Paul Copp

Paul Copp


Areas of Study and Research

History of Religions

Buddhist Studies at UChicago

Faculty Associated Faculty; Associate Professor in Chinese Religion and Thought, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Director of Undergraduate Studies; also in the College

Paul Copp studies the intellectual, material, and visual cultures of China, mostly during the period stretching from the 8th through the 12th centuries. He is the author of The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (Columbia, 2014). At present, he is working on two books, one tentatively titled “The Ritualist’s Seal: Object, Practice, and Knowledge in China, ca 100 – 1000 CE,” and the other “Manuscript, Print, and the Ritualist’s Craft at Dunhuang and Beyond.” His graduate seminars focus on the philological close reading of texts in their historical (and, wherever possible, material) contexts; on methods for the use of manuscripts, epigraphy, and archaeological remains in the study of history; as well as on critical engagement with the fields of Sinology and the history of religions.

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