Ann Heirman, Ph.D. (1998) in Oriental Languages and Cultures, is Professor at Ghent University (Belgium), where she is teaching Classical and Buddhist Chinese. She has published extensively on Chinese Buddhist monasticism and the development of disciplinary rules, including Rules for Nuns according to the Dharmaguptakavinaya (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 2002), The Spread of Buddhism (edited volume with Stephan Peter Bumbacher, Brill, Leiden, 2007) and A Pure Mind in a Clean Body, Bodily Care in the Buddhist Monasteries of Ancient India and China (Academia Press, Ghent, 2012, with Mathieu Torck). At Ghent University, she is president of the Ghent Centre for Buddhist Studies, an international research centre that focuses on India and China.
At Ghent University, Ann Heirman is mainly teaching Classical Chinese, Buddhist Chinese, Chinese history and Buddhism.
Her main administrative tasks include: Head of the Program Unit Oriental Languages and Cultures (2006-) and Head of the Examination Commissions of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.
Main teaching topics:
History of China