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Taiwan Research Programme
Asia Research Centre
London School of Economics and Political Science
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Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Who's Who



Professor Stephan Feuchtwang
Department of Anthropology and Taiwan Research Programme, London School of Economics

Professor Feuchtwang was the Chair of the London Taiwan Seminar during 2000-03. He was the President of the British Association for Chinese Studies, 2000-04. In 2002 and again in 2008 he was a member of the international peer review panel evaluating the research of the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He has published books and articles about Chinese geomancy, popular religion in Taiwan and the Mainland, and is currently working on terror and social memory. He is the author of Popular Religion in China: the Imperial metaphor (Curzon, 2001), co-author of Grassroots Charisma: four local leaders in China (with Wang Mingming, Routledge, 2001), and the editor of Making Place: state projects, globalisation and local responses in China (UCL, 2004). 




Dr Fang-Long Shih
Taiwan Research Programme, London School of Economics

Dr Fang-long Shih seeks to contextualize processes of modernization and globalization through interdisciplinary studies of social-scientific questions that use Taiwan as a point of comparison. Through research and teaching, by hosting seminars, workshops and conferences, and by journal publications, she seeks to stimulate new interactions between disciplines and areas in order to develop new scope for dialogue and understanding of Taiwan in an increasingly unstable and fragmented world. She has launched a seminar series, ‘Taiwan in Comparative Perspective’ (2006-), taught an MSc course of the same name at the LSE (2009-2012), and served as Co-Director of the LSE Taiwan Research Programme (2009-2014). She also established Taiwan in Comparative Perspective, the first journal of its kind, serving as editor. The Journal has so far published five Issues. She has overseen a comparative project on the theme of ‘Justice’ (2011), and engaged in dialogue with scholars of Irish Studies on ‘Subjectivity and National Narrations’ (2012), and with scholars of Hong Kong Studies on ‘Centres–Peripheries, Colonialism, and Politics of Representation’ (2014). She is currently working on a Journal Special Issue, 'Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement in Comparative Perspective', and a book project on Maiden Death and Gender Implications in Comparative Perspective.

Dr Shih is interested in issues relating to anthropology and sociology of religion, which she regards as being always embodied in political, social, and economic processes, and her work has considered religion in relation to areas such as family, kin, gender, ethnicity, the state, modernity, glocalization, and civil society. She has also introduced studies of religion in Taiwan into wider theoretical and methodological debates in the Study of Religion. She is the co-editor of Re-Writing Culture in Taiwan (Routledge, 2009), and her publications address topics such as religion and state policies (2006), and religion and the generation of new gender space (2007), and religion and anti-nuclear protest (2012). She has guest lectured at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and also at Masaryk University in Czech Republic. She has also contributed chapters on ‘Women, Religions and Feminisms’ to the New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion (2010) and again on ‘Reading Gender and Religion in East Asia’ to the Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia (2014).


Advisory Committee Members 

Chris Berry

Professor Chris Berry
Film and Television Studies, Department of Media and Communication, Goldsmiths College 

Professor Berry's research is focused on Chinese cinemas and other Chinese screen-based media, with a particular interest in gender, sexuality, and the postcolonial politics of time and space. His publications include (with Mary Farquhar) Cinema and the National: China on screen (Columbia University Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2006); Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China: the Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution (Routledge, 2004); (edited with Feii Lu) Island on the Edge: Taiwan New Cinema and after (Hong Kong University Press, 2005); (editor) Chinese Films in Focus: 25 new takes (British Film Institute, 2003); (edited with Fran Martin and Audrey Yue) Mobile Cultures: new media and queer Asia (Duke University Press, 2003); and (translator and editor) Ni Zhen, Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy: the origins of China's fifth generation filmmakers (Duke University Press, 2002).


Dr Kent Deng
Reader in Economic History, London School of Economics

Since 2000, Dr Deng has been the secretary of The Third World History and Economic Development Group, UK. He publishes in the areas of Chinese economic history during the pre-modern and early modern periods, and his works include The Chinese Premodern Economy (Routledge 1999). He has also worked as a radio journalist and broadcaster (for ABC in Australia), and he holds professional Mandarin/English translation and interpretation qualifications.


Dr Margaret Hillenbrand
Lecturer, The Institute for Chinese Studies, Oxford University

Dr Hillenbrand is the author of Literature, Modernity, and the Practice of Resistance: Japanese and Taiwanese fiction, 1960-1990 (Brill, 2007), and is currently working on a book-length project which investigates circuits of cultural exchange between Japan and Greater China.


Reverend John McNeil
Scott Senior Chaplain, University of London

Reverend John McNeil Scott has a masters degree in Chinese Law from SOAS, has studied at National Taiwan University ICLP and has worked as a commercial lawyer in Taipei. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and is currently completing doctoral research in the area of identity and theology in Taiwan. As well as his involvement with the Taiwan Research Programme, he works closely with a number of Taiwanese community groups in London


Professor Tim Murphy
Professor of Law Professor

Tim Murphy was born in Nottingham and educated at Nottingham High School and Downing College, Cambridge. He taught at Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Kent at Canterbury before joining LSE in 1978, where he has been Professor of Law since 1999. He has also taught numerous courses for the WEA and the TUC. From 1992-1995 he served as Dean of the Graduate School at LSE. He was General Editor of the Modern Law Review from 1995 to 2002 and is a founder member of the Editorial Board of Law and Critique. In recent years he has served at LSE as Chairman of the Graduate School Committee and Vice-Chairman of the School’s Appointments Committee and took up the post of Deputy Director in September 2005.


Professor Danny Quah
Head of Department of Economics, London School of Economics

Professor Quah teaches introductory courses in microeconomics as well as research courses in macroeconomics. He is also Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, and Chair of the China Summer School Board for the LSE-PKU Summer School. Outside of LSE, he is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and a Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and he has served on the Academic Panels of H.M. Treasury and the Office for National Statistics. Some of his weightless economy writings have been translated into 18 different languages. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and he was Programme Chair for the year 2000 European Economics Association Annual Congress.


Professor Charles Stafford
Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics

Professor Stafford specialises in the anthropology of learning, schooling, cognition and child development, and has carried out extensive research in Taiwan and China. His current research focuses on learning and economic life from a cognitive anthropological perspective. He is the author of The Roads of Chinese Childhood (1995), and Separation and Reunion in Modern China (2000), and the editor of Living with Separation in China (2003).


Mr Stuart Thompson
Research Associate, London School of Economics

Mr Thompson was formerly Lecturer in Asian Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He is also a committee member of the LSE Taiwan Culture Research Programme, where he has been the Chair of the London Taiwan Seminar since 2003. He taught a variety of courses, but focused on Chinese culture and society, and devised courses on the anthropology of education. He was also Convener of, and a teacher on, the interdisciplinary MA Contemporary Taiwan course. He has been researching Taiwan since his initial fieldwork in 1980. He specializes in the study of education, cultural literacy, social aspects of food, and death-related rites and representations. He is co-editor of Consuming China (Routledge, 2006), and of Re-Writing Culture in Taiwan (Routledge, 2009).