Presentations


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May 5, 2017

“Becoming a Daoist God: Painting and Canonization in Late Imperial China,” presented at the Pacific Northwest meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), St. Mary’s University, Calgary

Panel: “Religion and Art in World Cultures”

Co-panelists: Professor Karen Villanueva (Institute for Contemporary Buddhist Ministry) and Gillian Glass (University of British Columbia)


gateMarch 23, 2017

“Speaking in Images: The Visual Language of Daoist Iconography,” presented at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference, “Bridging the Gaps: Conceptualizing Asia through an Interdisciplinary Lens,” at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Served as Organizer and Chair for the panel: “Image, Ritual, Place, and Contemplation in Asian Religions”


canonizationJune 1, 2014

“Making Space: The Iconography and Pictorial Logic of an Illustrated Daoist Ritual of Investiture from Ming China (1641),” presented at the Ninth Annual International Conference on Daoist Studies in Boston.

Panel: “Daoist Ritual in History,” with co-panelists: Terry Kleeman (University of Colorado) and Zhu Yiwen (Chinese University of Hong Kong).


April 6, 2014jpm

“In the Hands of the Gods: The Futility of Daoist Ritual in Jin Ping Mei,” presented at the Second Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison


 November 23, 2013su-shi

“Forgetting the Brush: The Place of Zhuang Zi in Northern Song Literati Writings on Painting,” presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference in Baltimore.

Panel: “Submerged Readings of Zhuang Zi: An Exercise in Rescuing and Retrieving Voices Mostly Disregarded in the Contemporary Academic Discourse,” with co-panelists: Mark Csikszentmihalyi (University of California- Berkeley), Scott Cook (Grinnell College), and Tobias Zürn (University of Wisconsin-Madison).


March 3, 2012san-taizi

“Walking with the Gods: The Life of Images in Taiwanese Popular Religion,” presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Organization Conference “Cycles of Transformation and Transformations of Cycles” at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.


 April 8, 2011zhang-zhihe

“Daoist Notions of Creativity in Tang and Song Aesthetic Theory,” presented at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Organization Conference “Space, Place, and the Production of Knowledge” at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


April 4, 2011zhao-yuanshuai


“Reading Images: An Introduction to the Daoist Iconography Project,” presented at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies Graduate Conference “Crossing Borders: Emerging Trends in Pacific and Asian Studies” at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

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