Revisiting The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan

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Russell Square: College Buildings

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André Laliberté

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In 2004 André Laliberté published The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in the context of democratic transition, a subject that was quite obscure outside of Taiwan at time. A lot has changed since, as Taiwan’s democratic consolidation and its engagement with the international community entered new phases. In his talk Laliberté will talk about how his research on Buddhist associations in Taiwan has evolved, as he has put it more firmly in the context of Taiwan’s relations with the world and with China.



Speaker's Bio


André Laliberté (University of British Columbia 1999), is Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies. He has published articles for peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, about domestic politics in Taiwan and China, as well as about cross-strait relations. The issues he has examined include nationalism, freedom of conscience, democratization, social policies, and labor rights for migrant caregivers. His focus is the intersection of religion and politics in China and Taiwan, starting with The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan (Routledge, 2004). He has co-edited Buddhism after Mao with Ji Zhe and Gareth Fisher (Hawai’i University Press, 2019), and Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions with Stefania Travagnin (de Gruyter 2019). His books Chinese Religions and Welfare Regimes beyond the PRC: Legacies of Empire and Multiple Secularities, and Religion and China's Welfare Regimes: Buddhist Philanthropy and the State, will be published by Palgrave in 2021.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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