About Dr. Laurel Kendall
Dr. Kendall is Chair of the Division of Anthropology and Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, and a former president of the Association for Asian Studies. Dr. Kendall began her long acquaintance with South Korean life in 1970 as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, when a chance encounter with female shamans led her to subsequent anthropological fieldwork.
Her Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion (University of Hawaii Press, 2009) offers a 30-year perspective on people described in Shamans, Housewives, and other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life (1985) and The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman (1988). Recently, Dr. Kendall published God Pictures in Korean Contexts: The Ownership and Meaning of Shaman Paintings co-authored with Jongsung Yang and Yul Soo Yoon (2015). In 2010, Korean colleagues awarded Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF the first Yim Suk Jay Prize recognizing a work of anthropology about Korea by a non-Korean. In 2007 the International Society for Shamanic research gave Dr. Kendall a lifetime achievement award.
This talk is presented as a related event of Kokdu: A Story of Guardian Angels, a live film and concert experience at Lincoln Center on Saturday June 29th, 7 pm. For more information and synopsis, please click here.