- Nov. 19, 2016: paper at AAR in San Antonio, group: Religions in Chinese and Indian Cultures: A Comparative Perspective Group, theme: Expressing Indian Ideas in Chinese Ways: Translation, Magic, and Poetry, paper: “Divining Monks across Asia – Exploring the ‘Biographies of Thaumaturge Monks’ (T.2064)”, San Antonio (TX), Nov. 18-22, 2016.

- Nov. 8, 2016: invited to present a lecture at workshop (journée d’étude) “Parfums et odeurs. Une approche pluridisciplinaire“ (organisée par Tiziana Leucci [CEIAS] et Frédéric Obringer [CCJ], CCJ – CEIAS), “Shaping the Olfactory Code in Buddhism - On the Role of Fragrance in the Biographies of Thaumaturge Monks (Shenseng Zhuan 神僧傳, T. 2064)”, Paris, Nov. 8, 2016.

- Oct. 5, 2016: invited to present a lecture at workshop (Tagung) on behalf of guest professorship at Fribourg University, Switzerland, “Buddhistische Traditionen im transkulturellen Wandel. Forschungsansätze der gegenwärtigen Buddhologie” (Buddhist traditions in transcultural change. Research approaches of contemporary Buddhology), topic: “Die Biographien wundertätiger Mönche (Shenseng Zhuan, T. 2064). Ein Werk und seine Interpretationshorizonte” (The Biographies of Taumaturge Monks (Shenseng Zhuan, T. 2064). The work and its horizons of interpretation), Fribourg, Oct 5, 2016.

- July 19, 2016: invited for paper on the research field of “Buddhism and Divination”, IKGF International Conference “Mantic Arts in China”, Erlangen, July 19-22, 2016.

- June 17, 2016: report on research about olfactory perception and research group discussions at aestor.net conference “Textual Worlds and the Aesthetics of Religion. Narrative Imagination, Cultures, Efficacy” in Oslo, June 17-18, 2016.

- May 25, 2016: workshop in Erlangen together with Prof. Ng Zhiru on the topic “Tracing Imaginations of the Afterlife on the Silk Road – Transformations of Bodhisattva Kṣitigarbha (Dizang) at Dunhuang.”

- Feb. 10, 2016: invited to present lecture and afternoon workshop on “Buddhist Culture in Context: Professional tasks of Buddhist monks as reported in Chinese biographies” at the international seminar on intercultural theology “Text and Context”, cooperating institutes: Lutheran Theological Seminar Hongkong, Religious Studies Univ. Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Mission EineWelt, Neuendettelsau, Feb. 8-19, 2016.

- October 28, 2015: IKGF Workshop “Divination and the Strange in Pre- and Early Modern East Asia and Europe”; paper: “Divining by Diving into the Strange: Examples from the Biographies of Thaumaturge Monks (Shenseng Zhuan, T. 2064)”

- October 13, 2015: IKGF Lecture Series Erlangen: “Did the Most Common Practice in Chinese Popular Religion Originate in China? – Tracing the (Buddhist?) Temple Oracle Across Asia”

- August 28, 2015: XXI IAHR World Congress, panel chair: “Karma Tuners: Historical Transformations of Envisioning the Future in Buddhist Traditions”, paper: “Tracing the Concept of ‘Dispelling the Web of Doubts’ in the Chinese Buddhist Tradition

- July 6-10, 2015, 14th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, Paris, paper: “Whose Dice is it? Divination by Dice in the Zhancha Shan’e Yebao Jing”

- April 28, 2015: invited to contribute a public lecture in the series “Permanente vorming” at Dept. of Sinology, Univ. Ghent, on the topic “Buddhist Mantic Practices in Contemporary China and Taiwan. A Field Report”, KANTL (Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde).

- Nov 20, 2014: invited to present a paper: “Social Cohesion? Doctrinal Coherence? - Creative Diversity in Early Medieval China”, Pluralité religieuse et culturelle en Asie de l’est (Chine, Corée, Japon), Colloque international Paris, November 10-21 2014.

- Oct 18, 2014: invited to present a paper at the international conference “Buddhism after Mao: Exploring Chinese Models of Religious Production” (Oct 17-18, 2014, convened by Prof. Ji Zhe, Inalco, sponsored by The City of Paris – Emergence(s) Program) on “The Buddhists' Fascination with Divination:
Tracing the Tentative Formation Process of a Believers' Community."

- August 21, 2014: invited to present a paper at the International Association for Buddhist Studies (IABS) 2014, Vienna, on the topic “Throwing Dice for Divining One’s Karma – The Scripture on Divining the Retribution of Skillful and Negative Actions (T.839).”

- July 9, 2014: Reading Session together with Sylvie Hureau (Paris, EPHE) on “Buddhist Temple Oracles in Comparison”, IKGF.

- May 2, 2014: introduction to the history of Chinese Buddhism on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition “Buddha’s Footprint” in the new facilities of the Confucius Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg.

- January 10, 2014: radio interview at the Deutschlandfunk on the characteristics of Engaged Buddhism in Taiwan and worldwide, Series “Tag für Tag - Aus Religion und Gesellschaft”, Redaktion Horst Blümel, Köln.

- September 23, 2013: panel and paper at the Deutscher Orientalistentag, 23.-27.Oktober 2013, in Münster. Panel: Fate, Freedom and Prognostication – Aspects of Research from the Consortium of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, paper: “Tracing the Taxonomies of Mantic Practices – On Two Enumerations of Mantic Practices in the Chinese Buddhist Canon.

- September 16, 2013: podium discussion at the annual conference “Grenzen der (religiösen) Zurichtung des Köpers” of the Center for the Anthropology of Religions (Zentralinstitut für die Anthropologie der Religionen) of the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg on the topic “Gott ohne Grenzen? Zur (Not-)wendigkeit einer anthropomorphen Rede von Gott – Die Sicht des Buddhismus.” (“God without borders? On the necessity of anthropomorph language of God – Considerations from the Buddhist perspective”), Sept 16-18, 2013.

- July 20, 2013: “On the challenges of Translating a Buddhist Apocryphal Sūtra – Werkstattbericht”, Workshop “Translation” (Prof. Monika Gaenssbauer), Erlangen.

- July 10, 2013: invited by the Hessische Studienstiftung to lecture on the topic – “‘Das Erwachen des Glaubens’ (Dasheng Qixin Lun) - Eine Einführung in chinesisch-buddhistische Philosophie.” (“The Awakening of Faith’ (Dasheng Qixin Lun) – An Introduction into Chinese Buddhist Philosophy”), Marburg, July 10, 2013.

- May 23, 2013: lecture invitation – “Divining One's Karma as Spiritual Practice - The Sūtra on the Divination of Good and Evil Karmic Retribution 占察善惡業報經, T. 839, between Apocryphal Creativity and Contemporary Practice”, lecture at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nagoya. (Prof. Liang Xiaohong, who is also working on apocryph Buddhist scriptures, introduced me to her research institution, at which I stayed as a guest after my lecture for several days).

- January 23, 2013: Reading Session together with Dr. Li Wei: “Divining Monks? Readings in the Shenseng Zhuan 神僧傳”, IKGF.

- December 12, 2012: guest at the Seminar “Politik und Gewalt in den monotheistischen Religionen”  († Prof. Dr. Christoph Schumann / Prof. Dr. Andreas Nehring / Dr. Hüseyin Cicek:  Politikwissenschaft / Religions- und Missionswissenschaft), WS 2012/13, session on the Taiping Revolution.

- November 29, 2012: lecture invitation – “Monastics Divining Good and Evil Karma: A ‘Revival’ of Divinatory Practices in Contemporary Chinese Buddhism?”, lecture at the Workshop “New Perspectives on the History of Chinese Buddhism: 1900-2012”, Paris, November 28-30, 2012, in the context of the research project on “Le bouddhisme après Mao: religion, politique et société en Chine depuis 1980” Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (CNRS­EPHE,Paris), sponsored by Ville de Paris (2010-2013), responsible: Dr. Ji Zhe, Paris.

- October 2, 2012: “Die Einführung mantischer Praktiken im chinesischen Buddhismus - Legitimierungsstrategien zwischen normativem Anspruch und praktischer Ambiguität” (“The introduction of mantic practices in Chinese Buddhim – Strategies of legitimation between normativ aspirations and practical ambiguity”), Vortrag bei der Jahrestagung des Zentralinstituts der Anthropologie der Religionen, Neue Fundamentalismen. Ambiguität und die Macht der Eindeutigkeit, October 2-3, 2012, Erlangen.

- September 3-4, 2012: IKGF Workshop “Caution and Creativity Legitimizing and Conceptualizing Prognostic Practices in Chinese Buddhism,” Convenor of the whole workshop and paper: “Mantic Knowledge in Transfer - The Example of the Brahmajāla Text Family”.

- June 14, 2012: IKGF Reading Session – “Mantic Arts in Translations of the Brahmajāla Sūtra – The Buddhist Organisation of Mantic Knowledge in China.”


- March 30, 2012: lecture invitation – “Buddhists Negotiating Prognostic Techniques - The Integration of Cultural Diversity as a Recipe of Buddhists Flourishing”, Response by Florence Galmiche; responding to F. Galmiche: “Former des vrais bouddhistes”: préoccupation orthodoxe et bouddhisme populaire, en Corée du sud aujourd’hui, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO): Symposium du GDT Pluralité culturelle et religieuse en Asie orientale dans l’histoire et aujourd’hui.

- April 1, 2011: radio interview about Fengshui, Konfuzius-Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg.

- July 18, 2011: lecture series “Religionen in China” (Religions in China) of the Confucius Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg: Lecture: “Wie rational ist eigentlich der Buddhismus? – Buddhismus in Ostasien zwischen kultureller Verwurzelung und reformatorischen Bestrebungen” (How rational is Buddhism finally? - Buddhism in East Asia between its Historical Roots and Reformatory Efforts)

- June 1, 2011: lecture invitation – Lecture series “Religion am Mittwoch” (Religion on Wednesdays), Religionswissenschaft Universität Marburg: “Dürfen Buddhisten wahrsagen? Zum Verständnis und der Verwendung mantischer Techniken im chinesischen Buddhismus (Are Buddhists Allowed to Tell Fortune? Concept and Practice of Mantic Techniques in Chinese Buddhism)

- February 9th, 2011: Reading Session on “Buddhist prognostic texts – The Zhancha Shan'e Yebao Jing ' (Sutra on the Divination of the Effect of Good and Evil Actions'), Taisho (T.839)), and Ouyi Zhixu's (1599- 1655) attitude toward Buddhist Divination and Destiny.

- April 13, 2010: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of World Religions (Peking). Paper: “The Spread of Prognostic Techniques in Contemporary Taiwan - a Statistical Overview.”, lecture during the China Academic Visit, April 6-15, 2010.

- November 2009: AAR (Montreal). Paper: “(Re)conversion to Buddhism in the Urban Areas of Taiwan.

- March 2009: Dagen der Belgische Orientalisten – XLVIIste Sessie (Belgium Orientalists Day, Ghent). Paper: Biographical Options of  Lay Buddhist Self-Construction in Contemporary Taiwan? Two Selected Cases of Qualitative Data-Analysis in comparison.

- July 2008: lecture invitation at the conference “Chinese Religions and Globalisation, 1800-present”, University of Cambridge. Paper: Does International Buddhist Networking Influence the Biographical Self-constructions of Lay Buddhists in Contemporary Taiwan? – Results of Interview based Field Research.”

- June 2008: IABS-conference, Atlanta. Paper: “Changes in the Biographical Self-constructions of Lay Buddhists in 20th Century Taiwan - On the Effects of Modernization and ‘renjian fojiao’ (Ms. Ma and Ms. Xue in contrast). Panel organization: “Beyond Simple Constructions of the So-called Humanistic Buddhism (renjian fojiao): Reinterpreting Modernity in 20th Century Buddhism in China and Taiwan.

- May 2008: invited to the Conference “Contemporary Chinese Buddhism and the Thought of Master Sheng Yen”, Nat. Taiwan University. Lecture: “Analyzing Biographical Self-constructions of Lay Buddhists in Contemporary Taiwan – Methodological Questions.”

- April 2008: invited to the conference “Buddhist Activism in Greater China: A Comparative Perspective”, Oregon State University. Lecture: “Does ‘Engaged Buddhism’ Really Reach the People Addressed?: The Impact of Engaged Buddhism and Modernization on Contemporary Biographical Self-construction of Lay Buddhists in Taiwan – The case of Ms. Xue.

- September 2007: DVRW/EASR (joint conference of the German and European Association for Religious Studies, Bremen, Germany). Paper: “Religiöse Identitätskonstruktion vor der Herausforderung durch die Moderne: Buddhistische Laien im gegenwärtigen Taiwan – Der Fall Ms. Ma.” (Construction of religious identity facing the Challenge of Modernity: Processes of Change in the Self-concepts of Taiwanese-Buddhist Lay People – The case of Ms. Ma.).

- May 2007: OeCAK – Ökumenischer China Arbeitskreis (Oecumenical China Union, Neuendettelsau, Germany, invited). Lecture: “Gesellschaftlich engagierter Buddhismus in Taiwan” (Socially Engaged Buddhism in Taiwan).

- February 2007: AKRAG (Bonn, Germany). Presentation: “Religiöse Identität vor der Herausforderung durch die Moderne: Wandlungsprozesse im Selbstverständnis taiwanesisch-buddhistischer Laien. Part II.

- March 2006: AKRAG – Arbeitskreis Religionen Asiens der Gegenwart (Research Group Contemporary Religions of Asia, Bonn, Germany). Presentation: “Religiöse Identität vor der Herausforderung durch die Moderne: Wandlungsprozesse im Selbstverständnis taiwanesisch-buddhistischer Laien. Teil I.” (Religious Identity facing the Challenge of Modernity: Processes of Change in the Self-concepts of Taiwanese-Buddhist Lay People. Part I).

- December 2005, December 2006 and March 2009: Ghent University, lectures for a more general audience on contemporary Buddhism, Chinese lay Buddhism and Buddhism in Taiwan.

- June 2005: ENBCS (European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies), Conference in St. Ottilien, Germany. Presentation: “Concepts of Identity in Interreligious Dialogue from a Buddhist Perspective presented through the Example of the Lingjiou Mountain Nonbeing Monastery, Taiwan.

 

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