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Internationaler Workshop “A Powerful Term: Ling 靈"

04.10.2019 - 06.10.2019

Freie Universität Berlin, Department of East Asian Studies, Sinology, 3-6 October 2019

Conference venue: Fabeckstr. 23-25 (new building, so-called“Holzlaube”), Room: 2.2051 (2nd floor, elevator or stairs)

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 3 October Arrival at Hotel Seminaris, Berlin-Dahlem

Friday, 4 October

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 a.m. Welcome address

9:15-10:00 a.m. Introduction (Christian Meyer)

10:00-11:30 a.m. Session 1: Ancient Uses from Shamanism to Confucian contexts of mourning the deceased soul (Chair: Barend ter Haar, Hamburg)

- Joachim Gentz (Univ. of Edinburgh): “How ling is ling? Ling as an exanimate classifier relating to a conceptual religious realm”

- Michael Puett (Harvard University): “The What’s and Why’s of Efficacy: The Semantics of ling in Early China”

(Short) coffee break 11.30-11.45

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Session 2: Premodern Daoist, Buddhist and Confucian usages and Literature (Chair: Yang Zhiyi, Frankfurt/Berlin)

- Friederike Assandri (Universität Leipzig): “Ling in Early Medieval Daoism”

- Vincent Goossaert (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris): “Ling as divine presence in Daoist narrative and ritual“

1:15-2:15 p.m. Lunch break

2:15-5:00 p.m. Session 2 (cont.): Premodern (and modern) Daoist and Buddhist and Confucian usages and Literature (Chair: Henning Klöter, HU Berlin)

- Esther-Maria Guggenmos (Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg): “The Buddhist genius envisions his karmic duties - ling-related concepts in Early Medieval Buddhism”

- Philip Clart (University of Leipzig): “The Semantic Field of ling in Du Guangting's 杜光庭 Daojiao lingyan ji 道教靈驗記”

Coffee break 3:45-4:15 p.m.

- Cheng Chung-yi (Chinese University of Hong Kong): “On the concept ling () in the Confucian heart/mind school: from Wang Yangming (1472-1529) to Tang Junyi (1909-1978)”

5:00-6:00 p.m. Intermediate Discussion

6:30 p.m. Conference Dinner

Saturday, 5 October

9:15-12:45 a.m. Session 3: New usages in modern times in Japan and China: Christian translations, national debates and new concepts of the soul and spirituality (Chair: Hubert Seiwert, Leipzig)

- Chen Yanrong (Ricci Institute, University of San Francisco): “What is ‘ling’ in Chinese Christian Texts”

- Chu Ping-yi (Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica): “Rational Spirit vs. Spiritual Efficacy: The Confrontation between the concept of Christian Soul (靈魂) and Chinese ling ()”

Coffee break 10:45-11:15 a.m.

- Hans Martin Krämer (University of Heidelberg): “Between ‘Soul’ and ‘Spiritualism’: Strategic Uses of rei in Modern Japanese Buddhism”

- Matthias Zachmann (FU Berlin): “Taishō Spirituality: Why Western Spiritualism became Popular and what this Says about the Spiritual Ecology of 1920s Japan“

12:45-2:00 p.m. Lunch break

2:00-6:15 p.m. Session 3 continued (Chair: André Laliberte Ottawa/Leipzig):

- Stefania Travagnin (University of Groningen): “Ling in Buddhist Discourses in the Republican Period”

- Eugenia Werzner (FU Berlin, Sinology): “A Search for Spiritual Entity: Ling in the Late Qing and Early Republican Discourse on “Primitive Religion” (yuanshi zongjiao)”

Coffee break 3:30-4:00 p.m.

- Matthias Schumann (Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg): “The Powers of the Psyche: Hypnotism, Psychical Research, and the Secularization of ling in Republican China”

- Nikolas Broy (Univ. of Leipzig): “‘This Numinous Light’: Concepts of the Spiritual in Late Imperial and Contemporary Chinese Popular Sects”

- Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye (University. of Auckland): “The Use of ling in the Early Charismatic Chinese Movement” (by Skype)

6:15-6.30 p.m. Intermediate Discussion

7:00 p.m. Conference Dinner

Sunday, 6 October

9:15-11:45 a.m. Session 4: Contemporary uses in special and everyday language discourses in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong (and overseas) (Chair: Carsten Krause, Hamburg)

- Adam Yuet Chau (Univ. of Cambridge): “Storied Spirits: Constructing Efficacy (Lingying 靈應) and the Strange (Lingyi 靈異) Through Telling Tales”

- Huang Weishan (Chinese University of Hong Kong): “Guanyin adoring – the study of devotion to statues crafting and worshiping”

Coffee break: 10:45-11:00a.m.

11:00-12:30 p.m. Concluding discussion

12:30-2:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. End of conference/departure

Zeit & Ort

04.10.2019 - 06.10.2019

Fabeckstr. 23-25 (new building, so-called“Holzlaube”),
Room: 2.2051 (2nd floor, elevator or stairs)