Visiting Scholars

Scholars visiting University of British Columbia

LI Chunying (University of Perugia)

September 2021 – August 2022

Li Chunying is an associate professor and associate dean of International Confucian Academy at China University of Political Science and Law. She has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the US. Her research interests include Neo-Confucianism, Pre-Qin Dynasties’ Confucianism and Chuang Tzu’s philosophy. These years she focuses on the relationship between Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism. Prof. Li has published two books and about 30 articles, including: Hengpu wenji explanatory note (2018), and A Collection works of Zhang Jiucheng (2020). While visiting University of British Columbia, Prof. Li Chunying will deliver a lecture titled “The relationship between Neo-Confucianism and Buddhism in Song Dynasty: taking Zhu Xi as an example”. See lecture description on page 44 and appendix T for lecture report.




Scholars visiting the University of Hong Kong

Wen Jinyu (Remin University of China)

November 2021 – May 2022

Wen Jinyu is a Professor of Philosophy at Renmin University of China, where he has been teaching since 2001. His area of interest includes the history of Chinese Buddhist system, and Pure Land Buddhism. Wen has published eight monographs and over two hundred articles, and has been awarded several competitive grants from the National Social Sciences Fund of China.


Scholars visiting Yale University

Antonello Palumbo (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

October 2021 – June 2022

Dr. Palumbo researches the religious, social and political history of premodern China in its connections to the Old World system. Buddhism and Taoism have long been among his key interests. He has studied in China (Peking University), Italy (where he holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the former Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples) and Japan (Kyoto University). From 2005 to 2020 he was first Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Religions of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of An Early Chinese Commentary on the Ekottarika-āgama: The Fenbie gongde lun 分別功德論 and the History of the Translation of the Zengyi ahan jing 增 一阿含經 (Taipei: Fagu Wenhua, 2013) and of many articles and essays. His current research focuses on the parallel formation of translocal religious communities and imperial polities in China during the first millennium of the Common Era. His work in progress includes two book manuscripts in preparation, respectively on the nationalization of Buddhism in mid-Tang religious policies and on the early history of Heavenly Master Taoism, as well as a number of studies on the early history of Buddhism in China. His visit is supported by the Yale Buddhist Studies Initiative, the Council on East Asian Studies, and the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies.