Events of the Department of Religious Diversity (in descending order)

Room: Conference Room

"Poor@Play: Digital life beyond the West"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2014/15
  • Date: Nov 25, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Payal Arora is the author of several books including Dot Com Mantra: Social Computing in the Central Himalayas (Ashgate, 2010) and The Leisure Commons: A Spatial History of Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2014; Winner of the EUR Fellowship Award) as well as co-author of The Shape of Diversity to Come: Crossroads in New media, Identity & Law (in press; Palgrave) and Poor@Play: Digital Life beyond the West (expected 2016; Harvard University Press). Her paper on digitization of information won the 2010 Best Paper Award in Social Informatics by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Her focus and expertise lies in the anthropology and sociology of new technologies, specifically their digital cultures and social activism. She has consulted for both the private and public sector worldwide including with Shell, World Bank, hp, National Health Foundation, The Ministry of Education in Jordan, Sotheby’s, Art Review, Kellogg and the Beirut Chambers of Commerce. She is currently a GE Fellow on the Industrial Internet Project. She sits on several boards including the Global Media Journal, The South Asian Media, Arts & Culture Research Center in University of North Texas, Young Erasmus, Makerocity, and The World Women Global Council in New York. She holds degrees from Harvard University (M.Ed., International Policy) and Columbia University (PhD, Language, Literacy & Technology). She is currently based in the Department of Media and Communication, Faculty of History, Culture and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For more detail, please check her website: www.payalarora.com
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Racial Barriers and Religious Boundaries: Religion and Assimilation among Second-Generation Asian Americans"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2014/15
  • Date: Oct 23, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Carolyn Chen (Northwestern University)
  • Carolyn Chen is associate professor of sociology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience (Princeton 2008) and co-editor of the book Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (NYU 2012). She has written in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times about Asian Americans and college admissions. She is currently writing a book called Zen and the Art of Corporate Productivity about the culture of Asian spirituality in Silicon Valley companies.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Making Good Indians out of Goan Catholics: The Catholic Church and the formation of Indian citizens in Goa"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2014/15
  • Date: Oct 14, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Jason Keith Fernandes (Centro de Estudos Internacionais, Lisboa)
  • Jason Keith Fernandes is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for International Studies (CIE) at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon. Subsequent to a degree in law and a Master’s degree in the sociology of law, Jason was recently awarded a doctorate in anthropology for a dissertation on The Citizenship Experiences of Goan Catholics. With a Fellowship from the New India Foundation, he is in the process of writing a book manuscript around language and politics in post-colonial Goa.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Diversity without Difference: Rendering the Modern Rural in China’s Ethnic Tourism"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2014/15
  • Date: Oct 2, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Jenny Chio (Emory University)
  • Dr. Jenny Chio is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Emory University, USA, where she teaches courses on contemporary China, visual anthropology, critical tourism studies, and the anthropology of media. She completed her Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has recently published a monograph, A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China (University of Washington Press, 2014), and directed an ethnographic film on tourism in two ethnic villages in China, 农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness (distributed by Berkeley Media, 2013).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Behind the high-tech fetish: Children, work and media use across socio-economic classes in India"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2014/15
  • Date: Sep 23, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Shankuntala Banaji (London School of Economics)
  • Dr Shakuntala Banaji is a Lecturer in Media and Communications and Programme Director for the Masters in Media, Communication and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has 21 years’ experience as a teacher and educational researcher, currently lecturing in Film Theory, World Cinema, International Media, Communication and Development. Shakuntala has been part of several large-scale research projects for the European Union and other funders; among these ‘Young people and democratic participation in the European Union’ for EACEA through LSE Enterprise (2010-2012); ‘Stakeholder Perspectives on Creativity and Innovation in Schooling in the EU27’ (IPTS 2009-2010) and CivicWeb: Young People, the Internet and Civic Participation (EU, Framework 6, 2006-2009). Her unfunded research with young people in South Asia in relation to media, representation, citizenship and technology use is on-going. Shakuntala has published widely on Cinema Audiences, Bollywood, Youth, Gender, Ethnicity, Politics, Creativity and Online Civic Participation. Recent books include South Asian Media Cultures: Audiences, Representations, Contexts (2010) from Anthem Press and The Civic Web: Young People, Civic Participation and the Internet in Europe, (2013) co-authored with David Buckingham.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"From village to city: Hinduism and the ‘Hindu caste system’ "

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014

"Names, caste, and the secular: reflections from North India"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014
  • Date: May 27, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Jacob Copeman (University of Edinburgh)
  • Jacob Copeman is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University. His publications include: Social Theory After Strathern. Sage 2014; The Guru in South Asia: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-edited with Aya Ikegame). 2012. Routledge; The Art of Bleeding: memory, martyrdom, and portraits in blood. 2013. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, S 149-S 171.; The Didactic Death: Publicity, Instruction and Body Donation. 2012. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 2(2) (co-authored with Deepa Reddy).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"What are ‘religions’ in South Asia?"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014

"In the absence of chance: Play and economy at the Delhi racecourse"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014
  • Date: May 20, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Stine Simonsen Puri (University of Copenhagen)
  • Stine Simonsen Puri is an anthropologist working as a postdoc at Institute for Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at Copenhagen University, from where she also received her PhD. Her dissertation was on gambling and speculative economy in India based on fieldwork at indian racecourses. In addition to this, she has worked and published on dance, performance and mythology in India.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"The guru as a wise legislator: the guru and informal legal space in rural South India"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014
  • Date: May 13, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Aya Ikegame (Edinburgh)
  • After completing her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh in 2007 (a historical anthropological study of the South Indian kingdom of Mysore) Dr Aya Ikegame won an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship (2007-8). She was then employed as a postdoctoral research fellow on an AHRC/ESRC project on monastery-run schools in South India (2009-10) at Edinburgh University’s Centre for South Asian Studies. She also worked (2010-11) as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary India Area Studies in the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan. She joined the OECUMENE Project in 2011.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Anthropology and Government in British India, 1881-1911: Ibbetson and Risley Reconsidered"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014
  • Date: May 6, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Chris Fuller (London School of Economics)
  • Professor Chris Fuller specialises in India. His first fieldwork (1971-2) was in Kerala in southwest India among the Nayars and the Syrian Christians, and his work particularly focused on kinship among the Nayars, famous for their matriliny. From 2003-5, with other colleagues in LSE, Fuller worked on a major research project, sponsored by ESRC, on regionalism, nationalism and globalisation in India, and his research has focused on middle-class company managers and software professionals in the city of Chennai (Madras). From 2005-8, with Haripriya Narasimhan, he carried out an ESRC-sponsored research project on a group of Tamil Brahmans, focusing on this traditional elite‘s modern transformation into a migratory, urbanised, trans-national community. Their book based on this research, Tamil Brahmans: The Making of a Middle-Class Caste, will be published in 2014 by the University of Chicago Press and Social Science Press (New Delhi). Fuller has also researched and written extensively on popular Hinduism and Hindu nationalism, the caste system, the anthropology of the state and other topics. His current research is on the history of the anthropology of India.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Detachment, disinterest, and indifference: some jain ways of setting oneself apart"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014

"Sovereignty and the act of conversion: the case of Narasapur"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014
  • Date: Apr 22, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Goldie Osuri (University of Warwick)
  • Dr. Goldie Osuri is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology. She holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. Prior to her appointment at Warwick, she worked at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. She has recently published a monograph, Religious Freedom in India: Sovereignty and (Anti) Conversion (Routledge, 2013).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Pirates in Paradise: the formation of the Chinese transnational temple network and the cult of Lin Guniang in Pattani"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014

"A minimal definition of cynicism. Everyday Social Criticism and some meanings of ‘Life’ in contemporary China"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014
  • Date: Mar 25, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Hans Steinmüller (London School of Economics)
  • Hans Steinmüller is a specialist in the anthropology of China working at the London School of Economics. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in the Enshi region of Hubei Province in central China, focusing on family, work, ritual, and the local state. The main object of his research are the ethics of everyday life in rural China, but he has also written on topics such as gambling, rural development, and Chinese geomancy (fengshui). At LSE, he is the convenor of the MSc programme ‚China in Comparative Perspective‘.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Reflections on economic psychology in Heilongjiang and Oklahoma"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2014
  • Date: Mar 13, 2014
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Charles Stafford (London School of Economics)
  • Charles Stafford is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is a specialist in the anthropology of learning and cognition, and has carried out fieldwork for many years in rural Taiwan, China and (more recently) America. He is the author of „Separation and reunion in modern China“ and the editor of „Ordinary ethics in China“. He is also the publisher and editor of the online review journal Anthropology of this Century (AOTC).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Spaces, Objects and Sacred Geographies: Rethinking the History of Kerala’s Faith Practice"

  • Date: Feb 3, 2014
  • Time: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Speaker: G. Arunima (Arunima Gopinath) (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • G. Arunima (Arunima Gopinath) is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at JNU, Delhi and currently a Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, University of Kölln. She is the author of ‘There Comes Papa: Colonialism and the Transformation of Matriliny in Kerala, Malabar c. 1850-1940 (2003) and numerous articles and book chapters. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Novel Images: Aesthetics, Culture, and Modernity in Colonial South India, Kerala 1870-1940. Professor Gopinath’s research projects include: “Sacred Geographies, Hybrid Iconographies: Faith Practices and Idioms of Malayali Religious Iconography” and “Gender, Photography and Visual Practices in Contemporary India.”
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
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