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CEAS Classroom Series with Manduhai Buyandelger "Trading History for Sheep: Memory, Migration, and Buryat-Mongol Identities through Shamanic Practices"

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 4:30pm

Manduhai Buyandelger, Associate Professor of Anthropology, MIT

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Professor Buyandelger's first book Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Gender, and Memory in Contemporary Mongolia won a 2014 Francis L.K. Hsu book prize from the Society of East Asian Anthropology and was shortlisted as one of the top five social science books on Asia by the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS) in 2015. The book tells a story of the collapse of the socialist state and the responses of marginalized rural nomads to devastating changes through the revival of their previously suppressed shamanic practices.