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The background to this project comes from a recent donation made by the Glorisun Charitable Foundation to support establishing a peer-reviewed, academic journal to be published in English (and its Chinese version), on the subject of East Asian Buddhist Studies. Scholars serving on the editorial board are all affiliated with the partner universities for the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies, so far including Peking University in East Asia, Cambridge, Oxford, University of Hamburg in Europe, Yale, Princeton, UC-Berkey and UBC in North America. They have collaborated on many projects, including organizing conferences and graduate student training workshops in East Asia. These scholars seek to disseminate some of the pioneering findings from their large Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership grant project (2016-2023), From the Ground Up: Buddhism and East Asian Religions (org). Teams of international researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and religious professionals on the ground will utilize interdisciplinary approaches to varied visual and textual sources studied in situto bring to light new material preserved across East Asia to address new ground-breaking research and generate new insights about comparatively familiar sources.
Let us be clear: the FROGBEAR project will only comprise a portion of the research published in the proposed journal; the goal is to establish a longstanding, first-rate, peer-reviewed, academic journal to focus attention on historical, textual, sociopolitical issues related to the study of East Asian Buddhism using interdisciplinary, multi-sourced, multi-media and cross-cultural approaches.