Department: Asian Languages & Cultures NA
Maya Stiller specializes in traditional and contemporary Korean Buddhist art and culture. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Kansas, where she teaches courses in Korean art and culture (ancient through modern and contemporary). Through an interdisciplinary approach that includes Art History and Buddhist Studies she explores visual interpretations of Buddhist faith and practice; tensions between Buddhist patronage and social identity in Chosŏn period Korea; and local interactions between Buddhist and Confucian cultures. Dr. Stiller is currently working on two research projects. The first, which investigates regional practice and religious pluralism in pre-modern Korea, is a case study of a Korean pilgrimage site named Kŭmgangsan. The second focuses on the regional Buddhist cultures of Kyŏngsang Province, examining the contexts, motivations and implications of patronage for local monastic communities.