Ester Bianchi

Ester Bianchi holds a Ph.D. in ‘Indian and East-Asian Civilization’ from the University of Venice (co-tutorial Ph.D. received from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des Sciences Religieuses of Paris). She is currently associate professor of Chinese Religions and Philosophy and of Society and Culture of China, coordinator of the Double Degree in “World Religions and Philosophy” (with the Department of Religious Studies of Fu-Jen University, Taipei), and member of the research group “Culture, Languages, Practices (CLIPRA) at the Philosophy Department of the University of Perugia (Italy).

She is external associated researcher of the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités CNRS-EPHE and Research fellow of the Wutai International Institute of Buddhism and East Asian Cultures. Her studies focus on the religions of China, particularly Buddhism, in imperial and modern time; her research is centered on Sino-Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese Buddhist monasticism, the revival of Buddhist monastic discipline and, more recently, the spread of the Theravāda Buddhist model in modern Chinese Buddhism.

Project – Relating Theravāda-inspired Practices to Chinese Buddhism: The Spread of Southern Buddhism’s Networks in Modern Sichuan