Dr. Jie Kang
Jie Kang is a Research Fellow and Project Coordinator for “Cultural Diversity in South-West China and South-East Asia” and “Temples, Rituals, and the Transformation of Transnational Networks” headed by Peter van der Veer at MPI-MMG’s Department of Religious Diversity. She is also responsible for the communications, publications, and outreach of the Department. She was awarded a Ph.D. degree in 2014 in Sinology from the University of Leipzig for a dissertation, entitled “From Peasant to Pastor - The Rural-Urban Transformation of Protestant Christianity in Linyi, Shandong Province.” She is also the author of the book “House Church Christianity in China: From Rural Preachers to City Pastors” published by Palgrave in 2016. Generally, she is interested in transnational religious networks in China and among the Chinese diaspora abroad, missionary movement, state-church relations, religion and nationalism, including national identity. Alongside her own research, she is also currently responsible for the following:
- Supporting collaboration with Chinese universities, academic institutions, and organizations.
- Organizing the MPI-MMG‘s activities internationally and with reference to China, such as conferences and workshops.
- Developing a research network base connecting the MPI-MMG’s Department of Religious Diversity to Chinese academic institutions.
- Missionary Movement of the Chinese Protestant House Church
- Chinese Christian community and network in Germany
- Christian tourism and its global connectedness
- From peasant to pastor -- The rural-urban transformation of Protestant Christianity in Linyi, Shandong Province (completed)
Books and Collected Editions
Ahmad, I., & Kang, J. (Eds.). (2022). The nation form in the global age: Ethnographic perspectives. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Link
Kang, J. (2016). House Church Christianity in China: From Rural Preachers to City Pastors. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Link
Kang, J. (2019). The Rise of Calvinist Christianity in Urbanising China. Religions, 10(8), 481. Link
Kang, J. (2015). The Concept of Social Network in Chinese Christianity / 中国基督教的社会网络 概念. Cultural Diversity in China, 1(2), 219-232. Link
Contributions to a Collected edition
Ahmad, I., & Kang, J. (2022). Introduction: Imagining alternatives to globalization of the nation form. In I. Ahmad, & J. Kang (Eds.), The Nation Form in the Global Age: Ethnographic Perspectives (pp. 3-44). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Link
Kang, J. (2022). Nationalism and chinese protestant christianity: From anti-imperialism to islamophobia. In I. Ahmad, & J. Kang (Eds.), The Nation Form in the Global Age: Ethnographic Perspectives (pp. 175-202). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Link
Kang, J. (2021). Chinese Christian community in Germany: Home-making and Chineseness. In N. Cao, G. Giordan, & F. Yang (Eds.), Chinese religions going global (pp. 97-114). Leiden: Brill. Link
Kang, J. (2020). Rural to Urban Protestant House Churches in China. In S. Feuchtwang (ed). Handbook on Religion in China. Edward Elgar Publisher. Page. 407-430.
Kang, J. (2019). [Review of:] Li Ma and Jin Li “Surviving the State, Remaking the Church: A Sociological Portrait of Christians in Mainland China”. Journal of Church and State, 61(3), 497-499. Link