GW CI Cultural Lecture Series | Fox Spirits in Chinese Tradition

Virtual Lecture by Dr. Xiaofei Kang

The Cult of the Fox: Power, Gender, and Popular Religion in Late Imperial and Modern China book cover

The GW Confucius Institute is pleased to present a lecture on "Fox Spirits in Chinese Tradition" (中国传统文化中的狐仙信仰) given by Dr. Xiaofei Kang as part of the GW CI Cultural Lecture Series. It focuses on the manifold meanings of the fox spirit in Chinese society, and describes various cult practices, activities of worship, and the exorcising of fox spirits to reveal how the Chinese people constructed their cultural and social values outside the gaze of official power and morality.

This free virtual event will be held in English and is open to the public.


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Speaker Biography

Dr. Xiaofei Kang has a B.A. and M.A. in Chinese language and literature from Beijing University (1983 and 1987), a M.A in Asian Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Chinese history from Columbia University (2000). She taught at St. Mary's College of Maryland and Carnegie Mellon University before she joined the faculty of George Washington University in fall 2010. She is the author of The Cult of the Fox: Power, Gender, and Popular Religion in Late Imperial and Modern China  (狐仙崇拜:帝国晚期与现代中国的权力,性别和民间宗教) (Columbia University Press, 2006). Her second book, Contesting the Yellow Dragon: Ethnicity, Religion and the State in the Sino-Tibetan Borderland (with Donald S. Sutton, Brill, 2016), won Choice’s Most Outstanding Academic Title in 2016. She is a co-editor of Gendering Chinese Religion: Subject, Identity and Body (with Jia Jinhua and Ping Yao, SUNY Press, 2014), and is now working on gender, religion and the twentieth-century Communist revolution in China.