Research Expertise: Religious Anthropology, Kinship Studies, Han Chinese studies.
Education: Ph.D., Cambridge University (1998)
Positions held: Deputy Dean, College of Liberal Arts, National Taiwan University
Chair of Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Archaeology and Anthropoloy
Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute (2005-6, 2017-8)
Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Fairbank Center (2012-3)
Executive Board of Directors, Society for the Study of Chinese Religions (2011-6 )
Post-doctoral Research, Academia Sinica (1999)
Island Fantasia: Imagining Subjects on the Military Frontline between China and Taiwan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
The Matsu archipelago between China and Taiwan, for long an isolated outpost off southeast China, was suddenly transformed into a military frontline in 1949 by the Cold War and the Communist–Nationalist conflict. The army occupied the islands, commencing more than 40 long years of military rule. With the lifting of martial law in 1992, the people were confronted with the question of how to move forward. This in-depth ethnography and social history of the islands focuses on how individual citizens redefined themselves and reimagined their society. Drawing on long-term fieldwork, Wei-Ping Lin shows how islanders used both traditional and new media to cope with the conflicts and trauma of harsh military rule. She discusses the formation of new social imaginaries through the appearance of “imagining subjects,” interrogating their subjectification processes and varied uses of mediating technologies as they seek to answer existential questions.
Materializing Magic Power: Chinese Popular Religion in Villages and Cities. Cambridge, MA. : Harvard University Asia Center.
(link to publisher webpage: Harvard University Press)
Academia Sinica Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences（2016）
My research interests are in kinship, religion and issues of place and space among the Han Chinese in Taiwan. Religious aspects in particular are the main foci and include religious change, healing cults, and sacred objects (god statues). I am now carrying out research in a military base on an off-shore island in Taiwan. De/militarization, violence, and the state will be the issues I will study in the future.