Civilization, Progress, and the ‘Foul Stench of Religion’: The Concepts of ‘Religion’ and ‘Superstition’ in the Politics of Modern East Asia
Dr. Nikolas Broy (U Leipzig)
|Publication Date||May 2016|
|Publisher||Brill (Leiden, Netherlands)|
|Publication||Dickhardt, Michael and Andrea Lauser, eds. Religion, Place and Modernity. Spatial Articulations in Southeast Asia and East Asia (Leiden: Brill, 2016): 37–68.|
About the Book
Using the potential of place as an approach and of places as ethnographic contexts, the authors in this volume investigate the multiple entanglements of “religion” and “modernity” in contemporary settings. The guiding questions of such an approach are: How are modernity and religion spatially articulated in and through places? How do these articulations help us to understand the ways in which religion becomes socially and culturally significant in modern contexts? And how do they reveal the ways in which modernity unfolds within religion? Thus, places are not only understood as neutral locations or extensions, but as spatial modes to mediate properties, contents and processes of religion and modernity. Based on ethnographic and historical research in Southeast and East Asia and featuring reflections on the concepts of religion and modernity respectively, the authors offer a deeper understanding of the articulation of a religious modernity in these regions and beyond.
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Dr. Nikolas Broy (SFB 1199, U Leipzig, Germany)
Nikolas Broy has been trained in religious studies and Chinese studies at the University of Leipzig, where he also gained a PhD in religious studies. By combining these two fields of study, his research addresses popular religious sects in modern Chinese societies, Buddhism and violence in East Asia, as well as method and theory of religious studies. He has also studied Japanese at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. He held teaching and research positions in Leipzig, at the East Asia Department of the University of Göttingen, and worked at two universities in Hefei (PR China).