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*CAPAS--2022 Trans-boundary Crossing and Circulation Forum:「Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity Across the South China Sea」/ Dr. Jack Meng-Tat Chia(National University of Singapore)

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2022 Trans-boundary Crossing and Circulation Forum (一)

Topic :  Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity Across the South China Sea(will be held in Chinese)
Speaker:  Dr. Jack Meng-Tat Chia(Assistant Professor, History and Religious Studies, National University of Singapore)
Time : 15:00~17:20, Thursday, June 9, 2022【14:45-15:00 Registration】
Venue : R2319, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica
 (meeting room limits up to 10 attendees, simultaneous video conferencing via WebEx will be available)
Chair : Dr. Yu-Sheng Lin(Assistant Research Fellow, Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS), RCHSS, Academia Sinica)
Online Registration : https://forms.gle/8Xe2hC1Q1YbuNpjv8 
Registration Deadline : 17:00, Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Website : http://www.rchss.sinica.edu.tw/TBMC/
Organizer : Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS), RCHSS, Academia Sinica
Contact: Ms. Jennifer Chen, +886-2-2651-6862, E-mail:jennyc26@gate.sinica.edu.tw


【About the Talk】
Chinese Buddhists have never remained stationary. They have always been on the move. Why did Buddhist monks migrate from China to Southeast Asia? How did they participate in transregional Buddhist networks across the South China Sea? In this talk, I will tell the story of “South China Sea Buddhism,” referring to a Buddhism that emerged from a swirl of correspondence networks, forced exiles, voluntary visits, evangelizing missions, institution-building campaigns, and organizational efforts of countless Chinese and Chinese diasporic Buddhist monks. Drawing on multilingual research conducted in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, I challenge the conventional categories of “Chinese Buddhism” and “Southeast Asian Buddhism” by focusing on the lesser-known—yet no less significant—Chinese Buddhist communities of maritime Southeast Asia. By crossing the artificial spatial frontier between China and Southeast Asia, this talk brings Southeast Asia into the study of Chinese Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism into the study of Southeast Asia.

【About the Speaker】
Jack Meng-Tat Chia is Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies at the National University of Singapore. He specializes in Buddhism in maritime Southeast Asia and has broader research interests in migration, diasporas, transnationalism, pilgrimage, and religious diplomacy. He is the author of Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity Across the South China Sea (Oxford, 2020), which was awarded the 2021 EuroSEAS Humanities Book Prize. He has also published articles in journals such as Asian Ethnology, China Quarterly, Contemporary Buddhism, Critical Asian Studies, History of Religions, and Journal of Chinese Religions. He is currently working on two book projects: Beyond the Borobudur: Buddhism in Postcolonial Indonesia and Diplomatic Dharma: Buddhist Diplomacy in Modern Asia. 
  1. The organizer reserves the right to amend the program and to limit or refuse entry to any person at any times, and will preclude those who are absent twice without notice.
  2. A confirmation email will be sent to you after the registration is closed. 
  3. Availability of space and format are subjected to change due to capacity reductions aligned with COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines. Attendees must follow all applicable COVID-19 regulations and guidance including specific face coverings and social distancing requirements. Food and drink, with the exception of water, are not allowed. 
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