Conference Announcement: Call for Papers.
The Department of Buddhist Studies of Foguang University, the Institute of Linguistics of the Academia Sinica, announce a conference provisionally entitled "The Tangut Language and the Religions and Cultures of the Northern China in the Age of the Xixia, the Liao, and the Jin.” The conference will take place from 17 through 22 December, 2009 at the Institute of Linguistics (Academia Sinica, Nangang, Taipei) and at Foguang University (Jiaoxi).
The conference organizers solicit scholarly contributions on issues related the languages, cultures, and religions of Northern China in the period from the end of the Tang dynasty (around the year 881 which marked the beginnings of the Tangut statehood) until the Mongol conquest, with primary focus on the languages, cultures and religions of the Tangut kingdom, and the Khitan and Jurchen Empires. Papers are especially sought on such particular subjects as religious practices at Wutaishan and other specific North China locales in the period prior to the Mongol invasion, the stone sūtras of Fangshan, the Tangut inscriptions in Baoding, and intercultural and religious exchange throughout the Northern Asia during the specified period. Papers on topics that extend into the Yuan and Ming may also be considered.
The conference will consist of two sessions: one, devoted primarily to the linguistics, will be held at the Academia Sinica, while the second, devoted to the religious and cultural issues, will be held on the campus of Foguang University in Jiaoxi.
The Organizing Committee invites letters of intent, with the abstracts of proposed presentations from the participants, to be submitted by June 15, 2009. These letters and abstracts will be evaluated by members of the Organizing Committee. The full texts of presentations will be due by October 15 2009, and the final decision on the participation based on the evaluations of the full texts (or abstratcts) will be announced on November 15, 2009.
Requests for information, abstracts should be send to:
For the Linguistics part: Lin Yingchin firstname.lastname@example.org;
Cultures and religions: Kirill Solonin: email@example.com (preferred);
The Organizing Committee is seeking funding from a variety of sources. The amount of financial support for the selected participants will be announced in the future.
Letter of Intent
Suggested title of the presentation
Abstract (no more than 500 words.
Department of Buddhist Studies, Foguang University.
Linwei Rd 160, Linmei cun. Jiaoxi Taiwan. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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