Curriculum Vitae for Gregory Adam Scott

Gregory Adam Scott, Ph.D.

Academic Background

University of Manchester
Lecturer in Chinese Culture and History, September 2017-

University of Edinburgh
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Asian Studies, September 2014 – August 2017

University of Edinburgh
Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, September 2013 – June 2014

Columbia University
Doctor of Philosophy, Chinese Buddhism, Department of Religion, May 2013. Ph.D. Dissertation: “Conversion by the Book: Buddhist Print Culture in Early Republican China

Academia Sinica 中央研究院
Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Modern History, September 2010 – June 2011

University of Toronto
Master of Arts in East Asian Studies, August 2005
M.A. Thesis: “Heterodox Religious Groups and the State in Ming-Qing China

York University (Toronto, Canada)
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in East Asian Studies, Minor in History, June 2003
summa cum laude

Recent Fellowships and Awards

2014-2017 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, £87,000

2013-2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, £30,424

2012-2013 Sheng Yen Education Foundation Grant for Ph.D. Dissertation Research, $5000

2011-2012 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, $15,000

Academic Associations and Service

Member and Council Member, British Association for Chinese Studies, 2017-

Executive Council Member, H-Net Social Sciences and Humanities Network, January – December 2017

Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen, 2015-

Affiliated Researcher,
Manchester China Institute 曼彻斯特中国研究院, March 2018-

Co-chair,Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China Seminar of the AAR, 2014-2018

Co-editor and China Book Reviews Editor, H-Buddhism Network, 2014-2017

Co-founder and member emeritus, Asian Religions Research Network, University of Edinburgh, 2014-

Member, American Academy of Religion, 2006-

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Reconstructing Buddhist Monasteries in Modern China, currently under contract, expected 2019.

Co-editor with Stefania Travagnin, Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions II: Intellectual History of Key Concepts, forthcoming 2019. Co-author of volume introduction. Chapter author: “Scripture as a Critical Term in Modern Chinese Buddhism.”

Author and translator, “Medicine for the Body, Buddhist Studies for the Soul: Ding Fubao, Essentials of Buddhist Studies,” forthcoming 2018.

Co-author with Lauren Richardson, “Diplomatic Salvation: Buddhist Exchanges and the Roots of Sino-Japanese Rapprochement in the 1960s,” forthcoming 2018.

Co-editor with Erik Hammerstrom of special issue: Studies in Chinese Religions 3.3 (Sept. 2017).

Co-author with Erik Hammerstrom, “Revisiting the Revival: Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China,” Studies in Chinese Religions 3.3 (Sept. 2017): 197-203.

“Buddhist Building and the Buddhist Revival in the Work of Holmes Welch,” Studies in Chinese Religions 3.3 (September 2017): 204-219

“The Canon as a Consumer Good: The Pinjia Canon and the Changing Role of the Buddhist Canon in Modern China,” in Reinventing Tripitaka, edited by Jiang Wu and Gregory Wilkinson (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2017), pp. 95-125.

“Absolutely Not a Business: Chinese Buddhist Scriptural Presses and Distributors, 1860s – 1930s,” in KODEX – Jahrbuch der IBG [Codex: Yearbook of the International Society for Book Science], Vol. 6 (2016): pp. 67-82.

“Embracing Belief and Critique in an Academic Life: Chün-fang Yü,” in Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia, edited by Jeffrey Samuels, Justin Thomas McDaniel, and Mark Michael Rowe (Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2016), pp. 33-35.

“Revolution of Ink: Chinese Buddhist Periodicals in the Early Republic,” in Recovering Buddhism in Modern China, edited by Jan Kiely and J. Brooks Jessup (New York: Columbia University Press, 2016), pp. 111-140.

“平衡功德與利益— 上海佛學書局股份有限公司的經歷” [Balancing Merit and Profit: The Case of the Shanghai Buddhist Books Company, Limited.] 刊於《改變中國宗教的五十年,1898-1948》[1898-1948: Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Religion], 康豹(Paul R. Katz), 高萬桑(Vincent Goossaert)主編. Taipei: Academia Sinica, November 2015.

Religious Publishing and Print Culture in Modern China, 1800-2012, co-editor with Philip Clart. Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015.
Co-Author: “Introduction: Print Culture and Religion in Chinese History”;
Chapter contributor: “Navigating the Sea of Scriptures: The Buddhist Studies Collectanea, 1918–1923”;
Chapter translator: Wang Chien-chuan, “Morality Book Publishing and Popular Religion in Modern China: A Discussion Centered on Morality Book Publishers in Shanghai”.

“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,” Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究 (Sheng Yen Studies), Vol. 5 (2014).

“Chinese Buddhist Publishing and Print Culture, 1900-1950”, in Oxford Bibliographies in Buddhism, edited by Richard Payne. New York: Oxford University Press, March 2013.

“Timothy Richard, World Religion, and Reading Christianity in Buddhist Garb”. Social Sciences and Missions 25 (2012): 53-75.

“The Buddhist Nationalism of Dai Jitao 戴季陶,” Journal of Chinese Religions, No. 39 (2011): 55-81.

“The Dharma Through a Glass Darkly: On the Study of Modern Chinese Buddhism through Protestant Missionary Sources 彷彿對著鏡子觀看的佛法:藉由基督教傳教士的史料研究現代中國佛教,” Shengyan yanjiu 聖嚴研究 (Sheng Yen Studies), Vol. 2 (July, 2011): 47-73. Edited electronic version available at

Book Reviews

Review of Barend J. ter Haar, Practicing Scripture: A Lay Buddhist Movement in Late Imperial China, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 79/1 (February, 2016).

Review of Daniela Campo, La construction de la sainteté dans la Chine moderne: La vie du maître bouddhiste Xuyun, The Journal of Chinese Religions, Vol. 43, no. 2 (November 2015.)

Review of Rebecca Nedostup, Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity, Religious Studies Review, 36 (Sept. 2010): 245.

Collaborative Research Projects

Holmes Welch and the Study of Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China
A seminar held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion over five years, 2014-2018, on the life and work of Holmes Welch.

Digital Projects and Data

Survey of Religious Reconstruction in Modern China 中國近代寺廟重建調查
Data on destruction of reconstruction of religious institutions in 11 counties, drawn from local gazetteers.

The Digital Catalogue of Chinese Buddhism 中國佛教數字目錄
An online, searchable catalogue of Chinese Buddhist publications, 1860s – 1950s.

Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism (DMCB) 近代中國佛教檢索
A collaborative, open-content online wiki database on Buddhism in China, 1850 – 1950.

“1898-1948: The Fifty Years that Changed Chinese Religion” 1898-1948: 改變了中國宗教的50年
Contributing project member to the bibliography of Chinese religious publications in Shanghai, 1898 – 1948.

Recent Presentations and Workshop Participation

“Medicine, Science, and Skepticism in the Buddhist Works of Ding Fubao,” 16th annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, Bern, Switzerland, June 19, 2018.

“Medicine for the Body, Buddhist Studies for the Soul: Ding Fubao and Buddhist Publishing in Modern Chinese Print Culture,” University of Manchester East Asian Studies Research Seminar, November 29, 2017.

“Local Gazetteer Data on the Post-Taiping Reconstruction of Religious Institutions,” panel on Religious Legacies of the Taiping War, 1850-1900, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, November 20, 2017.

“The Taiping War and its Impact on Buddhist Monasteries in China, 1850-1898,” Annual Conference of the UK Association for Buddhist Studies, SOAS, University of London, July 1, 2017.

“Fund-raising, Merit-making, and Reconstructing Buddhist Monasteries in Modern China,” conference on “Buddhism and Business, Market and Merit: Intersections between Buddhism and Economics Past and Present,” University of British Columbia, June 16-18, 2017.

“International Salvation: Chinese Buddhist Monasteries and the Roots of the Sino-Japanese Rapprochement in the 1960s,” at the conference on “The Reconstruction of East Asia, 1945-65,” Cambridge University, December 9-12, 2016.

“Holmes Welch and Chinese Buddhism in a Cold War Context,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, November 2016.

Participant, Research Workshop on China’s Local Gazetteers, Computerized Data Analysis and Visualization, The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin, August 1-19, 2016.

“Allies, Enemies, and the Invention of an Asian Family of Buddhist Nations, 1930s-1950s 盟國, 敵國, 以及亞洲佛教國家大家庭的結構 (30年代 – 50年代),” the Sixth Sheng Yen International Buddhist Conference, Taipei, July 1-3, 2016.

“‘Scripture’ as a Critical Term in Modern Chinese Buddhism”, at “Framing the Study of Religion in Modern China and Taiwan: Methods, Concepts and New Research Paths”, University of Groningen, December 11, 2015.

“Water from Native Wells: Depictions of Chinese sacred spaces in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Western publications,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 21-24, 2015.

“Buddhist Internationalism in Motion: Temple Restoration and Pan-Asian Diplomacy,” AAS-in-ASIA Conference, Academia Sinica, Taipei, June 22-24, 2015

“Rebuilding a Place that Never Existed: The Virtual Chinese Buddhist Monastery Project,” May 21, 2015, Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux Castle.

“Canon as Commodity: The Kalavinka Hermitage Canon, 1912 – 1913,” 3rd International Conference on the Chinese Buddhist Canon, Brigham Young University, April 9-10, 2015

“Destructing and Reconstructing Buddhist Sacred Places in Modern China”, University of Oxford China Center, March 5, 2015

Asian Religions Research Network Workshop, Innovative Learning Week, University of Edinburgh, February 19, 2015

“Destructing and Reconstructing Buddhist Sacred Places in Modern China”, University of Manchester, February 12, 2015

“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.

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 24, 2014.

“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 23, 2014.

“The Kalavinka 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.

Teaching, Supervision, and Internship Experience

Co-organizer and lecturer, “Introduction to Chinese Studies,” CHIN10050, University of Manchester, Autumn 2017 – Spring 2018

Course Organizer, “Introduction to Classical Chinese,” CHIN28572, University of Manchester, Spring 2018

Course Organizer, “The History of Print Culture in Modern China,” CHIN35221, University of Manchester, Autumn 2017

Course Organizer, “Chinese Religions,” University of Edinburgh, Spring 2016

Final Year Honours Undergraduate Dissertation Advisor, Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2015-2016

Course Lecturer, Pre-modern East Asia, University of Edinburgh, Autumn 2014 and 2015, Spring 2017

Columbia University Libraries’ Graduate Student Internship Program in Primary Sources, June 2009 – August 2010. Duties included organizing, cataloguing, and writing research guides for archival materials related to missionary activities in Japan and China.

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, “RELI V2405: Chinese Religious Traditions,” Spring 2010, Prof. Chün-fang Yü

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, “RELI V2415: Japanese Religious Traditions,” Fall 2009, Prof. Michael Como

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, “RELI V3604: Religion in the City,” Spring 2009, Prof. Courtney Bender

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, “RELI V2802: Intro to Asian Religions,” Fall 2008, Prof. Wendi Adamek

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, “RELI V2008: Buddhism: East Asian,” Spring 2008, Prof. Chün-fang Yü

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, “RELI V2415: Japanese Religious Traditions,” Fall 2007, Prof. Michael Como

Teaching Assistant, University of Toronto, “Introduction to East Asian Civilizations,” 2004-2005, Dr. John Stowe