“Female Body, State and Family Planning: Tibetan women’s experiences with China’s birth control policies”

A lecture by Mona Schrempf

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 4-6 pm in Room 318, Jackman Humanities Building (170 St George St)

Mona Schrempf, coming from Humboldt University of Berlin, is an anthropologist with areas of specialty that include the anthropology of religion, medical anthropology, oral history in Tibetan societies, Tibetan medicine, Chinese public health and minority medicine, and the globalisation of traditional Asian medicine. Her current research projects focus on family planning among Tibetans in China; medicine, religion and healing in Tibetan and Tibetanized communities in China and the Himalaya; Bon lineage doctors and local healers in Tibet (TAR), and Qinghai; and ritual masked dances and the revival of Tibetan Bon religion. She is the author of numerous articles and the author or editor of several books, including the forthcoming Making the Modern Tibetan Family: Gender, Fertility, and Experiences with State Birth Control in Post-Mao China and Monastic Revival and Ritual Practice in a Tibetan Bonpo Community of Post-Mao China; and the published Medicine Between Science and Religion: Explorations on Tibetan Grounds; Studies of Medical Pluralism in Tibetan History and Society; Figurations of Modernity: Global and Local Representations in Comparative Perspective; and Soundings in Tibetan Medicine: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives. Professor Schrempf conducts field research in various Tibetan regions of China and the Himalayas.

In the winter/spring semester of 2011, Professor Schrempf is DAAD Visiting Scholar in the Department for the Study of Religion, where she is teaching undergraduate courses on ritual, performance and healing traditions, and working with  graduate student research projects.