Mapping the Territory: Religion, Place, and Space in Asian Humanities

Session Four: Mapping the Territory in the Late Imperial Era

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Rajgir, Bihar State, India (Photographed by Thomas Newhall)

Saturday, February 27, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Live via Zoom

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About the Conference:
Religious movements carried out by various human activities define a place and space, and occasionally vice versa. What fascinating stories do these mutual interactions yield? This conference seeks to bring together scholars to metaphorically “map” the territory that encompasses the relationship between religion and place across Asia. We will explore topics including but not limited to historical studies of religious practices and places, literary studies of texts and ritual spaces, ethnographic studies on religious landscapes, and archeological studies on religious sites and artifacts. In this event, we will investigate how spaces and places, either real or imagined, contribute to contemplative, ritualistic, artistic, or ethical aspects of life within religious traditions, texts, and activities throughout Asia. 

Session Four: Mapping the Territory in the Late Imperial Era - 2/27/2021

Baatra Erdene-Ochir (UC Santa Barbara)
Religious Kingdoms in a Dynasty: The Geluk World in the Qing Empire

Jiao Yupeng (Stanford)
Horizontal vs. Vertical – Spatial Expansion of Redemptive Societies’ Religious Network: A Case Study of Tongshanshe and Yiguandao in Poyang County

Xinhui Yang (USC)
Appreciating Pines at Jietai: A Buddhist Monastery as Garden in Late-Imperial China

Philip Hsu (UCLA)
Gazetteer Writing and the Making of Monastic Space

Respondent: David Schaberg (UCLA)


Session One: Mapping the Territory in Premodern China - 1/16/2021

Session Two: Mapping the Territory Across Asia and Throughout the World - 1/30/2021

Session Three: Mapping the Territory of Buddhist Ritual Practices - 2/13/2021

For more details about all the sessions, please refer to the Conference Schedule below.


This conference is co-sponsored by UCHRI, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, and UCLA Center for the Study of Religion.

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Download file: Mapping-the-Territory-Schedule-ux-j3f.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Pacific Center