Confucian Traditions Unit, American Academy of Religion: Panels

The Confucian Traditions Unit invites you to attend the two sessions held by us at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (November 23-26, 2019 San Diego, CA). On Saturday 9:00 to 11:30 AM, we will hold a session entitled “Animals, Real and Imagined, in Chinese Religions: Late Antique and Medieval Periods.” And on Sunday 1:00 to 3:00 PM, we will have a session on “Dragons, Mosquitos, and the Hundred Animals: Changing Conceptions of Animals in Pre-Modern China,” followed by a business meeting. You can find the titles of papers and names of presenters here at the bottom of this invitation.

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Animals and Religion Unit and Confucian Traditions Unit

Aaron Stalnaker, Indiana University, Presiding

Theme: Animals, Real and Imagined, in Chinese Religions: In the Late Antique and Medieval Periods

Saturday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM


Xurong Kong, Kean University

Macaque: Your God, My Pet

Keith Knapp, The Citadel

People Are Special, Animals Are Not: An Early Medieval Confucian’s Views on the Difference between Humans and Beasts

Huaiyu Chen, Arizona State University

Daoist Engagement with Tigers in Medieval China

Robert Campany, Vanderbilt University

Animal Tales as Ecologies of Selves and of Human-Animal Relationships

Kendall Marchman, University of Georgia

A Little Bird Told Me: The Magical Birds of the Pure Land

Yukinobu Abe, Chuo University

Animal Symbols on the Knob of Seals during the Han Dynasty: Tiger, Turtle, Camel and Snake



Confucian Traditions Unit

Mark Halperin, University of California, Davis, Presiding

Theme: Dragons, Mosquitos, and the Hundred Animals: Changing Conceptions of Animals in Pre-Modern China

Sunday – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM


Benjamin Daniels, University of California, Berkeley

Celestial Steeds and Agents of Chaos: Dragons in the Warring States and Han

Susie Wu

The Ethical and Political Importance of Mosquitoes in Classical Chinese Poetry

Geoffrey Redmond, independant

Animals in the Lives of Early Chinese: Evidence from the Zhouyi (I Ching)


Keith Knapp, The Citadel

Business Meeting:

Aaron Stalnaker, Indiana University

Pauline Lee, Saint Louis University

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