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My research has been guided by this question: how did Buddhists in Japan respond to the forces of modernization and globalization in the nineteenth century? My current project, “Making the Modern Priest: Clerical Education and Buddhist Universities in Meiji Japan,” explores the central role of a new educational institution, the modern university, in constructing new roles and identities for Buddhist priests.
I have also published research on the development of the Japanese new Buddhist movement, Shinnyo-en, which is best known for their high-profile interfaith rituals held around the globe.
Angela Zito, Associate Professor, NYU–jointly appointed in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Co-founder and Director of the Center for Religion and Media. BA Penn State in East Asian Studies/minor in Journalism. MPhil and PhD, University of Chicago, East Asian Language and Civilizations. Trained in history, Sinology and cultural anthropology, wrote a dissertation on imperial ritual under the Qianlong Emperor later published as Of Body and Brush: Grand Sacrifice as text/performance in 18th c China. This has led to an abiding interest in the imperial and later Chinese state forms as they continue to seek to influence the styles of personhood of their subjects and citizens. I associate religious life with practices, performances, modes of embodiment and their mediation through things. After an excursion into Chinese independent documentary as a form of the ethical activist uses of media, I am returned to a project on the Party-state’s revitalization and instance on filiality as both piety and propaganda. Writing a book on its various media forms including posters, televisions talk shows, museums and films.
Norainie is a lecturer at the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Her alma mater includes the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she received her MSc in Public Policy and Administration, and she matriculated at Oxford University in 2009 under the Department of Sociology, while affiliated with the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She teaches the following modules: Gender and Development, Non-Governmental Organisations, and Socioeconomic Governance and Globalisation; and coordinates Public Policy Analysis Project for Masters students. She focuses her research on women and young adults, and their lived experiences in contemporary Brunei. Her recent publications include: “Policy Implications for Working Women in Brunei”in Japan Labor Issues Vol. 3(17), pp. 39-46; “The Socioeconomic Context of Fertility Decline and Preference in Brunei”. In Gietel-Basten, S., Casterline, J. and Choe, M. K. (Eds.) (2018). Family Demography in Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Fertility Preferences. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; “Attitudes Towards Family Formation Among Young Adults in Brunei Darussalam” in Pakistan Journal of Women’s Studies: Alam-e-Niswan, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 15-34; and “How Modest is Modest Fashion? Exploring Notions of Modesty within the Context of Muslim Women’s Hypervisibility on Instagram” in Collaborative Research funded under the Korea-ASEAN Cooperation Project [Phase 3] “Gender Justice and Democracy in Asia”.
Dr. phil. Carola Roloff (monastic name: Bhikṣuṇī Jampa Tsedroen) is a visiting professor for “Buddhism in Dialogue with Contemporary Societies” at the Academy of World Religions, University of Hamburg (foundation lectureship 2018-2025). 2013-2018 Post-Doc and Senior Research Fellow in the European research project “Religion and Dialogue in Modern Societies”. 2012 Forum Humanum visiting professor at the Academy of World Religions, and 2010-2017 Principal Investigator on Buddhist nuns’ ordination in the Tibetan canon (DFG project) at the University of Hamburg. Current research focus: Buddhism and dialogue, contextual dialogical theology, Buddhist nuns’ ordination, and research on gender theories.
I am a PhD Candidate in Buddhist Studies at Stanford University. My work is currently focused on Buddhist literary culture at the turn of the Common Era, viewed (to the extent possible) within various political, intellectual, and aesthetic milieux, both Indic and Chinese. I am also interested in manuscript studies, translation studies, museum studies, international Buddhist pilgrimage-tourism, and contemporary Himalayan Buddhism.