Julia Killin Murray F'07, G'95, F'94

Julia Killin Murray
Professor Emeritus
Art History; E Asian Studies; & Religious Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

ACLS Fellowship Program 2007
Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mysteries of Kongzhai: Relic, Representation, and Ritual at a Southern Shrine to Confucius

This project exlpores the art and history of Kongzhai, a once-important but now-destroyed and forgotten shrine to Confucius near Shanghai, where a 34th-generation descendant allegedly buried the master’s clothing in 606 CE, far from his ancient home in Shandong. Based on extensive primary-source research, the site’s evolution is traced from the late twelfth through mid-twentieth centuries in social, political, ritual, and cultural contexts. At its height in the seventeenth to eighteenth centuries, Kongzhai's multimedia representations of Confucius (relics, sculptural icons, painted or incised portraits, pictorial biographies, and various kinds of texts) functioned as significant instruments of Confucian religious expression, which have counterparts in Buddhism, Daoism, and popular-deity cults.

Travel Grants 1995
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Conference, 1994 International Academic Conference on Dunhuang Studies
Dunhuang, People's Republic of China

China Studies Program Postdoctoral Fellowships 1994
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chinese narrative illustration and the projection of Confucian value in art