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The Ends of Kinship: Connecting Himalayan Lives Between Nepal and New York

Anthropology Departmental Seminar with Sienna R. Craig, Dartmouth College

16.09.2020 | Marius Marques Siersbæk

Dato ons 21 okt
Tid 14:00 16:00
Sted Aarhus University, via Zoom



Passcode: 290017

For centuries, people from Mustang, Nepal, have relied on agriculture, pastoralism, and trade as a way of life. Seasonal migrations to South Asian cities for trade as well as temporary wage labor abroad and Mustang-based tourism have shaped their experiences for decades. Yet, more recently, permanent migrations to New York City are reshaping lives and social worlds. Mustang has experienced one of the highest rates of depopulation in contemporary Nepal—a profoundly visible depopulation that contrasts with the relative invisibility of Himalayan migrants in New York. Drawing on more than two decades of fieldwork with people in and from Mustang, this book on which this presentation is based combines narrative ethnography and short fiction to engage with foundational questions in cultural anthropology: How do different generations abide with and understand each other? How are traditions defended and transformed in the context of new mobilities? Craig draws on khora – Tibetan Buddhist concepts of cyclic existence as well as the daily act of circumambulating the sacred – to think about cycles of movement and patterns of world-making, shedding light on how kinship remains both firm and flexible in the face of migration. From a high Himalayan kingdom to the streets of Brooklyn and Queens, The Ends of Kinship asks how individuals, families, and communities care for each other and carve out spaces of belonging in and through diaspora, at the nexus of environmental, economic, and cultural transformation. This presentation will engage with these issues and also discuss how COVID-19 is impacting Mustang lives from Nepal to New York and beyond.

Seminar, Antropologi