Academic Staff

      Anna Iskra


      Post-doctoral Fellow, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences


      Anna Iskra is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Hong Kong Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. She is affiliated with the Asian Religious Connections research cluster and involved in the “The Infrastructures of Faith: Religious Mobilities on the Belt and Road” research project.

      Iskra earned a double BA and MA degree in Sinology and in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the College of Inter-Area Individual Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MISH), University of Warsaw, Poland and a PhD degree in Anthropology at the HKIHSS, The University of Hong Kong. In 2019, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Iskra’s academic interests include sociocultural and medical anthropology, religious and spiritual movements, gender studies, as well as the intersections between the state, psy-sciences, and self-formation processes in contemporary China. Her current research project focuses on holistic spirituality and self-help industries in mainland China and their transnational ties to Indian New Religious Movements.


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      2022 (forthcoming) “Mainland Chinese Body-Heart-Soul Milieu and the ‘Return’ of New Age Teachings to the Sinosphere.” Nova Religio 25(4).

      2020 “Chinese New Age Milieu and the Emergence of Homo Sentimentalis in the People’s Republic.” China Information.

      2020 With Winiger, Fabian, and David A. Palmer. “Remaking the Self: Spirituality, Civilization and the Chinese Quest for the Good Life in the Reform Era.” In Handbook on Religion in China. Feuchtwang, Stephan (ed.). Cheltenham and Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing.