at Home in Rural China
Asian Art and History: Behind the Silks
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Dr. Charlotte Bruckermann, Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
In a northern Chinese village, sumptuous merchant courtyard dwellings were redistributed to ordinary farmers after the communist revolution of 1949. Having spent over a year living with a family in the village as an anthropologist in the last decade, Bruckermann tells the stories of three houses and the women who lived there, discussing how they came to own these houses and what has happened since they moved in. In these life histories, women emerge as key to the continuity of the family, house and home in China, which they increasingly emphasize in their ritual life as guardians of their kin.
This lecture will be followed by lunch and a discussion with the lecturer that is included in the ticket price. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.
Charlotte Bruckermann (Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University, 2013) began teaching at the London School of Economics (2012-14), followed by fellowships at the Humboldt University in Germany (2014-15) and the University of Basel in Switzerland (2015-16). Since 2016, she has been researching environmental projects in China at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. Her publications include a textbook co-written with London School of Economics professor Stephan Feuchtwang on The Anthropology of China: China as Ethnographic and Theoretical Critique (Imperial College Press, 2016). Based on over 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork living with a family in a mountain village in north-central China, Bruckermann has also written a number of articles on kinship, ritual and concepts of home in rural China, including Trading on Tradition: Tourism, Ritual, and Capitalism in a Chinese Village in Modern China and Caring Claims and the Relational Self Across Time: Grandmothers Overcoming Reproductive Crises in Rural China in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. She also serves on the editorial board of Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.