SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Stefania Travagnin

Laurea MA (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice); PhD (SOAS)
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Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Senior Teaching Fellow in Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions

Centre of Buddhist Studies

Committee Member

Name:
Dr Stefania Travagnin
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Thursdays 15:00 - 16:00 or by appointment

Biography

My research has addressed religion (mostly Buddhist doctrine, institutions, and communities) in the twentieth and twenty-first century mainland China and Taiwan, and under the three main areas of (1) religion and Chinese society; (2) textual studies; (3) concepts and methods for the study of Chinese religions.

My research on the theme of Religion and Chinese Society asks which role religion, Buddhism in particular, plays in the public sphere and for society at large, from the early twentieth century up to today. I have given special emphasis on topics such as media, education, female communities, management of diversity, politics, cross-strait relations. About religion and media, sample publications include my edited volume Religion and Media in China: Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong (Routledge, 2016), which is the first comprehensive book-length manuscript published on religion and media in China. More recently I shifted my attention to so far neglected topics as Buddhist ritual practices online in China (see my chapter in the volume Buddhism After Mao; University of Hawai’i Press, 2019), and the Buddhist and Confucian adoption of artificial intelligence in mainland China (my recent article in the Review of Religion and Chinese Society, 2020). Buddhist education has been a recurrent topic in my work; I have looked at the development of Sangha education vis-à-vis the historical and political changes in early twentieth-century China; Buddhist education for the militaries during the second Sino-Japanese conflict (1937-1945); elementary non-religious education organized and delivered by the Sangha in the Republican era. Finally, I am the director of the multi-year research project ‘Mapping Religious Diversity in Modern Sichuan’, which is funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (2017-2021; co-director: Elena Valussi, Loyola Chicago). In this project, a team of scholars from different disciplines investigate the religious and cultural landscape in modern Sichuan, a crucial yet highly ignored area for what concerns the history of Chinese religions, looking ‘intra-religious networks’ and ‘inter-religious networks’, emphasizing the role of ‘space’ as an active agent in the making of communities and networks, and bringing ethnic diversity into consideration as well.

My work in Textual Studies includes philological and philosophical research on Buddhist texts; the reception history of traditional values and sacred scriptures from Chinese Buddhism, especially from the Pure Land school, Mādhyamika, and the Āgamas; and the study of textual communities in modern Taiwan.

My research on the history of semantics of traditional Chinese and Buddhist values continues in my project on Concepts and Methods, where I adopt a discursive approach to the study of conceptual categories relevant to religion in China. The international conference ‘Framing the Study of Religion in Modern China and Taiwan’ that I organised in Groningen (December 2015) became the starting point of the three co-edited volumes Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions that have been published between May 2019 and May 2020 with De Gruyter. I have also sought a dialogue with colleagues in the general academic study of religion, in order to investigate Buddhism and China not only in their micro-territorial constraints but also as global players in the macro-academic study of religion.

Teaching

Publications

Articles

Travagnin, Stefania (2020) 'From Online Buddha Halls to Robot-Monks: New Developments in the Long-term Interaction between Buddhism, Media and Technology in Contemporary China'. Review of Religion and Chinese Society, (7) 1, pp 120-148.

Travagnin, Stefania (2018) 'Reception History and Limits of Interpretation: The Belgian Étienne Lamotte, Japanese Buddhologists, the Chinese monk Yinshun 印順 and the Formation of a Global ‘Da zhidu lun 大智度論 Scholarship’'. Hualin International Journal of Buddhist Studies, (1) 1, pp 248-277.

Travagnin, Stefania (2017) 'Buddhist Education between Tradition, Modernity and Networks: Reconsidering the ‘Revival’ of Education for the Saṅgha in Twentieth-century China'. Studies in Chinese Religions, (3) 3, pp 220-241.

Travagnin, Stefania (2017) 'Genealogy and Taxonomy of the "Twentieth-century Renjian Fojiao 人間佛教" Mapping a famen 法門 from Mainland China and Taiwan to Europe'. Journal of Humanistic Buddhism (人間佛教學報藝文), (9), pp 180-197.

Travagnin, Stefania (2016) 'Elder Gongga 貢噶老人 (1903-1997) between China, Tibet and Taiwan: Assessing Life, Mission and Mummification of a Buddhist Woman'. Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, (3), pp 250-272.

Travagnin, Stefania (2015) 'The Impact of Politics on the Minnan Buddhist Institute: Sanmin zhuyi 三民主义 and aiguo zhuyi 爱国主义 in the Context of Sangha Education'. Review of Religion and Chinese Society, (2) 1, pp 21-50.

Travagnin, Stefania (2014) 'Concepts and Institutions for a New Buddhist Education: Reforming the Saṃgha between and within State Agencies'. East Asian History, (39), pp 88-101.

Travagnin, Stefania (2013) 'Yinshun's Recovery of Shizhu Piposha lun 十住毗婆沙論: a Madhyamaka-based Pure Land Practice in Twentieth-century Taiwan.'. Contemporary Buddhism, (14) 2, pp 320-343.

Travagnin, Stefania (2012) 'What is Behind Yinshun’s Re-statement of the Nature of the Mūlamadhyamakakā: Debates on the Creation of a New Mahāyāna in Twentieth-century China'. Buddhist Studies Review, (29) 2, pp 251-272.

Travagnin, Stefania (2007) 'Buddhist Nuns and Female Buddhism in Taiwan: Historical Patterns and Engendered Values'. World Fellowship of Buddhists Review, (44) 1, pp 6-15.

Travagnin, Stefania (2006) 'Shi Cihang 釋慈航: The First Case of Mummified Buddhist in Taiwan'. Kervan International Journal of Afro-Asiatic Studies 3, pp 77-100.

Travagnin, Stefania (2005) '福慧塔院永久安息: 二十世紀傳承龍樹法門的高僧'. 當代 = Dang dai 215, pp 12-41.

Travagnin, Stefania (2004) 'Master Yinshun and the Pure Land Thought: A Doctrinal Gap between Indian Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism'. Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, (57) 3, pp 271-328.

Travagnin, Stefania (2001) 'Il Nuovo “Buddhismo per l'Umanità” (renjian fojiao) a Taiwan: Una nota sulla classificazione degli insegnamenti (panjiao) secondo il Maestro Yinshun'. Cina, (29), pp 65-102.

Edited Books or Journals

Travagnin, Stefania and Scott, Gregory Adam, (eds.), (2020) Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions II: Intellectual History of Key Concepts. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter. (Religion and Society).

Travagnin, Stefania and Laliberté, André, (eds.), (2019) Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions I: State of the Field and Disciplinary Approaches. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter. (Religion and Society).

Travagnin, Stefania and Katz, Paul R., (eds.), (2019) Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions III: Key Concepts in Practice. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter. (Religion and Society).

Travagnin, Stefania, (ed.), (2016) Religion and Media in China: Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. New York and London: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Religion, Media and Culture).

Book Chapters

Travagnin, Stefania (2020) '中國與臺灣佛教界的五四因緣:以1910-1930年代為考察重點'. In: 呂, 妙芬 and 康豹, Paul R. Katz, (eds.), 五四運動與中國宗教的調適與發展. Taipei: Academia Sinica, pp 547-577.

Travagnin, Stefania and Anālayo, Bhikkhu (2020) 'The three-aṅga theory in Master Yinshun’s 印順 scholarship: Assessing the state of Āgama studies in twentieth-century China'. In: Dhammadinnā, Bhikkhunī, (ed.), Research on the Saṃyukta-āgama. Taipei: Dharma Drum Corporation, pp 933-1007.

Travagnin, Stefania and Li, Gang and Grootenhuis, Harmen and Sterken, Arjan (2020) 'Chinese Religion and Violence'. In: Jerryson, Michael, (ed.), Religious Violence Today: Faith and Conflict in the Modern World. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, pp 131-175.

Travagnin, Stefania (2020) 'Renjian Fojiao from Taiwan to South East Asia: Yinshun, Yanpei, and a ‘renjian fojiao network’?'. In: 陳, 劍鍠, (ed.), The Practice of Humanistic Buddhism in East and Southeast Asia. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong - Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism, pp 467-500.

Travagnin, Stefania (2020) 'From xue 學 to jiaoyu 教育: Conceptual understanding of ‘study’ and ‘education’ in modern Chinese Buddhism'. In: Travagnin, Stefania and Scott, Gregory Adam, (eds.), Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions II: Intellectual History of Key Concepts. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 95-120.

Travagnin, Stefania and Scott, Gregory Adam (2020) 'Introduction'. In: Travagnin, Stefania and Scott, Gregory Adam, (eds.), Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions II: Intellectual History of Key Concepts. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 1-10.

Travagnin, Stefania (2019) 'Cyberactivities and “Civilized” Worship: Assessing Contexts and Modalities of Online Ritual Practices'. In: Laliberté, André and Fisher, Gareth and Ji, Zhe, (eds.), Buddhism after Mao: Negotiations, Continuities, and Reinventions. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, pp 290-311.

Travagnin, Stefania and Laliberté, André (2019) 'Epistemic Communities of Buddhist Scholarship in Modern China: Narratives and Paradigms'. In: Travagnin, Stefania and Laliberté, André, (eds.), Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions II: State of the Field and Disciplinary Approaches. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 115-138.

Travagnin, Stefania and Laliberté, André (2019) 'Introduction'. In: Travagnin, Stefania and Laliberté, André, (eds.), Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions I: State of the Field and Disciplinary Approaches. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 1-22.

Travagnin, Stefania and Katz, Paul R. (2019) 'Introduction'. In: Travagnin, Stefania and Katz, Paul R., (eds.), Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions III: Key Concepts in Practice. Boston and Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 1-10.

Travagnin, Stefania (2018) 'A Harmonious Plurality of ‘Religious’ Expressions: Theories and Case Studies from the Chinese Practice of (Religious) Diversity'. In: Kühle, Lene and Borup, Jørn and Hoverd, William, (eds.), The Critical Analysis of Religious Diversity. Leiden: Brill, pp 147-172.

Travagnin, Stefania (2018) 'Mapping New Systems of Community Networks: Discursive Identity, Cross-Strait Lineage Construction, and Funerary Sacred Space in Taiwanese Buddhism'. In: Poceski, Mario, (ed.), Communities of memory and interpretation : reimagining and reinventing the past in East Asian Buddhism. Hamburg: Hamburg University Press, pp 177-217.

Travagnin, Stefania (2017) 'Yin & Yang Dynamics and the Concept of Kong: Understanding "Becoming" and "Being" in Chinese Philosophy and Religions'. In: Congiunti, Lorella and Formica, Giambattista and Ndreca, Ardian, (eds.), Oltre l'individualismo: Relazioni e relazionalità per ripensare l'identità. Rome: Urbaniana University Press, pp 475-490.

Travagnin, Stefania (2016) 'Charting Religion and Media in Taiwan: Media Expressions of Faith as (Pluri)Identity Markers in the Democratization Era'. In: Travagnin, Stefania, (ed.), Religion and Media in China: Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. New York and London: Routledge, pp 53-68.

Travagnin, Stefania (2016) 'Dharma in Motion Pictures: Buddhist Cartoons and Documentaries in Contemporary Taiwan'. In: Travagnin, Stefania, (ed.), Religion and Media in China Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. New York and London: Routledge, pp 225-240.

Travagnin, Stefania (2016) 'Introduction: Religion and Media in China : Volume Objectives, Challenges, and Themes'. In: Travagnin, Stefania, (ed.), Religion and Media in China: Insights and Case Studies from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. New York and London: Routledge, pp 1-16.

Travagnin, Stefania (2016) 'Dingkong – the blogger monk in Southern China'. In: Samuels, Jeffrey and McDaniel, Justin Thomas and Rowe, Mark Michael, (eds.), Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, pp 170-173.

Travagnin, Stefania (2016) 'Houguan – a modern educator in Taiwan'. In: Samuels, Jeffrey and McDaniel, Justin Thomas and Rowe, Mark Michael, (eds.), Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, pp 91-94.

Travagnin, Stefania (2007) 'Master Yinshun and Buddhist Nuns in/for the Human Realm: Shift and Continuity From Theory to Practice of renjian fojiao in Contemporary Taiwan'. In: Storm, Carsten and Harrison, Mark, (eds.), The Margins of Becoming: Identity and Culture in Taiwan. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 83-100.

Travagnin, Stefania (2004) 'Ven. Miaoqing and Yuantong Chan Nunnery: A New Beginning for Monastic Women in Taiwan'. In: Tsomo, Karma Lekshe, (ed.), Bridging Worlds: Buddhist Women’s Voices Across Generations. Taipei: Yuanquan Press, pp 83-96.

Book Reviews

Travagnin, Stefania (2005) 'Review of the Book 'Seeing through Zen. Encounter, Transformation, and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism', 2003, by John R. McRae'. Buddhist Studies Review, (22) 1, pp 73-78.

 

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