Dr. Patrice Ladwig

Dr. Patrice Ladwig


Tel.: +49 (551) 4956 - 220
Fax: +49 (551) 4956 - 170

(Research Fellow, Robert H. N. Ho Foundation in Buddhist Studies / American Council of Learned Societies)

Patrice Ladwig studied Social Anthropology and Sociology in Germany, France and the UK, and obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2008. He worked at the University of Bristol, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and was visiting professor at the University of Zürich and the University of Hamburg. With a regional focus on mainland Southeast Asia (primarily Laos & Thailand), he works on the anthropology of Theravada Buddhism, death and funeral cultures, religion & communist movements, colonialism, Cold War history, and a few other things.


Edited special issue and introduction in journal

[2017] (edited special section and introduction with Nicolas Sihlé) ‘Toward an anthropology of Buddhism. Introduction. Legacies, trajectories, and comparison in the anthropology of Buddhism’, Religion and Society: Advances in Research 8: 109-128.  

Articles in edited volumes and encyclopedias

[2017] Mimetic Theories, Representation, and ‘Savages’. Critiques of the Enlightenment and Modernity Through the Lens of Primitive Mimesis. In P. Stockhammer, & C. Forberg (Eds.), The Transformative Power of the Copy (pp. 37-66). Heidelberg University Publishing.   Link

[2017] ‘Special operation pagoda’. Buddhism, covert operations and the politics of religious subversion in Cold War Laos (1957-1960). In V. Pholsena, & V. Bouté (Eds.), Changing Lives in Laos: Society, Politics and Culture in a Post-Socialist State (pp. 81-108). Singapore University Press.   Link

[2017] Buddhism in contemporary Laos. Ruptured histories. In M. Jerryson (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Buddhism (pp. 274-295). New York: Oxford University Press.   Link