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Edward Y. J. Chung

BA, MA, PhD (Toronto)
Asian Studies Director
(902) 566-0324
Religious Studies
SDU Main Building, 413
  • Ph.D., 1990 (December): Religious Studies, University of Toronto - East Asian religions; Comparative Religion (esp. mysticism & interreligious dialogue); methodologies - philosophy of religion & sociology of religion
  • M.A., 1984: Religious Studies, University of Toronto
  • B.A., 1982: Religious Studies Specialty, University of Toronto

Areas of Teaching Expertise & Experience

  • Eastern religions: Buddhism East & West; Chinese Religion & Philosophy; Japanese Religion & Culture
  • Introductory courses: World Religions; Religious Studies: An Introduction
  • Comparative religion: Mysticism in Buddhism and Christianity; comparative ethics (Confucian and Christian); and Interreligious Dialogue
  • Advanced studies: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • Religions in Canada: East Asian traditions and development
  • 2011: Nominated by the University of PEI Students Union for the Faculty Member of the Year

Research Expertise & Interests:

  • East Asian religion and thought (especially Neo-Confucianism)
  • Comparative religion: interreligious dialogue (Confucian & interreligious); comparative ethics (Confucian & Christian)
  • Modern Confucian ethics and spirituality
  • Religion and modernization in Korea
  • Ongoing projects: a 3-year book project (fully funded [$84,000] by the Academy of Korean Studies - an international grant) on an annotated translation and interpretation (with a comprehensive introduction) of a major 18th-century Korean Neo-Confucian text, Choneon (Testament); and preparing a new book manuscript on the religious thought (ethics and spirituality) of Yi Hwang (T'oegye), a leading 16th-century Confucian thinker.

Research Grants & Awards Received:

  • winner of the University of PEI Faculty Association Merit Award for Scholarly Achievement, 2017
  • winner of the University of PEI Presidential Award of Merit for Scholarly Endeavours, 2015
  • 4 SSHRC Institutional Grants (SIG), UPEI (2004-2011) 
  • 4 SSHRC-General Research Grants (internal) (1994-2001)
  • 8 Senate Committee on Research, University Grants (SCRUG), UPEI (1991-1998) 
  • 5 Travel Grants, UPEI (2003-2010)
  • 3 major international research grants from: The Academy of Korean Studies (Dec. 2014-17); UCLA–AKS (2011-14); and The Korea Foundation (1998) 
  • a major 3-year (2017-2020) grant (about $330,000) awarded by the AKS (Academy of Korean Studies, South Korea) to promote Korean Studies teaching and research in the Asian Studies Program (interdisciplinary minor) at UPEI
  • These research grants (twenty-four since 1991) for the following scholarly works:

Scholarly Publications & Presentations: by Edward Chung (one author or presenter)

  • 2016: a major book, A Confucian Way of Life and Thought: The Chasŏngnok (Record of Self-Reflection) by Yi Hwang (T'oegye [1501-1570]). Korean Classics Library: Philosophy and Religion Series. Honolulu: The University of Hawai'i Press. 277 pages. Cloth (hardcover) edition (copyrighted by UCLA). ISBN: 978-0-8248-5584-0.
  • 2015: a book, Korean Confucianism: Tradition and Modernity. Seoul: Center for International Affairs, The Academy of Korean Studies Press. 181 pages. Hardcover ISBN: 979-11-86178-14-0-03150. 
  • 2011: An international Journal volume edited (Edward Chung as “Guest Editor”), Korean Confucianism and Ecology: A Theme Issue. Acta Koreana (ISSN: 1520-7412), vol. 14, no. 2, 223 pages total with my “Introduction” (14 pages) and article contribution (19 pages).
  • 1995: The Korean Neo-Confucianism of Yi T’'oegye and Yi Yulgok: A Reappraisal of the “Four-Seven Thesis"” and Its Practical Implications for Self-Cultivation. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995. xxvii and 325 pages (CD version, 1998).
  • Seven (7) book chapters (18-29 pages) on the similar topics: e.g., in East Asian Confucianisms: Interactions and Innovations (Confucius Institute and Rutgers University Press, 2011), Confucian Spirituality, vol. 2 (NY: Crossroad, 2004), and Ecology and Korean Confucianism (Keimyung University Press, 2013).
  • 13 journal articles (1992-2012) on Neo-Confucian ethics and spirituality, modern Confucianism, and comparative religion (e.g., Studies in ReligionMonumenta SericaJournal of Oriental StudiesActa KoreanaThe Annual Review of Women in World ReligionsAsian Profile; Korean Studies in Canada; Korea Journal; etc.)
  • 2 forthcoming book chapters in Korean Confucian Philosophy (Springer, 2018) and East Asian Philosophy of Qi/Ki (Lexington Press, 2018) and one forthcoming article In the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of the Philosophy of Religion (March 2018).
  • 45 selected/refereed/invited conference papers and invited university talks (1987-2017) presented at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Association [APA; 2017], U. of  Toronto East Asian Studies Speakers Series [2016], American Academy of Religion [AAR], International Association for the History of Religions, Canadian Asian Studies Association [CASA], Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Keimyung International Conference on Korean Studies [2011], Harvard University's Confucian Spirituality Conference, etc.
  • Serving as the panel Chair and/or discussant at several annual meetings of the AAR and CASA.
  • Co-ordinator, Asian Studies Program, UPEI (1995-2000;  2011-      )
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Religious Studies, St. Mary's University and Joint MA Program in Theology and Religious Studies, SMU and Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax (since 2010)
  • International member, The President's Advisory Council on Democracy, Peace and Unity, The Government of South Korea (since Sept. 2011)
  • International professor-scholar (invited), Dankook University - 2010-2012 International Summer Campus, Korea
  • Chair, Department of Religious Studies, University of PEI (2003-2009)
  • Adjunct Professor, Korea University (Institute of International Education), Seoul, 2006
  • External assessor, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (for Standard Research Grants Program), 2006
  • External reviewer of book manuscripts, State University of New York Press (since 1997)
  • External reviewer of published textbooks and new book manuscripts/proposals, Oxford University Press of Canada (since 2000)
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