As of July 2017 I have formally moved from the department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations to the department of Religious Studies at Penn. The move allows me to do some teaching on religious studies-type topics that are not necessarily linked to East Asia. I will continue to work closely with my colleagues in EALC in fostering robust study of East Asia at Penn while also contributing what I can to the study of religion at Penn.
On that note, a few small announcements:
I’m on the planning committee for a series of events about religious freedom organized by Penn’s Center for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism. We’ve worked hard on getting a great list of speakers together and we’re excited to have a year-long conversation on this contentious yet important subject.
I’m inaugurating a new course called “Violence, Tolerance, and Freedom” in Spring 2018 that looks at how the adjective “religious” has modified those nouns. The course should mesh well with the aforementioned speaker series.
I’m coordinating the Center for East Asian Studies Humanities Colloquium for 2017–2018. I’m working on extending invitations to faculty from across the U.S. working on a range of time periods and topics; we should have a fascinating year.