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SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series- Zoom Edition

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Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series- Zoom Edition : Silk Road Geoculturalisms: Building Cultural Corridors of China’s Belt and Road Initiative Other events...
Abstract

The presentation introduces the broad methodology of the study, which is oriented around developing the concept of geocultural in the context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In particular, it seeks to understand geoculturalism as a new approach; as a process of ‘re’drawing of geographies and ‘re’organisation of culture in Asian Silk Road cities with Buddhist heritage in the wake of BRI. Using this framework, China’s use of Buddhist heritage as a geocultural form in Buddhist cities of Asia will be interrogated to identify how the emerging cultural infrastructure and cultural economy is transforming these cities into geocultural hubs. A qualitative data-driven, place-based approach will be adopted to examine the emergence and factors that contribute to the development of geoculturalism. This study chooses three Asian cities that are being rapidly developed as Silk Road Buddhist cities. Fieldwork in Lumbini (Nepal), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Lanzhou (China) will be conducted to investigate the process of emerging geoculturalisms and how this plays across different contexts.

Bio

Rani Singh is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Western Australia, supervised by Prof Tim Winter and Dr Yu Tao. Her PhD, ‘Silk Road Geoculturalisms: Building Cultural Corridors of China’s Belt and Road Initiative’ explores geoculturalism as a new approach; as a process of ‘re’drawing of geographies and the ‘re’organisation of culture in Asian Silk Road cities through the use of shared Buddhist heritage. By interrogating Buddhist heritage as a geocultural form, Rani looks at the ways in which the cultural corridors of BRI are transforming Asia’s cities.

Zoom Session Details: Link: https://uwa.zoom.us/j/91735014313?pwd=WUxHbzljTHFWRktTTjYrUEhod0RYdz09 Password: 316410
Location Zoom Session- Link: https://uwa.zoom.us/j/91735014313?pwd=WUxHbzljTHFWRktTTjYrUEhod0RYdz09 Password: 316410
Contact Dorinda 't Hart <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 22 May 2020 14:30
End Fri, 22 May 2020 16:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 21 May 2020 10:19
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