Uri Kaplan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow at The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University.


Address, Telephone and Fax Numbers
E-mail: everywhereurik@yahoo.com


Academic Positions

2017- Postdoctoral Fellow at the Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kyujanggak Institute, Seoul National University.
2015 Lecturer at Duke University.



2010- 2015 Ph.D. in Asian Religions, Duke University.
2009- 2010 Graduate Program in Asian Philosophy, Korea University.
2008- 2009 Korean language certificate, Kyunghee University.
2005- 2008 M.A. in Korean Studies, Yonsei University.
2001- 2004 B.A. in Anthropology and Asian Studies (Chinese), Tel-Aviv University.


Refereed Journal Articles:
2018 [forthcoming]. “Rebuilding the ‘Eastern Country of Propriety’ (東方禮儀之國):
Decorum Camps, Sŏwŏn Stays, and the Confucian Revival in Contemporary Korea,”
Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies vol. 18, no. 1.

2017. “Assembling the Laity: Standardizing Lay Buddhist Affiliation via Education in Contemporary Korea,” The Journal of Korean Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, 143-176.
2017. “From the Tea to the Coffee Ceremony: Modernizing Buddhist Material Culture in Contemporary Korea,” Material Religion, vol. 13, no. 1, 1-22.

2016. “The Present-day Korean Confucian Primer: Annotated Translation of the
Four-Character Elementary Learning (Saja sohak, 四字小學).” Acta Koreana, vol. 19, no.2, 239-253.

2016. “Updating the Vinaya: Formulating Buddhist Monastic Laws and Pure Rules in Contemporary Korea.” Contemporary Buddhism, vol. 17, no. 2, 252-274.

2010. “Images of Monasticism: The Temple Stay Program and the Re-branding of Korean Buddhist Temples,” Korean Studies, vol. 34, 127-146.


Book Reviews:
2016. “Charles Muller. Korea’s Great Buddhist-Confucian Debate: The Treatises of Chŏng Tojŏn (Sambong) and Hamhŏ Tŭkt’ong (Kihwa). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2015.” Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, vol. 28 no. 2, 273-6.


Work in Progress:
What Should Buddhist Monks Know About Buddhism? Monastic Education in Korea [book project, manuscript completed].

Buddhist Apologetics: Annotated Translation of the Yusŏk chirŭi non (儒釋質疑論)
[book project].


Select Fellowships and Awards:

2017 The Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies Postdoctoral Award.
2016 The Academy of Korean Studies Postdoctoral Award.
2015 The Kyujanggak Institute of Korean Studies Fellowship.
2013 The Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research.
2011-2012 Gurney Harriss Kearns Fellowship Fund.
2010 James B. Duke Fellowship.
2008 Yonsei University KSP Award for Best Master’s Thesis.
2008 Yonsei University KSP Award for Academic Excellence.
2007 The Korean National Institute of Education Development (NIIED) Fellowship Award for Ph.D.
2005 The Korean National Institute of Education Development (NIIED) Fellowship Award for Master’s Degree.
2005 Tel-Aviv University Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude.


Select Conference Papers and Invited Talks:

2017 “Updating Korean Buddhism for the 21st-Century” (Invited talk at the Hebrew University)
2016 “The Resurrection of Confucian Education in Contemporary Korea” (Invited talk at Ehwa University).
2016 “Buddhism, Tea, and…Coffee” (Special lecture at the Academy of Korean Studies)
2016 “Is Confucianism Making a Comeback in Korea?” (Special lecture at Seoul National University)
2015 “Branding Buddhism in 21st-Century Korea: Searching for the ‘Middle Way’ Between Tradition and Modernity.” (Talk at Columbia University, New York)
2014 “From Preachers to Teachers: The New Buddhist Lay Education System of the Korean Chogye Order.” (Asian Buddhism: Plural Colonialism and Plural Modernities Seminar, Kyoto).
2014 “The Creation of an Orthodox Buddhist Lay Education System in Contemporary Korea.” (2014 Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), San-Diego).
2014 “Becoming a Lay Buddhist in Contemporary Korea.” (Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) Colloquium in Korean Studies, Seoul).
2008 “Images of Monasticism: The Temple Stay Program and the Re-branding of Korean Buddhist Temples.” (International Consortium of Korean Studies, Australia National University, Canberra).
2007 “A Prototype of Ombudsman: Governmental Self-Restraint Institutions in the Confucian Tradition.” (World Congress for Korean Studies, Pusan).


Working Languages:
Hebrew, English, Korean, Japanese, Classical Chinese, Mandarin Chinese.