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Nathan Woolley

Dr Nathan Woolley


PhD, Australian National University
MA, Iwate University
Bachelor of Chinese Studies (First Class Honours), Australian National University

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Nathan Woolley conducts research focussing on the role of religion in regional Chinese history. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked in Japan and South Korea in the fields of media and translation.

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean

Research Interests

  • Chinese religion
  • Chinese political and intellectual history
  • Traditional Chinese historiography
  • National and regional identity in Northeast Asia
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Current Projects

  • Regional identity and sacred spaces in southern China from the Ming dynasty to the present
  • Religion and politics during the Tang-Song transition
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Selected Publications

Celestial Empire: Life in China, 1644-1911, Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2016

‘From restoration to unification: Legitimacy and loyalty in the writings of Xu Xuan (917–992)’, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol. 77, issue 3 (2014): 547-567

‘The many boats to Yangzhou: Purpose and variation in religious records of the Tang’, Asia Major Third Series, vol.26, no. 2 (2013): 59–88


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