Sujung Kim is an Assistant Professor of religious studies at DePauw University. She received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 2014. Her first book, Shinra Myojin and Buddhist Networks of the East Asian “Mediterranean” (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019) focuses on a deity called Shinra Myōjin—whose name alludes to its possible connection with Korea—worshipped on Mt. Hiei in medieval Japan. The book explains that Shinra Myojin is not only an influential protector god of the Onjōji temple, but also part of the transnational network of people, ideas, and gods, spanning China, Korea, and Japan, out of which Shinra Myojin emerged. She is currently working on her second book project, which explores the interplay between emotion and etoki (picture-explaining) with an emphasis on the Illustrated Biographies of the Kegon Sect Patriarch, a thirteenth-century Japanese narrative scroll that depicts the biographies of two seventh-century Korean Buddhist monks. While her research centers on the premodern transcultural interactions between Japan and Korea, her interdisciplinary research interests include modern/contemporary Korean Buddhism, Buddhist visual and material culture, as well as performative aspects of Buddhist narratives.
Department: Department of Asian Studies
Role(s): Cluster Leader, Co-investigator