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CURRICULUM VITAE
Robert Ford Campany


CONTACT INFORMATION

Office Asian Studies Program

Vanderbilt University, VU Station B #351806, 2301 Vanderbilt Place

Nashville, TN 37235-1806

phone (615) 322-7329
Home 2507 Blair Blvd., Nashville, TN 37212

phone (615) 440-1892 (mobile/voicemail)


Fax (office) (615) 322-2305

E-mail rob.campany@vanderbilt.edu, or robert.campany@gmail.com




TEACHING and RESEARCH AREAS




Primary


History of Chinese religions (Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and popular religion); methods and history of the cross-cultural study of religion and culture; religion, culture, and thought in late classical and early medieval China (ca. 300 B.C. – 600 A.D.); comparative religious studies

Secondary


East Asian religions; Asian religions and philosophy; Chinese literature and religion; classical Chinese language


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS



Tenured and tenure-track appointments
2010- Professor, Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

2006-2010 Professor, School of Religion, University of Southern California (with adjunct Professorship in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)

2004-2006 Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University (with adjunct membership in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)

1995-2004 Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University (with adjunct membership in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)

198895 Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University (with adjunct membership in Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures)
Other appointments
2008 Directeur d’études invité, École Pratique des Hautes Études, 5e Section, Sciences Religieuses, Sorbonne, Université de Paris

EDUCATION
Ph.D. with distinction The University of Chicago, 1988 (History of Religions)

M.A. The University of Chicago, 1983 (Religion)

B.A. magna cum laude Davidson College, 1981 (Philosophy)
Non-degree courses of study: Middlebury College, summer 1984 (Japanese)

Middlebury College, summer 1981 (Chinese)

St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, summer 1980 (literature & history)

Middlebury College, summer 1979 (German)



PUBLICATIONS

Year of publication in parentheses denotes works accepted but not yet published.


Books
(2015) A Garden of Marvels: Tales of Wonder from Early Medieval China, University of Hawaii Press. In press; will appear in September.

2012 Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China, Kuroda Institute Series in East Asian Buddhism, University of Hawaii Press. 300 pages

2009 Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China, University of Hawaii Press. 300 pages.

* Winner, American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion

* Honorable Mention (= runner-up), Association for Asian Studies Joseph Levenson Prize

2002 To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth: A Translation and Study of Ge Hong's Traditions of Divine Transcendents, University of California Press, Daoist Classics series no. 2. 607 pages

1996 Strange Writing: Anomaly Accounts in Early Medieval China, State University of New York Press. 524 pages
Edited volumes
2014 Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook, co-edited with Wendy Swartz (lead co-editor), Jessey Choo, and Lu Yang, Columbia University Press

* Selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Title

* Selected as a Best Reference title, Library Journal (March 1, 2015 issue)
Peer-reviewed articles and chapters
(2015) “Shenxian zhuan,” in Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide, ed. Al Dien, Alan Berkowitz, Cynthia Chennault, and Keith Knapp. China Research Monograph, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

2014 “The Sword Scripture: Recovering and Interpreting a Lost 4th-Century Daoist Method for Cheating Death,” Daoism: Religion, History and Society 6:33-84

2014 “Relations with the Unseen World,” in Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook, ed. Wendy Swartz, Robert Ford Campany, Lu Yang, and Jessey Choo, Columbia University Press, 539-542

2014 “Tales of Strange Events,” in Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook, ed. Wendy Swartz, Robert Ford Campany, Lu Yang, and Jessey Choo, Columbia University Press, 576-591

2012 “Religious Repertoires and Contestation: A Case Study Based on Buddhist Miracle Tales,” History of Religions 52.2:99-141

2011 “Chinese History and Writing about ‘Religion(s)’: Reflections at a Crossroads,” in Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe: Encounters, Notions, and Comparative Perspectives, ed. Marion Steinicke and Volkhard Krech, E.J. Brill, 273-294

2010 “Narrative in the Self-Presentation of Transcendence-Seekers,” in Alan K.L. Chan and Yuet-Keung Lo, eds., Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China, State University of New York Press, 133-164

2010 “Seekers of Transcendence and Their Communities in This World (pre-350 A.D.),” in John Lagerwey and Lü Pengzhi, eds., Early Chinese Religion, Part Two: The Period of Division (220-589 AD), E. J. Brill, vol. 1, 345-394

2008 “Fushi yiwu: Yi Ge Hong wei lie kan xiuxingzhe yu ziran de guanxi 服食异物:以葛洪为例看修行者与自然的关系,” in Daojiao yu shengtai: yuzhou jingguan de neizai zhi dao 道教与生态 : 宇宙景观的内在之道 (Jiangsu, China: Jiangsu jiaoyu chubanshe 江苏教育出版社), 109-125 [= Chinese translation of “Ingesting the Marvelous” (2001)]

2006 “Secrecy and Display in the Quest for Transcendence in China, ca. 220 B.C.E.-350 C.E.,” History of Religions 45.4:291-336

2005 “Two Religious Thinkers of the Early Eastern Jin: Gan Bao 干寶 and Ge Hong 葛 洪 in Multiple Contexts,” Asia Major 3rd series 18 (2005):175-224

2005 “Eating Better than Gods and Ancestors,” in Of Tripod and Palate: Food, Politics, and Religion in Traditional China, ed. Roel Sterckx, Palgrave Press, 96-122

2005 “Long-Distance Specialists in Early Medieval China,” in Literature, Religion, and East-West Comparison: Essays in Honor of Anthony C. Yu, ed. Eric Ziolkowski, University of Delaware Press, 109-124

2005 “The Meanings of Cuisines of Transcendence in Late Classical and Early Medieval China,” T’oung Pao 91:126-182

2005 “Living off the Books: Fifty Ways to Dodge Ming 命 [Preallotted Lifespan] in Early Medieval China,” in The Magnitude of Ming: Command, Allotment, and Fate in Chinese Culture, ed. Christopher Lupke, University of Hawaii Press, 129-150

2003 “On the Very Idea of Religions (in the Modern West and in Early Medieval China),” History of Religions 42.4 (May):287-319



Reprinted in Vincent Goossaert, ed., Critical Readings on Religions of China (Leiden: Brill, 2012), vol. 1, 41-76

2001 “Ingesting the Marvelous: The Practitioner's Relationship to Nature According to Ge Hong (283-343 C.E.),” in Daoism and Ecology: Ways within a Cosmic Landscape, ed. Norman Girardot, James Miller, and Liu Xiaogan (Harvard University Press), 125-147

1996 “The Earliest Tales of the Bodhisattva Guanshiyin,” in Religions of China in Practice, ed. Donald S. Lopez, Jr. (Princeton University Press), 82-96

1995 “To Hell and Back: Death, NearDeath, and other Worldly Journeys in Early Medieval China,” in Death, Ecstasy, and Other Worldly Journeys, ed. J. Collins and M. Fishbane (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), 343-360

1994 “Taoist Bioethics in the Final Age: Therapy and Salvation in the Book of Divine Incantations for Penetrating the Abyss,” in Religious Methods and Resources in Bioethics, ed. P. Camenisch (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers), 6791

1993 “The Real Presence,” History of Religions 32.3:233-272.



Partially reprinted in Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom, eds., Sources of Chinese Tradition, v. 1: From Earliest Times to 1600, 2nd ed. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), 531-532.

1993 “Buddhist Revelation and Taoist Translation in Early Medieval China,” Taoist Resources 4.1:129

1992 “Xunzi and Durkheim as Theorists of Ritual Practice,” in Discourse and Practice, ed. F. Reynolds and D. Tracy (Albany: SUNY Press), 197231.

Reprinted in Readings in Ritual Studies, ed. Ronald L. Grimes (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996), 86-103.

1991 “Ghosts Matter: The Culture of Ghosts in Six Dynasties Zhiguai,” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 13:1534

1991 “Notes on the Devotional Uses and Symbolic Functions of Sutra Texts as Depicted in Early Chinese Buddhist Miracle Tales and Hagiographies,” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 14.1:2872

1991 “Useless and Useful Survivals: A Reply to Robert A. Segal,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 3.1:100114

1990 “ReturnfromDeath Narratives in Early Medieval China,” Journal of Chinese Religions 18:91125

1990 “’Survival’ as an Interpretive Strategy: A SinoWestern Comparative Case Study,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 2.1:126



To be reprinted in 25th anniversary issue of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 25:4-5 and in a multiauthor volume tentatively titled Twenty-Five Years of Theorizing about Religion

1986 “Cosmogony and SelfCultivation: The Demonic and the Ethical in Two Chinese Novels,” Journal of Religious Ethics 14:81112

1985 “The Demonology of the Hsiyu chi,” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 7:95115

Minor articles

2011 “Response to Peter C. Phan,” in Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue, ed. James L. Heft (Oxford), 200-202

2009 “Visions religieuses pendant le haut Moyen Âge chinois.” Annuaire de l’École pratique des hautes études, Section des sciences religieuses 116 (2007-2008):39-42

2000 Untitled review article on Riccardo Fracasso, Libro dei Monti e dei Mari (Shanhai jing): Cosmografia e Mitologia nella Cina Antica, and Anne Birrell, The Classic of Mountains and Seas, in Journal of Chinese Religions 28:177-187

1997 Several unsigned contributions to The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, ed. John Bowker (Oxford)

1995 Four short articles in Harper's Dictionary of Religion: “Chihkuai,” “Fengshen yeni,” “Hsiyu chi,” “Huahu ching”

1990 “Summary Report 1,” in Deconstructing/Reconstructing the Philosophy of Religion (The Divinity School, The University of Chicago), pp. 322

1987 “Buddhist Ethics,” with Frank Reynolds, in Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan), 2:498504



Book reviews
Paul Copp, The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism. Journal of Religion (forthcoming).

Glen Dudbridge, A Portrait of Five Dynasties China from the Memoirs of Wang Renyu. Nan nü 16.2 (2014):374-75.

Timothy Wai Keung Chan, Considering the End: Mortality in Early Medieval Chinese Poetic Representation. Journal of Chinese Studies 58 (2014):329-30.

Amy Olberding and Philip J. Ivanhoe, eds., Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought. Journal of Asian Studies 71 (2012):782-84.

Suzanne E. Cahill, Divine Traces of the Daoist Sisterhood: Records of the Assembled Transcendents of the Fortified Walled City. Journal of Chinese Religions 35 (2007):137-38.

Barbara Hendrischke, The Scripture on Great Peace: The Taipingjing and the Beginnings of Daoism. The Chinese Historical Review 14 (2007):302-3.

Keith Knapp, Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China. Journal of Chinese Studies 47 (2007):505-506.

Livia Kohn, Monastic Life in Medieval Daoism: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75 (2007):165-166.

Philip Clart and Charles B. Jones, eds., Religion in Modern Taiwan: Tradition and Innovation in a Changing Society. History of Religions 46.3 (2007):276-278.

Alan J. Berkowitz, Patterns of Disengagement: The Practice and Portrayal of Reclusion in Early Medieval China. China Review International 12.2 (Fall 2005):364-66.

Edward Slingerland, Effortless Action: Wu-wei as Conceptual Metaphor and Spiritual Ideal in Early China. History of Religions 45 (2005):181-82.

Richard Strassberg, A Chinese Bestiary: Guideways through Mountains and Seas. Journal of Chinese Religions 32 (2004):260-61.

John Kieschnick, The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture. Pacific Affairs 77 (2004):558-59.

Caroline Walker Bynum, Metamorphosis and Identity. Journal of Religion 84 (2004):115.

Robert Sharf, Coming to Terms with Chinese Buddhism: A Reading of the Treasure Store Treatise. Journal of Religion 84 (2004):153-54.

Michael Nylan, The Five “Confucian” Classics. History of Religions 43.3 (February 2004):258-61.

Tiziana Lippiello, Auspicious Omens and Miracles in Ancient China: Han, Three Kingdoms, and Six Dynasties. Journal of Asian Studies 63 (2004):155-56.

Livia Kohn, Daoism and Chinese Culture. Journal of the American Oriental Society 123 (2003):408-9.

Rémi Mathieu, Démons et merveilles dans la littérature chinoise des Six Dynasties: Le fantastique et l’anecdotique dans le Soushen ji de Gan Bao. Journal of Chinese Religions 29 (2001):335-36.

Mark E. Lewis, Writing and Authority in Early China. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 61 (2001):198-201.

John Kieschnick, The Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval Chinese Hagiography. Journal of the American Oriental Society 121 (2001):656-57.

Terry Kleeman, Great Perfection: Religion and Ethnicity in a Chinese Millennial Kingdom. Journal of Religion 80 (2000):166-67.

Paul Katz, Demon Hordes and Burning Boats: The Cult of Marshal Wen in Late Imperial Chekiang. History of Religions 37 (1998):278-81.

Kenneth DeWoskin and J.I. Crump, tr., In Search of the Supernatural: The Written Record. China Review International 4.1 (Spring 1997):118-21.

Glen Dudbridge, Religious Experience and Lay Society in T’ang China: A Reading of Tai Fu’s “Kuang-I chi.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 19 (1997):143.

Deborah Porter, From Deluge to Discourse: Myth, History, and the Generation of Chinese Fiction. Journal of Chinese Religions 25 (1997):197-200.

Robert Fuller, Religion and Wine: A Cultural History of Wine Drinking in the United States. Journal of American History 83 (1997):1367-68.

Phyllis Granoff and Koichi Shinohara, Speaking of Monks: Religious Biography in India and China. History of Religions 35.4 (May 1996):341-43.

Anne Birrell, Chinese Mythology: An Introduction. Journal of Chinese Religions 23 (1995):163-173.

Judith Zeitlin, Historian of the Strange: Pu Songling and the Chinese Classical Tale. Journal of Chinese Religions 23 (1995):229-32.

Susan Naquin and Chunfang Yu, eds., Pilgrims and Sacred Sites in China. Journal of Asian Studies 53 (1994):925-26.

Lisa Raphals, Knowing Words: Wisdom and Cunning in the Classical Traditions of China and Greece. Journal of Religion 74 (1994):284-85.

Miriam Levering, ed., Rethinking Scripture: Essays from a Comparative Perspective. History of Religions 32.2 (Nov. 1992):199-201.

Terry F. Godlove, Religion, Interpretation, and Diversity of Belief: The Framework Model from Kant to Durkheim to Davidson. History of Religions 31.4 (May 1992):420-23.

Eric Lott, Vision, Tradition, Interpretation: Theology, Religion and the Study of Religion. Journal of Religion 71 (1991):127-28.

Stephen Teiser, The Ghost Festival in Medieval China. History of Religions 30 (1991):424-26.

Donald B. Gjertson, Miraculous Retribution: A Study and Translation of T’ang Lin’s “Ming-pao chi.” Journal of Chinese Religions 19 (1991):154-56.

Antonino Forte, Mingtang and Buddhist Utopias in the History of the Astronomical Clock: The Tower, Statue and Armillary Sphere Constructed by Empress Wu. Journal of Asian History 25.1 (1991):92-93.

Gary Seaman, Journey to the North: An Ethnohistorical Analysis and Annotated Translation of the Chinese Folk Novel “Pei-yu-chi.” Journal of Religion 70 (1990):299-302.

Ching-I Tu, Tradition and Creativity: Essays on East Asian Civilization. Journal of Religion 70 (1990):298-99.

James O. Caswell, Written and Unwritten: A New History of the Buddhist Caves at Yungang. Journal of Asian History 24.1 (1990):96-97.

Tu Weiming, Milan Hejtmanek, and Alan Wachman, eds., The Confucian World Observed: A Contemporary Discussion of Confucian Humanism in East Asia. International Journal of Comparative Religion .

Stanley Weinstein, Buddhism Under the T’ang. Journal of Religion 69 (1989):154.

David Jordan and Daniel Overmyer, The Flying Phoenix: Aspects of Chinese Sectarianism in Taiwan. Journal of Religion 68 (1988):176-77.

Louis H. Jordan, Comparative Religion: Its Genesis and Growth. Journal of Religion 67 (1987):615-16.

Ronald Grimes, Research in Ritual Studies. Journal of Religion 66 (1986):232.



PAPERS, LECTURES, and RESPONSES (* indicates invited talks)
2015 *“Remembering and Forgetting Past Lives in Early Medieval China,” Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

2015 *“Cosmic Spaces in Real Time: A Performative Analysis of Selected Shangqing Daoist Texts/Practices,” workshop on Temporal Dimensions of Space in Imperial China, East Asia Institute, Universität Leipzig, Germany

2015 *“Miracle Tales as Scripture Reception: A Case Study of Tales Involving the Lotus Sutra in China, ca. 370-720 CE,” International Lotus Sutra Seminar, Rissho Kosei-kai 立正佼成会, Tokyo, Japan

2015 *“Remembering and Forgetting Past Lives in Early Medieval China,” conference “To Remember, Re-member, and Disremember: Instrumentality of Traditional Chinese Texts,” Arizona State University

2015 *“Remembering Past Lives in Early Medieval China,” McTyeire Residence Fireside Chat, Vanderbilt University

2014 *“Remembering Past Lives in Early Medieval China,” Anlin Ku Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Texas-Dallas

2014 “The Sword Scripture: A new reading,” Association for Asian Studies meeting, Philadelphia

2014 *“The Sword Scripture: Recovering and interpreting a lost 4th century Daoist method for cheating death,” Columbia University

2013 “Ritual and Vision,” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Baltimore

2013 *“The Sword Scripture: Recovering and interpreting a lost 4th century Daoist method for cheating death,” Overlook Seminar series, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

2013 *“The Sword Scripture: A Translation and Interpretation,” workshop Changing Fate in Religious Daoism, hosted by Das Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung, Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

2013 *“Remembering and Forgetting Past Lives in Early Medieval China: Preliminary Notes,” Ninth Annual Medieval Chinese Studies Workshop organized by Wendy Swartz, Rutgers University

2013 “Framing and Visualization,” Association for Asian Studies meeting, San Diego

2013 *“Remembering and Forgetting Past Lives in Early Medieval China: Preliminary Notes,” workshop “Death Ritual, Ancestory Worship, and Memory in Medieval China,” Rutgers University

2013 *“Ghosts and Buddhist Imagination in Early Medieval China,” inaugural lecture, North Callahan Distinguished Professorship Lecture Series, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

2013 *“The Incredible Vanishing Religion: Ghosts and Buddhist Imagination in Early Medieval China,” Numata Lecture, The University of Toronto

2012 *“The Incredible Vanishing Religion: Glimmers of Buddhist Imagination from Early Medieval China,” Rutgers University

2012 “The ‘Religious’ and the Anomalous: Another Sino-Western Comparative Case Study,” North American Association for the Study of Religion / American Academy of Religion annual national meeting, Chicago

2012 *“The Incredible Vanishing Religion: Glimmers of Buddhist Imagination from Early Medieval China,” George Washington University

2012 *“The Incredible Vanishing Religion: Glimmers of Buddhist Imagination from Early Medieval China,” Buddhist Studies Seminar, Harvard University

2012 *“Mapping the Dreamscape of Early Medieval China,” University of Kentucky

2012 *“The Incredible Vanishing Religion: Glimmers of Buddhist Imagination from Medieval China,” Smith College

2012 *“The Dreamscape of Early Medieval China,” University of Michigan

2012 *“The Dreaming Self in Medieval China,” Belmont University

2012 *“The Incredible Vanishing Religion: Glimmers of Buddhist Imagination from Medieval China,” Transylvania University

2011 “Scriptural Authority and Evidential Narrative in Medieval China: A Buddho-Daoist Comparative Case Study,” International Association of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum College, Taipei, Taiwan

2010 *“Reading Signs from the Unseen Realm,” Wellesley College

2010 *“Religious Repertoires and Contestation: A case study based on a collection of Buddhist miracle tales, ca. 490 C.E.,” paper presented at workshop on Buddhism and Daoism, Princeton University

2010 *“Signs from the Unseen Realm (Mingxiang ji 冥祥記): A collection of Buddhist miracle tales from early medieval China,” UCLA

2010 “The Meanings of Zhai 齋 (‘Abstinence Ceremony’) in Early Medieval Chinese Buddhist Miracle Tales,” Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia (in panel “Zhai: The Meanings of Periodic Abstinence in Early Medieval China” organized by me)

2009 *“The Dreamscape of Early Medieval China,” University of California, Berkeley

2009 *“The Meanings of Buddhist Zhai 齋 in Early Medieval China” (with Sylvie Hureau), International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology 国際仏教学高等研究所, Soka University 創価大学, Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan

2009 *“Mapping some Topoi on the Dreamscape of Early Medieval China,” Columbia University, Early Medieval China Workshop

2009 “Making Scenes: Buddhist and Daoist Visualization Practices,” Association for Asian Studies, Chicago

2009 *“Visualization Texts in Early Medieval China: A Comparative Case Study in Religious Imagination,” Vanderbilt University

2009 *“Making Transcendents in Early Medieval China,” Columbia University

2008 *Four public lectures under the general title “Religious Vision(s) in Early Medieval China” in my capacity as Directeur d’études invité, École Pratique des Hautes Études, 5e Section, Sciences Religieuses, Sorbonne, Université de Paris

2008 *“Chinese History and Its Implications for Writing ‘Religion,’” conference Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe: Encounters, Notions, and Comparative Perspectives, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

2008 *“Making Transcendents in Early Medieval China,” University of Leiden, The Netherlands

2008 *“Some Reflections on a Shangqing Text on Practice,” Conference on Daoist Studies, University of British Vancouver, Canada

2008 “The Dreamscape of Early Medieval China,” American Academy of Religion, Chicago

2008 *“Hagiographic Persuasions,” Early Medieval China Workshop, Columbia University

2008 *“Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China,” University of Virginia

2008 *“Early Medieval Chinese Texts on Visualization: A comparison in three parts,” University of the West

2008 *Respondent, “Catholicism and Confucianism: An Intercultural and Inter-religious Dialogue,” University of Southern California

2007 *“Hagiographic Persuasions,” Southern California China Colloquium, UCLA, Los Angeles

2007 *Respondent, panel titled “The Power of ‘Religion’ in China” on the Chinese appropriation of the Western category “religion,” American Academy of Religion, San Diego

2007 *“Making Scenes: Disciplines of Visualization in Early Medieval China,” presented at the interdisciplinary seminar Visualizing Religion, University of Southern California

2007 *“The Power of Scriptures,” symposium Art and Practice: Buddhism in China from the 5th-9th Centuries, China Institute, New York, New York

2007 *“Daoism in Early China,” presented to Introduction to China, class for secondary-level educators at the China Institute, New York, New York

2007 *“Making Scenes: Disciplines of Visualization in Early Medieval China,” international conference on the religious lives of medieval Chinese literati, Academia Sinica 中央研究院, Taipei, Taiwan (為道屢遷:中國文人生活中的宗教/禮儀實踐與創新」國際學術研討會)

2007 *“Making Scenes: Disciplines of Visualization in Early Medieval China,” workshop on Kinetic Vision in Early Medieval China, Harvard University

2007 *“Seeing, Visualizing, and Vacating in Chinese Religious Texts and Practice (ca. 300 B.C.E.-600 C.E.),” paper delivered at “Visionaries and Vision-Hunters: An Interdisciplinary Workshop,” University of Southern California, Los Angeles

2007 *“Seeing, Visualizing, and Vacating: Aspects of Early Medieval Chinese Religion,” Northern Arizona University

2006 *“Adepts and their Communities (to 350 C.E.),” paper delivered at “Rituals, Pantheons and Techniques: A History of Chinese Religion before the Tang,” conference in preparation of a multi-authored history of early Chinese religions organized by Professor John Lagerwey, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

2006 *Respondent, paper on a sixth century Buddhist cave in Anhui province by Wendi Adamek, Early Medieval China Workshop, Columbia University, New York

2006 *Respondent, panel on new approaches in East Asian hagiography, Buddhism Section, American Academy of Religion, Washington, D.C.

2006 *Respondent, panel showcasing book projects of four junior faculty members in the School of Religion, University of Southern California

2006 *“Buddhist Impact on Chinese Conceptions of Freedom and Salvation?” Inaugural session of Religions in Chinese and Indian Cultures: A Comparative Perspective Seminar, American Academy of Religion, Washington, D.C.

2006 *“The Functions of Narratives in the Self-Presentation and Reception of Xian-Seekers,” International Conference on the World of Thought in Early Medieval China, National University of Singapore

2006 *“Seekers of Transcendence in Early Medieval China: A Performance-Reception Model,” University of Southern California

2006 *“Seekers of Transcendence in Early Medieval China: A Performance-Reception Model,” Boston University

2005 *“Adepts and the Family,” Early Medieval China Workshop, Columbia University

2005 *“Adepts in Quest of Transcendence and their Communities,” New Perspectives on Daoist Religion: A Symposium in Celebration of The Taoist Canon: A Historical Companion to the Daozang, University of Chicago

2005 *“’Religion(s)’ in Early Medieval China,” “The Category ’Religion’ in China” conference, Fairbank Center, Harvard University

2005 *“Two Religious Thinkers of the Early Eastern Jin: Gan Bao 干寶 and Ge Hong 葛洪 in Multiple Contexts,” Workshop on the Eastern Jin Dynasty, Harvard-Yenching Institute and Fairbank Center, Harvard University

2005 *“Locative and Utopian in China: Redescribing the Quest for Transcendence and Rectifying the Categories of Redescription,” conference in honor of Professor Anthony C. Yu’s retirement (one of four speakers on this occasion), University of Chicago Divinity School

2005 *“The Quest for Transcendence in China, 320 B.C.-320 A.D.,” Wittenberg University

2004 *“Eating Better than Gods: Cuisines of Transcendence in Late Classical and Early Medieval China,” conference “Of Tripod and Palate: Food, Politics, and Religion in Traditional China” at Trinity College, Cambridge University, England

2004 * “Narrating the Quest for Transcendence in China, 320 B.C. – 320 A.D.,” Swarthmore College

2003 “Transcending What?” American Academy of Religion, Atlanta

2003 *Panel respondent, “Religious Self in Late Antiquity,” conference at Indiana University

2003 * “‘Fiction,’ Hagiographic Narrative, and the Social Fashioning of Transcendents in Early Medieval China,” Harvard University

2003 “The Hagiographic Process and Its Products in Early Medieval China,” Association for Asian Studies, New York

2003 *“The Social Production of Hagiographic Narrative in Early Medieval China,” Symposium on Daoism and Buddhism in Chinese Literature, University of Illinois

2002 “On the Very Idea of Religions in Early Medieval China,” Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C.

2001 *“Teaching the Bureaucratic Metaphor,” conference on teaching about Chinese religions, University of Colorado at Boulder

2000 *"Thinking about Religion(s) (in Early Medieval China)," Harvard University, Workshop on Early Medieval China

2000 *Panel respondent, “Sacred Mountains and Sacred Time in Buddhism and Daoism,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Indiana University

2000 *Panel respondent, “The Narrative Lens: Insights on Chinese History, Painting, and Memoirs,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Indiana University

2000 *"The Study of Daoism—and of Other People's Religions," Southwest Virginia Center for Higher Education, College for Older Adults

2000 *"Living Off the Books: Fifty Ways to Dodge Ming," Conference on Ming (Fate) in Chinese Culture, Bowdoin College

1999 *"The Quest for Immortality in Early Medieval China," Universität Tübingen, Germany

1999 *"In Pursuit of Immortality: Daoist Religion in Fourth Century China," University of Notre Dame

1999 *"Hagiographic Uses of the Past, and Our Uses of Hagiography," conference on Religion, Ritual, Myth, at August Herzog Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

1998 *Panel respondent, "Spirit Links Across East Asia," East Asian Religions Group, American Academy of Religion

1998 *"The Ideology and Cult of Images in Early Buddhist China," Middlebury College

1998 *"Ingesting the Marvelous: The Daoist's Relationship to Nature According to Ge Hong (283- 343 C.E.)," Conference on Taoism and Ecology, Harvard University

1998 *"Daoist Religion and Society in Early Fourth Century China," Princeton University

1998 *"Daoist Religion and Society in Early Fourth Century China," Harvard University

1998 *"Daoist Religion and Society in Early Fourth Century China," East Asian Studies Center Colloquium Series, Indiana University

1998 "Living Off the Books: Fifty Ways to Dodge Ming (Predestined Lifespan) in Fourth Century China," Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C.

1997 *"The Buddha of History and the Buddhism of Worship in China," Grinnell College

1997 *"Ritual Syntax and Semantics: Taoist Death Rites," Dowling College

1996 *"The Rise of the Zhiguai Genre: Its Historical, Cultural, and Religious Meanings," paper presented to conference "Dialogue with the Ancients" at Western Washington University

1996 *"The Buddha of History and the Buddhism of Worship in China," Dowling College

1996 *"The Buddha of History and the Buddhism of Worship in China," Duke University

1996 “The Special Dead, The Ordinary Dead, and the Undead in Early Medieval China," American Academy of Religion meeting, New Orleans

1995 *"Chinese Accounts of Anomalies: A New Perspective," University of California at Davis

1995 *"Chinese Accounts of Anomalies: A New Perspective," Stanford University

1995 *"'Asokan Stupas,' Images, and the Cult of Relics in Early Medieval China," University of California at Berkeley

1995 *"'Asokan Stupas,' Images, and the Cult of Relics in Early Medieval China," paper presented to the AAR Seminar on Buddhist Relic Veneration

1995 "Comparing Traces of Transcendence and Eminence," American Academy of Religions

1994 *"The Non-Creation of the World and the Creation of the Self in Taoism," in lecture series "Creators and Creation," Dowling College

1994 *"Taoism between the Han and the Tang," University of Colorado at Boulder

1994 *"Sex and Longevity in the Taoist Religion," Dowling College, Long Island

1993 *Panelist on American Academy of Religion (Buddhism Section) discussion of David Eckel, To See the Buddha

1993 *"Research on the Origins of the Taoist Religion," address given at Alumni Day celebration, Dept. of Religious Studies, Indiana University

1993 *"The Role of Theory in the Practice of History of Religions," University of Chicago

1993 *"The Basic Ideas of the Scripture of Great Peace," lecture to the Taoist adepts of the Taoist Academy, Qingcheng Mountain 青城山, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China (in Chinese)

1993 *"Taoist Mysticism," Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1993 *"Taoist Death Rites," Bloomington Hospital

1993 *"Recent and Current Trends in the Study of Religion in North America," Institute for the Study of Religion, Sichuan University, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China

1992 *"Buddhist Revelation and Taoist Translation in Early Medieval China," Premodern China Seminar, Harvard University

1991 *Panelist on American Academy of Religion (Comparative Religions Section) discussion of Gary Ebersole, Ritual Poetry and the Politics of Death in Early Japan

1991 *"To Hell and Back: Death, NearDeath, Afterlife, and other Worldly Journeys in Early Medieval China," conference on Other Realms: Death, Ecstasy and Otherworldly Journeys in Recent Scholarship, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study of Religion of the University of Chicago

1991 *"From Comparative Theory to Theories Compared," conference on Diverging Rationalities: Problems and Possibilities of Comparison, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago

1991 "Visions and Dreams in Early Chinese Buddhist Narratives," conference on Visions and Visionary Experience in Religion, University of Kansas

1991 "Buddhist Revelation and Taoist Translation in Early Medieval China," American Academy of Religions, Kansas City

1990 *"Confessions of an Eclecticist: A Response to J. Samuel Preus' Explaining Religion," panel on Preus' book at Indiana University

1990 "Thoughts on the Impact of 'Subjectivist' Assumptions on the Study of Chinese Religions," North American Association for the Study of Religion, New Orleans

1990 "The Earliest Chinese Tales of Guanyin: Story and Icon as Vehicles of Deliverance," American Academy of Religion, New Orleans

1990 "Religion on the Ground in Early Medieval China: Prolegomena," Lilly Lecture, Indiana University

1989 *"Xunzi and Durkheim as Theorists of Ritual Practice," Conference Series on "Religion(s) in Culture and History," University of Chicago

1989 "The War on the Ground: BuddhoTaoist and 'Popular' Interactions in Early Medieval China," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA

1989 "'The Living and the Dead Travel Different Paths': Ghosts and NearDeath Experiences in Early Medieval China," Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

1988 *"Charting the Terrain of the Strange: Religious Aspects of Chinese Chihkuai Stories," East Asian Studies Center Colloquium, Indiana University

1987 "The Fantastic in Six Dynasties Accounts of the Strange," Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs

1987 "Other Scribes, Other Objects: Writing 'Religion' in China (and in the West)," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston

1986 "Zhiguai as Hagiographies of Fangshi," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting




RESEARCH AWARDS and ACADEMIC HONORS
2011-2012 Research Fellow, Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities seminar on “Sacred Ecology: Landscape Transformation for Ritual Practice,” Vanderbilt University

2011 Honorable Mention ( = runner-up), Joseph Levenson Prize, Association for Asian Studies, for Making Transcendents

2010 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion (Historical Study of Religion category) national book prize for Making Transcendents

2009 Fellowship from the University of Southern California Provost’s Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences program for summer research in Paris and Tokyo toward Visions in Early Medieval China

2004 Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship for work on Making Transcendents

2003 Arts & Humanities Initiative fellowship, Indiana University, for work on The Making of Transcendents in China, 320 B.C.E.-320 C.E.

2002 To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth selected for publication support by the Lilienthal Fund of the University of California Press

1999 Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship for completion of To Live as Long as Heaven and Earth

1996 Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship for work on an annotated translation and study of the fourth-century proto-Daoist hagiography Traditions of Divine Transcendents

1994 Research Materials grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support one year’s leave time from teaching for purpose of preparing index to marvel tales

1993 Grant from the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China for 3.5 months of textual and field research on Daoism at Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, PRC

1992 Grant from the Chiang Chingkuo Foundation (through the American Council of Learned Societies) for work on manuscript of Strange Writing

1990 Indiana University Summer Faculty Fellowship for research on local cults and shrines in early medieval China

1989 PhD dissertation awarded the Rosenberger Prize as the most distinguished dissertation during the previous three years in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago

1989 PhD dissertation awarded the Marc Perry Galler Prize as the most distinguished dissertation during the year in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago

1989 Lilly Foundation summer grant for research on local cults in south China, 100600 C.E.

198788 Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship

198788 Junior Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion (University of Chicago)

1986 PhD qualifying exams passed with distinction

198486 NDEA Title VI Fellowship (Chinese)

198384 Joseph M. Kitagawa Scholarship

198182 Henry Luce Scholarship (Tainan, Taiwan)

1981-82 Fulbright/DAAD for study of early Reformation history at the Universität Tübingen, Germany (declined)

1981 Phi Beta Kappa




TEACHING AWARDS and GRANTS
2005 Trustees Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence, Indiana University

1997 Grant from Indiana University Campuswide Writing Program for development of pedagogical uses of writing in classes

1991 Indiana University Summer Instructional Development grant for work on introductory survey of East Asian religions


CURRENT RESEARCH (including works submitted but not yet accepted for publication)


Book-length projects underway



The Sword Scripture: Recovering and interpreting a lost Shangqing Daoist method for cheating death: The first translation and integral study of a fourth-century Shangqing Daoist scripture prescribing a method for escaping death. The scripture has long been lost, but substantial bits are preserved in quotations. The scripture turns out to be rather surprising, requiring a revision of what we thought we knew about Shangqing Daoism.
Buddhist Imagination in Early Medieval China: A monograph on important aspects of the Buddhist imaginaire in early medieval China—aspects often overlooked in the wake of the “Buddhist modernisms” or “Protestant Buddhisms” constructed both in the West and in Asia that see Buddhism as primarily a “philosophy” or as “spiritual” but not “religious.” Chapter topics will include the sorts of stories told of images; spirit-monks; spirits of goodness (protective spirits said to be activated by good deeds); protective bodhisattvas; mysterious fragrance as a sign of the miraculous; sutras as agents; relics and stupas; wonder-working monks and nuns; journeys outward and back (including near-death trips to the underworld and to Pure Lands).
Vernacular Religion in Early Medieval China: the first book-length study of so-called popular, vernacular, or common religion in China in the early medieval period. The chapters will be aspectual in nature.
Visions and Dreams in Early Medieval China: A monograph on religious visions and dreams, and visualizing as a spiritual practice, in all the major religious traditions of early medieval China. The book will be partly based on improved versions of four public lectures presented at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Sorbonne, Paris, in May-June 2008.
The Master Who Embraces Simplicity, Inner Chapters: an annotated translation of Ge Hong’s early fourth century essays on alchemy, herbal medicine, spells and charms, the place of Daoist adepts in society, and other aspects of early medieval religious practice in southeastern China. With Gil Raz and Michael Stanley-Baker.

MEMBERSHIPS in PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
American Academy of Religion

Association for Asian Studies

International Association for Buddhist Studies

Society for the Study of Chinese Religions



MAJOR SERVICE to PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS and to UNIVERSITIES
International and National Organizations and Publications
Co-editor, Journal of Chinese Religions (beginning with 1998 issue, and with sole responsibility for 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004 and subsequent issues; tenure covered 1998 through 2005 issues)

Member, Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (199398 and 2005-2012 [?]) (4 terms, by international election)

Member, Program Committee, American Academy of Religion (1996-2000, two terms, by appointment)

Member of the editorial advisory boards of History of Religions (published by the University of Chicago Press) and Frontiers of Daoist Studies (published by Sichuan University 四川大学)



Vanderbilt University

Director, Program in Asian Studies (Aug. 2014 – present)

Chair, Chinese Literature search committee (2014-15)
University of Southern California
Director, School of Religion (January 2009-May 2010) (equivalent to department chair)

Associate Director, School of Religion (July 2006-December 2008) (equivalent to department vice-chair)

Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Reform Committee (2007-08)

Chair, South Asia Search Committee (2007-08)

Chair, Graduate Committee (2006-07, 2008-09)

Chair, South Asia Search Committee (2006-07)

Chair, Faisal Chair in Islamic and Arab Studies search committee (2009-10)

Member, Committee on Promotion and Tenure, Humanities, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (2008-09)

Member, Dean’s Advisory Committee on Academic Programs, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (2008-09)
Indiana University
Director of Graduate Studies (departmental, from 1 July 2005 through 30 June 2006)

Chair, departmental search committee, South Asian religions (1993-94, netted two appointments)

Chair, departmental search committee, African religions (2004-05)

Director of Undergraduate Studies (departmental, pre-tenure, early 1990s)




OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

198687 Editorial Assistant, History of Religions journal

198687 Project Assistant, “Religions in Culture and History” (series of conferences sponsored by the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago)

198586 Assistant and bibliographer, NEH Institute on “Religious Studies & Liberal Education”

198182 Lecturer, Tainan Theological College (Taiwan)


LANGUAGES STUDIED
Classical Chinese, modern Chinese (Mandarin), modern Japanese, French, German, Latin, classical Greek

COURSES TAUGHT (at Vanderbilt University)
The Daoist Tradition (upper-level undergraduate course with graduate component)

The Study of Religion (entering seminar for doctoral students in Religion and Divinity)

Religions of China (lower-level undergraduate course)

East Asian Buddhism: The Lotus Sutra in East Asia (upper-level undergrad course with grad component)

Chinese Religions Through Stories (upper-level undergraduate course)

Self-Cultivation in Ancient China (upper-level undergraduate course)



COURSES TAUGHT (at the University of Southern California)
Religions of Asia: Chinese Religions (large freshman-level General Education course)

Religions of China (large freshman-level General Education course)

The Taoist Tradition (upper-level undergraduate course)

Immortality, Alchemy, Sex and Healing in China (senior-level undergraduate seminar)



COURSES TAUGHT (at Indiana University)
Undergraduate
The Living and the Dead (large freshman-level core or “topics” course)

Religions of the East (large freshman-level elective)

Religion in China: The Formative Phase (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

Chinese Religions Through Stories (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

Issues in the Study of Religion (middle-level undergraduate course)

East Asian Buddhism (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

The Taoist Tradition (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

Chuang Tzu, a Taoist Classic (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

Body, Self, and Salvation in Chinese Religions (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

Religion & Literature in Asia: The Journey to the West (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

Death and the Dead in Comparative Perspective (mid-and-upper-level undergraduate course)

Death, Birth, and Alchemy in China: Studies in Taxonomy and Transformation (senior level seminar)

Graduate
The CrossCultural Study of Religion (Ph.D. core seminar)

The Holy Person in Comparative Perspective (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)

Religion and Magic (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)

Methodological Issues in the Study of Chinese Religions (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)

When Religions Cross Cultures (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)

The Holy Person in Early Medieval China: Daoist, Buddhist, and Other Hagiographical Traditions (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)

Cuisine of the Gods: Religion and Food (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)

The Taoist Tradition (M.A. seminar)

Religion & Culture in China, 100600 C.E. (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)

Buddhism & Culture in East Asia (M.A./Ph.D. seminar)



The Religious Tale in Medieval China (Ph.D. seminar)

Death, Birth, and Alchemy in China: Studies in Taxonomy and Transformation (M.A. seminar)


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