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February 15, 2012

Winter 2012 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Robert Campany

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Robert Campany, Professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

Mapping the Dreamscape of Early Medieval China

February 21, 2012
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This talk is based upon a paper which is a preliminary attempt to map the variety of notions in early medieval China concerning such questions as these: In what does the activity of dreaming consist? Are dreams meaningful, and if so, how and why do they mean what they mean? How can they be interpreted? Are there different classes of dreamers who dream different sorts of dreams? There were no univocal answers to these questions. Rather, ideas about dreaming and reams formed a repertoire selectively used by various actors for various ends.

Robert Ford Campany is Professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University. He previously taught at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. He is the author most recently of Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early Medieval China (2009) and Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China (forthcoming in2012).

Posted by zzhu at February 15, 2012 11:24 PM