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SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

"Re-Mapping Religion in Bangkok: Alternative Lineages and Cosmologies in the Making in the History of the City"

Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania

This talk will question the very idea of the Galactic Polity and structural approaches to understanding Thai Buddhism through a close look at three neighborhoods in Bangkok and its Suburbs. The concept of the Galactic Polity and related ideas ways of conceptually and physically mapping Thailand and Thai Buddhism over time have long held sway in the ways students approach the subject. By examining the periods of the 1820s, 1870s, and 1950s and three specific spaces, I will show that the the idea of the center and the periphery are not as stable as once posited and that there are a variety of ways of approaching the study of religious history in the city that go beyond Buddhism, Royalty, and Thainess.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, Southeast Asia Program

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