LECTURE/SEMINAR> Charismatic Moderns: (re)locating Chinese Buddhism in the Digital Age, and Transmission and Innovation: Mapping Charisma in Modern Chinese Buddhism

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Dear colleagues,
the SOAS Centre of Buddhist Studies will soon hold the third lecture in the 2018-2019 Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Lectures Series in Chinese Buddhism.
Prof. Francesca Tarocco (Ca'Foscari, University, Venice - New York University, Shanghai) will be holding a lecture and a seminar on Contemporary Chinese Buddhism.  The lecture, entitled "Charismatic Moderns: (re)locating Chinese Buddhism in the Digital Age", will be held in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre on Friday 25 January, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The seminar, entitled "Transmission and Innovation: Mapping Charisma in Modern Chinese Buddhism", will be held in room S113, Senate House, on Saturday 26 November from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Both lecture and seminar are free; the seminar however requires registration. Please register by emailing es27@soas.ac.uk.
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All the best,
Emanuela Sala
Student Assistant
Centre of Buddhist Studies
SOAS University of London
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Prof. Francesca Tarocco (Ca'Foscari, New York, Shanghai)



Charismatic Moderns: (re)locating Chinese Buddhism in the Digital Age

SOAS, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

25 January 2019

5:30-7 p.m.



Transmission and Innovation: Mapping Charisma in Modern Chinese Buddhism

S113, Paul Webley Wing, Senate House

26 January 2019

10 a.m.-1 p.m.



Abstract  In this talk I will examine the relationship between Buddhism, charisma and technology in light of the recent turn toward and concern for the nonhuman, understood variously in terms of bodies, materiality, and technology. Similarly to other religious communities, Chinese Buddhist practitioners approach their pious self-making through their quotidian reliance on digital media technologies. One of the important consequences of the nonhuman impact on Buddhism has been the intensification and amplification of time. Charismatic Moderns explores the machinic temporality of the Buddhist everyday and its intimate connections with clerical charisma. In witnessing present-day narratives of salvation and redemption, I look at the ongoing renewal of religion in the Chinese world and take up the idea of charisma as a relationship based on the “expectation of the extraordinary”.  

Bio Francesca Tarocco is Associate Professor of Chinese Religious History and Buddhist Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Visiting Professor of Buddhist Cultures at New York University, Shanghai. Her main research interests are Chinese Buddhism, visual culture, material religion, the senses and the body, urban Asia (in particular Shanghai), media, and contemporary art. She is the author of The Cultural Practices of Modern Chinese Buddhism and of numerous articles on the genealogies and practices of religion in modern China. Recently, she guest-edited “Buddhists and the Making of Modern Chinese Societies”, a special issue of the Journal of Global Buddhism. She is currently an associate editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Buddhism and is working on two books on Buddhism, media and visual culture.