Martin Baumann is Professor of the Study of Religions at the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences and current vice-chancellor for the advancement of research at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. with a thesis on Buddhists and Buddhist communities in Germany in 1993 at the University of Hannover (Germany) and received his habilitation graduation with a post-doctoral thesis on Hindu tradition in diasporic contexts in 1999 at the University of Leipzig (Germany). Since 2001, he is professor for the Study of Religions at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). His teaching and research interests focus on immigration and religion, diaspora communities and religious pluralism, new religions, and Hindu and Buddhist traditions in the West.
Vincent Goossaert obtained his PhD at EPHE, Paris (1997), was a research fellow at CNRS from 1998 to 2012 and is now Professor of Daoism and Chinese religions at EPHE. He has served as the Deputy Director of the Societies-Religions-Secularisms Institute (GSRL, Paris) since 2004. In 2007, he was ICS Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research deals with the social history of premodern and modern Chinese religion. He has published books on Chinese temples, Anticlericalism in China, Chinese dietary taboos, the production of moral norms, and most recently, with David Palmer, The Religious Question in Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2011) which won the Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies in 2013.
Philip Clart is Professor of Chinese Culture and History at the University of Leipzig, Germany. His main research areas are popular religion and new religious movements in Taiwan, religious change in Taiwan and China, as well as literature and religions of the late imperial period (10th-19th c.). His monographs include Han Xiangzi: The Alchemical Adventures of a Daoist Immortal (University of Washington Press, 2007) and Die Religionen Chinas (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009). He has edited or co-edited Religion in Modern Taiwan: Tradition and Innovation in a Changing Society (University of Hawai‘i Press 2003), The People and the Dao: New Studies of Chinese Religions in Honour of Daniel L. Overmyer (Institute Monumenta Serica, 2009), and Chinese and European Perspectives on the Study of Chinese Popular Religions (Boyang Publishing, 2012).
Françoise Robin is a maître de conférence at l’INALCO and is a specialist of Tibet.
She received a DEA at INALCO in 1999. In 2003, she submitted a doctoral thesis on TIbetan literature also at l’INALCO, under the supervision of Heather Stoddard, titled « La littérature de fiction d’expression tibétaine au Tibet (RPC) depuis 1950 : sources textuelles anciennes, courants principaux et fonctions dans la société contemporaine tibétaine ». She has had many trips to China specifically to Tibet University as part of her research.
Françoise Robin is a member of UMR 8155 « Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine » and is responsible for the programme « Dictionnaire thématique français-tibétain » au sein de l’UMR 8155.
Mette Halsko Hansen is Professor at the University of Oslo, Department of East European and Oriental Studies. She is responsible for the master programme in Chinese society and politics, and a newly started joint master in China studies with the University of Zhejiang, in cooperation with University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.
Her research is in the field of modern Chinese society and politics, more specifically: education and youth, processes of individualization, ethnic minorities, Chinese migrations to minority areas, and most recently discourses on the environment and public participation in environmental debates. The research is based on fieldwork mainly in the provinces of Yunnan, Gansu, Zhejiang, and Fujian.
This workshop presents recent research on India and has two components. Each presenter introduces a pre-circulated paper or shows a film (15 minutes introduction + 30 minutes discussion). Interspersed with this, there are three discussion sessions (30 minutes) structured around larger research questions.
Michael Herzfeld is the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Author of ten books, including most recently Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome (2009), and producer of two ethnographic films, he has conducted extensive research in Greece, Italy, and Thailand. His current research focuses on the impact of historic conservation on present-day communities, and especially the politics of eviction, and on the local impact of cryptocolonial and neoliberal dynamics. Recipient of numerous awards, including the J.I. Staley Prize (School of American Research) and the Rivers Memorial Medal (Royal Anthropological Institute, London), he has received honorary doctorates from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki), and the University of Crete, and is an Honorary Professor of Shandong University, Jinan, China. He has served (1995-98) as editor of American Ethnologist.
André Laliberté has received his doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia in 1999 and is full professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, where he teaches on the politics of China and comparative politics. He is co-director of the Chair on Taiwan Studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa. He has done research in Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and Hong Kong on the intersection of religion and democratic transitions, issues of identity, and social policies.
D. Parthasarathy is Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. From 2008 until 2009 he was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.
Peter Geschiere is Professor of African Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam (earlier at Leiden University). He was visiting professor at several universities in Africa, North America and Europe.
Professor Kenneth Dean is James McGill Professor and Drs. Richard Charles and Esther
Yewpick Lee Chair of Chinese Cultural Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies of
McGill University. His main research fields are Chinese Taoism, Popular Culture and Chinese Litterature.
Matthew Engelke is a Reader in the Department of Anthropology. He also co-ordinates the School’s Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion. Dr Engelke was educated at the universities of Chicago and Virginia. He joined LSE in 2002.
Dr. Sanal Mohan Padikaparampil is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. He was a Visiting Faculty Associate at the Centre for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2011.
Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New Jersey. Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi’s current research interests are in violence, media, religion and ritual, symbolic anthropology, psychoanalysis, identification, nationalism, social theory.