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Alexandra Forrester

Alexandra Forrester

PhD Student in Chinese Studies


MPhil in Chinese Studies (Cantab) 2015-16.  

Dissertation: 'The challenge of incorporating non-institutionalised practitioners: the Chinese State and registration of Zhengyi Sanju "Scattered" priests.'  

Supervised by Dr Adam Yuet Chau.

BA (Hons) in Chinese and History (SOAS) 2010-14. 

Dissertation: 'How did Empress Wu use Daoism and other religious doctrines to create legitimacy for her rule: an exploration of State legitimacy, religious gender construction and courtly religious expression in the early Tang and 'Zhou' dynasties.'  

Supervised by Dr Antonello Palumbo. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Chinese Studies:

Research Interests

Anthropology of Chinese Religion.  My PhD research focuses on contemporary Daoism and Chinese State management of Zhengyi Householder Priests.  

Additional interests: art, gender construction, legitimacy, and ritual in China.