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CMI invites to seminar: “Masculinity, Autonomy, and Attachment in Buddhist Burma”

May 28, 2014 - 14:00-15:30

Ward Keeler, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, presents a lecture based on his recent research in Mandalay, Burma.

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 protected])
Tel: 47938020

Time: 28 May, 14:10 – 15:30
Venue: Bergen Reource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31

CMI invites to seminar: “Masculinity, Autonomy, and Attachment in Buddhist Burma”

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Date:
May 28, 2014
Time:
14:00-15:30