakistan, Bhutan, China, Korea, Vietnam, and other corners of Asia besides Japan. For many years she led intensive courses with her American university students; fieldwork with graduate students is now a natural extension of her work in Japan. Her first monograph, titled With a Single Glance: Buddhist Icon and Early Mikkyō Vision (2009), examines early Esoteric temples and icons in Japan, the legacies of Saichō and Kūkai, and their sojourns in China. A monograph in progress features the temple Yakushiji (Nara) and its bronze main icon during the late seventh- and early eighth-century in the context of early Chinese-style imperial state ideology in Japan. She is the recipient of major research grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences; the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the J. Paul Getty Foundation; the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures; and the Japan Foundation. The Frogbear Cluster (2020–2022) she leads with Profs. Kim and Nguyen will examine talisman cultures in Vietnam, Korea, and Japan.

CHEN Jinhua 陳金華
(University of British Columbia 英屬哥倫比亞大學)
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 has additionally taught short-term positions at the University of Virginia, the University of Tokyo, and Stanford University.

As recipient of research grants and fellowships 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, his research projects span from East Asian state-church relationships, to 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, he has also co-edited five books. He has authored over fifty book chapters and journal articles. See more information on his current and forthcoming publications here.

DENG Qiyao 鄧啓耀
(Sun Yat-sen University 中山大學)
(University of London 英國倫敦大學)
Geoffrey GOBLE
(University of Oklahoma 俄克拉荷馬大學)
(University of Toronto 加拿大多倫多大學)
Amanda Goodman (PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2013) is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research focuses on the formative Tang-Song transition period of Chinese Buddhism, and specifically the Chinese esoteric or tantric Buddhist traditions of the eighth through tenth centuries. Grounded in the textual and material finds from the Dunhuang Buddhist cave site, her work engages with broader conceptual issues in the study of the dissemination and appropriation or alteration of Buddhism across the Sinitic world in the pre-modern period. She is also interested in the cross-cultural transmission of Buddhism along the old Silk Road, and regularly teaches on the topic of Central Asian Buddhism. She is currently preparing a book-length study centered on an indigenous Chinese Buddhist ritual compilation, the Vajra Peak Scripture, that reflects on regional and trans-regional esoteric Buddhist ritual trends during China’s middle-period.
Tamami HAMADA 濱田瑞美
(Yokohama University of Art and Design 横浜美術大学)
(Taisho University 日本大正大學)
HOU Chong 侯沖
(Shanghai Normal University 上海師範大學)
HSIE Shih-wei 謝世維
(Chengchi University 臺灣政治大學)
Iwasaki Hideo 岩崎日出男
(Sonoda Women’s University 園田学園女子大学)
Takahiko KAMEYAMA 亀山隆彦
(Ryukoku University 龍谷大學)
George Keyworth 紀強
(University of Saskatchewan 加拿大薩斯喀徹溫大學)
George Keyworth is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan, in Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Chinese Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Keyworth has received grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada to support research about and the publication of peer-reviewed articles on Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) Chinese Chan Buddhism and the figure of Juefan Huihong 覺範惠洪 (1071–1128); Japanese pilgrims to Song China (e.g., Jōjin 成尋 [1011–1081]); apocryphal Chinese Buddhist scriptures and the particular case of the Shoulengyan jing 首楞厳經 (*Śūraṃgama-sūtra) using sources from Dunhuang and Japan; esoteric Buddhism in Tang (618–907) and Song China; Zen Buddhism in Edo Japan and the figure of Kakumon Kantetsu 覚門貫徹 (d. 1730); and old Japanese manuscript Buddhist canons, especially from Nanatsudera 七寺 and the Matsuo shrine canon kept at Myōrenji 妙蓮寺. Dr. Keyworth is currently working on two books, tentatively titled: Zen and the Literary Arts, and Copying for the Kami: A Study and Catalog of the Matsuo Shrine Buddhist Canon.
Jiyun KIM
(Geumgang University 金剛大學)
KIM Younmi 金延美
(Ewha Womans University 韓國梨花女子大學)
Youn-mi Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art at Ewha Womans University. Professor Kim is a specialist in Chinese Buddhist art, but her broader interest in cross-cultural relationships between art and ritual extends to Korean and Japanese materials, as well. She is particularly interested in symbolic rituals, in which an architectural space serves as a non-human agent; the interplay between visibility and invisibility in Buddhist art; and the sacred spaces and religious macrocosms created by religious architecture for imaginary pilgrimages. Based on archaeological data from a medieval Chinese pagoda, her research has also investigated the historical traces of a Buddhist esoteric ritual from Liao China to Heian Japan. She is the editor of New Perspectives on Early Korean Art: From Silla to Koryo? (Cambridge, MA: Korea Institute, Harvard University, 2013), and she is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Art, Space, and Ritual in Medieval Buddhism: From a Liao Pagoda to Heian Japanese Esoteric Ritual.

Besides survey courses on Chinese art, she also teaches seminars on Chinese funerary art, religious art, and secular painting. Her teaching interests also include pre-modern Korean art.

LI Ling 李翎
(Sichuan University 四川大學)
LI Zijie 李子捷
(Kyoto University 日本京都大學)
Hsin-Yi Lin 林欣儀
(Fo Guang University 臺灣佛光大學)
Benedetta LOMI
(University of Bristol 英國布里斯托大學)
(University of Alberta 加拿大阿爾伯塔大學)
Saerji 薩爾吉
(Peking University 北京大學)
(Dunhuang Academy 敦煌研究院)
SHEN Weirong 沈衛榮
(Tsing-hua University 清華大學)
Elizabeth TINSLEY
(UC Irvine美國加州大學爾灣分校)
(Waseda University 日本早稻田大學)
Michelle WANG
(Georgetown University 美國乔治城大学  )

Michelle C. Wang is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University.  As a specialist in medieval Chinese art, her publications have addressed Buddhist maṇḍalas, Dunhuang painting, and Silk Road material culture.  Her first book, Maṇḍalas in the Making: The Visual Culture of Esoteric Buddhism at Dunhuang addresses the Maṇḍala of Eight Great Bodhisattvas (an iconographic template in which a central Buddha is flanked by eight attendants) during the Tibetan (786–848) and Guiyijun (848–1036) periods at Dunhuang, and examines it in light of the religious and artistic dialogue between Chinese and Tibetan communities at Dunhuang.  Her current book project examines Buddhist sculpture and materiality.

Nicholas Morrow WILLIAMS
(University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學)
(Elon University 美國伊隆大學)
XIE Jisheng 謝繼勝
(University of Zhejinag 浙江大學)
ZHANG Shubin 張書彬
(University of Zhejiang 浙江大學)
ZHAO Xiaoxing 趙曉星
(Dunhuang Academy 敦煌研究院)