Cluster 1.3: Market and Merit

Cluster 1.3: Market and Merit

Cluster leader: Susan Andrews, Mount Allison University Women’s significance in the economic life of East Asian religions is widely recognized but not yet well understood. This is in part because sources foregrounding their participation in this sphere very often remain outside official canons. Histories of the intersections between economics and Continue reading

Cluster 1.4: Enriched Reading Practices

Cluster 1.4: Enriched Reading Practices

Cluster Leader: Lori Meeks, University of Southern California How did people encounter and engage with texts under conditions of rapid dissemination and constantly increasing volume, in various religious traditions in EA? How did EA traditions celebrate or control reading as a religious practice? Some of the issues we will examine Continue reading

Cluster 1.5: Extended “Textual Communities”

Cluster 1.5: Extended “Textual Communities”

Cluster Leader: Jiang Wu, University of Arizona This cluster investigates the ways in which reading and writing the religious book in East Asia structured and defined communities of real or imagined readers, and how the economic and technological dimensions of the production of texts affected and even created communities and Continue reading

Cluster 2.3: Continuous Revelations

Cluster 2.3: Continuous Revelations

Cluster Leader: Barend ter Haar, University of Hamburg How do we map out and interpret the enormous and ever-expanding traditions of authoritative texts produced via revelation practices (e.g. spirit-writing)? The mechanisms by which new texts are actually created and legitimated as a cultural process–rather than reinterpreting old texts through written Continue reading

Cluster 3.1: Dunhuang “Transformation Tableaux”

Cluster 3.1: Dunhuang “Transformation Tableaux”

Cluster Leader: Imre Galambos, University of Cambridge and Michelle Wang, Georgetown University The cluster “Transformation Tableaux” examines the connection between so-called transformation texts and transformation tableaux found in Dunhuang. A central aim of the project is to bring together text and image, and document their use in a ritual context, Continue reading

Cluster 4.1: Talismans and Talisman Cultures in Contemporary Vietnam, Korea, and Japan: Meaning, Making, Medium

Cluster 4.1: Talismans and Talisman Cultures in Contemporary Vietnam, Korea, and Japan: Meaning, Making, Medium

Cluster Leader: Cynthea Bogel, Kyushu University Co-cluster leader:  Hien Thi Nguyen, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies This cluster project investigates the religious, historical, material, practical, and iconographic dimensions of talismans/amulets in contemporary contexts in Vietnam, Korea, and Japan, with particular attention to talismans that share Buddhist and Continue reading