Juliane Schober

Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
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Biography

Juliane Schober is director of the Center for Asian Research and professor of religious studies at Arizona State University where she also directed the graduate program in religious studies (2009 -2012) and developed a doctoral track in the anthropology of religion. As an anthropologist of religion, she works on Theravada Buddhist practices in Southeast Asia, especially Burma/Myanmar.

In 2013, Professor Schober participated in the first IAPP delegation of U.S. universities to Myanmar, organized by the International Institute of Education (IIE). She has held leadership positions in the Association for Asian Studies, the American Academy of Religion, in the American Anthropological Association and serves on several editorial boards. She is a trustee of the Burma Studies Foundation and a member of the Academic Board of the Inya Institute, Yangon, Myanmar.

Professor Schober is founder of the Theravada Studies Group, an academic organization affiliated with the Association for Asian Studies to promote comparative and scholarly exchanges in the social sciences and humanities about Theravada Buddhist traditions in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Southwest China and globally though pilgrimage and diaspora networks. With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, Professor Schober has developed a collaborative project on Theravada Buddhist civilizations in Southeast Asia. This project brings together international scholars to chart new directions in this field and organizes annual workshops for dissertation writers. Previously, she served as Principal Investigator on Title VI grants for a National Resource Center on Southeast Asia and FLAS Fellowships and received additional awards from the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Her recent book, "Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies and Civil Society," was published in 2011 (University of Hawai’i Press). She co-edited "Buddhist Manuscript Cultures" (Routledge, 2008) and edited "Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia" (U. of Hawai'i Press, 1997). She has authored book chapters, journal articles and essays in encyclopedias, including "The Encyclopedia of Religion," "The Encyclopedia of Buddhism" (edited by Buswell, Lopez and Strong, 2003) and "The Encyclopedia of Buddhism" (edited by Prebish and Keown, 2007).

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Illinois-Urbana 1989
  • M.A. University of Illinois-Urbana 1980
  • B.A. University of Northern Colorado 1976

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Research Interests

Juliane Schober (Ph.D., Anthropology, Illinois) is Professor of Religious Studies and an anthropologist of religion who works on Theravada Buddhist practice in Southeast Asia, especially Burma/Myanmar. Her current research focuses on regional exchange networks and the role sacred icons play within them. Her thematic interests include material culture, ritual, modernity, postcolonial theory, sacred biography, sacred space, and religion and politics. Her publications can be accessed at http://asu.academia.edu/JulianeSchober

Selected Publications:

Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar (University of Hawaii, 2011) 

The Burma Reader, co-edited with Jason Carbin (Duke, forthcoming) 

Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual and Art (Routledge, 2008), co-edited with Stephen Berkwitz and Claudia Brown (Routledge, 2008).

Genealogies in the Study of Religion in Burma, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, special issue on Communities of Interpretation in the Study of Burma,  39(2), pp. 255-267, June 2008.

Educating the 'Other': Buddhism and Colonial Knowledge in Burma, in Buddhism, Power and Political Order, Ian Harris (ed.), Routledge Curzon Critical Studies in Buddhism Series, 2007: 52-70.

Acharn Mun (1870-1949); Aung San Suu Kyi (b.19, June, 45); Bodies of the Buddha; Buddhadasa (1926-1993) Disciples of the Budda; Famous Buddhist and Ideal Types; Mahasi Sayadaw (1904-1982); The Life of Siddhartha Gautama; U Nu (1907-1995); in Encyclopedia of Buddhism,  Damien Keown and Charles Prebish, (eds.) London, New York: Routledge. 2007 

Buddhism, Violence and the State in Burma (Myanmar) and Sri Lanka, Disrupting Violence: Religion and Conflict in South and Southeast Asia,  L. Cady and S. Simon, eds., Oxon: Routledge, 2006: 51-69.

Buddhism and Modernity im Myanmar, in Buddhism in World Cultures: Contemporary Perspectives,  ABC-Clio, S. Berkwitz, editor, 2006: 73-100.

Buddhist Visions of Moral Authority and Civil Society: The Search for the Post-Colonial State in Burma in Burma at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (M. Skidmore, ed., Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 2005: 113-133). 

Burmese Spirit Lords and their MediumsEncyclopedia of Shamanism, Mariko Walters (ed.), ABC-CLIO, 2004.

Mapping the Sacred in Theravada Buddhist Southeast AsiaSacred Places and Modern Landscapes: Sacred Geography and Social-Religious Transformations in South and Southeast Asia, Ronald Bull (ed.), Program for Southeast Asian Studies Monograph Series, Arizona State University. Pp.1-29, 2004. 

Sacred Biography, in Encyclopedia of Buddhism, Robert Buswell (editor), MacMillan, pp.45-47, 2003.

Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia, Editor. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997; reprinted by Motilal Banarsidass, 2002.

"Venerating the Buddha's Remains in Burma: From Solitary Practice to the Cultural Hegemony of Communities, The Journal of Burma Studies, 2001, vol. 6, pp. 111-140.

Paying Homage to the Buddha's Tooth Relic: A Modern Burmese State Ritual. In Frank E. Reynolds and Jason Carbine, editors, A Living Buddhism. Los Angeles, University of California Press, 2000.

"Buddhist Just Rule and Burmese National Culture: State Patronage of the Chinese Tooth Relic in Myanmar." In History of Religions, February 1997, 36:3, pp. 218-243.

In the Presence of the Buddha: Ritual Veneration of the Burmese Mahamuni Image. In Sacred Biography in the Buddhist Traditions of South and Southeast Asia, edited by Juliane Schober. Hawaii University Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropology of Religion; Material Culture; Modernity, Politics and Religion; Colonial Studies; Conflict and Civil Society; Buddhist Education; Sacred Biography; 

Theravada Buddhism; Burma/ Myanmar; Southeast Asia; Buddhism in the West

 

 

 

 

Research Group

The Theravada Studies Group, Chair, 2011-present, 

 

The Theravada Civilizations Project: http://theravadaciv.org/

Publications

  • Juliane Schober,  Belonging in a New Myanmar: Identity, Law and Gender in the Anthropology of Contemporary Buddhism, Religion and Society: Advances in Research, special issue on the Anthropology of Buddhism, vol. 8: 158-172. 

  • Juliane Schober and Steven Collins, editors. Theravada Buddhist Encounter with Modernity, Routledge, 2017.

  • Juliane Schober. Moenche in Myanmar. Myanmar - Das Goldene Land, Katalog zur Sonderausstellung, 256 Seiten (2014).

  • Neuberg, Steven; Warner, Carolyn; Mistler, Stephen; Berlin, Anna; Hill, Eric; Johnson, Jordan; Filip-Crawford, Gabrielle; Millsap, Roger; Thomas, George; Winkelman, Michael; Broome, Benjamin; Taylor, Thomas; Schober, Juliane. Religion and Intergroup Conflict: Findings from the Global Group Relations Project. Psychological Science (2013).
  • Juliane Schober. The Longevity of Weikza. Journal of Burma Studies (2012).
  • Juliane Schober, Steven Collins. The Theravada Civilizations Project: Future Directions in the study of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. Contemporary Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2012).
  • Juliane Schober. Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Southeast Asia. Buddhism in the Modern World (2012).
  • Juliane Schober. Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Southeast Asia. Buddhism in the Modern World (2012).
  • Juliane Schober. The Legacy of F.K. Lehman (F.K.L. Chit Hlaing) for the Study of Religion and the Secular in Burma. Journal of Burma Studies (2011).
  • Juliane Schober. Where to begin? A brief Intellectual biography of F.K.Lehman,. Journal of Burma Studies, 15 (1): 1-6 (2011).
  • Juliane Schober. Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society. (2011).
  • Juliane Schober. Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society. (0).

Research Activity

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 351 Buddhism
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 690 Reading and Conference
ASB 691 Seminar
REL 691 Seminar
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 101 Religion, Culture, Public Life
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 357 Buddhism in S & Southeast Asia
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ASB 691 Seminar
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 351 Buddhism
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
ASB 691 Seminar
REL 691 Seminar
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 351 Buddhism
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 351 Buddhism
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
REL 351 Buddhism
REL 799 Dissertation

Presentations

  • Juliane Schober. Towards a New Anthropology of Buddhism in Myanmar. Religion and Culture in a Globalized World, UCSIA, University of Antwerpen, Belgium (Aug 2014).
  • Juliane Schober. Rethinking Buddhist Authority and Secular Power in Modern Myanmar. Intenational Association of Buddhist Studies, Wien (Jul 2014).
  • Juliane Schober. Buddhist Interventions in Myanmar: a genealogy of 'political' monks. hosted by UCLA, Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Center for Buddhist Studies (May 2014).
  • Juliane Schober. Merit-Making in Theravada Buddhism and the Anthropology of Giving. Discussing Dana: a Symposium on Buddhist Charity, Princeton University (May 2014).
  • various. Formal & Informal Sectors across Asia. AAS meetings in Philadelphia (Mar 2014).
  • Juliane Schoer. Religion and Public Policy in Burma. Workshop on Managing Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia, Berkeley Center, Georgetown University (Jan 2014).
  • Juliane Schober. Water in Asia. one day symposium at ASU (Apr 2013).
  • Juliane Schober. Theravada Civilizations Project Dissertation and Post-doctoral workshop 2013. annual dissertation workshop (Mar 2013).
  • Juliane Schober. Modern Buddhist Genealogies in Myanmar: Buddhism in a Secular State. University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, Southeast Asia Center (Oct 2012).
  • Juliane Schober. Monastic Activism in Myanmar. Seattle Art Museum, Gardener Center for Asian Art and Ideas (Oct 2012).
  • Juliane Schober. Modern Iterations of Buddhist Power: In Search of the Dhammaraja Ideal in Burmese Contexts. Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies (Mar 2011).
  • Juliane Schober. Modern Buddhist Encounters - 2 day conference. University of Chicago (Sep 2010).
  • Juliane Schober. The Limits of Buddhist Moral Authority in the Secular State,. European Association of Asian Studies Gothenburg, Sweden, (Aug 2010).
  • Juliane Schober. The Longevity of Weikza. International Burma Studies Conference in Marseille, France, (Jul 2010).
  • Juliane Schober. Theravada Buddhism in Colonial Burma: Modern Formations in a Genealogy of Resistance against the State. National University of Singapore, Buddhist Studies Center, conference (May 2010).
  • Juliane Schober. F.K.Lehman and the Study of Burma. Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia (Mar 2010).
  • Juliane Schober. F.K.Lehman and the Study of Religion. AAS (Mar 2010).

Service

  • The Theravada Studies group, Founder (2013 - Present)
  • The Theravada Studies group, Founder (2013 - Present)
  • Center for Asian Research, Director (2011 - Present)
  • Center for Asian Research, Director (2011 - Present)
  • Religious Studies, co-chair of Graduate Studies (2009 - Present)
  • Center for Asian Research, Director (2011 - 2016)
  • Journal of Burma Studies, editorial board member (2011 - 2016)
  • The Sage Family Fellowship Committee, chair (2011 - 2015)
  • Asia Studies Major Committee, Executive Committee member (2009 - 2015)
  • Humanities Council for Chairs and Directors, member, representing Center or Asian Research (2014 - 2015)
  • Association for Asian Studies Board of Directors, 2015 Chair of Program Committee, Chair of Program Committee (2012 - 2015)
  • Association for Asian Studies Board of Directors, Incoming Chair of Program Committee, Incoming Chair of Program Committee (2012 - 2015)
  • Asia Studies major, Executive Committee member (2009 - 2013)
  • Background Briefing with Ian Masters, radio show on NPR, Los Angeles, 20 min. interview on recent developments in Myanmar and Secretary Clinton's historic visit there (2011 - 2012)
  • Religious Studies University Lecture, organizer (2012 - 2012)
  • Center for Asian Research, Director (2011 - 2011)
  • Graduate Committee, Religious Studies, co-chair (2011 - 2011)
  • The Sage Family Fellowship Committee, chair (2011 - 2011)
  • external reviewer, promotion to full professor (3 cases), external reviewer (2011 - 2011)
  • Council on Southeast Asia, ASU, chair (2010 - 2011)
  • Routledge, Critical Studies in Buddhism, manuscript reviewer (2011 - 2011)
  • Prince Claus Fund, Belgium, external reviewer of 2 project proposals for development in Myanmar (2011 - 2011)
  • ASU Foundation, President's Club, Lectured on Buddhism and Nationalism (2011 - 2011)
  • American Council of Learned Societies, grant reviewer , final round (2010 - 2010)