Richard Fox

Dr. Richard Fox
Address1025 East 58th Street
Swift Hall
Chicago, IL 60637

Assistant Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School

M.A., School of Oriental and African Studies, London,
Ph.D., School of Oriental and African Studies, London,

Richard Fox’s primary research and teaching interests lie in the historical and ethnographic study of South and Southeast Asian religions, with a special emphasis on Indonesia and the Malay region. His first book, entitled Critical Reflections on Religion and Media in Contemporary Bali (Brill 2010, forthcoming), examines the ways in which Balinese have come to understand themselves as adherents to a modern, state-sanctioned form of Hinduism through practices mediated by text, television and improvisational theatre. He has a strong interest in theoretical issues in the History of Religions and cultural studies, and is currently working on a collaborative project on religion, performance and public life with colleagues in Indonesia, the Netherlands, UK and Australia. In addition to an edited volume on Entertainment Media in Indonesia (Routledge 2008, with Mark Hobart), his most recent publications have appeared in Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Modern Asian Studies and the Asian Journal of Communication. Representative courses include: Why Media Matter; Contemporary Perspectives on Religion, Media and Society; History and Complexity; Religion and Performance in Java and Bali; Everyday Practices of the Unseen; and Contemporary Theory for the Study of Religions.

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