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Prof. GUO Ting

Prof. GUO Ting

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (Religious Studies), University of Edinburgh
M.Sc. (Social Anthropology), University of Edinburgh

About Prof. GUO Ting

Ting Guo is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on religion, politics, and gender in transnational Asia. She was trained in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, with an Innovation Initiative Award-winning thesis on AI, spirituality, and secularism in twentieth-century Europe and has since been working on (post) secularism from a comparative perspective. She was a research assistant for the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom, University of Oxford and currently holds a status-only Assistant Professorship with Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.


She is writing her first book, Politics of Love: Religion, Secularism, and Love as a Political Discourse in Modern China. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Journal of the American Academy of ReligionMethod & Theory in the Study of ReligionCritical Research on ReligionAnthropology Today, and Journal of Religion and Film. She co-hosts a podcast called 時差 ”in-betweenness" (@shichapodcast). She loves Korean dramas. 

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    • Religion and gender
    • Religion, politics, and social movements
    • Secularism
    • Sinophone studies
    • Intersectional approaches to decolonial studies in East Asia
    1. Love as a political discourse in modern China
    2. Religion and identity in Hong Kong
    3. The #MeToo movement, gender violence, and gender activism in East Asia
    4. Conservatism among Sinophone diasporas
  • Peer-reviewed Articles
    1. 2024 Diffusion, Polyphony, and Diversity: An Introduction to Religion, Politics, and Identity in Hong Kong since 2014. Journal of Asian Studies 2024; 11043649. doi: Special issue on religion, identity, and social movements in Hong Kong (co-editor). . 
    2. 2024 “Gods Feast on Holy Smoke, Not Tear Gas!”: Religious Diffusion, Infrapolitics, and Identity Formation in Hong Kong. Journal of Asian Studies 2024; 11235456. doi: Special issue on religion, identity, and social movements in Hong Kong (co-editor). 
    3. (Submitted) “State of Hong Kong Studies from a Religious Studies Perspective.” Handbook of Hong Kong Studies, Brill. 
    4. (Forthcoming) "Double Decolonization: Bridging 'East Asia' and Religious Studies, with Confucianism as an Example". Implicit Religion.
    5. (Forthcoming) “Sisters, Strangers, Friends: Queering the Political Discourse of Love.” Special issue: Feminist and Queer Critiques of Multiple Empires: The Case of Sinophone Asia, International Feminist Journal of Politics
    6. 2024 “Intimate Negotiations: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth Century Shanghai.” Cambridge World History of Sexualities, edited by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks and Mathew Kuefler. Cambridge University Press, pp. 508–531;
    7. 2023 “Beyond Sing Hallelujah to the Lord: Diffused Religion and Religious Co-Optations through Hong Kong.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
    8. 2023 “‘Eastern Religions are More Spiritual than Western Religions’.” In Stereotyping Religion: Critiquing Clichés, volume II, edited by Craig Martin and Brad Stoddard. London: Bloomsbury.
    9. 2023 “Cosmopolitan (Dis)Illusion: Migration, State Policies, and the Mirage of the Shanghai Exception.” Made in China Journal.
    10. 2022 “Lost in Žižek, Redeemed in Cloud Atlas: Buddhism and Other Tales of ‘Asian Religions’ in Western Cinema and Affective Circulation.” In Representing Religion and Film: A Critical Introduction, edited by Tenzan Eaghll and Rebekka King. London: Bloomsbury.
    11. 2022 “‘So Many Mothers, So Little Love’: Confucian Hegemony, Parental Governance, and the Discourse of Motherly Love in Hong Kong.” Special issue on power and identity, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, volume 34:1–2, pp. 3–24.
    12. 2021 “Christianity and Sinophone Trumpism.” Reflexion 42, pp. 243–250.
    13. 2020 “Politics of Love: Love as a Religious and Political Discourse in Modern China through the Lens of Political Leaders.” Critical Research on Religion, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 39–52.
      Media coverage: Los Angeles Review of Books, Sixth Tone
    1. 2022 Liang Shih-chiu Literary Award, Taiwan (nominated) 
    2. 2022 Research Grant Enhancement Fund, University of Toronto 
    3. 2021 Pedagogies of Inclusive Excellence Fund, University of Toronto
    4. 2020 Associate Editor, Religious Studies Project
    5. 2021 Co-host, in-betweenness 時差podcast (@shichapodcast)
    6. 2022 Steering Committee, Indian and Chinese Religions Compared Unit, American Academy of Religion
    7. 2022 Steering Committee, Chinese Religions Unit, American Academy of Religion
    8. 2023 SSHRC Connection Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada (co-applicant)
    9. 2023–2024 Religion, Activism and Identity in Hong Kong, CUHK Faculty of Arts Direct Grant (HK$90,000)
    10. 2023– Book Review Editor, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR)