Online Event – Book talk by psychological anthropologist Merav Shohet

21.05.2021
Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), the Max Planck Institute for the studies of Ethnic and Religious Diversity, the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Asia Research Cluster and ERC Globalizing Palliative Care Project, -, -, Niederlande.

Beschreibung

We hereby cordially invite you to the upcoming online Book Talk<https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/events/2021/05/book-talk-by-dr.-merav-shohet> by psychological anthropologist Dr. Merav Shohet (Boston University), who will discuss her new book: Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam (University of California Press, April 2021<https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520379381/silence-and-sacrifice>). This engaging ethnographic monograph makes a powerful contribution to psychological, medical and linguistic anthropology and Vietnam studies. Please see the full abstract below.

When: Friday, 21 May 2021, 12.00-13.30 CET
Where: Online, the zoom-link will be sent to registered participants one day in advance
Registration: please register here<https://fd24.formdesk.com/universiteitleiden/BooktalkSilenceSacrifice>.

Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam
Merav Shohet’s new book, Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam draws on over a decade of research based in central Vietnam to explore what happens across generations to families who survived colonialism, war, and massive political and economic upheaval. Placing personal sacrifice at the center of her story, Shohet recounts vivid experiences of conflict, love, and loss under Vietnam’s changing regimes. Illustrating the dynamics of micro and macro narrative interactions, she excavates how multiple generations narratively navigate conflicting commitments to those whom they are expected to love while affirming or contesting local versions of justice. Through these stories of troubled and troubling care, Silence and Sacrifice challenges the prevailing idea that sacrifice is merely a blood-filled religious ritual or patriotic act. Today, routine sacrifices—made largely by women—precariously knit kin together by silencing their suffering and reifying cross-cutting gender, age, class, and political hierarchies. Rethinking ordinary ethics, this intimate ethnography reveals how quotidian acts of sacrifice help family members forge a sense of continuity in the face of trauma and decades of turbulence and change.

Discussant: Prof. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler (FU Berlin)

This event is hosted by the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), the Max Planck Institute for the studies of Ethnic and Religious Diversity, and, at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Asia Research Cluster and ERC Globalizing Palliative Care Project.

We are very much looking forward to seeing many of you!

Best wishes,

Tam Ngo (NIOD and Max Planck Institute), Dat Nguyen (NIOD), and Annemarie Samuels (Leiden University)