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FSPDX: Women in the History of Tea in China, with Dr James A. Benn, 04/01/ 2023
Women are often entirely absent from historical accounts of tea culture in China, but that absence defies common sense. Women in premodern China picked and processed tea leaves, they prepared and served tea for themselves or for others, they designed important items of teaware, and they designed rituals around tea preparation and consumption. In this talk, Dr. James Benn will look at the surviving sources from the Tang dynasty onwards in order to reveal a more balanced portrayal of women in the history of Chinese tea.

Apr 1, 2023 09:30 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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James A. Benn, PhD
Director of the McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies @McMaster University
James A. Benn (PhD UCLA 2001) is Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at McMaster University and Director of the McMaster University Centre for Buddhist Studies. He studies Buddhism and Daoism in medieval China. He has published on self-immolation, spontaneous human combustion, Buddhist apocryphal scriptures, and tea and alcohol in medieval China in journals such as History of Religions, T’oung Pao, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies and Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies. He is the author of Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007) and Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007). An authorised Chinese translation of Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History, is now available. Professor Benn is currently working on a translation and study of the Śūramgama sutra, a Chinese Buddhist apocryphon. For more information: https://www.jamesabenn.ca/