Princeton Workshop on Chinese Religious Poetry

Fri, Dec 2, 2016 (All day) to Sat, Dec 3, 2016 (All day)

The Princeton Workshop on Chinese Religious Poetry brings together twelve up-and-coming scholars from all over North America to present original research on the intersections of Chinese religions and poetry. Broadly defining both “religion” and “poetry,” presentations cover topics ranging from Daoist ritual manuals to Chinese Jesuits' verses on the Bible to early Chinese translations of the Buddhacarita to modernist Uyghur poetry. The goal of the workshop is to use Chinese case studies to address or complicate the larger, theoretical category of "religious poetry." The primary purpose of this workshop is to generate discussion; therefore, we warmly invite the public to come join the conversation. If you plan on attending, we strongly encourage you to RSVP by November 26 to

December 2: 9am-5pm

December 3: 9am-2:45pm


  • 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

Organized by Jason Protass (Brown) and Tom Mazanec (Princeton)

Co-sponsored with The Center for Digital Humanities, The Center for the Study of Religion, The Council of the Humanities, The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, PIIRS, Department of Religious Studies (Brown University) 

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