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Original news from http://humanities.arizona.edu/news/wu-awarded-grant-host-chinese-buddhist-canon-conference-ua

Jiang Wu, associate professor in the Department of East Asian Studies has been awarded a conference grant of $25,000 by the American Council of Learned Society (ACLS) and the Chiang Ching-Kuo (CCK) Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange to organize an international conference on the study of Chinese Buddhist canons.

This conference, titled “Spreading Buddha’s Words in China: The Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon,” will be held in Tucson March 25-28, 2011.

Some twenty experts from the United States, Europe, mainland China, and Taiwan will examine the role of Buddhist canons (including digital canons) in the formation and transformation of Buddhist communities and how the activities of textual practice related to the canon –such as cataloging, textual criticism, annotation, illustration, printing, and distribution- shaped the contour of Chinese Buddhism through the ages.

The conference is the first international conference on this topic ever held in the western world. A volume of proceedings will be published after the conference.

The funding comes under the ACLS program “New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society,” which “supports projects in the humanities and related social sciences that bridge disciplinary or geographic boundaries, engage new sources, develop fresh approaches to traditional materials and issues, or otherwise bring innovative perspectives to the study of Chinese culture and society.”

Dr. Jiang Wu received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and his research interests include seventeenth-century Chinese Buddhism, Chinese intellectual history and social history, and the application of electronic cultural atlas tools in the study of Chinese culture and religion. He has published widely on a variety of topics, and currently is writing a biography of Yinyuan Longqui. In 2008, Dr. Wu was awarded a $30,000 from the CCK to conduct research on Buddhist publishing in late imperial China, during his sabbatical year.