Contact details

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Ghent University
Blandijnberg 2
5th floor, office 150.016
B-9000 Gent


Tel. +32 - 9 - 264 - 4016


Main research interests

My main research interest is the study of Medieval Chinese, as reflected in Buddhist texts (Buddhist Hybrid Chinese), including syntax, semantics, and rhetorical devices. The focus is currently on semi-vernacular texts among the Dūnhuáng manuscript material.

During recent years, research has also focused on Buddhist iconography in Central Asia and China, studying mechanisms of text-image relations in Buddhist narratives.

Other interests: Chan/Zen Buddhism; Classical/Literary Chinese (syntax); Asian history of religion; Buddhist medieval lexicography; Digital Humanities; palaeography (Dūnhuáng manuscripts); Chinese historical phonology


Current research projects

"Database of Medieval Chinese Syntax (DMCS)"


Call for PhD applications!


Previous research projects

"Dynamics of Text Corpora and Image Programs: Representations of Buddhist Narratives along the Silk Route" (MERCATOR/CERES, Ruhr Univ. Bochum): 

"Zen Thought, Literature, Language and Rhetoric in a Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspective" (IKOS, Univ. of Oslo)


PhD supervisions

Jianhong Zeng

Yezi Mu

Laurent Van Cutsem





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