André Laliberté

André Laliberté in Vancouver

André Laliberté

Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Visiting Professor in Buddhism and Contemporary Society
January 2015 to June 2015 | School of Political Studies

University of Ottawa
Social Science Building, 200 University Street
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5
Tel: (613) 562-5800 ext. 8913


Laliberté is full professor at the School of political Studies, the University of Ottawa, as well as research fellow at Purdue University’s Center for Religion and Chinese Society, the Groupe Societés, Religions, et Laïcités in Paris, and the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia at the University of Groningen. He has served in various capacity in the executive committee of the Canadian Asian Studies Association, and in various scholarship selection committees for scholars studying in China and Taiwan.

He is a co-investigator for a research team funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada on ‘Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care’ looking at the transnational care chain across the Pacific. He has done research in Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and Hong Kong on democratic transition, issues of identity, the regulation of religion, and social policy.

While at the TLKY, he is organising a conference on Buddhism and politics as well as a workshop about Buddhist perspectives on care, and revise two chapters for edited volumes: the first one is about Buddhist philanthropy and social policy in Taiwan and Hong Kong, the other one about religion and development in Chinese societies. He has just co-edited Secular States and Religious Diversity (UBC Press 2013) and works on a manuscript for a book on Buddhism in Greater China.

Laliberté has received his doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia in 1999 for his thesis on The Politics of Buddhist Organizations in Taiwan, which was published by Routledge in 2004.

Selected Presentations & Publications

He has written for academic journals the following articles:

“The Growth of a Taiwanese Buddhist Association in China: Soft Power and Institutional Learning”, China Information, March 2013

“Buddhist Charities and China’ Social Policy: An Opportunity for Alternate Civility?”, Archives de sciences sociales des religions, Spring 2012

“Buddhist Revival Under State Watch”, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Summer 2011

“Entre désécularisation et resacralisation: Bouddhistes laïcs, temples et organisations philanthropiques en Chine”, Social Compass, September 2009.

He has also written the following chapters for edited volumes:

“The Institutionalization of Buddhist Philanthropy in China”, State and Society Responses to Social Welfare Needs in China, edited by Jonathan Schwartz and Shawn Shieh (Routledge, 2009)

“‘Buddhism for the human realm’ and Taiwanese Democracy”, Religious Organizations and Democracy in Contemporary Asia, edited by Cheng Tun-ren and Deborah Brown (M.E. Sharpe, 2005) with Manuel Litalien-Legault

“The Tzu Chi Merit Society from Taiwan to Canada” Wild Geese : Studies of Buddhism in Canada, edited byJohn Harding, Victor sogen Hori, and Alexander Soucy, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010, 350-385.