Koen Wellens

Associate Professor
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Academic Interests

Chinese society and culture, with a special focus on ethnic minorities, folk religion and Buddhist practice, relationship between state and religion, development in rural areas, rule of law and human rights, indigenous Austronesion society in Taiwan. Both anthropological and textual/historical approaches.

Teaching

Higher education and employment history

Ph.D. from the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of Oslo; M.A. in China Studies and Anthropology from State University of Ghent in Belgium and Aarhus University in Denmark. He has been director of the China Programme at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo in 2005 and has been affiliated with the several China-related programmes there as a researcher until July 2013. From September 2011 until June 2012 he has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and from August to December 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

religion, society, religion and politics, ethnic minorities

Tags: China, Religion and politics, Ethnic minorities

Publications

  • Wellens, Koen (2017). Resilient cosmologies: water deities and divine agency in post-Mao China. Anthropological Forum: a journal of social anthropology and comparative sociology. ISSN 0066-4677. 27(4), p. 365–381. doi: 10.1080/00664677.2017.1284042. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wellens, Koen (2017). Failed Secularisation, New Nationalism and Governmentality: The Rise of Buddhism in Post-Mao China. In Havnevik, Hanna; Hüsken, Ute; Teeuwen, Marcus Jacobus; Tikhonov, Vladimir & Wellens, Koen (Ed.), Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World. Routledge. ISSN 9781138687844. p. 151–164. doi: 10.4324/9781315542140-9. Full text in Research Archive
  • Wellens, Koen (2013). The religious history of Muli. In Schaeffer, Kurtis R.; Kapstein, Matthew T. & Tuttle, Gray (Ed.), Sources to Tibetan Tradition. Columbia University Press. ISSN 0231135998. p. 605–607.
  • Wellens, Koen (2012). Migrating Brothers and Party-State Discourses on Ethnic - Origin in Southwest China. In Huber, Toni & Blackburn, Stuart (Ed.), Origins and Migrations in the Extended Eastern Himalayas. Brill Academic Publishers. ISSN 9789004226913. p. 299–319. doi: 10.1163/9789004228368_016.
  • Wellens, Koen (2009). Negotiable Rights? China's Ethnic Minorities and the Right to Freedom of Religion. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. ISSN 1385-4879. 16(3), p. 433–454. doi: 10.1163/138819009X12474964197755.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Religion, community and anthropological truth in Southwest China. Xinan minzu daxue xuebao. ISSN 1004-3926. p. 1–4.
  • Wellens, Koen (2006). Revisiting the Na of Southwest China. Xibei minzu yanjiu. ISSN 1001-5558. 3.
  • Wellens, Koen (1998). What's in a name? The Premi in Southwest China and the consequences of defining ethnic identity. Nations and Nationalism. ISSN 1354-5078. 4(1), p. 17–34.
  • Wellens, Koen (1994). Kubilai's Warriors: the Pumi minority in Southwest China and state monopoly on defining ethnic identity. Copenhagen discussion papers. ISSN 0904-8626. 23, p. 47–55.

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  • Hansen, Mette Halskov; Thøgersen, Stig & Wellens, Koen (2018). Kina - stat, individ og samfunn (3. utgave). Universitetsforlaget. ISBN 9788215030760. 264 p.
  • Havnevik, Hanna; Hüsken, Ute; Teeuwen, Marcus Jacobus; Tikhonov, Vladimir & Wellens, Koen (2017). Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World. Routledge. ISBN 9781138687844. 302 p.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Freedom of religion or belief in China: Experiences from the Sino-Norwegian human rights dialogue. Unipub forlag. ISBN 9788274774971. 115 p.
  • Wellens, Koen (1996). Sinological reference works in the Oslo University Library. Oslo University Library. 150 p.

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  • Wellens, Koen (2021). Fra bakland til brennpunkt: Undertrykkelsen av uigurene har på få år blitt kime til en storpolitisk, internasjonal strid. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Hansen, Mette Halskov; Wellens, Koen; Münster, Daniel & Baviskar, Amita (2021). Transcendence and Sustainability: Asian Visions with Global Promise. Panel presentation and discussion.
  • Wellens, Koen (2020). Indigeneity and environmental resource management in Taiwan: what can we learn from Tsou boar hunting? .
  • Wellens, Koen (2020). Coronaviruset: Falske bilder florerer. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wellens, Koen (2019). Urix spesial. [TV]. NRK.
  • Wellens, Koen (2019). Protester i Hong Kong. [TV]. TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2019). Et lite stykke kinesisk manipulasjon. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wellens, Koen (2018). EDUCATING MONKS: Minority Buddhism on China’s Southwest Border / By Thomas A. Borchert. Pacific Affairs. ISSN 0030-851X. 91(3).
  • Wellens, Koen (2017). The New State Religion of the Middle Kingdom? Chinese Mahayana Buddhism under Xi Jinping.
  • Wellens, Koen (2017). War Ceremonies and Boar Hunting in a Tsou Community in Taiwan: Living Indigeneity in Global East Asia.
  • Wellens, Koen (2017). Forbyr slør og skjegg: Strammer grepet om muslimsk befolkning. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2014). Kina frykter smitteeffekt. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2013). Kina gir religiøse mer rom. [Newspaper]. Vårt land.
  • Wellens, Koen (2012). Challenging the Universality of Water-deities: Local Cosmology and Natural Resources in South West China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2012). Challenges of bilingual education for ethnic minorities in China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2012). Slik sliter kinesiske arbeidere for å bli ferdig med verdens julegaver. [Internet]. Dagbladet.no.
  • Wellens, Koen (2012). PASSAGE TO MANHOOD: Youth Migration, Heroin, and AIDS in Southwest China. Pacific Affairs. ISSN 0030-851X. 85(1), p. 188–189.
  • Wellens, Koen (2011). Kina: Hu Jia løslatt. [Newspaper]. Vårt land.
  • Wellens, Koen (2011). Kina i dag: menneskerettigheter, rettsikkerhet og politisk utvikling.
  • Wellens, Koen (2011). Den store byvandringen. [Internet]. Dagsavisen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2011). Minority Rights Discourse and Religious Revival in Southwest China.
  • Bakke, Cecilie Figenschou & Wellens, Koen (2011). "Menneskerettigheter i Kina: Dialog, samarbeid og veien videre".
  • Wellens, Koen (2011). Ofre for kinesisk byggeboom. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Nobels fredspris temadag. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Verdibørsen. [Radio]. NRK.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Kinas mange ansikter. [Newspaper]. Perspektiv.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Amnesty mener kinesisk politi bruker tortur i avhør. [Internet]. TV2nyhetene.no.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Bryr seg ikke. [Newspaper]. Bergens tidende.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Elite histories: How Muli became Tibetan.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Menneskerettigheter i Kina.
  • Wellens, Koen (2010). Kina - kinesernes krav og kommunistpartiets legitimitet.
  • Wellens, Koen (2009). Synkretisme: et nyttig begrep?
  • Wellens, Koen (2009). Ritual and relatedness in Southwest China: The Premi House.
  • Wellens, Koen (2009). Etnische minderheden en godsdienstvrijheid in China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2009). Kina: Menneskerettigheter og andre utfordringer.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Verdibørsen. [Radio]. NRK P2.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). P2 Musikkredaksjonen: indlæg om kinesisk forbudt mod fremføring af Mozarts Requiem. [Radio]. P2.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Frykter flere terroraksjoner under OL. [Internet]. Dagbladet.no.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Dette frykter Kina mest. [Internet]. ABCnyheter.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). OL kan gjøre millioner stoltere, lykkeligere og friere. [Internet]. Dagbladet.no.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Kina langsomt på rett vei. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Varsler nettrevolusjon i Kina. [Newspaper]. Aftenposten.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Slik er Kina blitt mer åpent. [Newspaper]. Vårt land.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Dalai Lama ber folket besinne sig. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Tror ikke OL gir økt ytringsfrihet. [Newspaper]. Journalisten.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Ser på buddhister som en trussel. [Newspaper]. Dagsavisen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Fengslende meninger. [Newspaper]. Nationen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Kina vil ha PR-hjelp. [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). I ilden igjen. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Tror flere vil komme til. [Newspaper]. VG.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Nyheder: interview om menneskerettigheter i Kina og meningen med boikott. [TV]. TV2.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Økonomisk misnøye bidro til Tibet-opptøyene. [Newspaper]. Uniforum.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Hele Kina i sorg. [Newspaper]. Klassekampen.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Neither Buddhists nor barbarians: Contesting discourses on the origins of the Xifan in Southwest China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Autonomy and minority religion in China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Olympisk stress syndrom.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Religionsfrihet og minoritetsrettigheter i Kina.
  • Wellens, Koen (2008). Nyreligiøsitet i Kina etter Mao.
  • Wellens, Koen (2007). Ikke troverdig beskrivelse. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Wellens, Koen (2007). Book review: Ethnic distinctions, local meanings: negotiating cultural identities in China. By Mary Rack. Anthropos: Internationale Zeitschrift für Völker- und Sprachenkunde. ISSN 0257-9774. 102(1), p. 286–287.
  • Wellens, Koen (2007). Det Kina ikke vil snakke om før OL. [Newspaper]. Dagbladet.
  • Wellens, Koen (2007). Religion, community and anthropological truth in Southwest China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2007). Etniske minoriteter og religionspolitikk i Kina.
  • Wellens, Koen (2006). Skjer det endringer i Kinas praktisering av menneskerettighetene?
  • Bakke, Cecilie Figenschou & Wellens, Koen (2006). Dialog med Kina - nytter det? Dagbladet. ISSN 0805-3766.
  • Wellens, Koen (2006). Land and subsistence in Western China: preliminary results from local studies in Guangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan.
  • Wellens, Koen (2006). Land rights as human rights in China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2006). Minoriteters rettigheter i Kina.
  • Wellens, Koen (2005). Nyheter. [Radio]. NRK.
  • Wellens, Koen (2005). Ikkje uproblematisk å kritisera Kina. [Newspaper]. Uniforum.
  • Wellens, Koen (2004). Buddhism and local ritual practice.
  • Wellens, Koen (2004). Religion, kinship and politics on Tibet's eastern frontier.
  • Wellens, Koen (2003). Revisiting the Na of Southwest China. Asian Ethnicity. ISSN 1463-1369. 4(1).
  • Wellens, Koen (2003). Book review: Ways of being ethnic in Southwest China. By Stevan Harrell. Pacific Affairs. ISSN 0030-851X. 76(1).
  • Wellens, Koen (2003). Book review: The Kam People of China: turning nineteen. By Norman D. Geary, e.a. Anthropos: Internationale Zeitschrift für Völker- und Sprachenkunde. ISSN 0257-9774. 98(2), p. 555–556.
  • Wellens, Koen (2003). Religionsfrihed og etniske minoriteter i Kina.
  • Wellens, Koen (2002). Premi. In Ember, Carol R; Ember, Melvin & Skoggard, Ian (Ed.), Encyclopedia of World Cultures Supplement. Macmillan Reference USA, New York. ISSN 0-02-865671-7. p. 277–280.
  • Wellens, Koen (2002). Un exercice maoïste en représentation des élites: L'établissement de la région tibétaine autonome de Muli.
  • Wellens, Koen (2001). Book review: Naxi and Moso ethnography: kin, rites, pictographes, by Michael Oppitz and Elisabeth Hsu (eds.). Anthropos: Internationale Zeitschrift für Völker- und Sprachenkunde. ISSN 0257-9774. 96(1), p. 290–292.
  • Wellens, Koen (2001). Zhongguo Xinan diqu de minzu shibie he difang zizhi zhidu: Muli zangzu zizhixian de qingkuang (Ethnic classification and the local autonomy system in Southwest China: the case of Muli Tibetan Autonomous County).
  • Wellens, Koen (2000). Zhongguo Xinan diqu zongjiao yu zhongzu (Ethnicity and religion in Southwest China).
  • Wellens, Koen (2000). The Anji in Yiji: The survival of local religious beliefs among ethnic minorities on Tibet's Eastern frontier.
  • Wellens, Koenraad (1999). A Premi djè, of het belang van etnische status in China.
  • Wellens, Koen (1999). Religionsfrihed i Kina: konflikter og problemer med hensyn til folkereligion og etniske minoriteter.
  • Wellens, Koen (1998). Etniske minoriteter i Kina: eller historien om en asiatisk imperialisme. Dyade. ISSN 0332-5792. 1, p. 52–63.
  • Wellens, Koenraad (1996). In search of the hangui: religion and ethnic identity among the Premi in Southwest China.
  • Wellens, Koen (2006). Consecrating the Premi house: ritual, community and the state in the borderlands of East Tibet. Unipub forlag. ISSN 0806-3222.
  • Lothe, Egil; Arnesen, Knut Espen & Wellens, Koen (2003). Report from a visit to China by a delegation from the Oslo Coalition: 15. - 30. November 2002. Oslo Coalition.

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