Week @ CSEAS
August 31, 2015 - September 4, 2015
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September 4, 2015 - Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Kenneth T. Young (Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History, Harvard University)
The Contested Afterlives of Ho Chi Minh
This talk is the first annual "Judith Ladinsky Lecture"ómade possible through support from the Judith L. Ladinsky Memorial Fund
This talk concerns the Religion of Uncle Ho whose central figure is Ho Chi Minh. Ho, who is considered the father of the modern Vietnamese nation-state, has become an object of commemoration, worship, and contestation on the part of the Communist Party and ordinary Vietnamese who claim to be his devotees.
The contention involves who speaks for and through Ho: the Party which has compiled his collected works and constantly invokes his writings and sayings in support of often contradictory policies or the devotees who claim to be able to channel him? Other areas of contention involve control of space and of time. Space is understood as both the world in which we live, but also the Other World of the dead, of gods and goddesses and of unseen but powerful forces. Time is not only commemorative time but also the past and the future, both of which are being re-interpreted in the light of new postwar circumstances. At the center of this re-interpretation is Ho Chi Minh, the mythical figure created by the Party over which it is losing control.
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On Campus Events:
Southeast Asia Research Group (SEARG) first meeting
Thursday, September 10, 2015. 7:00pm at the Rathskeller
We are particularly interested in making sure that new CSEAS and Southeast Asia affiliated grad students know about SEARG. In the first meeting we will welcome everyone back and make plans for SEARG for the next year.
For more information, please contact Nathan Green.