2012 Keynote Speaker:

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Yongming Zhou will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 UBC Anthropology Graduate Student Conference. Dr. Zhou is a professor of anthropology at the University of Winsconsin, Madison.

Abstract: Cultural Resilience: Religious Life of the Chinese in Prato, Italy

The Chinese immigrants in Italy have been stereotyped by the mainstream media as a material-driven people who often resort to tax avasions and labour violation to obtain unfair economic gain, and are thus seen as incompatible with Italian culture. Based on the speaker's piolet fieldwork, this talk examines the less-examined aspect of Chinese spiritual life in two local religious institutions: a Catholic church and a Buddhist temple. By revealing a vibrant religious life among the Chinese, the speaker argues that these deeply-rooted religions play an important role for cultural resilience and it is time to rethink the dominant discourse of integration in the era of accelerated globalization.

We look forward to Dr. Zhouís engaging and provocative keynote speech!

Dr. Zhou's Research Interests include:

  • Globalization
  • Development
  • Cultural Change
  • Political Economy
  • Media Politics
  • Environment
  • Political Ecology
  • Nationalism
  • Ethnicity
  • Tourism
  • Drugs
  • Cyberspace
  • China (Especially southwest China and Tibetan areas)
  • Please refer to his website for more information and for a selection of his many publications.