Huaiyu Chen

Huaiyu Chen

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2018-Jul 2018)

Huaiyu Chen received his training at Beijing (BA and MA) and Princeton (PhD). He is currently an associate professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches Buddhism and Chinese Religions. He has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 2011-2012 and a Spalding Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University in 2014-2015. He holds several visiting professorships at universities in China, including a chair professorship at Henan University in Kaifeng. He has published several monographs and numerous articles on Buddhist rituals and monastic culture, interactions among Buddhism, Christianity, and Daoism, animals in Chinese religions, and modern Chinese intellectual history. He is currently finishing his book on animals in medieval Chinese religions, which will be published in English. As a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in June and July, 2018, he will work on a project titled “The Changing Cosmology and Knowledge of the Tiger lands in Buddhist Asia.”


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The Changing Cosmology and Knowledge of the Tiger Lands in Buddhist Asia


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Lecture at the Department of Philosophy: Killing the Serpent. A Perspective on the Interactions between Buddhism and Daoism in Medieval China

Sun Yat-sen University

Buddhist Beasts: Reflections on Animals in Asian Religions and Culture. Demons, Converts, and Protectors: The Changing Images of Snakes in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

University of British Columbia

Animals and Human Society in Asia: From Lion to Tiger: The Buddhist Changing Images of Apex Predators in Trans-Asian Contexts

Hebrew University of Jerusalem