Michael J. Walsh is an Associate Professor at Vassar College in the Department of Religion, as well as an active member of the Asian Studies Program. He teaches courses on the cultural history of the study of religion, China’s political and socioreligious culture, methods and theories in the study of religion, Buddhism and monastic life, colonialism and religion, violence and religion, and the production of sacred space and cultural geography. His first book Sacred Economies: Buddhist Monasticism and Territoriality in Medieval China is published by Columbia University Press. His most recent book, published in February 2020, also by Columbia University Press, is Stating the Sacred: Religion, China, and the Formation of the Nation-State. He is currently working on a biography of Buddhist temple space. At the College he has served on numerous committees including the President’s Cabinet. He has also served as chair of the Religion department for four years, and Director of Asian Studies for three years. He is currently the Chair of the Religion Department.
Hermen Kroesbergen is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Theology at the University of Pretoria. He studied theology at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands. After an MA thesis in philosophy of religion on the work of Wittgensteinian philosopher D.Z. Phillips, he obtained a PhD in systematic theology from the Protestant Theological University in the Netherlands, investigating the relationship between systematic theology and ordinary language of faith from a Wittgensteinian perspective. He served for four years as a pastor in a congregation of the Protestant church in the Netherlands, and lectured in theology, philosophy and ethics at Justo Mwale University, Lusaka, in Zambia for six years. In Zambia, he became interested in African theology and the distinctive character of African language of faith. He published widely in leading international journals in theology and philosophy of religion, and he edited four books on contemporary themes in African theology with contributions from all over Southern Africa.
Abdulkader Tayob has published on Islamic activism, Muslim institutions, modern Islamic discursive traditions, and religion education in South Africa. His research has been recognized with the prestigious Georg Forster Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Adam Mendelsohn is Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Historical Studies at UCT. He is the author of the award-winning The Rag Race, and co-editor of Jews and the Civil War and of Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History. He was Curator and Chief Historian of the recent exhibitions The First Jewish Americans at the New-York Historical Society and By Dawn’s Early Light at the Princeton University Museum of Art. He is co-editor of the journal American Jewish History.