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Social Sciences and Humanities; Theology and Religious Sciences

David Ownby

History of religion in modern and contemporary China

Professeur titulaire

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département d'histoire

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, room C-6103

514 343-6111 #41935

david.ownby@umontreal.ca

Professeur titulaire

Faculté des arts et des sciences – Centre d'études asiatiques

david.ownby@umontreal.ca

Profile

Research expertise

My main research interests have to do with the history of religion in modern and contemporary China. I have worked mainly on popular groups, having conducted field research in China, Taiwan and North America. The development of the religious fact in China since the latter 19th century is extremely complex, and we cannot study popular religion without considering the aims of the Chinese government and the posture of institutionalized religions. Given the religious rebirth in China since the end of the Maoist era, even historical research on this subject is important from a contemporary point of view.

With colleagues from York University and UBC, I have also launched a new research program on contemporary intellectual life in China. The project explores the complex relations between the growing freedom of expression for intellectuals, the cultural search for an identity that will be both modern and Chinese, and the pressing need for Chinese political authorities to find a new ideological legitimacy. This program is now funded through an SSHRC Insight grant.

Affiliations and responsabilities

University service and activities

Activities within organizations or entities of the institution

  • Professeur titulaire au Centre d'études de l'Asie de l'Est

Teaching and supervision

Student supervision

Theses and dissertation supervision (Papyrus Institutional Repository)

2019

Art, Internet et dissidence en Chine : le cas d'Ai Weiwei

Graduate : Déry, Catherine
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
2017

Tsiang Tingfu : une vie intellectuelle et politique (1895-1937)

Graduate : Zhao, Fangwei
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.
2015

Le panasiatisme en Asie : une construction de l’identité asiatique et japonaise, 1900-1924

Graduate : Peng-Seng, Steven
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
2013

The DPRK in China's post-cold war foreign policy - a neoclassical realist analysis

Graduate : Huard, Christine
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M. Sc.
2010

L’identité mandchoue et son rôle dans la construction identitaire chinoise : étude historiographique

Graduate : Zerger Lindsay, Andrée
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.
2007

Conceptions européennes de la Chine aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles l'Empire du Milieu est-il égyptien ?

Graduate : Matte, Marie-France
Cycle : Master's
Grade : M.A.

Projects

Research projects

2014 - 2020

READING AND WRITING THE CHINESE DREAM: REINVENTING CHINA'S TRADITION(S), 1980 TO THE PRESENT

Lead researcher : Timothy Cheek
Co-researchers : David Ownby
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention Savoir

Outreach

Publications and presentations

Disciplines

  • History
  • Sociology
  • Religious Studies

Areas of expertise

  • Intellectuals
  • Social movements
  • Religion
  • China