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CMI invites to seminar: “Masculinity, Autonomy, and Attachment in Buddhist Burma”
May 28, 2014 - 14:00-15:30
People living in any society must mediate between two desires: to feel bonded to others (“connected”) and to feel autonomous (“free”). Various resolutions of the dilemma are on offer, but none of them can truly overcome the contradiction. Burmese Buddhists are inclined to emphasize the need for autonomy, praising detachment as a goal, at least for males. Taking religious discourse as a commentary (witting or unwitting) on social relations, I ask what links we might see between Burmese idealization of monks, as an unusual (because asexual) masculine ideal, and more general ideas about social relations, hierarchy, and gender.
All are welcome
For more information, please contact Kari Telle (email@example.com)
Time: 28 May, 14:10 – 15:30
Venue: Bergen Reource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31