Dr. Patrice Ladwig

Dr. Patrice Ladwig

Social Anthropology

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, and a few other things.

During his time at the MPI, Patrice primarily worked on two publication projects. The first is (a long overdue) edited volume entitled Buddhist Socialisms. Asian interactions of Buddhism and communist movements that deals with the multiple (and at times tension-ridden) political and religious histories that evolved from the meeting of Buddhism and various forms of communism and socialism during the 20th century. The second project is a journal special issue entitled Towards an anthropology of Buddhism. Ethnography, Theory and Comparison, which he edits with his colleague Nicolas Sihlé (CNRS, EHESS). The publication aims at reviving some themes of the anthropology of Buddhism by connecting some of its classical topics (mainly developed in the 1970s) with questions of comparison and recent anthropological theory.