Jeremy Jammes at The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (IAS @ UBD)


DEA, PhD (University of Paris X Nanterre)

Associate Professor


Jeremy Jammes is a social anthropologist and completed his PhD research on Caodaism in 2006. He is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology and Religious Studies in the IAS and has published widely on religious issues in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Between 2010 and 2014, he served in Bangkok as Deputy Director, Head of Publications, and Strategic Adviser of the Research Institute on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC, CNRS-MAEE), for which he has (co-) edited three regional outlooks on contemporary Southeast Asia geopolitics. He has also been the Editor in Chief of the IAS-Springer Book Series ‘Asia in Transition’ since 2016, and has regularly reviewed articles and books for academic journals on religions and on Southeast Asia. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Jammes served as Director of the Institute of Asian Studies.

Research Interests

     • Religions in East and Southeast Asia
     • Caodaism and New Religious Movements in Asia
     • Christianity in Global South
     • East/West religious encounters
     • Secularization, mission and conversion strategies
     • Ethnic minorities policies
     • Geopolitics & Political anthropology
     • Translation studies
     • Vietnam, Cambodia, Southeast Asia, East Asia

Select Publications

     • Jammes, J. (with Bourdeaux, P.), eds (2016) Chrétiens évangéliques d’Asie du Sud-Est. Expériences locales d’une ferveur conquérante [Evangelical Christians of Southeast Asia : Local Experiences of a Conquering Fervor]. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2016, 352 p. [Access]
     • Jammes, J. (2014) Les oracles du Cao Đài. Étude d’un mouvement religieux vietnamien et de ses réseaux [Cao Đài Oracles. A Vietnamese Religious Movement and its Networks]. Paris: Les Indes savantes, 593 p. [Access]

Journal Articles
     • Jeremy Jammes & David Palmer, “Occulting the Dao: Daoist Inner Alchemy, French Spiritism and Vietnamese Colonial Modernity in Caodai Translingual Practice.” Journal of Asian Studies, 77(2), 2018: 405–428. [Access]
     • Jammes, J. (2017). “Benedictine Monastic Communitas in Wartime Central Vietnam (1954–75)”. TAJA-The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 28(2), p. 210–24. [Access]
     • Jammes, J. (2016) “Caodaism in Times of War: Spirits of Struggle and Struggle of Spirits”. SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 31(1), p. 247–94. [Access]
     • Jammes, J. (2016) “Theo đường mòn. Ghi chú về cuốn nhật ký hành trình dân tộc học của nhà truyền giáo Jacques Dournes tại Việt Nam” [By following the trail of men. Notes on the ethnographic diary of the missionary Jacques Dournes in Vietnam], Tạp chí Khoa học Xã hội thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (Review of Social Sciences of Hochiminh City), 11(219), 2016, p. 70–6.

Book Chapters
     • J. Jammes, “Đại Đạo Tam Kỳ Phổ Độ (Cao Đài).” In Lukas Pokorny & Franz Winter (eds), Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements. Leiden: BRILL, 2018, p. 565–583.
     • Jammes, J. (2017) “A Moral Economy in Motion. The Dynamics and Limitations of a Pentecostal Alternative Society in Cambodia”. In Juliette Koning & Gwenael Njoto-Feillard (eds), New Religiosities, Modern Capitalism, and Moral Complexities in Southeast Asia. London: Palgrave, p. 89–120. [Access]
     • Jammes, J. (2015) “Cao Đài, Caodaism”. In Jesudas Athyal (ed.), Religion in Southeast Asia: An Encyclopaedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, p. 89–90.


Jeremy Jammes has presented a paper entitled “Nation, Damned Nation and Statistics. The Summer Institute of Linguistics’ Missionaries and Ethno-metric in Vietnam and Beyond” at a workshop organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, on April 21-22, 2017. This two-day workshop, moderated by Duncan McCargo (Visiting Professor of Political Science), aimed to help craft a more nuanced understanding of how Southeast Asia interacts politically with the United States, to what extent the United States (and its western and regional allies) has emphasized an agenda of democracy promotion, and to what extent geopolitical, economic or other considerations have loomed larger. This workshop brought together scholars doing critical studies of bilateral relations between the United States, its western and regional allies, and a range of countries in Southeast Asia, both during the late Cold War era and since. It also welcomed academics whose primary focus is on the domestic politics of individual Southeast Asian countries, but whose work has been illuminated by an attention to international factors.

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