Research fellow and project coordinator, Department of Religious Diversity, Max Planck Institute (MPI) | profile link
Jie Kang is a research fellow and project coordinator for 'Cultural diversity in South-West China and South-East Asia' and 'Temples, rituals and the transformation of transnational networks' headed by Peter van der Veer at MPI’s Department of Religious Diversity. She is also responsible for the communications, publications, and outreach of the Department. She was awarded a PhD degree in 2014 in Sinology from the University of Leipzig for a dissertation entitled “From Peasant to Pastor--The rural-urban transformation of Protestant Christianity in Linyi, Shandong Province.” She is the author of the book “House Church Christianity in China: From Rural Preachers to City Pastors” published by Palgrave in 2016. Generally, she is interested in transnational religious networks in China and among the Chinese diaspora abroad, missionary movement, state-church relations, religion and nationalism, including national identity. Alongside her own research she is also currently responsible for the following:
- Supporting collaboration with Chinese universities, academic institutions and organizations.
- Organizing the MPI institute's activities internationally and with reference to China, such as conferences and workshops.
- Developing a research network base connecting the MPI Department of Religious Diversity to Chinese academic institutions.