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).