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Urban Asias – Essays on Futurity Past and Present


318 2012ong>–ong>2018, he was Professor and Leader of Asian ong>Urbanong>isms at the Asia Research Institute, and Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. An artist-ethnographer, Mary Ann O’Donnell works across and between academia and the public sphere in order to document, understand, and critically participate in the post Cold War production of industrial cosmographies, with an eye to imagining culturally resonant forms of sustainable globalization. Her primary site of research and public intervention has been Shenzhen, the oldest and largest of China’s Special Economic Zones. She is a co-founder and director of the Handshake 302 Art Space in Baishizhou and Director of Public Programs at the P+V Gallery in Dalang. Vineeta Sinha is Professor and teaches at the Department of Sociology, at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is concurrently Head of the South Asian Studies Programme and the Department of Sociology at NUS. Her research interests are Hindu religiosity in the Diaspora, religion, commodification and consumption processes, religion-state encounters, Eurocentric and Androcentric critique of classical sociological theory. Her publications include: A New God in the Diaspora? Muneeswaran Worship in Contemporary Singapore (2005, NUS Press and NIAS Press), Religion and Commodification: Merchandising Diasporic Hinduism (2010, Routledge) and Religion-State Encounters in Hindu Domains: From the Straits Settlements to Singapore (2011, Springer). Peter van der Veer is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen and Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University. He is an anthropologist who works on the comparison of Indian and Chinese religion and nationalism. He has published many books, including Religious Nationalism (California, 1994), Imperial Encounters (Princeton, 2001), The Modern Spirit of Asia (Princeton, 2014), and The Value of Comparison (Duke, 2016). Recently he edited the Handbook of Religion and the Asian City (California, 2015). Trevor Hogan teaches sociology and his research interests are in social theory, history of ideas, urban studies, and cultural sociology. He is Director, Research, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also Director, Philippines-Australia Studies Centre and Director, Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology. He is a co-ordinating editor of Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology (Sage). With Peter Beilharz and

319 CONTRIBUTORS Sheila Shaver he is the author of The Martin Presence: Jean Martin and the Making of the Social Sciences in Australia (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2015). Gavin W. Jones is Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. After working for the Population Council in New York, Thailand and Indonesia, he was with the Demography and Sociology Program at the Australian National University for twenty-eight years, serving as head of program for an 8-year period. He then moved to the National University of Singapore, where his last appointment was as Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre. Professor Jones has conducted research on varied subjects in the field of demography and human resource development, in recent years focusing especially on low fertility regimes in Asia, delayed and non-marriage, urbanization issues, and equity aspects of educational development. Daniel P.S. Goh is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He has edited or co-edited several books, including Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore (Routledge, 2009), Worlding Multiculturalisms: The Politics of Inter-Asian Dwelling (Routledge, 2015), and Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). He has also co-edited special issues in ong>Urbanong> Studies, International Journal of ong>Urbanong> and Regional Research, Ethnography, and International Sociology. He was co-Principal Investigator of the Singapore Ministry of Education-funded project, Aspirations, ong>Urbanong> Governance and the Remaking of Asian Cities.