Daoism and Literature: Myths, Stories, Novels, Poetry
May 20-25, 2021
Hosted by Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria
In Honor of Aleksandar Fedotov
REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION DEADLIINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 30
Daoism in all its schools and dimensions has found vivid expression in literature—from the poetic format of the Daode jing through the fictional accounts in the Zhuangzi and the ecstatic poetry and mythology of the middle ages to extensive novels and alchemical poetry of late imperial China, continuing actively today. Both the doctrinal and experiential expression of Daoism in various literary genres and the adaptation of Daoist imagery and vision by literary masters deserve a great deal further study than undertaken to date. This conference aims to remedy this lack and invites scholars and practitioners from all over the world to share their expertise and engage in new and exciting exploration.
Chairs: Desislava Damyanova, Sofia University; Livia Kohn, Boston University
Sponsors: Sofia University, Daesoon Academy of Sciences, Three Pines Press
USA: Liu Xun, Robin Wang; China: Chen Xia, Sharon Small, Liou Tong-Miin; France: Adeline Herrou, Georges Favraud, Karine Martin;
Germany: Friederike Assandri, Elisabeth Friedrichs
Lennert Gesterkamp, Utrecht University: “The Shanhai jing and the Roots of Daoist Sacred Geography”
Zornica Kirkova, Staatsbibliothek Berlin: “Daoism and Poetry in Early Medieval China”
Brigitte Baptandier, CNRS Paris: “The Lady of Linshui in Ming Novels”
Sessions: Two sessions of about 1.5 hours each will be scheduled for each day of the meeting, starting at 8 am US Eastern Time or 3 pm Bulgaria time.
Panels: Three 15-minute individual paper presentations or practice instructions will be arranged under a common theme but with separate Zoom invitations. Each set of three is followed by a brief break for video download and Zoom reset, then there is are 15 minutes of open discussion.
Languages: English and Chinese. Bilingual PPTs are encouraged.
Publication: All presentations will be videotaped and published on YouTube. By registering for the conference, you agree to having your presentation published.
Limits: Since there are only 6 slots per day over 6 days, the total number of presentations is limited to 36. We will make a selection after the deadline.
Presenters: Send complete information—name, institution, paper title, and abstract—to email@example.com
Submission deadline: 15 April 2021
Program on website: 1 May 2021
Zoom invitations: 19 May 2021 for 21 May, then dailypublished on website and sent out via email