Kwi Jeong Lee

Kwi Jeong Lee received her PhD in Religion from Princeton University in 2018. She specializes in Chinese Buddhism in the middle period. Her research focuses on theories of the image and representation in religious discourse. Her current project examines how and why Buddhist cultic images fueled controversy among learned circles from 300 to 700 CE. Through the analysis of the anti-Buddhist controversy over cultic images, her project sheds light on the rhetoric of idolatry in the context of interreligious debates in medieval China. Her research interests also include image-text relationship, interactions between Buddhism and Chinese indigenous traditions, material culture, and sensuous religion.