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Name:Prof DEAN Kenneth print iconemail icon
Designation:Joint appointment as Professor and Head of the Department of Chinese Studies
Department:Asia Research Institute
Organisation:National University of Singapore
Telephone:6516 4820
Fax:6779 1428
Status: Staff

Prof Kenneth Dean has commenced an 8-year joint appointment as Professor in the ARI Religion & Globalisation cluster, Asian Connections Metacluster and Head of the Department of Chinese Studies with effect from January 2015.

Prof Dean received his PhD and M.A in Chinese from Stanford University. He is Lee Chair and James McGill Professor Emeritus of McGill University. Prof. Dean is the author of several books on Daoism and Chinese popular religion, including Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plains: Vol. 1: Historical Introduction to the Return of the Gods, Vol. 2: A survey of village temples and ritual activities, Leiden: Brill, 2010 (with Zheng Zhenman); Epigraphical Materials on the History of Religion in Fujian: The Quanzhou region, 3 vols., Fuzhou: 2004 (with Zheng Zhenman); Lord of the Three in One: The spread of a cult in Southeast China, Princeton: 1998; Epigraphical Materials on the History of Religion in Fujian: The Xinghua region; Fuzhou 1995 (with Zheng Zhenman); Taoist Ritual and Popular Cults of Southeast China, Princeton 1993; and First and Last Emperors: The Absolute State and the Body of the Despot (with Brian Massumi), Autonomedia, New York. 1992. He directed Bored in Heaven: a film about ritual sensation (Dean 2010), an 80 minute documentary film on ritual celebrations around Chinese New Year in Putian, Fujian, China. His current research concerns transnational trust and temple networks linking Singapore Chinese temples to Southeast China and Southeast Asia. As part of this project, he is conducting a survey of 800 Chinese temples in Singapore.

Curriculum Vitae:
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Brief Write-Up on Proposed Work:

He plans to publish on a collection of stone inscriptions from these temples with NUS Press next year, entitled Chinese Epigraphy of Singapore: 1819-1911 (with Dr. Hue Guan Thye).