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CATHERINE BELL

Department of Religious Studies Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335 [Office: (408) 554-4035 Fax: (408) 554-2387] Home: Phone & Fax (408) 985-0465 Email: cbell@scu.edu PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION 2007Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University 2000-05 Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University 1999-02 Director, Asian Studies Program, Santa Clara University 1985-07 Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University Associate Professor 1991-98 Assistant Professor 1985-91 1983-84 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Language Study, Stanford Center, Taiwan National University 1983 Lecturer, Graduate Program, International University of Japan (Kokusai Daigaku), Niigata, Japan 1982-83 Teacher and Curriculum Advisor, Seishin Joshi Gakuin, Tokyo 1983 Ph.D. University of Chicago (Divinity School, History of Religions) 1976 M.A. University of Chicago (Divinity School) 1975 B.A. Manhattanville College (Philosophy, Religion) HONORS AND AWARDS 2007 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 2005 University of Chicago Divinity School Alumna of the Year North America Academy of Liturgy's Godfrey Diekmann Award 2001 Presidents Award, Santa Clara University 1998 Bernard J. Hanley Endowed Professorship, Santa Clara University College of Arts and Sciences Beyma Research Award, Santa Clara University 1997 American Academy of Religion Research Grant (for research in Beijing) 1996 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Travel Grant Brutocao Award for Excellence in Curriculum Innovation, Santa Clara University 1994 American Academy of Religion Book Award in History of Religions 1988 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Fellow, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley Honorary Fellow, Chinese Popular Culture Project, University of California 1983 American Council of Learned Societies Post-Doctoral Mellon Fellowship, Inter-University Program, Taiwan National University 1981 Mellon Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Department of Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago 1980 Junior Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago 1998-86 Santa Clara University Research Grants Awarded (eight) 489 Fenley Avenue San Jose, CA 95117 (408) 985-0465

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BOOKS 2007 Teaching Ritual, editor. AAR Teaching Religion Series. New York: Oxford University Press. 1997 Ritual: Dimensions and Perspectives. New York: Oxford University Press. 1992 Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. New York: Oxford University Press. (Sections reproduced in R. Grimes, ed. Readings in Ritual Studies. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1996; A. Belliger and D. J. Krieger, eds. Ritualtheorien: Ein einfhrendes Handbuch, 3rd ed. Wiesbaden: Verlag fr Sozialwissenschaften, 2006; etc.) WORK IN PROGRESS Believing: Assuming Universality, Describing Particularity in the Study of Religion, book manuscript ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS [2008] Belief: A Classificatory Lacuna and Disciplinary Problem. In Introducing Religion: Essays in Honor of Jonathan Z. Smith. Ed. Willi Braun and Russell T. McCutcheon. Forthcoming. Theory in the Classroom? Theory IS the Classroom. In Rethinking Religion 101. Ed. Bradford Verter and J. C. Wolfart. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming. "Extracting the Paradigm--Ouch!" (AAR Panel on Masuzawas The Invention of World Religions). Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 20:114-24. Forthcoming. 2008 ScripturesTexts and Then Some. Theorizing Scripture: New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon. Ed. Vincent Wimbush. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. Pp. 21-28. Defining the Need for a Definition. In The Archaeology of Ritual. Ed. Evangelos Kyriakidis. Los Angelos: University of California at Los Angeles. Pp 277-88. 2007 Religion through Ritual. In Teaching Ritual. Ed. Catherine Bell. New York: Oxford University. Embodiment. In Theorizing Rituals: Vol. I: Issues, Topics, Approaches, Concepts . Ed. Jens Kreinath, Jan Snoek, and Michael Stausberg. Numen Book Series: Studies in the History of Religions 114-1. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. 2006 Paradigms Behind (and Before) the Study of Religion. Theory and History 45 (Dec.): 1-20. Ritual. In The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion. Ed. Robert A. Segal. London: Blackwell Publishing. Culture: What Does One Do with It Now? Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 18, no. 4: 315-324. 2005 "Theory, Palm Trees and Mere Being." Criterion, University of Chicago Divinity School, vol. 44, 2 (Spring), pp. 2-11, 38. "Finding The Real Challenge for Theology--In Its Own Backyard." In Rahner on the Rim: N ew Theological Challenge of Cultural and Religious Pluralism. Ed. Paul Crowley, SJ. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. 2004 Krperliche bung, Ritual und politische Abweichung: Die Falun Gong [Physical Exercise, Ritual, and Political Dissent: The Falungong]. In Die Kulture des Rituals. Ed. C. Wulf and J. Zirfas. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag. Also published as Exercice physique, rituel et dissidence politique, Revue Herms 43: 111-119 [2005]. 2002 The Chinese Believe in Spirits: Belief and Believing in the Study of Religion. In Radical Interpretation. Ed. N. K. Frankenberry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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2001 Ritual Tensions: Tribal and Catholic, Studia Liturgica 32, no. 1: 15-28. Also published as Tensions linterierur du rite: tribal et catholique in La Maison Dieu 228, no. 2 (2001):41-61. Introduction. In Medieval and Early Modern Rituals: Formalized Behavior in Europe, China and Japan. Ed. Joelle Rollo-Koster. Brill. Whats So Powerful About Ritual? Pacific Rim Report. Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco (May). "Acting Ritually: Evidence from the Social Life of Chinese Rites." In Companion to the Sociology of Religion. Ed. Richard K. Fenn. London: Blackwell. "Pragmatic Theory." In Secular Theories on Religion: A Selection of Recent Academic Perspectives. Eds. M. Rothstein and T. Jensen. Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen. "Performance." In Critical Terms for Religious Studies. Ed. Mark C. Taylor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Pp. 205-24. "'A Precious Raft to Save the World': The Interaction of Scriptural Traditions and Printing in a Chinese Morality Book." Late Imperial China 17, no. 1 (June):158-200. "Modernism and Postmodernism in the Study of Religion." Religious Studies Review 22, no. 3 (July):179-90. "Tales from the Treatise on Action and Retribution." In Religions of China in Practice. Ed. Donald S. Lopez, Jr. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Pp. 437-445. "State and Ritual in East Asia," with Pierre-Etienne Will. International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (Leiden), no. 6 (Autumn):58-59. "In Search of the Tao in Taoism: New Questions of Unity and Multiplicity." History of Religions 3, no. 2 (November):187-201. "The Authority of Ritual Experts." Studia Liturgica 23:98-120. "Printing and Religion in China: Some Evidence from the Taishang Ganying Pian." Journal of Chinese Religions, no. 20 (Fall):173-86. "The Ritual Body and the Dynamics of Ritual Power." Journal of Ritual Studies 4, no. 2 (Summer):299-313. "Religion and Chinese Culture: Towards an Assessment of 'Popular Religion'" (Review Article). History of Religions 29, no.1:35-57 "Ritual, Change, and Changing Rituals." Worship 63:31-41. "Ritualization of Texts and Textualization of Ritual in the Codification of Taoist Liturgy." History of Religions 27, no. 4:366-392. "Discourse and Dichotomies: The Structure of Ritual Theory." Religion 17, no.2:95-118.

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ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES 2005 "Ritual (Further Perspectives)." In Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition. Ed. Lindsay Jones. New York: Macmillan. Pp. 7848-2856 (vol. 11). 2005 "Baojuan (Precious Scrolls); Shanshu (Morality Books); Taishang ganying pian (Treatise of the Most High on Action and Retribution)." In The Encyclopedia of Taoism. Ed. Fabrizio Pregadio. London: Routledge. 1995 "Body (in Taoism); Chai; Chen-kao; Chiao; Fu; Ko Ch'ao-fu; lu; Ritual (Chinese); Shan-shu; T'ai-shang Kan-ying p'ien; T'ao Hung-ching; Tu Kuang-t'ing." In The HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion. Eds. J. Z. Smith and W. Green. New York: Harper Collins. 1986 "Lu Hsiu-ching," "Tu Kuang-t'ing," and "T'ao Hung-ching." In The Encyclopedia of Religion. Eds. M. Eliade and J. M. Kitagawa. New York: Macmillan, l986-87.

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BOOK REVIEWS 2003 Jan Stuart and Evelyn S. Rawski, Worshipping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits. Washington, DC: Freer/Sackler Galleries, Stanford University Press, 2001. 1997 Bell Yung, Evelyn S. Rawski, and Rubie S. Watson, eds., Harmony and Counterpoint: Ritual Music in Chinese Context, in the Journal of Chinese Religions no. 25 (Fall): 21722. George M. Marsden, The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, in Explore 1:2 (Winter) 1996 Thomas A. Idinopulos and Edward A. Yonan, eds., Religion and Reductionism, in Religious Studies Review 22, no. 1 (January). 1994 Ronald L. Grimes, Reading, Writing and Ritualizing, in Theological Studies (December): 777-79. Livia Kohn, Early Chinese Mysticism: Philosophy and Soteriology in the Taoist Tradition , in Journal of Chinese Religions 22 (Fall 1994). 1992 Michael Saso, Blue Dragon, White Tiger: Taoist Rites of Passage, in Journal of Chinese Religions 20 (Fall): 241-43. 1991 "Chinese Death Rituals," review of James Watson and Evelyn Rawski, eds., Death Ritual in Late Imperial and Modern China, in Journal of Religion 71, no. 2 (April): 299-300. 1988 "Taoism and Ritual," review of John Lagerwey, Taoist Ritual in Chinese Society, in History of Religions 28, no. 2:168-71. 1985 "On Chinese Chaos," review of Norman Girardot, Myth and Meaning in Early Taoism in History of Religions 24, no.3:280-81. PAPERS AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS 2006 Belief, Beliefs, Believing: Declensions of an Old Problem, Princeton-Oxford Classics Seminar, University of Oxford, UK. Do Buddhists Believe? Not Exactly the Same Old Question, Berkeley Buddhist Studies Institute, University of California at Berkeley, CA. Teaching Ritual: What We Learn, Academic Teaching and the Study of Religion and Ritual Studies Group, Washington D.C. ReligionConstructing the West, Missing the Rest? Eliot Lecture at Reed College, OR, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. "After the Fall, Before the Clash: Taking Account of the Global Role of Religion Today," The Gates Lecture, Grinnell College, Iowa. "Is There an Elephant in the Room or Is This Room in the Elephant? The Construction of the Study of Religion," conference of the journal History and Theory, Wesleyan University, CT. "Going to, and through, Zion," AAR Special Topics Forum: What the Study of Mormonism Brings to Religious Studies, November, Philadelphia. "Extracting the Paradigm--Ouch!" AAR panel: A Critical Evaluation of Tomoko Masuzawa's The Invention of World Religions: Or How European Universalism was Preserved in Language of Pluralism, November 2005, Philadelphia. "Theory, Palm Trees and Mere Being," award address, University of Chicago Divinity School. "Culture: What Does One Do with It Now?" panel on New Conceptual Models, North American Association for the Study of Religion/AAR, New Orleans. "The Real Challenge for Theology is in Its Own Backyard," Rahner on the Rim: New Theological Challenge of Cultural and Religious Pluralism, Conference, Santa Clara University. "Exercise, Ritual and Political Dissent: The Falun Gong." John Fairbanks Center, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

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"Scripture Texts and Then Some." Theorizing Scripture Conference, Institute for Signifying Scriptures, Claremont Graduate University. "Ritual and Archeology." Third Cotsen Seminar on Archeology, University of California at Los Angeles. "From Here to There: Making a Career as a Scholar." Harker Academy. San Jose. Ritual Tensions: Tribal and Catholic, Studias Liturgica International Conference, Santa Clara. Whats So Powerful About Ritual? Gateways of Power in the 21st Century, Conference, Pacific Rim Institute, University of San Francisco Who Owns Tradition? Religion and the Messiness of History, Santa Clara Lecture Series, Bannan Institute, Santa Clara University. The Chinese Believe in Spirits: Belief and Believing in the Study of Religion, On Radical Interpretation (Conference in Honor of Hans Penner), Dartmouth College. "The Outrageous Idea," convocation address. Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. "Sacred and Profane: On Whose Terms?" opening address. UCLA Humanities Consortium Conference, Los Angeles. "Center Crossings, Crossing Borders," respondent. American Academy of Religion, Boston. "Of Colonial Genealogies and Postcolonial Projects." American Academy of Religion, New Orleans. "Re-Invented Rituals and Reconstructed Communities," Conference on Ritual and the Local Community in East Asia, Collge de France and Columbia University, University Montreal. "The God Hypothesis," American Society for the Study of Religion, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. "Competing Constructions of Power in Chinese State Ritual," Conference on Ritual and the State in East Asia, Collge de France and Columbia University, Paris. "A Geometry for Tight Spaces: Further Reflections on Ritual," Harvard University Divinity School. "Post-Modernist Methods of Comparison and the Study of Religion," University of Colorado, Boulder. "The Interaction of Scriptural Traditions and Printing in a Chinese Morality Book," Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Los Angeles. "Printing Religion: Medium and Message in the Ming and Qing," Association for Asian Studies, Boston. "Ritual Performance In Southeast China," Association for Asian Studies, Boston. "Method and Application in the History of Religions," University of Chicago Divinity School. "Modernist Feuds, Postmodernist Challenges: On the Work of Talal Asad," American Academy of Religion, San Francisco. "The Invisible Ritualist and the Problems of Invention," plenary address, Western Regional, American Academy of Religion, California State College at Fullerton. "The 'De'-Domestication of Death," Graduate Student Conference on the Domestication of Death in Buddhism," University of Michigan. "Morality Books and the Configuration of Popular Religion in Late Imperial China," School of Religion, University of Iowa. "The Ritual Construction of Symbols," Stanford-UC Berkeley Buddhist Studies Seminar, Stanford University. "Rite/Write/Right: On the Authority of Ritual Experts," University of Notre Dame Conference on Ritual and Liturgy. "The Limits of Categorization," (for panel on the Scriptures of Chinese Popular Religions), Association for Asian Studies, Boston. "Popular Religion and Shanshu," Buddhist Studies Seminar, Stanford University. "Criticism: Another 'Ism'?," American Academy of Religion, San Francisco.

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1991 "Printing and the Transformation of Morality: The Material Production of Shan-shu," American Academy of Religion, Kansas City. Response to "Debates in Ritual Theory: A Panel Discussion of Ritual Theory, Ritual Action," American Academy of Religion, Kansas City. "Medium and Message in the Development of Chinese Popular Religion," Institute for Buddhist Studies, Berkeley. "The Dynamics of Genre Confusion in the Treatise of the Most High on Action and Retribution," American Academy of Religion, New Orleans. "Chinese Morality Books: Artifacts of Elite or Popular Culture? Research in Progress," Chinese Popular Culture Seminar, University of California at Berkeley. "Chinese Morality Books and the Cultural Ramifications of Printing," Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley. "Mao's Little Red Book and the Role of Books in Rites of Legitimation in China," American Academy of Religion, Chicago. "Defending 'Discourse and Dichotomies'," Conference on Ritual, University of California, Santa Barbara. "From Scripture to Liturgy in Six Dynasties Taoism," Association for Asian Studies, Boston. "Ritual, Change, and Changing Rituals," American Academy of Religion, Boston. "Charisma and Classification: Chinese Morality Books," American Academy of Religion, Atlanta. "Sacrificing the Text in Taoist Liturgy: Response to Kristofer Schipper," American Academy of Religion, Anaheim.

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SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 2007Editor, History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School. 2006Editorial Board, Rutgers University Press Series, Signifying (on) Scriptures, Vincent L. Wimbush, General Editor. 2001-05 Chair, Department of Religious Studies and Council of Chairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Santa Clara University 2001-05 Santa Clara Universitys University Core Currriculum Committee 2000-01 Long-Range Planning & Development Committee, American Academy of Religion 1999-04 American Academy of Religion Book Award Jury (Analytical/Descriptive) 1998-01 China and Inner Asia Council, Association of Asian Studies 1998-08 Editorial Board, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 1997-06 Editorial Board, Journal of Chinese Religions 1997-00 Executive Council, American Society for the Study of Religion 1996-05 Member, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Book Publishing 1995North American Society for the Study of Religion 1995-05 Steering Committee, Society for the Study of Chinese Religions 1994-00 Steering Committee, Critical Theory Group, American Academy of Religion 1992-94 Chair, Ritual Studies Group, American Academy of Religion 1991-00 Editorial Board, Religion 1991-98 Editorial Board, Journal of Ritual Studies COURSES TAUGHT (1985-2007) First Level: Ways of Understanding Religion Introduction to Asian Traditions Second Level: Buddhism Chinese Religions

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Japanese Religions Hinduism Ethical Issues in Asian Religions Purity and Pollution: Comparing the Status of Women in Religion RS Seminar: Scripture, Canon and Community (Comparing Fundamentalisms) RS Seminar: Magic, Science & Religion: The History of the Social Study of Religion

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