Julius Bautista is an anthropologist who teaches courses in Southeast Asian religion, culture and politics as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, the National University of Singapore (NUS) . He received First Class Honours in Anthropology from the University of Sydney, before earning a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He is an associate at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at NUS, where he convenes the Philippines Study Group. He is co-editor of Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict (Routledge, 2009), editor of The Spirit of Things: Materiality and Religious Pluralism in Southeast Asia (Cornell SEP, 2012) and author of Figuring Catholicism: An Ethnohistory of the Santo Niño de Cebu (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2010).
Andrew Alan Johnson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Yale-NUS College, is a cultural anthropologist whose research topics include popular religion, urbanism, and the legitimation of power in Thailand. Currently, he is working on an ethnographic research project to understand how people adapt culturally and religiously to rapid environmental collapse, specifically, along the Mekong. Previously, he has conducted ethnography on urban renewal in Chiang Mai, conspiracy theories in Bangkok, and spirit shrines for migrant workers. His work has appeared in American Ethnologist, Anthropological Quarterly and Cultural Anthropology. His ethnographic monograph, Ghosts of the New City, is forthcoming from University of Hawai`i Press in August of 2014. Originally from the United States, he now lives in Singapore.
Lily Kong is a Provost’s Chair Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. She is also the Vice Provost (Academic Personnel). A graduate of the National University of Singapore and University College London,Prof Kong's main research foci are religion, cultural policy and creative economy, and national identity. She has also written about globalisation and migration, and the social construction of nature and the environment. She has 13 books and monographs to her name, as well as over 100 papers in international refereed journals and chapters in books. Prof Kong has won research awards at NUS and internationally, as well as teaching awards at NUS.Prof Kong is an editor of the international journal Dialogues in Human Geography. She is also a series editor of Pacific Rim Geographies: Studies on Contemporary Culture, Environment, Cities and Development (Routledge) and Co-Chief Editor of the ARI-Springer Asia Series. Additionally, she is Book Series Advisor for The Politics of Popular Culture in Asia Pacific (University of Illinois Press and Hong Kong University Press). She is also a member of 15 editorial boards, and international editorial advisory boards of international journals.In her role as Vice Provost, she works with the Provost in academic personnel matters including recruitment, development, promotion and tenure, benchmarking and resource allocation.
David A. Palmer is Associate Professor and Head of the department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, and Honourary Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. After obtaining his PhD in the Anthropology of Religion at the Institute for Advanced Research (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne) in Paris, he was the Eileen Barker Fellow in Religion and Contemporary Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and, from 2004 to 2008, director of the Hong Kong Centre of the Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies), located at the Institute for Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of the award-winning Qigong Fever: Body, Science and Utopia in China (Columbia University Press, 2007), co-author of The Religious Question in Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2011; awarded the Levenson Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies), and co-editor of Chinese Religious Life (Oxford University Press, 2011). He has published several articles, journal issues and edited volumes on Chinese religion, modern Daoism, the Baha’i Faith, and modern religious movements. His current research projects focus on local ritual traditions, transnational religious movements, and on faith-based volunteering and NGOs in the Chinese world and Southeast Asia. He is currently finishing the book manuscript Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality.
Dan Smyer Yu is the Research Group Leader at the Department of Religious Diversity, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He is an anthropologist specializing in the studies of religious revitalizations, charismatic communities, commercialization of religious spirituality, and the relationship between eco-religious practices and place-making in contemporary China. He received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Davis. Prior to his joining Max Planck, he was a New Millennium Scholar and the Associate Director of the Ethnic Minority Study Center of China at Minzu University of China. He also taught and held research positions at the University of California, Davis, Graduate Theological Union, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and Sacramento City College, and the Center for the Pacific Rim of University of San Francisco. His research interests include religion and ethnic nationalism; religiosity of state ideology; religious conversion; religion and ecology; sacred landscapes; pilgrimage studies; religion and mental health; religion and peacebuilding; visual anthropology; and religious use of digital media. He recently completed his second monograph concerning the intersections of religion, nation, and nationalism in the context of modern Sino-Tibetan interactions. It addresses how land, place-making, nostalgia, modernity, imagination, and representation are entwined in both rural and urban settings of contemporary China. In addition to his research writing, Dr. Smyer Yu has also made an ethnographic film titled Embrace, which documents Amdo Tibetans’ narratives concerning folk religious practices and their ecological significances. It is nominated for award at the Beijing International Film Festival in 2011. Currently he is making a new documentary film about Buddhism and science dialogue.
Sanjay Srivastava is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and co-editor of Contributions to Indian Sociology. His key publications include "Constructing Post-colonial India: National Character and the Doon School" (Routledge, 1998), "Passionate Modernity: Sexuality, Class and Consumption in India" (Routledge, 2007) and "Entangled Urbanism. Slum, Gated Community and Shopping Mall in Delhi and Gurgaon" (OUP, 2014). He has edited and contributed to "Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes, Sexualities, Masculinities and Culture in South Asia" (Sage, 2004) and "Sexuality Studies" (OUP, 2013). He is the co-author of "Asia: Cultural Politics in the Global Age" (Palgrave, 2001). He is currently working on two projects: one relating to 'new urbanism', and another that explores the acquisition of 'soft skills' in the making of new forms of labour.