Week @ CSEAS
September 28, 2015 - October 2, 2015
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October 2, 2015 - Rebecca Hall (Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA)
Banners, Palaces, and the Art of Navigating Liminality in Northern Thai Funerals
The creation of beautiful, often elaborate works of art, including funeral banners and cremation structures, for the purpose of their complete destruction is one of the most fascinating characteristics of Northern Thai funeral arts. Their presence functions as a physical embodiment of impermanence, echoing the overall theme of the ceremony itself. Only after these objects are decimated by fire are surviving family and friends able to put to ease concerns about the successful transition of the deceased from one existence to the next. In this presentation I examine how funeral arts give form to the immaterial, help to guide the spirit of the deceased, and have the power to affect observersí attitudes towards the dynamics of life and death.
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On Campus Event:
Special Lecture: Changes in Hmong Dress in Northwestern Guizhou Province, China by Yan Gao (Art Department, Bijie College, Bijie City, Guizhou Ptovince, China)
Tuesday, September 29, 4:00pm, Room 206 Ingraham Hall
Khmer Conversation Table
Monday, September 28, 11am-12pm. College Library, Room 3521
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Vietnamese Conversation Table
Friday, October 2, 5:00-6:00 pm. Sun Garden area of Union South.
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