Speaker: Stephen R. Bokenkamp (柏夷)
Host: David Moser
Theme: The Daily Life of Chinese Gods
Date: March 13 (Wednesday), 2019
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Location: Room B101, Second Gymnasium, Yenching Academy, Peking University
One of the hardest things for Westerners to understand about Daoism is its polytheism. This lecture begins with the understanding that humans create gods and, as a natural consequence, endow them with histories. These stories provide a gentle introduction to the complexities of the Daoist religion and highlight its contributions to the mythologies of China.
Stephen R. Bokenkamp (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1986) specializes in the study of medieval Chinese Daoism, with a special emphasis on its literatures and its relations with Buddhism. He is author of Early Daoist Scriptures and Ancestors and Anxiety as well as over thirty-five articles and book chapters on Daoism and literature. Among his awards are the Guggenheim Award for the Translation of a medieval Daoist text and a National Endowment for the Humanities Translation grants. In addition to his position at Arizona State, he has taught at Indiana University, Stanford University, and short courses for graduate students at Princeton and Fudan Universities. He was also part of the National 985 project at the Institute of Religious Studies, Sichuan University from 2006-2013.