Research Team

Whitney Bauman is Associate Professor of Religion at Florida International University and a specialist in critical theory of ecology and environment in the West. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia and an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the University of Jena. He is the author of Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic (Columbia 2014) and Theology, Creation and Environmental Ethics (Routledge 2009) as well as five edited or co-edited volumes. Bauman also has extensive international experience having been a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Jena, Germany. He is an expert in critical theories of nature, and has worked at the intersection of gender, ecology and Christian theology with leading scholars such as Catherine Keller.

Robin Celikates is Associate Professor of Political and Social Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, an associate member of the Institut für Sozialforschung (Institute for Social Research) in Frankfurt am Main, and Program Leader at the Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies where he also directs the NWO-funded research project “Transformations of Civil Disobedience.” Celikates is one of Europe’s leading scholars of theories of democracy, collective action, and critical theory. His main publications include Kritik als soziale Praxis: Gesellschaftliche Selbstverständigung und kritische Theorie (Criticism as Social Practice: Social Self-Understanding and Critical Theory), Campus 2009; Transformations of Democracy: Crisis, Protest, and Legitimation, London: Rowman & Littlefield 2015 (co-edited with Regina Kreide and Tilo Wesche); The Irregularization of Migration in Contemporary Europe, London: Rowman & Littlefield 2015 (co-edited with Joost de Bloois and Yolande Jansen); and articles in leading journals such as Constellations and the European Journal of Philosophy. The Department of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is frequently rated the top department in the Netherlands and brings together researchers from the continental and the analytic tradition, with special strengths in political and social philosophy and critical theory. The Amsterdam Center for Globalization Studies, which Celikates co-directs, brings together outstanding researchers from UvA focusing on the cultural dimensions of globalization from a perspective that spans both the humanities and the social sciences with a special focus on the relation between Europe and Asia.

James Miller is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Cultural Studies interdisciplinary graduate program at Queen’s University, Canada. He has extensive cross-cultural research, teaching and administrative experience, having directed the Queen’s-Fudan University study abroad program from 2013-2015, and having trained Chinese and Canadian graduate students in both countries. In 2015 he was appointed director of the interdisciplinary graduate program in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. The program has nearly 100 affiliated faculty from a wide range of social science and humanities departments, and trains some 20 MA and 80 PhD students. Miller has extensive research relationships with leading Chinese colleagues at Fudan University, Minzu University of China, Tsinghua University and Beijing Normal University. In addition to his academic research he is also completing a collaborative research and training program in China funded by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, which has given him experience of negotiating with Chinese partners and applying research to areas of policy in China. He is currently co-chair of the Religion and Ecology group of the American Academy of Religion where he works with leading US and international scholars in shaping the field of religion and ecology.

Robin Wang is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Asian Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the comparative study of gender in Chinese and Western philosophy; Chinese traditions of body cultivation including inner alchemy; yinyang theory in Chinese philosophy. Wang focuses on the comparative study of gender in Chinese and Western philosophy; Chinese traditions of body cultivation including inner alchemy; yin-yang theory in Chinese philosophy. Her publications include Yinyang: The Way of Heaven and Earth in Chinese Thought and Culture (Cambridge University Press 2012), Internal Alchemy: Self, Society and The Quest for Immorality, co-edited with Livia Kohn, (Three Pines Press 2009); and Chinese Philosophy in an Era of Globalization, (SUNY Press 2004). She has also published in leading journals in comparative philosophy including Philosophy East & West, Dao: The Journal of Comparative Philosophy and Philosophy Compass.

Tom Wang is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Beijing Normal University and an expert on human rights, philosophy of technology and Internet ethics. He completed his PhD at the University of Utrecht and is currently working on a Confucian argument in favour of human rights, freedom of information and access to the Internet.

Zairong Xiang is postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, and a specialist in comparative Chinese-Western gender theory. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature (Summa cum laude) from the EU funded joint doctoral program Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany) and Université de Perpignan Via Domitia (France), with mobility stays in Mexico and Italy.Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese, Xiang is one of China’s most original and provocative young intellectuals. Working at the intersection of feminism, queer studies, decolonial options and comparative literature in a transnational and multilingual setting, his research aims to problematize and think beyond the modern/colonial (hetero)normative regime of gender and sexuality. His current research program funded by the highly competitive Institute for Contemporary Inquiry in Berlin interrogates contemporary critical theories of the penis through the lens of Chinese yinyang thinking.