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Wen-shing Chou: Taming Nature on Mount Wutai: Buddhist Visions of an Earthly Paradise
December 5, 2022 In Person at 5:00 in the Stanford East Asia Library, Room 224 and on Zoom:

For as long as the sacred mountain range of Mount Wutai in northern China has been a famed international pilgrimage destination, its pictures have circulated across the Buddhist world, serving as souvenir, guide, and surrogate for the mountain. Surviving examples from the ninth century onward have attracted much scholarly decipherment for their mediation of a thriving pilgrimage and devotional culture. But what has been ignored is a conspicuous lack of pictorial attention towards the landscape of the mountain itself. This lecture rethinks the place of “nature” among pictures of Mount Wutai. By bringing to the fore a visual narrative that celebrates the subjugation of natural forces and the transformation of natural resources. I explore alternative ways to understand the relationship between ecology and sacred geography. Wen-shing Chou is Associate Professor of Art History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center

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Global Approaches to Sacred Space is generously funded as part of the Stanford Global Studies Global Research Workshop series with further support from The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis. Co-organized by Bissera V. Pentcheva and Maria Shevelkina.

Dec 5, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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