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Workshop Comparative Approaches  to Ritual in  Mainland SE Asia:  Emergence or Resurgence?

Workshop Comparative Approaches to Ritual in Mainland SE Asia: Emergence or Resurgence?

14 October 2016 - Salle 638 - Bât. EHESS 190-198 av. de France 75013 Paris

Research on rituals and practices on the margins of official or orthodox Buddhism in Southeast Asia has expanded considerably in recent years.  The growing prominence and rising visibility of spirit mediumship, divination and other forms of ritual in all of the predominantly Buddhist societies of mainland Southeast Asia raise many analytical and theoretical issues that we believe require a comparative, regional perspective.  In the past, inquiry on these topics has at times also been limited by a focus on institutional Buddhist practice and doctrine and a tendency to overlook the invocation of spirits and other ostensibly “unorthodox” forms of ritual.
As a first step in possibly forming a cross-disciplinary network of Southeast Asia studies scholars interested in these topics, we would like to invite you to join us at CASE in Paris on 14 October 2016 for a workshop that explores the question of whether the forms of ritual we are observing are genuinely novel and emergent or rather, by contrast, represent a resurgence of older forms of practice.

10h- 10h30        

Opening : B. Brac de la Perrière (CNRS-CASE)
                P. A. Jackson (ANU/Associé CASE)


Niklas Foxeus
Prosperity Buddhism in Burma/Myanmar: Transformed Possession Rituals and a Refashioned Buddhist Imaginary


Jovan Maud Georg-August Georg-August University, Göttingen
(Re)mediating Ritual in Southeast Asia

 Buffet sur place *


Guido Sprenger Heidelberg University
Buddhism and its Others: Local comparisons of Ritual and Religion in Upland Laos


Pierre Petit Université libre de Bruxelles
Continuity, Resilience, and Invention - Domestic and village rituals among the Tai Vat of Laos


Paul Sorrentino Max Planck Institute, Göttingen
Transforming possession. Or what subjects and rituals do to each other


Nicolas Sihlé Centre Himalaya, CNRS (discussant)

* (reservation : jeff.alexandre@cnrs.fr)

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