I am a Ph.D. candidate working in the fields of Chinese religions and urban anthropology, specifically looking at the changing relations of ritual, space, and sensation in modern China. My dissertation project, tentatively titled Urban Temples and Ritual Affects: Daoist Masters, Local Gods, and Communal Temples in Modern Xiamen, analyzes forms of religious organization and ritual events in relation to rapid shifts in urban infrastructures to consider the ways in which ritual events shape the city and how they are in turn shaped by the city.

Previously I worked as a translator at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space in Chengdu and as an English as a second language teacher at Chengdu University of Information Technology and Sichuan Engineering Technical College. I completed an M.A. in Religion and Modernity at Queen’s University based on research on Daoism in Brazil.

Daniel M. Murray

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