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Name:Prof DEAN Kenneth
Designation:Visiting Research Professor
Status: Former Staff

Prof Kenneth Dean has commenced an eight-month appointment as a Visiting Research Professor in the Religion and Globalisation Cluster with effect from 6 January 2010. He is jointly appointed to the Department of Chinese Studies, Faculty of Arts & Social Science.

Prof Dean is James McGill Professor and Drs. Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Chair of Chinese Cultural Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies of McGill University. He is the author of several books on Daoism and Chinese popular religion and the local cultural history of Fujian, China. His current research project is a study of transnational temple networks originating in Southeast China, and their spread and development across Southeast Asia.

Curriculum Vitae:
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Brief Write-Up on Proposed Work:

While at ARI, he plans to visit temples in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia founded by Xinghua (Henghwa) immigrants, and to attend rituals performed in these temples, and to gather sources on the networks between these temples and communities, and their links back to China. He will present some of this research in seminars and plans to organize a conference or workshop on Chinese popular ritual that will examine the historical question of the merger of Daoist and classical sacrificial ritual in the Song dynasty, and explore the challenge to ritual theory of contemporary rituals with multiple liturgical frameworks.