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Symposium on Gender, Embodiment, and Asian Religions

February 24, 2017 (Friday) at the

University of Pennsylvania

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Van Pelt Library 241*

  Event Schedule

Opening Remarks                                9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Session 1                                               9:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Angela Zito (New York University)

“The Filial, the Familial, the Gendered, and the Cultivated in China” 

Session 2                                               11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Nirmala S. Salgado (Augustana College)

“Tradition, Power, and Community Among Buddhist Nuns in Sri Lanka”

Session 3                                                   2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Arnika Fuhrmann (Cornell University)

“Buddhist Melancholia: Trauma, Agency, and Pleasure in a Southeast Asian Transmedia Archive”

Roundtable                                             4:00 PM – 5:30 PM


Event Organizers

Hsiao-wen Cheng (University of Pennsylvania, East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Jolyon Thomas (University of Pennsylvania, East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Justin McDaniel (University of Pennsylvania, Religious Studies) 


Penn School of Arts and Sciences

The Alice Paul Center of Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women

Center for East Asian Studies

Carpenter Fund for Graduate Training in Religious Studies

Contact Us

Hsiao-wen Cheng

Assistant Professor

East Asian Languages and Civilizations

*All are welcome. Non-Penn attendants please contact Mark Bookman at for Van Pelt Library access. 

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