Hwansoo Kim

Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies

External address: 
118 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
Phone: 
(919) 660-3500

My primary research concerns Korean Buddhism in the late nineteenth to the present in the context of colonialism, imperialism, modernity, and globalization. My broader scholarship includes East Asian religions, Buddhist modernities, transnational Buddhism, sexuality, and Atheism. I am the author of Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2013), and have recently finished my second manuscript tentatively titled, The Transnationalism of Colonial Korean Buddhism (1910–1945), which is currently under review.

Overview

Professor Kim’s primary research concerns Korean Buddhism in the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries in the context of colonialism, imperialism, and modernity. His broader scholarship includes East Asian religions, Buddhist modernities, transnational Buddhism, monasticism, clerical marriage, rituals, and ethics.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2007

Breaking Down the Walls of a Single Country Focus: awarded by University of British Columbia (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Korea Foundation- Related Program and Activities awarded by Korea Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Buddihist Contact Zones within and beyond Colonial Korea: Korean Buddihism awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Kim, H. Empire of The Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912. Harvard University Asia Center, February 6, 2013. (Monograph)

Kim, H. "A Buddhist Christmas: The Buddha’s Birthday Festival in Colonial Korea (1928–1945)." Journal of Korean Religions (October 2011): 47-82.

Kim, H. "‘The Future of Korean Buddhism Lies in My Hands’: Takeda Hanshi as a Soto Missionary." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 37.1 (May 2010): 99-135.

Kim, H. ""The Future of Korean Buddhism Lies in My Hands" Takeda Hanshi as a Soto Missionary." JAPANESE JOURNAL OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES 37.1 (2010): 99-135.

Kim, H. "The Adventures of a Japanese Monk in Colonial Korea: Sōma Shōei’s Zen Training with Korean Masters." Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 36.1 (2009): 125-165.

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