Religious Poetry Workshop

Chinese Religious Poetry Poster

Tomorrow marks the start of the Princeton Workshop on Chinese Religious Poetry, organized by myself and Jason Protass. Despite what the poster says, all are welcome to come, even without RSVP-ing. Events will take place at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, room A02.

We have invited twelve up-and-coming scholars in the field to discuss and present original research on the intersections between religion and poetry in China from all time periods, as well as special guest James Benn to help foster conversation.

Full Schedule:

Friday, December 2

8:30                 Breakfast

8:45–9:00        Jason Protass, Opening Remarks

9:00–10:15      Panel 1
Thomas Mazanec, “Jia Dao: Religious Poet?”
Hsiao-wen Cheng, “What Was Good Writing in Eleventh-Century China?: Rethinking Guwen and Its Relations to Daoxue

10:45–12:00    Panel 2
Darren Byler, “Claiming the Spiritual Self in New Modernist Uyghur Poetry”
Kaijun Chen, “Technocrat’s Faith: A Bannerman’s Poetry on Religious Practice”

12:00–1:30      Lunch

1:30–2:45        Panel 3
Jonathan E.E. Pettit, “Versifying Sacred Bodies: The Poetic Representation of Inner Divinities in Early Daoism”
Kangni Huang, “Contextualizing the Religious: Chapter 64 of Xiyou ji

3:15–5:00        Panel 4
Yiyi Luo, “The ‘Pacing the Void Songs’ 步虛辭 of Yu Xin (513-581)”
Tyler Feezell, “Ritual Invocation as Religious Poetry: Weiling zhou 微靈咒 in Daoist Offering (jiao 醮) Ritual Manuscripts”

5:15–6:15        Reception

Saturday, December 3

8:30                 Breakfast

9:00–10:15      Panel 5
Diego Loukota Sanclemente, “T193, a Piece of Chinese Kāvya: The Canto of the Women”
Yanrong Chen, “Poetic Narration of Catholic Bible in Ming-Qing China”

10:45–12:00    Panel 6
Graham Chamness, “Overcoming Separation: Zhi Dun’s Poetic Sequence on the Eight Precepts Fast”
Christopher Byrne, “Saying Farewell on the Way Back Home: The Parting Poems of Chan Master Hongzhi Zhengjue as Buddhist Gāthā

12:00–1:30      Lunch

1:30–2:45        Open Discussion

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