Gregory Adam Scott

Research Fellow

Background

Dr Gregory Adam Scott is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow from September 2014 to June 2017.

Gregory received his BA in East Asian Studies from York University in Toronto, Canada, and his MA from the University of Toronto in 2005. He completed his PhD in Religion at Columbia University in 2013, and was a Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh from September 2013 to June 2014. He has been a student or visiting research fellow at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Nanjing University, and Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

His research focuses on the history of religions, particularly Chinese Buddhism from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. His thesis research was on print culture among Chinese Buddhists, while his current research project will examine the reconstruction of sacred spaces in modern China and its relationship with religious revival. He is also developing a digital humanities resource for use in teaching about Buddhist religious and material culture.

Full CV available at www.buddhiststudies.net

Qualifications

Awards and Fellowships

  • Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, 2013
  • Sheng Yen Education Foundation Grant for Ph.D. Dissertation Research, 2012
  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2011
  • Co-awardee: Association for Asian Studies, China and Inner Asia Council Small Grant Award for the Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism, 2010
  • C. Martin Wilbur Fellowship, 2010
  • Support from the Cihui Foundation Fellowship Fund in Chinese Buddhist Studies, 2010
  • Daniel and Marianne Spiegel Fund Grant, 2008
  • Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund Grant, 2007
  • Weatherhead East Asian Institute Fellow, 2006
  • Columbia Faculty Fellowship, 2006

Responsibilities & affiliations

Roles and memberships

  • American Academy of Religion: Member
  • Association for Asian Studies: Member
  • Society for the Study of Chinese Religions: Member
  • Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen: Associate Fellow
  • Upcoming: "Absolutely Not a Business: Scriptural Presses and the Commercialization of Chinese Buddhist Print Culture in the 1920s", presentation at the workshop on "Asian Buddhism: Plural Colonialisms and Plural Modernities", Kyoto University and Ryukoku University, Kyoto, December 12-14, 2014.
  • Upcoming: Presider for "Educating Religious Experts for the Nation: Institutions and Curricula for Christian, Han Buddhist and Daoist Specialists in modern China" seminar, annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 22-25, 2014.
  • Upcoming: "Sacred Spaces, Printing, and the Meaning of 'Revival' in Welch's The Buddhist Revival in China", presentation at the "Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China" seminar, annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 22-25, 2014.
  • "The Kalaviṇka Hermitage Canon, The First Chinese Buddhist Canon of the Modern Era", Fifth International Conference of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan, June 30, 2014.
  • "Balancing Merit and Profit in the Shanghai Buddhist Books Company", Chinese Studies Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, February 5, 2014.
  • "Orientalism, Buddhology, and the Legacies of Mission Scholarship: Timothy Richard's New Testament of Higher Buddhism", Centre for the Study of World Christianity Seminar Programme, New College, University of Edinburgh, January 14, 2014.
  • "Revisiting the Revival: Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China", Workshop Co-Presider, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 24, 2013.
  • "Sacred Cities: Urban Buddhism in Modernizing Asia, 1850 - 1950", Panel Organizer and Paper Presenter: "Shanghai Buddhist Books (Shanghai Foxue shuju) and Shanghai as a Nexus of Chinese Buddhist Publishing in the 1930s", American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Baltimore, November 23, 2013.
  • "上海佛學書局有限公司: 功德經濟, 商業經濟, 以及上海與出版在近代中國宗教的地位 (The Shanghai Buddhist Books Company: Merit Economy, Commercial Economy, and the Place of Shanghai and Publishing in Modern Chinese Religion)." Paper submitted for the conference for "1898-1948: Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Religions", Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, November 21-22, 2013.
  • "Navigating the Library of Babel: Building and Rebuilding a Digital Catalogue for Modern Chinese Buddhism." Presentation as part of "A Digital Humanities Workshop in Four Keys: Medicine, Law, Bibliography, and Crime," The University of Edinburgh, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, November 11, 2013.
  • "Networks of Content and Collaboration in Early Chinese Buddhist Periodicals, 1912 - 1918", Workshop on Modern Chinese Buddhism, Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, November 29, 2012.
  • Paper Presenter: "The Publishing of Buddhist Books for Beginners in Modern China from Yang Wenhui to Master Sheng Yen 中國近代歷史上的佛學入門書籍出版事業 - 從楊文會居士至聖嚴法師而言", Fourth International Conference of the Sheng Yen Educational Foundation, Taiwan, June 3, 2012.
  • "Early Chinese-language Buddhist Periodicals as Social and Religious Networks", Workshop on Buddhists and Buddhism in the History of Twentieth Century China, May 30, 2012, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Panel Convenor: "The Construction of Religion between China and Japan, 1860s - 1930s", Paper Presenter: "Periodicals, Canons, and Buddhist Print Culture in Translation between China and Japan", Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, March 15, 2012.
  • Panel Co-Convenor: "Publishing Religion, Negotiating the Party-State: New Perspectives on Religion in Modern China", Paper Presenter:"Classical Exegesis and the Dharma: Navigating the Sea of Scriptures with Ding Fubao (1874 - 1952)", American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 21, 2011.
  • Panel Convenor: "Right Belief, Orthodoxy, and the Boundaries of Modern Chinese Buddhism", Paper Presenter: "Print Culture and the Making of Buddhist Histories in Meiji and Republican East Asia", XVIth Congress of the International Association for Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, New Taipei City, Taiwan, June 24, 2011.
  • "Print Culture and the Making of Buddhist Histories in Meiji and Republican East Asia", Buddhist Dynamics in East Asian Religions, Italian School of East Asian Studies, Kyoto, June 18, 2011.