CRCAO member - China Team

Garance Chao Zhang

Research Associate in the Analysis of Historical and Cultural Sources, École Pratique des Hautes Études


My field of research is the religious culture of premodern China (around the 10th-15th centuries). I am particularly interested in Chan/Zen Buddhism, which, during this period, experienced unparalleled dynamism on Chinese soil and spread throughout a vast area of East Asia. I have examined two major aspects of its religious paradigm – historiography and monasticism – by situating them both in the Buddhist tradition and in the contexts of Chinese society and the Sinosphere. I will soon be developing a third line of research on the establishment of Chinese Chan in Medieval Japan.

Within the China team, I am in charge of coordinating the Dunhuang studies project and, more generally, of providing support for research.

Research thematics

  • Chan/Zen Buddhism between the 10th and 15th centuries
  • Classical Chinese in the Sinosphere

Publications (HAL Archive Ouverte)

  • Zhang Chao. 法國學者中國宗教文學研究述評. 武漢大學中國宗教文學與宗教文獻研究中心. 海外中國宗教文學研究史論, In press. ⟨hal-02415034⟩
  • Zhang Chao. 唐宋禪宗文學婆子形象之比較研究. 佛教思想與當代應用, 宗教文化出版社, pp.54-65, 2015. ⟨hal-02415043⟩
  • Zhang Chao. 宋代禅門と士大夫の外護. Journal of Buddhist Studies 駒澤大学仏教学部論集, 2019, 50, pp.167-188. ⟨halshs-02414494⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Popular Religion and the Dialectic of Supernaturalism in Chan Historiography. Journal of the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, 2019, 23, pp.175-196. ⟨halshs-02414399⟩
  • Zhang Chao. 張超 * 著 「禅林筆記と大慧派の禅僧仲温暁瑩」 **. International Zen Studies , 2018, 2, pp.199-223. ⟨hal-03210169⟩
  • Zhang Chao. 禪林筆記與大慧派禪僧仲溫曉瑩. International Zen Studies , 2018, 2, pp.179-198. ⟨halshs-02414434⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Chan Miscellanea and the Shaping of the Religious Lineage of Chinese Buddhism under the Song. Journal of the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, 2017, 21, pp.243-282. ⟨halshs-02414511⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Aperçu sur les biji ou les miscellanées du bouddhisme Chan. Études Chinoises, Association française d'études chinoises, 2015. ⟨halshs-02413766⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Les grand-mères vulgaires : l’évolution d’une représentation féminine du bouddhisme chan. Études Chinoises, Association française d'études chinoises, 2012, XXXI (1), pp.67-80. ⟨halshs-02414522⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Gestionnaire du dharma. Sur l’abbé du monastère Chan des Song. Song-Dynasty Chan: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an East Asian Buddhist Tradition, Feb 2020, PARIS, France. ⟨hal-03208958⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Popular Religions and the Dialectic of Supernaturalism in Chan Historiography. From the Caoxi Creek to Mogao Cave: Interdisciplinary Studies of Chan Buddhism and the Dunhuang Cache from Multiple Sources and Perspectives, Jan 2018, Taipei, Taiwan. ⟨hal-03203566⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Religious Practices in Literary Circles of the Song Dynasty – The Jiangxi School of Poetry and its Appropriation of the Local Clerical Buddhism. Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities, Sep 2017, Leiden, Netherlands. ⟨hal-03203565⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Formation des paradigmes religieux entre essai et hagiographie : étude de deux biji du bouddhisme Chan des Song du Sud (1127-1279). Religions. Ecole pratique des hautes études, 2014. Français. ⟨tel-02935640⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Book Review. Ogawa Takashi 小川隆, Chūgoku zenshūshi : "Zen no goroku" dōdoku 中国禅宗史 : 「禅の語録」導読, Tokyo : Chikuma shobo, 2020,4. Tang yanjiu 唐研究 26 (2021) : 611-622.. 2021. ⟨hal-02935721⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Miscellanées historiques (Chine). Encyclopédie des historiographies : Afriques, Amériques, Asies : Volume 1 : sources et genres historiques (Tome 1 et Tome 2), 2020. ⟨hal-02568284⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Vincent Durand-Dastès (ed), Empreintes du tantrisme en Chine et en Asie orientale: Imaginaires, rituels, influences. Leuven: Peeters, 2016.. 2018, pp.176-179. ⟨halshs-02414551⟩
  • Zhang Chao. Book Review. John Kieschnick and Meir Shahar (eds), India in the Chinese Imagination: Myth, Religion, and Thought. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014. T'oung Pao.. 2016, pp.547-570. ⟨10.1163/15685322-10245P07⟩. ⟨halshs-02413733⟩