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Hwansoo Kim, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Hwansoo Kim
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Thursday, 1-2:30pm

Ph.D.Harvard University2007
MTSHarvard Divinity School2002
BSDongguk University1996

East Asian Religions
Research Interests: Korean Buddhism, Korean religions and culture, Buddhist monasticism and ethics, modernity and colonialism

Professor Kim’s primary research concerns Korean Buddhism in the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries in the context of colonialism, imperialism, and modernity. His broader scholarship includes East Asian religions, Buddhist modernities, transnational Buddhism, monasticism, clerical marriage, rituals, and ethics.

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Jeffrey Nicholaisen
  • Mani Rao
  • Seth Ligo
  • Yeongjin Cho
  • Uri Kaplan
  • Jeff Schroeder
  • Matthew Mitchell
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Kim, H. "Seeking the colonizer’s favours for a buddhist vision: The korean buddhist nationalist paek yongsŏng’s (1864-1940) imje sŏn movement." Buddhist Modernities: Re-Inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World. January, 2017, 66-88. [doi]
  2. Kim, H. "Buddhism during the Chosŏn Dynasty (1392–1910): A Collective Trauma?."  22:1 (2017): 101-142. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Nakanishi Naoki. "Colonial Korea and Japanese Buddhism (Chōsen Shokuminichi to Nihon Bukkyō)." Japanese Religions Journal  (May, 2015).
  4. H.I. Kim. "'The Mystery of the Century’: Lay Buddhist Monk Villages (Chaegasŭngch’on) Near Korea’s Northernmost Border, 1600s–1960s." Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 26:2 (December, April, 2014): 269-305.  [abs]
  5. H.I. Kim. "Social Stigmas of Buddhist Monastics and the Lack of Lay Buddhist Leadership in Colonial Korea (1910–1945)." Korea Journal 26:2 (December, February, 2014): 269-305.  [abs]

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