Subject: Speaker Series - Christine Murphy - November 24th 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
 The spaces in between: the impact of development on death and sex
Speaker: Christine Murphy

5:30 PM, Tuesday - November 24th, 2015, American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

             This project investigates the impact of development on religious spaces of liminality in Mongolia. The liminal spaces she investigates are those between the living and the dead (funerary forms), and the socially engaged and socially renounced (monastic orders). This ethnographic, textual, and theoretical project incorporates an analysis of material and immaterial liminality and socio-spatial relativism by restructuring questions of identity, engagement, and public responsibility as they relate to sexuality, gender roles, and funerary practices in a developing, global economy. 
She aims to deconstruct previously assumed truths regarding the role of monastics and gender within Mongolian society, as well as outline a uniquely Mongolian interpretation of Buddhist death rituals and funeral rites. 

Co-Sponsored by the American Cultural and Information Center, Ulaanbaatar 
About the Presenter

  About the Speaker: Christine Murphy

Christine Murphy is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has conducted two years of fieldwork in Ulaanbaatar, investigating the impact of development and social change on religious spaces of liminality for her dissertation. A CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellow and ACMS/Henry Luce Cultural Heritage Fellow, Christine also serves as US representative for Thosamling Nunnery, in Dharmsala, India, and publishes in topics as diverse as Buddhism, global industries of funerals and textile production, and analyses of pornography. 

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Thank you to the American Corner and the Natsagdorj Library for sponsoring this event.


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