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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 
East Asian Studies
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
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Biography: 

Wu Junqing gained her doctorate in Chinese history at University of Nottingham in 2014. Her thesis is about how “religious heresy” was constructed through historiographical transmission in late imperial China; this construct was different from religious reality. Before joining the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in November 2017, she was a Past and Present postdoctoral fellow at Institute of Historical Research (University of London). Her monograph entitled Mandarins and Heretics: the Construction of “Heresy” in Chinese State Discourse was published by Brill in December 2016. Her current research project is “Buddhist clerics in late-imperial China: literary image and social reality”.

Research interests: 

Dr Wu's current research interests are: 

  • Buddhist institutions and clerics in late imperial China
  • West-East comparison on anticlericalism
  • Ritual and religion in pre-modern Chinese societies
  • The role of textual transmission in the studies of Chinese religion