Andrea Lauser

Andrea Lauser
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen | GAUG · Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

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Introduction
Andrea Lauser is Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

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Publications (45)
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This paper discusses how Philippine transnational marriage migration is intertwined in complex and paradoxical ways with global, local and personal matters. My argument will blur the artificial and still dominant analytical division between marriage migrants (wives or "mail order"brides) and labour migrants (workers - mainly domestic workers). Focu...
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Yên Tử, a well-known “Sacred Mountain” in northeastern Vietnam, is surrounded by primeval forest with plentiful and diverse flora. The attribution of sacred or mystical qualities to Yên Tử has a long tradition, with the mountain providing a symbol of cosmic order in Vietnamese Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Since Vietnam’s government launched...
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Vietnamese mediumship known as lên đồng, a central ritual practice in the context of the so-called Religion of the Mother Goddesses (Ðạo Mẫu, also referred to as “the way of the four palaces”, Đạo Tứ Phử), can be described as a vital religious practice which has proved its resilience and adaptability throughout its history despite persistent crit...
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Haunted Thresholds explores the unique relationship between spirituality and modernity in Southeast Asia. As an exhibition and a research process, the project brings works by 15 artists from the region into an experimental dialogue with ethnographic objects from the Ethnographic Collection at the University of Göttingen. With their own aesthetic qu...
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Material Culture and (Forced) Migration argues that materiality is a fundamental dimension of migration. During journeys of migration, people take things with them, or they lose, find and engage things along the way. Movements themselves are framed by objects such as borders, passports, tents, camp infrastructures, boats and mobile phones. This vol...
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(English version below) Was sagen Dinge über menschliche Existenz? Welche Funktionen haben sie im Rahmen von Flucht und Migration? Welche Versprechen tragen Dinge in sich, welche Emotionen, welche Aspirationen? Was hat materieller Besitz mit Menschenwürde zu tun und was bedeutet sein Verlust für das Selbstbewusstsein und die persönliche Identi...
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Material Culture and (Forced) Migration argues that materiality is a fundamental dimension of migration. During journeys of migration, people take things with them, or they lose, find and engage things along the way. Movements themselves are framed by objects such as borders, passports, tents, camp infrastructures, boats and mobile phones. This vol...
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Vietnamesische Geistbesessenheit, bekannt als lên đồng und als zentrale rituelle Praxis innerhalb der sogenannten Religion der Muttergottheiten (Ðạo Mẫu oder auch „Weg der vier Paläste“ - Đạo Tứ Phử genannt) kann als vitale religiöse und rituelle Praxis beschrieben werden, die im Laufe ihrer Geschichte und trotz heftiger Kritik und Verurteilung im...
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Das Phänomen der internationalen interkulturellen Heiratsmigration gewinnt seit Jahren zunehmend an Bedeutung. In ihm verweben und verdichten sich vielfältige Dynamiken zwischen Globalem und Lokalem, zwischen Ökonomie, Kultur und Geschlecht, zwischen Heirat und Ehe sowie zwischen Familie und Arbeit auf komplexe Weise. In dieser ethnographischen Mig...
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Southeast Asia features a specific configuration of religious and ethnic plurality which results from being an area where local cultural formations intersect with broader cultural formations from East Asia, South Asia and Euro-America. In this context, various (ethnic) local religions interact with Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. Religi...
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In the DORISEA research project Spirits in and of Modernity (Peter J. Bräunlein & Andrea Lauser), communication with ghosts is a central theme. Typically, academics focus on communication with spirits in trance, possession cults, and through spirit-mediums. In a similar vein, few if any ghost movie fans would connect their passion for cinema with r...
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Ghost Movies in Southeast Asia and Beyond explores ghost movies, one of the most popular film genres in East and Southeast Asia, by focusing on movie narratives, the cultural contexts of their origins and audience reception. In the middle of the Asian crisis of the late 1990s, ghost movies became major box office hits. The emergence of the phenomen...
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This essay introduces the reader to the politically complex and geographically strategic but relatively less studied region of Northeast India and connects the seven articles contained in this special issue by showing how they explore different aspects of the performance of national, ethnic, and cultural identities. It suggests new ways of understa...
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In many parts of the contemporary world, spirit beliefs and practices have taken on a pivotal role in addressing the discontinuities and uncertainties of modern life. The myriad ways in which devotees engage the spirit world show the tremendous creative potential of these practices and their innate adaptability to changing times and circumstances....
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Religion gilt als wichtige Ressource zur Artikulation von kulturellen Identitäten - besonders bei Menschen mit erhöhter Mobilität. Ethnologische Forschungen haben dazu beigetragen, die transnationale Perspektive in der Migrationsforschung zu etablieren, indem nicht nur die verschiedenen Aufenthaltsorte von Migranten und Migrantinnen und ihren Famil...
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Religion gilt als wichtige Ressource zur Artikulation von kulturellen Identitäten - besonders bei Menschen mit erhöhter Mobilität. Ethnologische Forschungen haben dazu beigetragen, die transnationale Perspektive in der Migrationsforschung zu etablieren, indem nicht nur die verschiedenen Aufenthaltsorte von Migranten und Migrantinnen und ihren Famil...
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Religion gilt als wichtige Ressource zur Artikulation von kulturellen Identitäten - besonders bei Menschen mit erhöhter Mobilität. Ethnologische Forschungen haben dazu beigetragen, die transnationale Perspektive in der Migrationsforschung zu etablieren, indem nicht nur die verschiedenen Aufenthaltsorte von Migranten und Migrantinnen und ihren Famil...
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Religion gilt als wichtige Ressource zur Artikulation von kulturellen Identitäten - besonders bei Menschen mit erhöhter Mobilität. Ethnologische Forschungen haben dazu beigetragen, die transnationale Perspektive in der Migrationsforschung zu etablieren, indem nicht nur die verschiedenen Aufenthaltsorte von Migranten und Migrantinnen und ihren Famil...
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Religion gilt als wichtige Ressource zur Artikulation von kulturellen Identitäten - besonders bei Menschen mit erhöhter Mobilität. Ethnologische Forschungen haben dazu beigetragen, die transnationale Perspektive in der Migrationsforschung zu etablieren, indem nicht nur die verschiedenen Aufenthaltsorte von Migranten und Migrantinnen und ihren Famil...
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Religion gilt als wichtige Ressource zur Artikulation von kulturellen Identitäten - besonders bei Menschen mit erhöhter Mobilität. Ethnologische Forschungen haben dazu beigetragen, die transnationale Perspektive in der Migrationsforschung zu etablieren, indem nicht nur die verschiedenen Aufenthaltsorte von Migranten und Migrantinnen und ihren Famil...
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The cultural and religious landscape of Vietnam is undergoing striking transformations in recent years. In the course of economic reforms known as "Renovation" (doi mói) contemporary Vietnam is witnessing a revitalization of religious practices and popular rituals. While restrictive state controls on religious practices is step by step loosening, t...
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Abstract: The cultural and religious landscape of Vietnam is undergoing striking transformations in recent years. In the course of economic reforms known as “Renovation” contemporary Vietnam is witnessing a revitalization of religious practices and popular rituals. While restrictive state controls on religious practices is step by step loosening,...
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This article begins by interrogating the problem of the "global" and the "local" in anthropology and asks how their interconnections might be handled by theory and methodology. Ethnographic sites are "globalized" by means of various connections across multiple spatial scales and porous and contested boundaries. Global ethnographers, therefore, must...
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The phenomenon of international and intercultural marriage migration has gained increasing importance in the last decades. The matching up of mostly western men with women from Asia (also from Eastern Europe and Latin America) serves as an example of globalisation from below. In these relationships manifold dynamics of the global and the local, of...
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Das Phänomen der internationalen interkulturellen Heiratsmigration gewinnt seit Jahren zunehmend an Bedeutung. In ihm verweben und verdichten sich vielfältige Dynamiken zwischen Globalem und Lokalem, zwischen Ökonomie, Kultur und Geschlecht, zwischen Heirat und Ehe sowie zwischen Familie und Arbeit auf komplexe Weise. In dieser ethnographischen Mig...
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Das Phänomen der internationalen interkulturellen Heiratsmigration gewinnt seit Jahren zunehmend an Bedeutung. In ihm verweben und verdichten sich vielfältige Dynamiken zwischen Globalem und Lokalem, zwischen Ökonomie, Kultur und Geschlecht, zwischen Heirat und Ehe sowie zwischen Familie und Arbeit auf komplexe Weise. In dieser ethnographischen Mig...
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Das Phänomen der internationalen interkulturellen Heiratsmigration gewinnt seit Jahren zunehmend an Bedeutung. In ihm verweben und verdichten sich vielfältige Dynamiken zwischen Globalem und Lokalem, zwischen Ökonomie, Kultur und Geschlecht, zwischen Heirat und Ehe sowie zwischen Familie und Arbeit auf komplexe Weise. In dieser ethnographischen Mig...
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Beauty contests may appear frivolous and trivial, but as a cultural practice they stage complex struggles over power and representation. At every level, pageants are a process of selection and representation, of making highly public choices that assert some kind of collective identity. As such they are always arenas for the definition of locality,...
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Beauty contests may appear frivolous and trivial, but as a cultural practice they stage complex struggles over, power and representation. At every level, pageants are a process of selection and representation, of making highly public choices that assert some kind of collective identity. As such they are always arenas for the definition of locality,...
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In dem Beitrag werden einige Aspekte zu Interpretationsproblemen eines komplexen Themas angesprochen: Die Darstellung von Europäern in der Kunst nicht-westlicher Kulturen während der kolonialen Ära. Der Beitrag beschränkt sich dabei auf plastisches Kunstschaffen sogenannter Colonfiguren. Wir sehen unter anderem Soldaten in wilhelminischer Uniform,...

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The joint project contributes to a better understanding of the phenomena of flight and migration by exploring the material dimension of human existence. At the center of enquiry is the thesis that the value of protecting life and human dignity is inextricably linked to things. Things are connected to ascriptions of status and identity, as well as personal aspirations and emotions. This project studies such human-thing relationships in the context of extreme circumstances, focusing on "life in a state of exception" as entailed in situations of flight and migration. https://materialitaet-migration.de/en/project/
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The DORISEA Network "dynamics of religion in Southeast Asia" was a research network that investigated the relationship between religion and modernity in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia is a region particularly marked by a complex coexistence and cooperation among different cultures and religions. Religions here have developed a rich dynamic and play a prime role in shaping modernization processes. It can be observed that religion in Southeast Asia is not declining, but rather it is intensifying. The network’s research will focused on three dimensions of religious dynamics, namely religious practices, the politicization of religion and the clash of moral systems. http://www.dorisea.de/en/node/57
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The “Spirits in and of modernity” project should provide insight into religion’s place in the era of globalization, while simultaneously clarifying what is meant by “secular modernity.” To do this, the context of economic modernity, secularization, and the revitalization of trance and spirit cults is brought to the foreground. A comparative analysis will incorporate the results of investigations on the boom of spirit cults in the urban centers of Hanoi, Singapore and in Thailand. To complement this analysis, research in media anthropology is conducted on the production of ghost movies and TV-series and their reception.