This project is composed of a truly interdisciplinary team, including the disciplines of anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, and history and specializing in multiple regions and religious traditions, including Islam, Buddhism and Christianity, as well as Chinese religions and new religious movements. The core Hong Kong team including the Project Coordinator and the Co-PIs, is supplemented by a network of individual collaborators and institutional partners located in Indonesia, Singapore, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The Project Coordinator, David A. Palmer, is an anthropologist at HKU widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on religion in contemporary China, whose recent research and projects have focused on transnational and cross-border religious circulations. He brings to the project extensive experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative work involving sociologists, historians, Sinologists and political scientists working on all religious traditions in the Chinese world (see CV and section 8 (c) for details and references).
The Co-PIs combine expertise on Islam in Hong Kong and China (Ho/HKUEd and Frankel/CUHK), Buddhism in urban China and in the Himalayan region (Qian and Halkias/HKU), and Christianity in urban China (Ji and Qian/HKU). The overseas collaborators will bring their expertise and research on Southeast Asian diasporic Chinese (Dean/NUS), Muslim networks between Indonesia and Hong Kong (Maarif/Universitas Gadja Mahah), ethnic minorities on the Vietnam, Laos and China borders (Ngo/Max Planck Institute and Estevez/Münster), Sino-Sri Lankan exchanges (Woods/SMU), the spread of Indian new age and spiritual movements to China (Iskra/HKU), Islam in the Maldives and the impact of the BRI (Feener/Oxford), religious flows along the Sino-Pakistan Economic Corridor (Mostowlanski/Graduate Institute Geneva), Chinese Muslims and expatriates in Dubai (Wang Yuting/American University Sharjah). Other collaborators based in Hong Kong specialize on the Sino-Mongolian and Sino-Russian borderlands (Wang Liping and Loretta Kim/HKU), religious and political radicalization (Joosse/HKU), and global religious networks (Huang/CUHK).