Dr. Anya Bernstein, IRCPL Visiting Scholar and Luce/ACLS Fellow in Religion, Journalism, and International Affairs, will be giving a talk next week as part of the Franz Boas Seminar Series with the Department of Anthropology. Reception will follow in the Robert F. Murphy/Morton H. Fried Department of Anthropology Lounge, Room 465, Schermerhorn Extension.
Dr. Anya Bernstein is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University and a documentary filmmaker. Bernstein’s main work has been on the changing geopolitical imaginaries of mobile religious communities across Eurasia. Her book, Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism (Chicago, 2013), explores the transformation of Buddhist practice among a Siberian indigenous people known as Buryats. She is currently at work on two projects. The first one deals with religion, secularism, and censorship in Russia, while the second project explores the interplay between questions of immortality and life extension industries across the Soviet Union and postsocialist Russia.