Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Emeritus Professor

Department of Anthropology

About me

Professor Stephan Feuchtwang is an emeritus professor of the Department. 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 has recently been engaged in a comparative project exploring the theme of the recognition of catastrophic loss, including the loss of archive and recall, which in Chinese cosmology and possibly elsewhere is pre-figured in the category of ghosts. Most recently he has been pursuing a project on the comparison of civilisations and empires.


Expertise Details

China and Taiwan; Germany; Chinese popular religion; the anthropology of history; life stories; family myths and responses to catastrophic loss; comparison of civilisations and empires.

Selected publications

2011. Feuchtwang, Stephan  After the event: the transmission of grievous loss in Germany, China and Taiwan. Berghahn Books, London, UK. ISBN 9780857450869

2011. Feuchtwang, Stephan  Exhibition and awe: regimes of visibility in the presentation of an emperor. Journal of material culture, 16 (1). pp. 64-79. ISSN 1359-1835

2011. Feuchtwang, Stephan Afterword. In: Shih, Fang-Long and Thompson, Stuart and Tremlett, Paul-François, (eds.) Re-writing culture in Taiwan. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415602938

2010. Feuchtwang, Stephan Recalling the Great Leap Famine and recourse to irony.In: Zhang, Everett and Kleinman, Arthur and Tu, Weiming, (eds.) Governance of life in Chinese moral experience: the quest for an adequate life. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415597197

2010. Feuchtwang, Stephan Corrections of double vision. Critique of anthropology, 30 (1). pp. 94-101. ISSN 0308-275X

2010. Feuchtwang, Stephan and Rowlands, Michael and Mingming, Wang Some Chinese directions of anthropology. Anthropological quarterly, 83 (4). ISSN 0003-5491

2010. Feuchtwang, Stephan Re-evaluating the long term: civilisation and temporalities. In: Garrow, Duncan and Yarrow, Thomas, (eds.) Archaeology and anthropology: understanding similarity, exploring difference. Oxbow Books, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9781842173879

2010. Feuchtwang, Stephan The anthropology of religion, charisma and ghosts: Chinese lessons for adequate theory. De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 9783110223552

2009. Feuchtwang, Stephan The transmission of traumatic loss: a case study from Taiwan. In: Argenti, Nicolas and Schramm, Katharina, (eds.) Remembering violence: anthropological perspectives on intergenerational transmission. Berghahn Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781845456245

2009. Feuchtwang, Stephan India and China as spiritual nations: a comparative anthropology of histories. Social anthropology, 17 (1). pp. 100-108. ISSN 0964-0282

2009. Feuchtwang, Stephan Civilisation and temporalities: examples from China.Zhongguo Renleixue Pinglun (Chinese Review of Anthropology), 12 pp. 38-52.

2009. Feuchtwang, Stephan Afterword. In: Thiranagama, Sharika and Kelly, Tobias, (eds.) Traitors: suspicion, intimacy, and the ethics of state-building. University of Pennsylvania Press, Pennsylvania, US, pp. 227-240. ISBN 9780812242133

2008. Feuchtwang, Stephan Suggestions for a redefinition of charisma. Nova religio, 12 (2). pp. 90-105. ISSN 1092-6690

2008. Feuchtwang, Stephan Disruption, commemoration and family repair. In: Brandtstädter, Susanne and Santos, Gonçalo D., (eds.) Chinese kinship: contemporary anthropological perspectives. Routledge, London, pp. 223-245. ISBN 9780415456975

2008. Feuchtwang, Stephan History and the transmission of shared loss: the great leap famine in china and the Luku incident in Taiwan. In: Sautedé , Eric, (ed.) History and memory: present reflections on the past to Build our future. Macau Ricci Institute, Macao, China, pp. 163-189. ISBN 9789993794707

2008. Feuchtwang, Stephan Centres and margins: the organisation of extravagance as self-government in China. In: Pine, Frances and Pina-Cabral, João de, (eds.) On the margins of religion. Berghahn Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 135-153. ISBN 9781845454098