This page offers a list of our publications and presentations on religions in Sichuan.
Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Amy. 2014. The Social Life of the Tibetan Biography: Textuality, Community, and Authority in the Lineage of Tokden Shakya Shri. Lahman: Lexington.
Holmes-Tagchungdarpa, Amy. 2014. “Depicting a Life in the Twentieth-Century Sino-Tibetan Borderlands: Local Histories and Modernities in the Career and Photography of Zhuang Xueben (1909-1984).” In Forging the Fiery Frontier: Two Millennia of China’s Encounters in the Borderlands of the South and Southwest, edited by John Whitmore and James Anderson, 339-369. Leiden: Brill.
Kyong-McClain, Jeff. 2010. “Making Chengdu ‘The Kingdom of God as Jesus Conceived It’: West China Union University’s Sociology Department.” Social Sciences and Missions. 23: 162-186.
Kyong-McClain, Jeff and Geng Jing. 2011. “D.C. Graham in Chinese Intellectual History: Foreigner as Nation Builder.” In Explorers and Scientists in China’s Borderlands, 1880-1950, edited by Stevan Harrell, et al., 211-239. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
Olles, Voker. 2003. “Der unsterbliche Lehrmeister: Chinesische Literati und religiöses Verdienst in einer Inschrift von 1858 auf einem heiligen Berg der Daoisten im Kreis Pujiang (Provinz Sichuan).” Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 153(2): 395–416.
Olles, Volker. 2007. “Baohu dongtian fudi, jianli renjian xianjing – Sichuan Xinjin xian Laojun shan de lishi yu xianzhuang” 保护洞天福地，建立人间仙境——四川新津县老君山的历史与现状. Zhongguo Daojiao 中国道教 (China Taoism) 4: 58.
Olles, Volker. 2007. “Chinese Literati and Daoist Sacred Space: A Nineteenth Century Inscription in Pujiang County (Sichuan Province).” In Purposes, Means and Convictions in Daoism. A Berlin Symposium, edited by Florian C. Reiter, 221-230. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2007, pp. 221–230. [Reprinted in: Taoism (Critical Concepts in Religious Studies), vol. 2, edited by Russell Kirkland (Routledge, 2015)].
Olles, Volker. 2009. “The Way of the Locust Tree Studio: Preliminary Remarks on the Foundations and Functions of the Popular Religious Liumen Movement.” In Foundations of Daoist Ritual. A Berlin Symposium, edited by Florian C. Reiter, 107-117. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [Reprinted in: Taoism (Critical Concepts in Religious Studies), vol. 2, edited by Russell Kirkland (Routledge, 2015)].
Olles, Volker. 2013. Ritual Words: Daoist Liturgy and the Confucian Liumen Tradition in Sichuan Province. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
Olles, Volker. 2015. “Chuanxi Fuzi lun Bidong Zhenren: Liu Zhitang bixia de Chen Qingjue, jianlun Sichuan daoguan yu minjian tuanti de guanxi he hudong” 川西夫子论碧洞真人——刘止唐笔下的陈清觉，兼论四川道观与民间团体的关系和互动. In Di si jie Zhongguo (Chengdu) Daojiao wenhuajie “Dao zai yangsheng gaofeng luntan ji Daojiao yanjiu xueshu qianyan guoji huiyi” lunwenji 第四届中国（成都）道教文化节“道在养生高峰论坛暨道教研究学术前沿国际会议”论文集, edited by Gai Jianmin 盖建民, Zhou Ye 周冶, Zhu Zhanyan 朱展炎, 567–581. Chengdu: Ba-Shu shushe.
Olles, Volker. 2016. “Dao, Fa de fengong: Sichuan Fayan tan de famai ji tedian” 道、法的分工：四川法言坛的法脉及特点. In “Huigu yu zhanwang: Qingcheng shan Daojiao xueshu yanjiu qianyan wenti guoji luntan” wenji “回顾与展望：青城山道教学术研究前沿问题国际论坛”文集, edited by Gai Jianmin 盖建民, Zhou Ye 周冶, Zhu Zhanyan 朱展炎, 708-727, Chengdu: Ba-Shu shushe.
Travagnin, Stefania. 2018. “A Harmonious Plurality of ‘Religious’ Expressions: Theories and Case Studies from the Chinese Practice of (Religious) Diversity.” In The Critical Analysis of Religious Diversity, edited by Lene Kühle, Jorn Borup, William Hoverd, 147-171. Leiden: Brill.
Valussi, Elena. 2012. “Printing and Religion in the Life of Qing dynasty alchemical author Fu Jinquan.” Daoism: Religion, History, and Society no. 4 : 1–52.
Valussi, Elena. 2015. “The transmission of the cult of Lü Dongbin to Sichuan in the nineteenth century, and the transformation of the local religious milieu.” Daoism: Religion, History, and Society no.7: 117-169.
Valussi, Elena. 2017. “War, Nationalism and the transmission of Daoist scriptures from China to Taiwan: the case of Xiao Tianshi.” Asia Major 30 (1).
Valussi, Elena. 2018. “Spirit writing in Sichuan province: an overview.” International Consortium for Research in the Humanities ‘Fate, Freedom and Prognostication’ Newsletter, Erlangen, Germany.
Wang, Jianchuan 王見川. 2011. “Tongshan she zaoqi de tedian ji zai Yunnan de fazhan (1912-1937), jiantan qi yu ‘luantan’ ‘rujiao’ de guangxi 同善社早期的特點及在雲南的發展 （1912–1937) 兼談其與「鸞壇」「儒教」的關係”. Minsu quyi 民俗曲藝 172 : 127–159.
Wang Chien-chuan (Vincent Goossaert, transl.). 2016. “Spirit-writing groups in Modern China (1840-1937): textual production, public teachings, and charity.” In Modern Chinese Religion II, vol 2, edited by Vincent Goossaert, Jan Kiely, and John Lagerwey, 651-684. Leiden: Brill.
Wang, Chien-Chuan. 2018. “Popular Groups Promoting ‘The Religion of Confucius’ in the Chinese Southwest and Their Activities since the Nineteenth Century (1840–2013): An Observation Centered on Yunnan’s Eryuan County and Environs.” In The Varieties of Confucian Experience, edited by Sebastien Billioud, 90-121. Leiden: Brill.
Chen, Gilbert. 2019. “Living in This World: A Social History of Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Nineteenth-Century Western China.” Washington University in St. Louis, 2019. It can be accessed for free here.
Wu Wei. 2017. “Making a Tibetan Sect in Twentieth-Century China,” Studies in Chinese Religions 3, no. 3 (Nov): 242–257.
Kyong-McClain, Jeff. 2016. “China’s Protestant Colleges: Outposts of Global Modernity.” Paper presented at the British Joint East Asian Studies Conference, University of London, September 8.
Laamann, Lars and Stefania Travagnin. 2021. “Bringing the Periphery to the Centre: Local religious life in Sichuan as a vector of (inter-)national transformation, 1880s–1980s.” SOAS History Research Seminar. SOAS, University of London, 10 February. Video: https://youtu.be/e82Js1bCxI0
Travagnin, Stefania. 2016. “A Small Nunnery but a Big Story: Buddhist Women and the Hidden History of Modern Chinese Buddhism.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio Texas, November 19-22.
Travagnin, Stefania. 2019. ”Sangha Education in Sichuan: Case Studies and Key Features from the Late Qing and Republican Period.” Paper presented at the International Conference Between the Sacred and the Secular, from the Internal to the External: Buddhism & Education in the Pan-East Asian Context, Mt. Wutai, June 3-5.
史芬妮 (Stefania Travagnin). 2019. “Ershi shiji zhi Sichuan seng jiaoyu wangluo: yi Bianneng fashi weili 二十世紀之四川僧教育網絡：以遍能法師為例.” Paper presented at the 2019 Lushan xiandai foxue luntan 2019廬山現代佛學論壇, Lushan 廬山, August 9-12.
Travagnin, Stefania. 2020. “Invisible Nuns and Ancillary Female Temples: Unfolding a Different Narrative of Modern Chinese Buddhism”. Lecture part of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Lecture Series in Chinese Buddhism at SOAS, University of London. London, 31 January.
Travagnin, Stefania. 2020. “The Discourse(s) of Modern Sichuan Buddhism: Interactive Networks and the Reconstruction of Local Religious and Cultural History”. Seminar part of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Lecture Series in Chinese Buddhism at SOAS, University of London. London, 1 February.
Travagnin, Stefania. 2021. “‘Non-Eminent’ Nuns in Modern Sichuan Buddhism: Listening to Marginal Female Experiences.” Invited talk at the University of Idaho, April 29. Video: https://bit.ly/3t8GItG
Valussi, Elena. 2016. ‘The Localization of Daoist Beliefs and Practices in Nineteenth Century Sichuan’, within the panel “Local Knowledge of Chinese Religions.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio Texas, November 19-22.
Valussi, Elena. 2018. ‘Spirit Writing networks in Sichuan.’ Presented at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, January 16.
Valussi, Elena. 2021. “Place, Space and Politics in Chinese Religions. The case of the Chunyang guan 純陽觀 in Xinjin, Sichuan”. Center for the Study of Religion in the Global East, Purdue University. February 19th. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKrJesnolNY
Chen, Gilbert. 2020. “The ‘Lustful Nun’: Sexual Transgression Committed by Buddhist Nuns in Nineteenth-Century Chongqing.” Paper presented at the virtual American Association of Religion Annual Meeting, November 29-December 10.
Chen, Gilbert. 2019. “Keep the Incense Burning and the Lamps Lit: Local Buddhist Monastics’ Involvement in the Coal-Mining Business in Nineteenth-Century Chongqing.” Paper presented at the virtual American Association of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 23-26.
Chen, Gilbert. 2019. “Leaving the Family without Severing the Bond: Buddhist Monks and their Familial Relations in Late Imperial China.” Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, March 24-27.Chen, Gilbert. 2018. “Unlawful and Unorthodox? Buddhist Clerical Marriage in Late Imperial China.” Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, DC., March 22-25.
Wu, Wei. 2019. “Understanding Chinese Scriptures through the Lens of Tibetan Commentaries,” the Fifteenth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Paris.
Wu, Wei. 2016. “In Search of a Path to Enlightenment: The Modern Chinese Interpretation of Tibetan Doctrines,” International Forum on Modern Chinese Buddhism, Princeton University Buddhist Studies Workshop, Princeton, NJ.
Wu, Wei. 2015. “Distinction and Inclusiveness: The Rise of a Tibetan Esoteric School and Anti-Sectarian Trends in Republican China,” Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth- Century China Seminar, annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Atlanta.