Student working on a research project.

Translating Religion Across Asia

This project seeks to examine the ways in which religious texts and scholars circulated across Asia. The materials assembled by student assistants for this project will be employed in a future graduate seminar on the history of translation in Asian religious traditions. Examples could include studies of Chinese-language Islamic texts, the circulation of Buddhist monks among South, Southeast, and East Asia, the modern institutions tertiary educational institutions devoted to foreign languages, etc. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to read academic prose in an Asian language. Prof. Hakala will assist students in requesting sources through UB Libraries, securing funding to visit Asian Studies library collections, and preparing a presentation at a research conference or paper for publication in a journal. Students interested in this project will need to read some introductory works on popular culture in Asia and demonstrate proficiency with bibliography software (e.g., EndNote, Bookends, Zotero) before beginning this project.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Asian Studies, History, Philosophy, Linguistics, English, Comparative Literature
Student Skill-Set Needed: Reading knowledge of one or more Asian languages; ability to carry out research independently
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Walter Hakala
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Asian Studies
Office: 306 Clemens Hall
Phone: 716-645-3419