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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 764644
Fellow of: 
St Edmund's College

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