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My name is Richard Fox and this is my homepage, which is devoted to the study of religion, media and performance in South and Southeast Asia.

Having recently completed a ten-month fieldwork project under the auspices of a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, I am now a member of the Material Text Cultures Collaborative Research Centre, and teach in the Institut für Ethnologie, at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In 2002 I completed my doctorate in Religious Studies and Cultural Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and have held research and teaching positions at Williams College, Harvard University, Universitas Udayana and the University of Chicago.

My primary research and teaching interests lie in the historical and ethnographic study of South and Southeast Asian religions, with a special emphasis on media and performance in Indonesia and the Malay region. My first book, Critical Reflections on Religion and Media in Contemporary Bali was published in 2011 in the Numen Series in the History of Religions (Leiden: Brill; reviewed in Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 2012, 168(4): 522-3). It examines some of 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. I have a strong interest in theoretical issues in anthropology, the history of religions and cultural studies, and am currently working on a collaborative project called Public Life as Performance 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), my most recent publications have appeared in Archipel: Études interdisciplinarires sur le monde insulindienHistory of Religions, Modern Asian Studies, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Asian Journal of Communication, and the Jurnal Kajian Bali.

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