Field of Study
Years of Stay at HYI
Sep 2010 to Dec 2011
Rie Odajima is a doctoral student and a visiting lecturer of social anthropology. During her stay at Harvard, she has conducted her Ph.D. dissertation project, entitled The Politics of Heritage: An Ethnographic Study of the Arts of Government in Socialist Laos. Her study is concerned with colonial and post-colonial uses of monuments, museums and tourism, recent contestations over ownership and authenticity of cultural resources and dynamics of social life in Southeast Asia, especially in the Lao PDR.
“Ancestors of Heritage: Cognatic Society and Spirit Worship of Lao Peasants” (in press)