Jingyu Liu studies the religious history and ritual practice of medieval China, with a special focus on the interaction between Buddhism, Daoism, and popular cults. Her dissertation is about the prominence of salvation rites, during the Song dynasty, on Mt. Tiantai (in modern Zhejiang浙江 province) and its surrounding area. It aims to investigate how the interaction between Buddhism and Daoism gave rise to the development of a ritual called Universal Salvation (Pudu普度). It will also consider how local popular cults and intellectual orientation contributed to the spread of the ritual.