East Asia by the Book! Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago Author Talks featuring Professor Yuhang Li

Megumi Kim's picture
May 11, 2021
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies

Please join the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) for their East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks featuring Professor Yuhang Li, Associate Professor of Chinese Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:00 p.m. (Central Daylight Time).

Professor Li will be speaking about her new book, Becoming Guanyin: Artistic Devotion of Buddhist Women in Late Imperial China. This book focuses on the power of material things to enable women to access religious experience and transcendence. In particular, she examines how secular Buddhist women expressed mimetic devotion and pursued religious salvation through creative depictions of Guanyin in different media such as painting and embroidery and through bodily portrayals of the deity using jewelry and dance. These material displays expressed a worldview that differed from yet fit within the Confucian patriarchal system. Attending to the fabrication and use of "women's things" by secular women, Prpfessor Li offers new insight into the relationships between worshipped and worshipper in Buddhist practice. Combining empirical research with theoretical insights from both art history and Buddhist studies, Becoming Guanyin is a field-changing analysis that reveals the interplay between material culture, religion, and their gendered transformations.

Professor Paul Copp, Associate Professor in Chinese Religion and Thought, East Asian Languages and Civilization at the University of Chicago will serve as Discussant.

To register for this event, please click the Zoom link HERE.

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. Initiated in 2016, this annual series showcases CEAS faculty, alumni, and special guests who provide author talks and book launches as a way to engage the broader community in conversations regarding key scholarship on East Asia.

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Megumi Kim, Center Administrator

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