Accepted Paper:

From the realm of desire to the realm of formlessness: how anthropological meetings represent East Asia  

Author:

Lei Zhou (Oriental Danology Institute)

Paper short abstract:

Based on academic conferences participated by the author during 2009-2013, this paper intends to pontificate some cognitive schemata shared by anthropological conference-attenders.

Paper long abstract:

--Reflections upon fieldwork and conferences attended in E/SE Asia (2009-2013)

Based on academic conferences participated by the author during 2009-2013, this paper intends to pontificate some cognitive schemata shared by anthropological conference-attenders, as represented by their presentations, conference interval talks, after-conference mingling and conferences literatures; all vividly narrate a "Traidhatu" (The three realms in Tibetan language, which means desire realm, the form realm, and the formless realm) they trying to negotiate and a socio-cultural inertia propels jarringly different trajectories amid East Asian countries with cultural similarities.

The crisis of Asia and discrepancies of East Asia Anthropology, in this sense, is the crisis of "subject", as people differ at their id, ego, and super-ego levels -- all corresponding to the aforementioned three different realms in spiritual sphere.

These conferences were held in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, India, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam and Nepal, all participated, partly or entirely, by anthropologists; the author will use some fieldwork data generated from Thailand, China, Myanmar, Nepal to corroborate the reflections based on conference ethnographies.

Panel P018
East Asian anthropology/anthropologies (EAAA panel)