Popular Religions and Manuscript Culture in Medieval China
Since the late 19th century, a great many archaeological discoveries by archaeologists and explorers coming from all over the world have occurred in Northwestern China. Hosts of unearthed ancient documents and cultural relics have provided us new knowledge and perspectives. The new data have brought fundamental transformations, both in the state of sources and methods to our studies of the history of popular religions and the manuscript culture in medieval China. However, though a considerable number of scholars have successfully explored distinctive cases, studies with a prospective of "overall meaning" are still largely absent. This workshop aims at discussing how to develop a comprehensive paradigm to understand different unearthed materials over time and to remap the role of manuscript culture in the history of knowledge, faith and social life.
Yu Xin ist Professor für Mittelalterliche Geschichte Chinas an der Fudan Universität in Shanghai. Im Sommersemester 2015 hält er sich als Visiting Fellow am CAS auf.