Dr Zhong Yijiang joined ARI as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Religion and Globalisation Cluster on 5 September 2011 and became a Research Fellow in the Religion and Globalisation Cluster with effect from 1 January 2013.
Dr Zhong obtained his PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto and BA in English from the Beijing International Studies University. He is broadly interested in religion and modernity in East Asia, and explores these issues from the thematic perspectives of authority, epistemology, and space. So far he has researched on authority construction in Shinto and its relation to modern nation-state building in nineteenth century Japan.
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Brief Write-Up on Proposed Work:
At ARI, Dr Zhong plans to research comparatively into the transformations of the term “ten” (heaven/sky) in Japan and China while revising his dissertation into a manuscript. He was born in China and studied in Beijing, Canada and the United States.