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Chinese Religions Unit

Call for Proposals

All proposals for both panels and papers are welcome and will be given careful consideration. We encourage panel organizers to take various forms of diversity into account, including race, gender, rank, kind of institution, region, etc., for presenters and respondents. For gender diversity, you can look for participants in the database Women in the Study of Asian Religions ( Please feel free to direct any general questions about panel and paper submissions to the co-chairs.

If you wish to contribute to the following themes, please get in touch with the contact person attached to the theme:

  • Open Access Resources in the Study of Chinese Religions, Katherine Alexander (

  • Feminism and Gender Activism in Chinese Religions, Ting Guo (

  • A Roundtable in Honor of Daniel Overmyer, Shin-yi Chao (

  • A Roundtable in Honor of Dan Stevenson's Retirement, Jimmy Yu (

  • Ignorance as Catastrophe: How do Chinese Religious Traditions Promote Knowledge?, Alex Hsu (
    The religious traditions of China style themselves as holistic pedagogies -- learnings (xue), teachings (jiao), methods (fa), and ways (dao) -- and knowledge (zhi), embodied in certain persons, texts, and practices, plays an important role in what they seek to develop and promote. How do these traditions conceptualize the lack or loss of knowledge? When, where, and for whom does an absolute deficit of knowledge pose a soteriological, social, or cosmic problem we might correctly recognize as catastrophic? What kind of catastrophe is it? And, when ignorance becomes catastrophe, what forms and kinds of knowledge are touted as solutions, and how are they cultivated and communicated? Philological, philosophical, historical, and ethnographic approaches are all welcomed; entries may also include reflections on our professions as scholars, teachers, and global citizens in a world where all varieties of knowing and unknowing proliferate.

  • Interactions and Competition between Popular Sects and Christian Traditions in Late Imperial China, Nikolas Broy (

  • Chinese virtual sangha and their Buddhist response to the pandemic in North America, Xiao Han (
    How has the digital environment provided Chinese, or more broadly speaking, Asian Buddhist communities with new means to form virtual sangha, to communicate dharma, to conduct online rituals and funerals, to represent their Buddhist linage and to maintain transnational Buddhist networks? What have been the discourses of Pandemic and Buddhism since 2020? How online are Asian Buddhist communities in North America where their presence has increased – especially since the outset of Covid-19 –, enabling the bringing together of communities, soothing hearts, and providing meanings in the lives of isolated individuals?

Statement of Purpose

This Unit is dedicated to the academic, comparative study of Chinese religions in all forms, both historical and contemporary. The Unit makes every effort to recognize Chinese voices in religious practice as well as scholarship, and applies rigorous standards of linguistic, cultural, historical, and social-scientific understanding to the study of religion in China.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members

Review Process Comments

We plan to maintain the system in which co-chairs see proposer names so that the co-chairs can make sure the accepted panels have sufficient diversity.