SBalkwill ACLS

Postdoctoral fellow Stephanie Balkwill has received an award from the ACLS program on “Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society,” for collaborative work on China studies. With this award, Balkwill will convene a conference entitled Statecraft in East Asia: A Conference of Storytellers, which will take place February 10-13th, 2017 at USC.

Statecraft in East Asia: A Conference of Storytellers will bring together twenty-five world-class scholars from Canada, the US, China, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan in order to engage in an interdisciplinary and comparative study of Buddhist statecraft, which will include historians, anthropologists, textual scholars, and art historians. Through the medium of storytelling, the paper presenters will explore how Buddhism has been an important means of securing imperial legitimation and political power, as well as an effective partner in the running of a state, since its arrival in China in the third century of the Common Era and subsequent spread to the rest of East Asia. As such, the conference will also illuminate the role that Chinese culture has played in the development of East Asian political and religious systems in general.

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The conference is co-sponsored by USC’s Center for International Studies, Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religion and Culture, East Asia Studies Center, Korean Studies Institute, School of Religion, and Office of the Provost.