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Buddhist Literacy in Early Modern Northern Vietnam – 23–24 September 2016

[ndlr] Annonce d’un colloque sur les textes bouddhistes de l’ancien Viêt-Nam.


Presented by Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey & The Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation

23 September – 24 September, 2016

Recent work from a number of quarters has scrutinized the notion of “East Asia,” as a cosmopolitan zone unified by shared script, literary language, and educational traditions. Vietnam’s inclusion in modern mappings of “Southeast Asia” has often obscured its critical membership in an East Asian cultural zone, a fact that has limited potentially fruitful comparative work with Korea, China, and Japan. One of the most important features of East Asian cultural construction was the role of Buddhism in the dissemination of script, cosmopolitan language, and literate knowledge — a phenomenon particularly important to second millennium Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, each of which suffered crises in literacy at different points, due to invasion or internecine war. While comparison of Buddhist literacy in Korea and Japan has enjoyed a relatively robust tradition (especially with recent work on shared glossing techniques such as kunten), comparison with Vietnam has been limited by areal and disciplinary boundaries that are more artifacts of academic history, than substantive contours defining the cultures in question.

Our symposium seeks to break down these artifical barriers by examining a set of religious texts now housed at Thắng Nghiêm and Phổ Nhân, two syncretic Buddhist temples located 15 km southwest of Hanoi, in northern Vietnam. The collection was gathered from the surrounding region by the current abbot beginning in 1997, and represents a diverse library of primarily secular xylographic and epigraphic texts, composed over the latter half of the 2nd millennium, and written in both Literary Chinese and vernacular Vietnamese “ Chữ Nôm” (an extinct character script used to represent vernacular Vietnamese, until its replacement by the Latin alphabet in the early 20th century). As one contributor points out, these texts are remarkable for their pedestrian character, providing a uniquely mundane portrait of literacy in early modern northern Vietnam. These texts were recently digitized through the groundbreaking efforts of the Vietnamese Nom Preservation Foundation (VNPF), making the entire collection accessible to scholarly examination for the first time.

Catalyzed by the VNPF’s work, our project seeks to break new ground by staging a multidisciplinary investigation into the phenomenon of literacy, and its dissemination through the Buddhist institution. The enclosed abstracts seek to explore the nature of print culture as maintained and conducted by early modern Buddhist temples, its relationship to the court, and its philological practices and traditions, as well as its relationship to folk and non-literate traditions of religious practice. Additionally, our symposium includes a special panel on issues of digitizing the Buddhist canon — work that is foundational to all cutting edge research into premodern East Asian textual culture. These inquiries illuminate not only a sorely understudied aspect of Vietnamese history and culture, but also promise fruitful comparison with Japan, Korea, and China, on issues of Buddhism and literacy, classical education, and the rise of the vernacular.

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The Vietnam War: New Perceptions [international symposium]

October 10-11, 2013

Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy

Vietnamese veterans marching on Anzac Day in Melbourne, 25 April 2011.
© Keith Broad

A symposium convened by Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Nathalie Nguyen from the National Centre for Australian Studies in the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies at Monash University, as part of her Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on “Forgotten Histories: Vietnamese Veterans in Australia.”

This interdisciplinary symposium examines the Vietnam War from new perspectives including those of the Vietnamese diaspora, and explores the ways in which perceptions of the war have altered in recent years. The effects of the Vietnam War outside the boundaries of the Vietnamese state are ongoing. The presence of a substantial Vietnamese diaspora in countries that participated in the conflict has contributed to changing interpretations of the war. This symposium acknowledges the South Vietnamese experience of the war and provides new insights into the reconstruction and memorialization of the war by Australian, American, Canadian and French scholars.


  • Dr Peter Edwards Deakin University
  • Dr François Guillemot CNRS/Institut d’Asie Orientale
  • Dr Robert McKelvey Oregon Health and Science University
  • Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen Monash University
  • Dr Frank Palmos University of Western Australia
  • Dr Noah Riseman Australian Catholic University
  • Professor Thanh-Vân Ton That Université Paris Est-Créteil
  • Associate Professor Kieu-Linh Valverde University of California Davis
  • Mr George J. Veith Independent Historian


  • Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, ARC Future Fellow, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

Contacts During Symposium

  • Francesca Vivarelli

Reception and Accommodation Officer
Monash University Prato Centre
Via Publiesi, 26 – Palazzo Vaj – 59100 Prato PO – Italy
T: +39 (0) 547 43691

  • Nathalie Nguyen


Thursday 10 October

Sala Toscana, Monash University Prato Centre, Via Publiesi 26, Prato

  • 9.00am-9.30am Welcome

Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Director, Monash University Prato Centre

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Symposium Convenor

  • 9.30am-10.30am Dr François Guillemot

An Intellectual through Revolution, War, and Exile: The Political Commitment of Nguyen Ngoc Huy (1924-1990)

  • 10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
  • 11.00am-12.00pm Mr George J. Veith

“A Short Race to Hell”: Thieu, South Vietnam, and the Paris Peace Accords

  • 12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Dr Noah Riseman

The Vietnam War and Indigenous Service in Australia and the United States

  • 2.30pm-3.30pm Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen

Recognition of War Service: Vietnamese Veterans and Australian Government Policy

  • 3.30pm-4.00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.00pm-5.00pm Dr Peter Edwards

Fifty Years On: Half-Century Reflections on the Australian Commitment to the Vietnam War

  • 7.30pm Dinner

Antica Fiaschetteria, Via Dell’Accademia 49, Prato 5

Friday 11 October

Sala Toscana, Monash University Prato Centre, Via Publiesi 26, Prato

  • 9.30am-10.30am Dr Thanh-Vân Ton That

Stories of Passion and Decolonization from the Indochina War to the Vietnam War

  • 10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
  • 11.00am-12.00pm Dr Frank Palmos

Vietnam’s Unfinished Revolution: Rising Voices in Alternatives to an Outmoded Ruling System

  • 12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Dr Robert McKelvey

The Vietnam War: A Personal Journey

  • 2.30pm-3.30pm Associate Professor Kieu-Linh Valverde

Viet Nam War as Concept: Recognizing Individual and Global Ownership of War Experience

  • 3.30pm-4.00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.00pm-5.00pm Round Table Discussions
  • 7.30pm Dinner

Il Baghino, Via Dell’Accademia 9, Prato

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