Skip to main content

Books as Sacred Beings

Photo of the Participants in the Books as Sacred Beings Conference hosted including Yohan Yoo, Dorina Miller Parmenter, & James W. Watts

Photo of the Participants in the Books as Sacred Beings Conference hosted including Yohan Yoo, Dorina Miller Parmenter, & James W. Watts

October 25, 2017
  

Professor James W. Watts, has returned from keynoting the Books as Sacred Beings international conference which was hosted by Professor Yohan Yoo (PhD '05) and the Center for Religious Studies, Seoul National University, October 13-14, 2017. Scholars from six countries presented papers exploring the use of sacred texts in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Shaminism, and many other traditions. Dr. Watts’ keynote address was entitled “Books as Sacred Beings.” Alumna Professor Dorina Miller Parmenter (PhD ’09) of Spalding University was also deeply involved in the conference. To learn more about the papers presented see the conference program.

One unique feature of the conference was that the participants visited the Haeinsa temple where they viewed the Tripitaka Koreana, which is a Buddhist sacred text carved onto wooden printing blocks.

Below is the conference flyer.

Books as Sacred Beings Flyer