quijada publishes new book

Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets by Justine Buck QuijadaCongrats to Assistant Professor of Religion and COE fellow Justine Quijada, whose new book, Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia, will be published in March by Oxford University Press.

In an early review, Laurel Kendall, chair, division of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History says, “In Justine Buck Quijada’s thoroughly engaging ethnography of contemporary Buryatia, a miraculously preserved Buddhist corpse counters the artificiality of Lenin’s ‘scientifically preserved’ remains and the body of a Russian Orthodox saint visits the local Cathedral where celebratory bells drown out the drum beats inaugurating a new urban center for shaman practice. Simultaneously inhabiting the chronotypes of multiple historic pasts-indigenous, Buddhist, Russian Orthodox, Soviet-the rituals and celebrations of Quijada’s subjects blur and blend and defy any attempt to effectively categorize them by religion, ethnicity, or nationality politics. The result is a provocative read for anyone interested in these subjects.” –Laurel Kendall, Chair, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History

Click here to read more about Justine’s work and to watch her presentation, “Is Animism Good to Think With?” from this year’s Where on Earth Are We Going seminar.

save the dates!

writings in a planner
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Our three senior colloquia will take place:

Wed, March 6 — 5:30 to 7:30 @ Russell House

Wed, April 10 — 5:30 to 7:30 @ COE

Wed, May 8 — 5:30 to 7:30 @ Russell House — end-of-year poster session and reception

A reminder: Senior colloquia are required for senior majors–and strongly encouraged for all other COE students and faculty.  See you there!

farmers wanted

45626243861_c129732b8b_kLooking for a summer job? Interested in getting some hands-on experience in agriculture, distributing food in our local community, and hosting pizza parties in the fields? Then consider applying to be a summer farmer at Long Lane Farm.

Long Lane is looking for several self-driven folks to collectively manage our small student-run farm for the summer. No prior experience is necessary–those who are hired will receive training during the spring semester, and you’ll have many resources available to help with everything from day-to-day tasks to long-term decision-making. You’ll also have freedom to experiment and explore your own farming interests!

Fill out an application here or email weslonglanefarm@gmail.com for more info. Priority deadline: Monday, February 11.