CRCAO member - China Team

Christine Mollier

Research Director, CNRS

Presentation

A specialist on medieval Daoism, Christine Mollier is the author of numerous works in that field including the award-winning book, Une apocalypse taoïste du Ve siècle, Le Livre des incantations divines des grottes abyssales (Collège de France, 1990). She has collaborated in The Taoist Canon project (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2004), and The Encyclopedia of Taoism (Routledge, 2008).

As a member, since 1990, of the French research team on Dunhuang studies, she is co-author of the fifth volume of the Catalogue des manuscrits chinois du fonds Pelliot de Dunhuang (1995) and participated in several other major Dunhuang projects. More recently she has focused her research on the domain of Buddho-Daoist interactions, dealing not only with texts but also with iconography. Her major works in this field are Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2008, awarded the Stanislas Julien Prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres, 2008), and “Iconizing the Daoist-Buddhist Relationship: Cliff Sculptures in Sichuan during the Reign of Emperor Tang Xuanzong, (Daoism: Religion, History and Society 2010-2 Chinese University of Hong Kong).

She is currently working on a book project on apotropaic talismans, investigating Eastern Han archeological finds and Dunhuang and Central Asian documents.

Research thematics

  • Medieval Chinese religions: Daoism, eschatology, Buddho-Daoism
  • Talismans in funerary epigraphy and Dunhuang mantic documents (2nd-11th c. BC)
  • Cliff Sculptures in Sichuan during the Tang dynasty

CRCAO research programmes

Publications (HAL Archive Ouverte)

  • Christine Mollier. Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face: Scripture, Ritual, and Iconographic Exchange in Medieval China. University of Hawai’i Press, 2008. ⟨halshs-03117812⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Une apocalypse taoïste du début du Ve siècle. Le Livre des incantations divines des grottes abyssales. Institut des Hautes Etudes Chinoises, Collège de France. Mémoires de l'Institut des Hautes Etudes Chinoises (XXXI), 1990. ⟨hal-03117836⟩
  • Christine Mollier. The Taoist Canon. Michael Friedrich; Harunaga Isaacson; Jorg Quenzer. Encyclopaedia of Manuscripts Cultures in Asia and Africa, De Gruyter, In press. ⟨hal-01657220⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Chinese Talismans. Michael Friedrich; Harunaga Isaacson; Jorg Quenzer. Encyclopaedia of Manuscripts Cultures in Asia and Africa, De Gruyter, In press. ⟨hal-01657221⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Conceiving the Embryo of Immortality: “Seed-People” and Sexual Rites in Early Taoism. Anna Andreeva; Dominic Steavu. Transforming the Void, Brill, pp.87-110, 2015, 978-90-04-30652-3. ⟨hal-01657215⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Talismans et amulettes chinois. Josef Kyburz. Ofuda : Amulettes et talismans du Japon, Collège de France, Institut des Hautes Etudes Japonaises, pp.313-329, 2014. ⟨hal-01657214⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Karma and the Bonds of Kinship in Medieval Daoism: Reconciling the Irreconcilable. John Kieschnick; Meir Shahar. India in the Chinese Imagination, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 978-0-8122-0892-4. ⟨hal-01657216⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Le talisman- dhāranī Stein painting 170. Jean-Pierre Drège. La fabrique du lisible en Chine, La mise en texte des manuscrits de la Chine ancienne et médiévale, Collège de France, Institut des Hautes études chinoises, pp.273-278, 2014. ⟨hal-01657217⟩
  • Christine Mollier. La table des matières de l’Essentiel des secrets suprêmes. Jean-Pierre Drège; Costantino Moretti. La fabrique du lisible en Chine, La mise en texte des manuscrits de la Chine ancienne et médiévale, Collège de France, Institut des Hautes études chinoises, pp.279-284, 2014. ⟨hal-01657218⟩
  • Christine Mollier. 洞淵神咒經の祭儀の傳統—龍王の儀禮 (La tradition liturgique du Dongyuanshen zhou jing). Hirakawa. 日本.宗教文化の研究 (Etudes sur les cultures des religions de la Chine et du Japon),édité par Sakai Tadao 酒井忠夫, Fukui Fumimasa 福井文雅 et Yamada Toshiaki 山田利明, 1991. ⟨hal-03117846⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Astrological Talismans and Paper Amulets from Dunhuang : Typology and Function. Dunhuang Turfan Studies, 2015, pp.505-519. ⟨hal-01657213⟩
  • Christine Mollier. La fin du monde en Chine. Fins des mondes, 2013, pp.16-17. ⟨hal-01657229⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Compte rendu de Médecine, religion et société dans la Chine médiévale: Etude de manuscrits chinois de Dunhuang et de Turfan, sous la direction de Catherine Despeux, Paris, Collège de France, Institut des Hautes Etudes Chinoises, 2010 (3 vols, 1386p). T'oung Pao/通報 , Brill Academic Publishers, 2013, 99 (1-3), pp.212-224. ⟨hal-01657219⟩
  • Christine Mollier. « La Méthode de l'Empereur du Nord du mont Fengdu: une tradition exorciste du taoïsme médiéval ». T'oung Pao/通報 , Brill Academic Publishers, 1997, pp.329-385. ⟨hal-03117859⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Taoist Canon in Encyclopaedia of Manuscripts Cultures in Asia and Africa, Michael Friedrich, Harunaga Isaacson and Jörg B. Quenzer, Berlin: de Gruyter. 2021. ⟨hal-03094618⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Talismans. 2021. ⟨hal-03094639⟩
  • Christine Mollier. Daoism along the Silk Road in medieval times: Archeological and manuscript evidence, in Interactive Atlas of Cultural Interactions along the Silk Roads, Mehrdad Shabahang (edit.), UNESCO. 2021. ⟨hal-03098043⟩

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