Presentations & Publications

This page will offer lists 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 ProvinceWiesbaden: 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.



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.

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.

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. 2017. ‘Spirit Writing networks in Sichuan.’ Presented at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, January 16.