Ph.D. (The New School for Social Research.)
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Bio and grants
Weishan Huang is a Sociologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies. She currently serves as the Director of Taiwan Research Center and the Program Director of the Master Program in Religious Studies. Her work mainly focuses on religious movements, migration and globalization, and urban gentrification in New York (Ecology of Learning Project, Lily Foundation 2006-2007) and Shanghai City (Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation 2013-2015; GRF 2015-2018). One of her joint research projects was to inquire as to how culture and economics intertwined in urban re-structuring before and after the 1990 recession in New York City. She is the co-editor of the book, Ecology of Faith in the New York City (Indiana University Press, 2013). Her current research at CRS is to propose a study of the reconfiguration of two significant state-planned social phenomena, urbanization and religious revival, and its impacts on Mahayana Buddhist communities in contemporary Shanghai.
Research projects since 2014:
List of publications
[forthcoming 2020] Global Religious Networks from China, Amsterdam University Press.
2012. Cimino, Richard P., Nadia A. Mian, and Weishan Huang. Ecologies of Faith In New York City, Bloomington, Indiana University Press.
Journal papers and book chapters:
2019 “Urban Restructuring and the Study of Temple Agencies”, in Buddhism in the Post-Mao China, ed. Ji Zhe, Andre Laliberte, and Garth Fisher, University of Hawaii Press, pp. 370-403.
2019 “Globalization as Tactic -- Legal Practices of the Falun Gong Diaspora”, in Concepts and Methods for the Study of Chinese Religions III: Religion in Practice in Contemporary China, ed. Paul Katz, Stefania Travagnin, Walther de Gruyter, Germany, pp. 233-256.
2019 “闵行区龙音寺田野笔记-试从比丘尼访谈叙述分析佛教复兴的政治与宗教逻辑” 《禅与人类文明研究》，香港中文大学出版社. (“An Attempt to Understand the Political and Religious Legitimacy of Buddhist Recovery in Peripheral Shanghai”, International Journal for the Study of Chan Buddhism and Human Civilization, issue 4: 103–118).
2018 “The Place of Socially Engaged Buddhism in China - the Emerging Religious Identity in the Local Community of Urban Shanghai”, Journal of Buddhist Ethics, No. 25: 531-568.
2018 “From Structural Separation to Religious Incorporation - A Case Study of a Transnational Buddhist Group in Shanghai, China”, in Asian Migrants and Religious Experience - Transnational Religious Mobility, ed. Bernardo E. Brown, Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Amsterdam University Press, pp. 129-151.
2017 “Public Buddhist Philosophy: Civil Engagement and Discursive Space among a Religious Group in Shanghai”, in Judging the State: Emerging Publics and the Quest for Justice in Contemporary China. ed. Susanne Brandtstädter, Hans Steinmüller (London: Routledge), pp. 124-138.
2016 “WeChat Together about Buddha: The Construction of Sacred Space and Religious Community in Shanghai through Social Media”, in Religion and Media in China, ed. Stefania Travagnin (London: Routledge), pp. 110-128.
2016 “The Bodhisattva Comes Out of the Closet: City, Surveillance, and Doing Religion” (Re-published in Chinese). In Ji Zhe, ed. Daniela Compo, Wang Qiyuan, Ershi shiji Zhongguo fojiao de liangci fuxing (二十世纪中国佛教的两次复兴), (Shanghai: Fudan daxue chubanshe), pp. 213-232.
2015 “The Blissful Enterprise: Buddhist Cultural Turns in the Workplace in Contemporary Shanghai”, Entreprises et Histoire, 81 (4): 73-91.
2015 “Sustainable Development and Karma Logistics: The Moral Discourse of Reformed Buddhism and Capital-Linked Business Professionals in Shanghai”, in Buddhism in Asian: Revival and Reinvention, ed. Nayanjot Lahiri, Upinder Singh, (Delhi: Manohar), pp. 365-384.
2014 “Buddhist Cosmopolitanism and Public Sphere”, in Cosmopolitanism, Religion and The Public Sphere, ed. Rovisco, Maria, Sebastian C. H Kim, (London: Routledge), pp. 15-31.
2013 “Introduction”, in Ecologies of Faith In New York City: The Evolution of Religious Institutions, ed. Richard Cimino, Nadia A Mian, Weishan Huang, (Bloomington: Indiana University Press), pp. 1-14.
2013 “Diversity and Competition: Politics and Conflicts in New Immigrant Communities”, in Ecologies of Faith In New York City: The Evolution of Religious Institutions, ed. Richard Cimino, Nadia A. Mian, Weishan Huang, (Bloomington, Indiana University Press), pp. 105-119.
2013 “The Geopolitics of Religious Spatiality and Falun Gong’s Campaign In New York”, in Topographies of Faith, ed. Becci, Irene, Marian Burchardt, José Casanova, (Leiden: Brill), pp. 129-45.
2012 “The Bodhisattva Comes Out of the Closet: City, Surveillance, and Doing Religion”, Politics and Religion Journal VI (2): 199-216.
2011 “Buddhists in Action: Transnational Migration and Religious Cosmopolitanism”, Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society, no. (4): 215-39.
2010 “Immigration and Gentrification - A Case Study of Cultural Restructuring in Flushing, Queens”, Diversities 12 (1): 63-90.
2008 “The Making of a Promised Land Religious Responses to Gentrification and Neighborhood Ethnic Diversity” CrossCurrents, 58(3):441-455.