CRCAO member - China Team

Garance Chao Zhang

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

Presentation

My field of research is the religious culture of premodern China (around the 10th-15th centuries). I am particularly interested in Chan 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

  • History of East Asia
  • Sinographical culture
  • Chan/Zen/Seon Buddhism

Publications (HAL Collection CRCAO)

  • Zhang Chao. 宋代看話禪形成史綜述 The Formation of the Chan of "Observing the Phrase" (kanhua chan) under the Song: An overview. International Zen Studies , 2022, 9, pp.7-40. ⟨hal-03609495⟩
  • Takashi Ogawa, Zhang Chao, Didier Davin. 『大慧普覚禅師宗門武庫』訳注稿 (1) An Annotated Translation of The Arsenal of the Chan Master Dahui Pujue. Annual Report of the Zen Institute, 2022, 33, pp.264-289. ⟨hal-03609586⟩
  • 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. 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. 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⟩

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