Professor Stephan Feuchtwang
Department of Anthropology and Taiwan Research Programme, London School of Economics
Professor Feuchtwang launched the London Taiwan Seminar in 2000, serving as Chair. In 2003 the Seminar became the Taiwan Research Programme, affiliated with the LSE Asia Research Centre. Following the disestablishment of the Asia Research Centre in March 2016, the Taiwan Research Programme is currently an independent website at the LSE, and Professor Feuchtwang continues to act as Co-Director. Professor Feuchtwang is an emeritus professor in the LSE Anthropology Department, and has served as the President of the British Association for Chinese Studies (2000–2004). 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 been engaged in research on popular religion and politics in mainland China and Taiwan since 1966, resulting in a number of publications on charisma, place, temples and festivals, and civil society. 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), editor of Making Place: state projects, globalisation and local responses in China (UCL, 2004), author of The Anthropology of Religion, Charisma and Ghosts: Chinese lessons for adequate theory (De Gruyter 2010), and After the Event: the transmission of grievous loss in Germany, China and Taiwan (Berghahn, 2011).