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Using Chinese Buddhist Temple Gazetteers

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Ho Center for Buddhist Studies Library
ARCS: Asian Representations and Constructions of Space
Meeting Description: 

This workshop aims to introduce participants to the use of Buddhist Temple Gazetteers (佛寺志/山志). Professor Bingenheimer will circulate a print edition of his recent work and will introduce participants to his new digital tools. We will discuss the history of this type of gazetteer, reference tools and bibliographic aides, print and digital editions, and online interfaces, and look in detail at one gazetteer series.

Marcus Bingenheimer was born in Germany. He obtained an MA (Sinology) and PhD (History of Religions) from Würzburg University and an MA (Communication Studies) from Nagoya University. Marcus currently works as associate professor at Temple University, Philadelphia. From 2005 to 2011 he taught Buddhism and digital humanities at Dharma Drum 法鼓山, Taiwan, where he also supervised various projects concerning the digitization of Buddhist culture. His main research interests are the history of Buddhism in East Asia and early Buddhist sutra literature. Currently, he is working on two very different kinds of texts: Āgama literature and Ming-Qing dynasty temple gazetteers. Next to that, Marcus is interested in the digital humanities and how to do research in the age of digital information.