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Symposium -- Mother Goddesses and Spirit Mediums: Popular Ritual and Spirit Possession in Contemporary Vietnam

Symposium -- Mother Goddesses and Spirit Mediums: Popular Ritual and Spirit Possession in Contemporary Vietnam

Organized by Dr. Hien Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Monday, June 14, 2004
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

8:30 am    Coffee, pastries, and registration

9:00-9:15 am 
  
Opening Remarks:  Geoffrey Robinson (Director of UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies), Hien Nguyen (Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA)

9:15-10:45 am  

From Red River Delta to Silicon Valley:  The Past, Present and Future of Len dong Spirit Possession

1. Ngo, Duc Thinh (Institute of Folklore Studies, Vietnam)
“The Mother Goddess Religion:  Its History, Pantheon, and Practice”

2. Karen Fjelstad (San Jose State University)
“'We Have Len Dong Too': Transnational Aspects of Spirit Possession”

3. Viveca Larsson (Goteborg University, Sweden)
“Temple Masters and Spirit Mediums in the Post-renovation Vietnam”

Moderator/Discussant: Janet Hoskins (University of Southern California)

10:45-11:00 am  Break

11:00-12:30

Spirit Mediums: Personal Identity and Gender

1. Kirsten W. Endres (Vietnamese-German Center, Hanoi University of Technology)
“Spirit Performance and the Ritual Construction of Personal Identity in Modern Vietnam”

2. Lisa Maiffret and Karen Fjelstad (San Jose State University)
“Gifts from the Spirits:  Spirit Possession and Personal Transformation among Silicon Valley Spirit Mediums”

3. Norton Barley (University of Surrey Roehampton, England)
“'Hot-tempered’ Women and ‘Effeminate’ Men: the Performance of Music and Gender in Vietnamese Mediumship”

Moderator/Discussant: Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History)

12:30-1:30 pm  Lunch in the conference room

1:30-3:00 pm 

Legitimacy, Empowerment, and Popular Religion

1. Hien Nguyen (University of California, Los Angeles)
“'A Bit of a Spirit Favor is Equal to a Load of Mundane Gifts': Votive Paper Offerings of Len Dong Rituals in Post-renovation Vietnam”

2. Pham, Quynh Phuong (La Trobe University, Australia)
“Lam toi doi nuoc (Servant to Both Sides): the Relationship between Saint Tran Worship and the Mother Goddess Religion”

3. Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History)
“Looking beyond Vietnam:  Looking at East Asian Popular Religion through the Lens of Vietnam”

Moderator/Discussant: Karen Fjelstad (San Jose State University)

3:15-5:00 pm

Closed Working Session for Speakers to prepare for book publication

Parking at UCLA costs $7.


Cost : Free and open to the public.

BarbaraGaerlan
310-206-9163
www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/
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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies