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Dan Smyer Yu

Yunnan University

Dan Smyer Yü is Kuige Professor of Ethnology, School of Ethnology and Sociology and the National Centre for Borderlands Ethnic Studies in Southwest China at Yunnan University. He currently serves as a member of the Advisory Group for the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and an elected Board Member of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC). Dan received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California at Davis in 2006. Prior to his current faculty appointment, he was the Founding Director of the Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies at Yunnan Minzu University, a Senior Researcher/Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He is the author of Mindscaping the Landscape of Tibet: Place, Memorability, Eco-aesthetics (De Gruyter 2015), and the co-editor of Religion and Ecological Sustainability in China (Routledge 2014) and Trans-Himalayan Borderlands: Livelihoods, Territorialities, Modernities (Amsterdam University Press 2017). His forthcoming co-edited project publications are Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities: Symbiotic Indigeneity and the Animist Earth (Routledge EH Series) and Yunnan-Burma-Bengal Corridor Geographies: Protean Edging of Habitats and Empires (Routledge Critical Perspectives on India and China Series).