Dr. Patrice Ladwig

Dr. Patrice Ladwig

Social Anthropology

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(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.

Patrice is the principal investigator of a project funded by the The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation in Buddhist Studies. He collaborates with Gregory Kourilsky (École française d'Extrême-
Orient, EFEO, Paris).

Governing the monastic order. A comparative exploration of traditional sangha-laws in pre-modern Laos and their transformations under colonialism

This project examines texts and laws that concern the governance and administration of the Buddhist monastic order (sangha) in Laos during the pre-modern and the colonial period (19th century – 1953). First, it will explore how legal and religious concepts borrowed (directly or not) from India were adapted to pre-modern Buddhist Lao kingdoms. Secondly, research will examine modern colonial legislations for controlling and administering the sangha in French Laos. Synthesizing the results and focusing on the concept of ‘localization’, the ruptures and continuities of Buddhist law making under different political regimes will be explored. By combining textual analysis with historical methods and theories, broader conclusions will be drawn from comparisons with other Theravada cases in South and Southeast Asia.