Tibetan Buddhism Today: Earthwork, Home-making, and Eco-aesthetics Among Amdo Tibetans

19 Apr

Friday, April 20, 2012
12:45 – 2:00 PM
1957 E Street, NW, Room 112
The Elliott School of International Affairs

Dan Smyer Yu
Anthropologist, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany

This presentation explores eco-aesthetic meanings of the intersections of natural landscape, religious practices, and home-making in a Tibetan farming village nestled on an alluvial fan of a dried tributary of a large river. Using a synthesized perspective of cultural anthropology, phenomenology of landscape, and religious studies, the presentation will demonstrate how place-specific and culturally-contextualized landscapes have subjectivities of their own. If you are interested in how and to what extent Tibetan Buddhism is practiced in the contemporary People’s Republic of China, this is an event for you!

DAN SMYER YU is an anthropologist of religion specializing in the studies of religious revitalizations, charismatic communities, commercialization of religious spirituality, and the relationship between eco-religious practices and place-making in contemporary China. He received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California at Davis. Prior to his joining Max Planck, he was a New Millennium Scholar and the Associate Director of the Ethnic Minority Study Center of China at Minzu University of China.

Please RSVP at go.gwu.edu/TibetApril20 by Thursday, April 19, 2012.

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