Dr Palmer, David Alexander 宗樹人
Dr David A Palmer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong, which he joined in 2008. A native of Toronto, he graduated from McGill University in Anthropology and East Asian Studies, then obtained his MPhil in Psychology and Ethnopsychiatry at the Georges Devereux clinic for migrant families of the University of Paris-VIII.
After completing his PhD in the Anthropology of Religion at the Institute for Advanced Research in Paris (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne), 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 French School of Asian Studies (Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient), located at the Institute for Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
He has published several award-winning books 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 leads the “Rethinking Spirituality and Religion in Asia” research cluster at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the “Spiritual Values in the Third Sector” knowledge exchange project of the HKU Faculty of Social Science’s ExCEL3 third sector capacity building initiative.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2008-11-01||Francis L.K. Hsu Award for the Best Book in East Asian Anthropology.: Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.||Research Achievement|
|2014-05-01||Visiting Senior Research Fellow: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore||Research Achievement|
|2011-07-01||Hua Yan Award for Excellence in the Academic Study of Religion, 2011 (for the book The Religious Question in Modern China): International Centre for Buddhist Studies, Renmin University of China, 2011年度華岩宗教學術傑出成就獎, 中國人民大學國際佛學 研究中心||Research Achievement|
|2012-02-01||2011 PROSE Award (American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence) for best book on Religion, for the book The Religious Question in Modern China: American Publishers' Association||Research Achievement|
|2013-03-01||2013 Levenson Prize for the Best Book on Post-1900 China and Inner Asia , for the book The Religious Question in Modern China: Association for Asian Studies||Research Achievement|
|2017-05-01||Visiting Research Fellow: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|06/2018-05/2019||Member||American Anthropological Association|
|01/2009-11/2012||Francis Hsu Book Prize Committee Member||Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropological Association|
|07/2017-06/2018||Member||American Academy of Religion|
|09/2016-08/2017||Member||Hong Kong Sociological Association|
|07/2017-06/2018||Member||Association for the Sociology of Religion|
|Area of Expertise (EN)||Area of Expertise (ZH)|
|State, society and traditional culture in modern China||當代中國國家、社會與傳統文化|
|Social and historical anthropology, ethnography, body, memory, moral discourse, globalization||社會及歷史人類學、民族志、人體、記憶、道德論、全球化|
|Religious and spiritual movements||靈性及宗教運動|
|Civil society, NGOs and development||公民社會、民間團體、社會發展|
|Spoken Language(s) (EN)||Spoken Language(s) (ZH)|
|English, Putonghua, French||英語、普通話、法語|
|Written Language(s) (EN)||Written Language(s) (ZH)|
|English, Chinese, French||英文、中文、法文|
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