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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

David Mozina

theology department

Assistant Professor

Stokes N451
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3071
Fax: 617-552-0794

Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D., Comparative Religion with an emphasis on Daoism and Chinese religions, The Divinity School, Harvard University
M.T.S., Comparative Religion, The Divinity School, Harvard University
A.B., Religion, Columbia University in the City of New York


Religious Quest I & II
All Under Heaven: Religion and Politics in Early China (cross-listed with History)
The Path of the Bodhisattva: Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia
Visions and Visualizations: Daoist Religious Traditions

Selected Publications

“Summoning the Exorcist: The Role of Heart Seals (xinyin 心印) in Calling Down a Demon-Quelling Deity in Contemporary Daoist Thunder Ritual.” In Exorcism in Daoism, edited by Florian C. Reiter, 231-256. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2011.

“Daubing Lips with Blood and Drinking Elixirs with the Celestial Lord Yin Jiao: The Role of Thunder Deities in Daoist Ordination in Contemporary Hunan.” Cahiers d’Extrême-Asie 19 (2010): 269-303.

Selected Presentations

“Paradox, Divine Reflexivity, and Daoist Ordination Oaths,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Chicago, November 2012. (Organizer of the panel Paradox and the Chinese Ritual Imagination)

“招殷郊天君:湖南省安化縣梅城鎮正一道教儀式的研究” [Invoking Celestial Master Yin Jiao: An Orthodox Unity Daoist Ritual from Meicheng Township, Anhua County, Hunan Province], 第二屆國際瑤族傳統文化研討會 [Second International Conference on Yao Minority Traditional Culture], sponsored by The Society of Hunan Literature and Arts, Kanagawa University of Japan, and The Chinese Institute for the Study of Yao Culture, Changsha, PRC, August 2012. (Given in Chinese)

Danqing 丹青 and the Production of Daoist Ritual Images in Hunan Province,” Icons, Charts, and Talismanic Scripts: Daoist Visual Culture, The Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, May 2012.

“What’s in a Daoist Image: The Life of a Ritual Artisan in Today’s Rural China,” Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, May 2012.

“Divine Reflexivity and Daoist Ordination Oaths,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), San Francisco, November 2011.

“Gods, Patriarchs, and Masters: Lineage Affiliation and Transmission of lingqi 靈炁 in Contemporary Daoist Thunder Ritual in Hunan,” Symposium für Sinologie: Affiliation and Transmission in Daoism, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, GERMANY, June 2011.

“Gods, Patriarchs, and Masters in Living Color: The Social and Religious Contexts of Representations of a Daoist Pantheon from Hunan Province,” Annual Conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), Honolulu, April 2011.

“The Materiality of a Talisman,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Atlanta, November 2010. (Co-organizer of the panel Making an Object a Subject: Relationships, Rituals, and the Life of Material Culture)

“Summoning the Exorcist: Calling Down a Demon-Quelling Deity in Contemporary Daoist Ritual in Central Hunan,” Symposium für Sinologie: Exorcism in Daoism, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, GERMANY, December 2009.

“How to Talk to a God: Modes of Discourse in Daoist Ritual,” East Asia Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, November 2009.


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