January 20–22, 2017
Buddhist Manuscript Cultures

Principal organizer: Stephen F. Teiser

Organized by the Buddhist Studies Workshop and cosponsored by the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, with major funding from the Henry Luce Foundation and the Mount Kuaiji Buddhist Association

The conference was the third in a series on Buddhist manuscript cultures. The first conference, in 2014, provided an overview of research in all disciplines of Dunhuang manuscript cultures, including religious studies, literature, and history among others. The second conference, in 2015, focused on specific manuscript texts in a range of languages and formats. This conference addressed the intersection of manuscripts and the visual arts. Matthew T. Kapstein, of the École Pratique des Hautes Études, presented the keynote lecture on a manuscript of Tibetan tantric magic and its implications for the study of manuscripts more generally.

The participants included Heather Blair (Indiana University), Paul Copp (University of Chicago), Agnieszka Helman-Ważni (Hamburg University), Susan Shih-Shan Huang (Rice University), Bryan D. Lowe (Vanderbilt University), Christine Mollier (Bibliothèque national de France), Asuka Sango (Carleton College), Kiril Solonin (Renmin University), Brian Steininger, Sugimoto Kazuki (Shōsōin Treasure House), Stephen F. Teiser (Princeton University), Sam Van Schaik (British Library), and Zhanru (Peking University).