"Comparing Chinese Temple and Ritual Networks in Southeast Asia"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2015

  • Date: Jun 11, 2015
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Kenneth Dean (McGill University)
  • Kenneth Dean is Professor and Head of the Chinese Department and a Research Cluster Leader in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is Lee Chair and James McGill Professor Emeritus of McGill University. He is the author of several books and articles on Chinese religion and ritual, Taoism and local history, religious epigraphy, and transnational ritual networks. His documentary film Bored in Heaven: a film about ritual sensation (2010) covers processions, rituals and trance possession in contemporary Putian, Fujian, China.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
"Comparing Chinese Temple and Ritual Networks in Southeast Asia"

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This paper explores a wide range of Chinese temple and ritual networks in Southeast Asia. Different historical phases in the growth of a dense network of socio-religious institutions are outlined. Characteristics ofdifferent sets of networked individuals, groups, and communities are discussed. The impact of the rise of information age network flows and renewed ties to China are examined. Comparative approaches are suggested based on earlier studies of religious networks in the region, as well as work on other socio-economic networks.


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