Prof. Dr. Elena Valussi

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen

Home Institution: History Department, Loyola University Chicago
Sichuan Religions

IKGF Visiting Fellow October 2017 – June 2018

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Spirit Writing and the Uncertainly of the Future in Late Imperial China

Curriculum Vitae


2003PhD Chinese Religions, University of London
1996MA Chinese Religions, University of London
1995MA/BA East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Venice


since 2016Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen
since 2013Advanced Lecturer at the History Department of the Loyola University Chicago
2013Visiting Scholar at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
2010-2013Lecturer at the History Department of the Loyola University Chicago
2007-2008Visiting Professor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations of the University of Venice, Italy

Other Scientific Activities

since 2016Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religions
since 2016Editorial Board of the Daoist Studies Series (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
since 2012Co-Chair of the Daoist Studies Group, American Academy of Religions
since 2011Editorial Committee of the International Daozang Jiyao Project (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
2010-2012Steering Committee of the Daoist Group, American Academy of Religions

Selected Publications


"Gender, Religion, and Nationalism in Chen Yingning's Work on Female Alchemy", in: Nannü Men, Women and Gender in China, Leiden: Brill (forthcoming).
2017 "War, Nationalism and the Tramsmission of Daoist Scriptures from China to Taiwan: The Case of Xiao Tianshi", in: Asia Major 30/1.
2015 "The Transmission of the Cult of Lü Dongbin to Sichua in the Nineteenth Century, and the Transformation of the Local Religious Milieu", in: Daoism: Religion, History and Society, No. 7.
2014 "Female Alchemy: Transformation of a Gendered Body", in: Gendering Chinese Religions: Subject, Identity and Body, ed. by Jinhua Jia, Xiaofei Kang and Ping Yao, New York: SUNY Press, pp. 201-224.
2012 "Printing and Religion in the Life of Qing Dynasty Alchemical Author Fu Jinquan", in: Daoism: Religion, History, and Society, No. 4, pp. 1-52.
2011 (with Julia Huang and David Palmer) "Gender and Sexuality", in: Religion in Chinese Societies: Communities, Practices, and Public Life, ed. by David Palmer et. al., Oxford: University Press.
2010 "Women's Qigong in America - Tradition, Adaptation, and New Trends", in: Journal of Daoist Studies 3.
2009 "Blood, Tigers, Dragons. The Physiology of Transcendence for Women", in: IASTAM Journal of Masian Medicine 4/1.
2008 "Female Alchemy and Paratext: How to Read nüdan in a historical Context", in: Asia Major 21/2.
2008 "Women's Alchemy: An Introduction", in: Internal Alchemy: Self, Society, and the Quest for Immortality, ed. by Livia Kohn and Robin Wang, Honolulu: Three Pines Press.