Professor Dr. Michael Friedrich, University of Hamburg
Professor Friedrich’s main fields of research include Chinese Buddhism in the context of Chinese intellectual history, in particular the formative period up to the 6th century, and the historiography of Chinese Buddhism in modern and contemporary China. Beyond this, he is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures at the University of Hamburg. This project supports fundamental manuscript research, investigating from both a historical and comparative perspective, based on material artifacts, the empirical diversity of manuscript cultures.
This lectureship was established in memory of Andrew L. Markus, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Washington from 1986-1995. Established through the generosity of family and friends, this annual lecture honors Professor Markus's contribution to the study of Asian languages and literatures.
The lecture series brings to the University of Washington distinguished scholars in the field of Asian Languages and Literature. The annual lecture is considered the premiere public event sponsored by the department and is the highest honor that the department can bestow on a scholar in the field.
The Markus lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available.