Call for Papers: Workshop on Chinese Religious Poetry

35.羅漢図 范道生筆 木庵賛 京都.萬福寺For the past few months, I have been co-organizing a workshop with Jason Protass (Brown University) on the intersections between poetry and religion in China. It will take place at Princeton on December 2-3, 2016. We are announcing it to the wider world today. We are still looking for participants, so if you are interested, please send an abstract my way by the end of June. Our call for papers is reproduced below.

Princeton Workshop on Chinese Religious Poetry for Junior Scholars

December 2–3, 2016

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by June 30, 2016, to or

The Princeton Workshop on Chinese Religious Poetry will bring together twelve junior scholars (six graduate students and six early-career faculty) from North America to present original research on the intersections of Chinese religions and poetry. Broadly defining both “religion” and “poetry,” we invite research on all traditions and time periods. Projects that make use of new, experimental, or digital methodologies are especially welcome.

At the workshop, participants will be asked to include two elements in their presentations: a case study and a theoretical reflection. The case study could be a close reading of a text, a statistical analysis of a textual corpus, an explanation about the social-historical processes shaping a text culture, or any other sort of focused argument that grounds the scholar in a specific time and place. The theoretical reflection should bring out the larger implications of the case study and explicitly address a non-sinological audience by explaining how it helps us answer or complicate the cross-disciplinary question, “What is religious poetry?”

The focus of the workshop is dialogue and collaboration. To that end, participants will be paired with another presenter according to shared thematic interests and will serve as discussants for one another’s papers, capped by a period of open discussion focused on both their topics. The workshop will conclude with an extended discussion of the theories and problems raised, presided over by a senior scholar.

The workshop will provide accommodations, meals, and a travel subvention for all participants.

Abstract of no more than 250 words: June 30, 2016.

Final draft for circulation among participants: November 4, 2016.

Questions and submissions are welcome at and

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