CCBS Staff

The CCBS Staff

Director

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Trine Brox
PhD, Associate Professor

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 8, office 10.4.39
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

DENMARK


Email
: trinebrox @ hum.ku.dk

Trine Brox is Associate Professor in Modern Tibetan Studies and the Director of Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Brox has published several articles about contemporaneous issues in Tibet and the Tibetan exile: Topics span from contesting secularism, translations of democracy and conceptual history, over expedition and research history, to Buddhism and economy, as well as ethnicity at the market place.

Her monograph Tibetan Democracy: Governance, Leadership and Conflict in Exile was published in 2016, and she has co-edited the book On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China (2014). Brox is the PI of the international, collaborative research project Buddhism, Business and Believers, which is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities and the Carlsberg Foundation.


Co-director

IMG_20150825_211558Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg
Postdoc

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 8, office 10.3.7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
DENMARK

Email: elizabeth.oerberg @ hum.ku.dk

Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg is currently a Postdoc scholar at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. She is part of a collaborative research project on “Buddhism, Business and Believers” with a particular focus on spiritual tourism and the branding of Buddhism in Ladakh, India.

She has a PhD in Anthropology from Aarhus University where, as part of a larger research project on ‘Buddhism and Modernity’, she wrote her PhD thesis “Young Buddhism: Examining Ladakhi Buddhist Youth Engagements with Migration, Modernity and Morality in India”, highlighting the particularly prominent role that youth play in forwarding contemporary transformations of Buddhism.


Project Affiliate

Jørn Borup
Jørn Borup
Associate professor
Aarhus University
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 3,
building 1453, office 518,
DK-8000 Aarhus C
DENMARK

 

 

Email: jb @ cas.au.dk

Jørn Borup is a scholar of religion specializing in Buddhism. He earned his Ph.D. with a project on contemporary Japanese Rinzai Zen Buddhism (published by Brill in a revised version), and has since then done research on Zen/spirituality, and Pure Land/secularization. Buddhism in the West has been another major focus with projects on transnational/diaspora Buddhism (Japanese Americans in Hawaii and Vietnamese in Denmark) and he has conducted 10 years of mapping Buddhism in Denmark. He has participated in cooperative research projects on modern Buddhism, religious diversity, and the circulations of religious ideas and practices between East and West (’Eastspirit’).

He is mainly interested in contemporary religion using sociological and anthropological methods, but as a trained historian of religion he is also including textual studies and historical perspectives. He has published both scholarly books and articles as well as text books for high school levels and popular articles for non-specialists, most of which with a focus on religion, Buddhism and Asia. He is based in Denmark as an associate professor at the Dept. of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University, but takes any opportunity to go to Japan (and Asia) for fieldwork.


Project Affiliate

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Marianne Viftrup Hedegaard
Ph.D-fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 8, office 10.3.7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
DENMARK

Email: mariannehedegaard @ hum.ku.dk


Marianne Viftrup Hedegaard is a Ph.D-student at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. Her Ph.D-project ‘Corporate Buddhism – Secularized Buddhist practices in the Danish Corporate world’, focuses on the way Buddhist practices, in particular mindfulness, is being implemented in daily working life in Danish corporations.

She is part of the collaborative research project on “Buddhism, Business and Believers”. Marianne holds an MA in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. Research for her MA-thesis involved long term fieldwork in India where she looked to the exchanges between local yoga teachers and western yoga tourists and investigated the daily bodily discipline and moral dilemmas of aspiring western ‘yogis’.

 


Project Affiliate

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Jane Caple
Marie-Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 8, office 11B-2-09
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
DENMARK

Email: gsb163 @ hum.ku.dk

 

Jane Caple is a Marie-Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen. With research interests in religion, economy, and morality, her current project explores the relationship between Buddhism and ideas about wealth, virtue, and social justice in Tibet. Her first monograph, forthcoming with the University of Hawai’i Press examines the moral dimensions of the revival and development of TIbetan monastic Buddhism in post-Mao China. She has also published articles and book chapters on monastic business development, Sino-Tibetan patronage and the ethics of collective donation.

After earning her PhD in Modern Languages and Cultures (Chinese Studies) from the University of Leeds in 2011, she was subsequently awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Manchester (2012-2015), where she also worked as a Lecturer. Her research draws on extended fieldwork in monasteries and communities in northeast Tibet (Amdo/Qinghai).

 


Project Affiliate

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Associate professor

Southeast Asian Studies,
School of Humanities,
Tallinn University,
Tallinn, Estonia.

Email: alex67 @ tlu.ee

 

Alexander Horstmann is Associate Professor at Southeast Asian Studies, School of Humanities, at Tallinn University, Estonia. He holds visiting positions at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Mahidol University and EHESS in Paris.

In 2016-2018, he is affiliated to the project “Buddhism, Business and Believers” with a study on reciprocity and redistribution of living Buddhist saints in the borderland of Thailand, Myanmar, Southwest-China and Laos.

Previous publications:
Alexander has published “Building Noah’s Ark for Migrants, Refugees and Religious Communities” (Basingstoke: Palsgrave). He was the editor of “Faith in the Future: Understanding the Revitalization of Religion and Cultural Tradition in Asia” (Brill, 2012).

Living together: The transformation of multi-religious coexistence in southern Thailand“. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 42(3), pp 487–510 October 2011. Horstmann_JSEAS

Religious and Cultural Revitalization: A Post-Modern Phenomenon?” Thomas Reuter and Alexander Horstmann. A chapter in Faith in the Future: Revitalization of Religion and Cultural Traditions in Asia. Leiden: Brill. FaithCh01Horstmannedit01

 


Project Affiliate
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Jennifer Colleen Nilson Durant
Student Assistant

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 8
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
DENMARK

Email: qrv940@hum.ku.dk

 

Jennifer Durant is our student assistent. She is in the midst of completing her B.A. in Modern India and South Asian Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen. She works with copy editing publications at the Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies. She is interested in the concept of nation-building, especially in postcolonial states. Other interests include diaspora, transnationalism and migration.

 


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Janus Søndergaard Hjorth
Research assistant (intern) 

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 8
DK-2300 Copenhagen S
DENMARK

Email: vqj453@alumni.ku.dk

 

Janus Søndergaard Hjorth is a research assistant at the Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies. He has completed his MA in China Studies in a double degree program between the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at University of Copenhagen and the International Campus at Zhejiang University in China, with his MA-thesis investigating the contemporary engagements of the Buddhist Shaolin Temple. As part of his research, he conducted fieldwork in the famous Chinese temple, living with and interviewing the clergy there. He has studied several aspects of Buddhism and religion in China, and he is interested in studying the ways in which religion influences and has influenced Chinese society at large.

 

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