Tony Edwards

Tony Edwards

PhD Candidate
Pacific and Asian History
Contact details
Building: Australian Centre on China in the World

Tony is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Culture, History and Language specialising in late-imperial Taoism. His research examines the lay practice and transmission of the Taoist tradition of meditation known as Internal Alchemy (neidan) during the late Qing and Republic. Prior to his doctoral research he studied at the universities of Macquarie, Sydney, and Peking and holds an advanced Master of Translation in Classical Chinese from the ANU.

Thesis Topic

Internal Alchemy in Transition

Research Interests

Modern China, Asian history, religious studies, intellectual history, and translation studies.

  • Taoism in the late Qing and Republic
  • Intellectual and political currents in early twentieth century China
  • The lay practice of Internal Alchemy
  • Religious movements in 19th century Sichuan
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • The reception of Taoism in the West
  • Spirit-writing movements
  • Alchemical language
  • Redemptive societies
  • The translation of religious terminology from Classical Chinese
  • The comparative study of contemplative traditions and psycho-physiological cultivation practices
  • Religious printing during the late Qing and Republic

Publications

Academic Translations

Zhu Guanming 朱冠明. “The Sinicization of Buddhist Scriptural Language.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Chinese Language Studies, edited by Zhengdao Ye, translated by T. L. Edwards, 213-252. Singapore: Springer Singapore, 2022.

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6844-8_18-1.

[Source text: Fodian yuyan de zhongguohua 佛典語言的中國化]

Lin Huayong 林华勇, and Yan Niting 颜铌婷. “Advances in the Study of the Grammaticalization of Chinese Dialects.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Chinese Language Studies, edited by Zhengdao Ye, translated by T. L. Edwards, 155–185. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore, 2022.

https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-6844-8_25-1

[Source Text: Hanyu fangyan yufahua yanjiu de jinzhan 汉语方言语法化研究的进展]

Courses Taught (Tutor)

2022

  • ASIA1025 Asia and the Pacific: Power, Diversity and Change
  • ASIA2222 Taiwanese Society and Politics

2021

  • ASIA2222 Taiwanese Society and Politics

Languages

Classical Chinese, Mandarin, and Ancient Greek.

International Academic Collaboration

Chinese Religious Text Authority

CRTA Profile

Updated:  7 July 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, Culture, History & Language/Page Contact:  CHL webmaster