Dr. Weishan Huang

Dr. Weishan Huang

Sociology

Weishan Huang is now at the University of Göttingen and can be reached at
weishanh(at)gmail.com.

Weishan Huang received both her MA and PhD degrees in Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the studies of ethnic Chinese religious movement organizations, including the Chinese Christian Herald Crusades, the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and Falun Gong, both in New York City as well as their transnational networks. She also participated in the Gateway Project and the Ecologies of Learning Project in New York City.

Her current research looks at religions as part of everyday life in Shanghai under the magnificent transition of the intersection of the economic open-up and the social changes that have taken place in last few decades in China, particularly focusing on the ways in which capital-linked migrants influence the religious landscape in Shanghai. Her research focusses, first, on understanding the changes of religious practices and discourses, including both Christianity and Buddhism, among immigrant and local practitioners. Furthermore, she attempts to understand the relationship between the wider city and the strategical manifestation of religious groups in the alternative realm – in the spatial, sociological and political senses.

Publications

Books

[2013] Co-Editor, Ecologies of faith in New York City: the evolution of religious institutions, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.  Link

Book Articles

[2013] “Diversity and competition – politics and conflicts in new immigrant communities” In Ecologies of faith in New York City, Indiana University Press 2013. 

[2013] “Introduction” In Ecologies of faith in New York City, Indiana University Press 2013.

[2013/4] “Buddhist Cosmopolitanism and Public Sphere” in Cosmopolitanism, Religion and the Public Sphere, edited by Maria Rovisco and Sebastian Kim, Routledge. (Accepted)

[2013] “Religious Pluralism and the Politics of Diversity” In Book, Topographies of Faith: Religion in Urban Space, edited by Irene Becci, Marian Burchardt and Jose Casanova, Leiden: Brill. 

[forthcoming] “Sustainable Development and Karma Logistics,” Buddhist revival in Asia, Editor Nayanjot Lahiri and Upinder Singh. (Accepted)

[forthcoming] “Small by Design,” In Justice, Popular Politics and the Chinese State, Edited by Susanne Brandtstädter and Hans Steinmüller. (Accepted)

Journal Articles

[2012] “The Bodhisattva Comes Out of the Closet: City, Surveillance, and Doing Religion,” in Politics and Religion Journal VI (2), 2012. pp. 199-216.   Link

[2011] “Buddhists in Action: Transnational Migration and Religious Cosmopolitanism” in Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society, 4, 2011, pp. 215-239.   Pdf

[2010] “Immigration and Gentrification- a case study of cultural restructuring in Flushing, Queens” In Diversities, Guest Editor: Steven Vertovec, Vol. 12, No.1, 2010.   Link

[2008] “The Making of a Promised Land - Religious Responses to Gentrification and Ethnic Diversity in Flushing, Queens” in CrossCurrents: Religious Communities and Global Cities, December Issue.

Book Reviews

[2012] The Religious Question in Modern China. (by Vincent Goossaert and David Palmer. University Of Chicago Press), Religion Watch, October.

[2012] Overseas Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs in Modern China. (by By Joy Tong. Anthem Press) Religion Watch, June.

[2011] Social Scientific Studies of Religion in China: Methodology, Theories, and Findings. (edited by Fenggang Yang and Graeme Lang. Boston: Brill Press.) Religion Watch, December.

[2010] Transnational Transcendence (edited by Thomas J. Csordas, University for California Press), Religion Watch, January.

[2009] Charisma and Compassion: Cheng Yen and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Movement (by C. Julia Huang. Harvard University Press), Religion Watch, July.

[2009] Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and State Formation (Edited by Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang. University of California Press), Religion Watch, January.

[2008] Falun Gong and the Future of China (by David Ownby. Oxford University Press.), Religion Watch, July, 2008.

[2008] Getting Saved in America (by Carolyn Chen. Princeton University Press), Religion Watch, July, 2008.

Other Publications

[2009] Chief Editor, The Equal Sharing of Responsibility, United Nations 53rd Sessions of Commission on the Status of Women Handbook, Published by NGO Committee on the Status of Women.

[2008] Chief Editor, Financing for Success and Security, United Nations 52nd Sessions of Commission on the Status of Women Handbook, Published by NGO Committee on the Status of Women.

[2007] Chief Editor, Make Girl Visible, United Nations 51st Sessions of Commission on the Status of Women Handbook, Published by NGO Committee on the Status of Women UNNGOCSW.

[2006] Chief Editor, Glancing Back, Moving Forward, United Nations 50th Session of Commission on the Status of Women Handbook, Published by NGO Committee on the Status of Women.

[2005] Chief Editor, CSW 49th, United Nations 49th Session of Commission on the Status of Women Handbook, Published by NGO Committee on the Status of Women.

[2004] Chief Editor, CSW 48th, United Nations 48th Session of Commission on the Status of Women Handbook, Published by NGO Committee on the Status of Women.

Assistant Editor for The History of Chinese American Journal, 1998-1999.