Professor Stephan Feuchtwang FGCA is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Anthropology, and founding director of the Programme of China in Comparative Perspective, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He was President of the British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS). Based on his long-term studies on popular religion and politics in mainland China and Taiwan, he published work on charisma, place, temples and festivals, and civil society. He has been engaged in comparative studies exploring the recognition of catastrophic loss, and civilizations and empires. He is author of After the Event: The Transmission of Grievous Loss in Germany, China and Taiwan (2011), and Popular Religion in China: The Imperial Metaphor (2001).