Prof. Dr. Stephen Bokenkamp

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"

Home Institution: Arizona State University, School of International Letters and Cultures

IKGF Visiting Fellow May 2017 – July 2017

IKGF Research Project:

Divination and Early Daoism

Curriculum Vitae


1986PhD Classical Chinese, University of California, Berkley
1981MA Classical Chinese, University of California, Berkley
1976BA Chinese Literature, George Washington University D.C.


since 2007Full-Regent's Professor, Arizona State University
1999 + 2010Visiting Professor in Religious Studies, Stanford University
1989-2007Assistant - Full Professor, Indiana University

Honors, Awards and Scholarships

2012Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Translation Category
2011-2013Co-PI, NEH Summer Faculty Fellowships, "An Introduction to Daoist Literature and History"
2009Dickinson Distinguished Visitor, Dartmouth University
2008Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Fellowship

Other Scientific Activities

since 2017Co-editor, Series in Daoist Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Hawaii Presses
since 1997Editorial Board, Daojia wenhua yanjiu, Beijing

Selected Publications


2015 Daojiao yanjiu lunji [A Collection of Studies on Daoism]. Shanghai: Zhongxi shuju.
2007 Ancestors and Anxiety: Daoism and the Birth of Rebirth in China. Oakland: University of California Press.
1997 Early Daoist Scriptures. Oakland: University of California Press.


Sisters of Blood: The Lives of the Daoist Nuns Behind the Xie Ziran Biography (forthcoming).
2017 The Herb Calamus and the Transcendent Han Zhong in Taoist Literature, in: Studies in Chinese Religions, 1.4, pp. 293-305.
2014 Research Note: Buddhism in the Writings of Tao Hongjing, in: Daoism: Religion, History, and Society, 6, pp. 247-268.
2014 This Foreign Religion of Ours: Lingbao Views of Buddhist Translation, in: India in the Chinese Imagination: Myth, Religion, and Thought, ed. by John Kieschnick and Meir Shahar. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 182-198.
2013 Scriptures Old and New: Lu Xiujing and Mastery, in: 康豹 and 劉淑芬, ed. by 第四屆國際漢學會議論文集-信仰、實踐與文化調適[Essays from the International Conference on Chinese Studies, Religions Section], (Taipei, Academia Sinica Institute of History and Philology, 2013) pp. 449-74.
2013 Zaoqi Lingbaojing zhong de dixing chanhuiwen 早期靈寶經中的定型懺悔文, in: Zhang Xianhua 張顯華, tr. in Li Fengmao and Liao Zhaoxiang (Taipei: Academia Sinica Institute of Literature and Philosophy, 2013) pp. 119-138.
2013 The Early Lingbao Scriptures and the Origins of Chinese Monasticism, in: Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 20 (2011, issued 2013), pp. 95-126.
2010 Daoist Pantheons, in: Early Chinese Religion, Vol. 2, ed. by John Lagerwey and Lü Pengzhi. Leiden: Brill, pp. 1169-1206.
2009 Tenkyō: Ko reihōgyō no senkyō hōhō 轉經: 古靈寶派の宣教方法, in: Dōkyō to kyōsei shisō 道教と共生思想, ed. by Tanaka Fumio and Terry Kleeman. Tokyo: Taiga, pp. 73-86.
1994 Time After Time: Taoist Apocalyptic History and the Founding of the T'ang Dynasty, in: Asia Maior, Vol. VII/1, pp. 59-88.