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Prof. ZHANG, Ellen Ying

Professor Emeritus
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Full CV  
  • Member of Bioethics International’s World Council for Ethical Standards in Healthcare (US)
  • Member of Editorial Board  of Journal of Religious Ethics 
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Ethics 
  • Head , Department of Religion and Philosophy Department (2018-2022)
  • Director,  Centre for Applied Ethics (2020-2022)
  • B.A., Beijing Normal University, China
  • M.A., Renmin University, China
  • M.A., Rice University, U.S.A.
  • Ph.D., Rice University, U.S.A.
Work Experience:
  • Temple University, U.S.A.
Courses Taught:
  • GEND3005 Gender, Society, Culture
  • LSE 7060 Globalization: Cultural and Ethical Issues
  • LSE 7050 Traditional Values and Moral Challenges in Modern China
  • RELI 3027 Existentialism and Nihilism
  • GDAR 1076 Sex, Gender, and Chinese Thought
  • GDAR1945/ GDSS1945 Sharing Values: Interreligious Dialogue on Real Issues in the Real Life
  • RELI 3005 Daoist Religion
  • REL 7010 Graduate Seminar
  • REL 7071 Research Postgraduate Seminars
  • REL 7080 RPG Research Methodology Seminar in Religion and Philosophy
Teaching Areas:
  • Chinese Philosophy and Religion
  • Western Philosophy
  • China Studies
  • Globalization
  • Gender Studies
Research Areas:
  • Philosophy of Religion; Chinese Philosophy (Daoism and Buddhism); Comparative Philosophy and Ethics
Current Projects:
  • FNRA: “Chinese and Cross-Cultural Health Humanities” (project leader)
  • “War and Peace: A Comparative Perspective” (a collaborative project with scholars from US and UK)
  • “Bioethics, Multiculturalism and Religion” (a project organized by UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights 
Recent Publications:
  • “Forgetfulness and Flow: ‘Happiness’ in Zhuangzi’s Daoism.” Science, Religion & Culture,  Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2019, 1-8 (double-column).
  • “Informed Consent: A Critical Response from a Buddhist Perspective” Studia Bioethica, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2019, 20-38.
  • “Daoism, Utopian Imagination and Its Discontents” in Imagination: Cross-Cultural  Philosophical Analyses. eds. Hans-Georg Moeller and Andrew Whitehead (London/New York: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing, 2018), 103-126.
  • “Neurogenomics and Neuroeudaimonics: Bioethical Challenges from a  Buddhist Perspective” in Interreligious Perspectives on Mind, Genes and the Self, eds. Joseph Tham, Alberto Garcia. (London: Routledge, 2018), 31-49.
  • “‘Weapons Are Nothing but Ominous Instruments’: The Daodejing’s View on War and Peace.” Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol. 3, 2012, 473-502. 
Selected Outputs
  • “Po: Jizang’s Method of Deconstruction.” in Dao Companion to Buddhist Studies. eds. Wawrytko, S and Wang, Y. (Dordrecht/New York: Springer, 2018), 189-216. 
  • “Negative Certainties: Nāgārjuna’s Challenge to Kant on the “Togetherness of Intuition and Concepts” Intuition: Kant and Asian Philosophy, ed. Stephen R. Palmquist (New   York/London: Routledge), 2018, 122-136.
  • “When the Ground of Being Encounters Emptiness: Tillich and Buddhism.” in Paul Tillich and Asian Religion, eds. Keith Chan. (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter publishers, 2017), 87- 107. 
  • “Human Rights and Freedom in Bioethics: A Philosophical Inquiry in Light of Buddhism” in Religious Perspectives on Bioethics and Human Rights, eds. Joseph Tham, Kai Man Kwan, Alberto Garcia (Dordrecht/New York:  Springer, 2017), 77-89.
  • 《我喜歡思奔,和陳昇的歌——寫在歌詞裡的十四堂哲學課》台北: 時報出版, 2018. 336頁.
Selected Conference Presentations:
  • “Huang-Lao’s Concept of Peace and War”. Just War and Military Ethics in Comparative Perspective: East Asia and the West. University of Virginia, US. Dec. 8-10, 2019.
  • “Motherhood and Reproduction: ART from a Buddhist Perspective.” The 7th Conference on Bioethics, Multiculturalism and Religion (UNESCO Chair in Bioethics), Casablanca, Morocco. Nov. 9-11. 2019. 
  • “War and Peace according to the DDJ,” 11th International Conference on Applied Ethics, Center for Applied Ethics, Kyoto University, Dec. 2018.
  • “Critique and Subversion: Rethinking Yang Zhu’s Conception of Self.” 22nd  Symposium of the Académie du Midi. Alert-les Baines, France. May 20-25, 2018. 
  • “The Concept of Peace in Pre-Han China.” Conference on Western-Chinese Ethics on War and Peace. University of Virginia, US. Nov. 30 - 1 Dec. 1, 2018. 
Selected Research Grants:
  • Initiation Grant for FNRA 2019-2021. The Project Title: “Chinese and Cross-Cultural Health Humanities: Body, Mind, and Well-Being in the Contemporary Context”. (HK$512,000). 
  • GRF 2015-17. Project Title: “Early Daoist Philosophies of War and Peace and Its Contemporary Explications”. (HK$134,464) 
  •  The United Board (teaching grant), 2014-2017. Project Title: “Asia Interreligious Development Network,” collaboration with Prof. Reza Horshmand of the GE office, HKBU. (US$120,000).