Prof David Palmer receives HK Research Grant Council’s inaugural Research Fellow Scheme award

David Palmer

Congratulations to Professor David Palmer for being awarded the Hong Kong Research Grant Council’s inaugural Research Fellow Scheme award for his new project “Chinese Modernity and Soft Power on the Belt and Road”.

Professor Palmer, recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on religion, modernity, and politics in the contemporary Chinese world, is now pioneering the extension of these fields to trans-Asian frameworks. His books have won prestigious awards in Anthropology and Asian Studies, including the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. In recent years, he has obtained a CRF grant on “Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road,” investigating the religious impacts of the BRI, with a team of scholars from institutions spanning Asia and Europe. Through the RGC Research Fellowship, Professor Palmer plans to explore the other side of the coin: how Chinese cultural modernity spreads on the Belt and Road, and how local communities respond, appropriate, and influence it.

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