Albert Welter, University of Winnipeg

Professor Religion and Culture Winnipeg, Manitoba a.welter@uwinnipeg.ca Office: (204) 786-9202

Bio/Research

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Dr. Albert Welter became interested in Chinese language and culture, earning his PhD in 1986 in Asian Religions from McMaster University, Department of Religions Studies, with an emphasis on the study of Chinese Buddhist texts. As part of hi...

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Bio/Research

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Dr. Albert Welter became interested in Chinese language and culture, earning his PhD in 1986 in Asian Religions from McMaster University, Department of Religions Studies, with an emphasis on the study of Chinese Buddhist texts. As part of his dissertation research, he studied at Komazawa University in Tokyo, and was one of McMaster University’s first exchange students with Fudan University in Shanghai. Since graduation, Dr. Welter has established a reputation as a leading expert in the academic study of Chan (Zen) Buddhist texts and Chinese Buddhism during the transition from the Tang (late medieval) to the Song (early modern) dynasties (9th-11th centuries). While popular images of Zen and Buddhism emphasize exotic ideas and eccentric characteristics, Dr. Welter interprets these as textual representations embedded in a particular East Asian intellectual and cultural context.

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