University of British Columbia

Zeng YANG Zeng Yang specializes in East Asian Buddhism and Cultural Exchange. His current research interest lies in the interplay between the supernatural understandings of religious practice and realpolitik concerns of the state, to approach more balanced understandings of religious practices in Chinese history. His current book project is designed to enrich his doctoral studies of Esoteric Buddhism in 8th-century China: how Esoteric Buddhism was propagated to have invoked divine intervention and saved the Tang dynasty from a multifaceted crisis. His previous project was the biographical study of the Sillan great writer Choe Chiwon, with the translation of his anthology. 


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Yael SHIRI Yael Shiri received her Ph.D. in Religions and Philosophies from SOAS, University of London, in 2020. She is the recipient of the 2021 Khyentse Foundation Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertations in Buddhist Studies. Since her graduation she was a postdoctoral fellow at the École française d’Extrême-Orient (Paris, France) and the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University (Israel). Her research focuses on self-representation in Indian Buddhist literature and art, and in particular the narrative traditions of the Mūlasarvāstivādins.