Workshop – Anthropology of Fright (2017)

Anthropology of Fright – Perspectives from Asia

15-17 May 2017


Aarhus University


Monday, 15th May

2.30pm – Departure to the Conference Centre at Sandbjerg Gods

6pm – Welcome at Sandbjerg and Introduction – followed by dinner

7pm – Introductory lecture: Harald Tambs-Lyche: Of fear and fright: Reminiscences from the Bangladesh Sundarbans in Colonel Ershad’s time


Tuesday, 16th of May

9.30 – 10.15  – Keynote: Marine Carrin: When ghosts are married in Tulunadu

10.15am – Tea break

10.30-12.00 – Panel 1 – Fright, fear and religion

Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger: How to cope with fright and fear among Hindus in Mauritius

Lidia Guzy: Conversion as the domestication of fear – an Example of Mahima Dharma in Eastern India

Alevtina Solovyeva: Who is scarier: ‘the frightening’ in Mongolian demonology

12-1pm – Lunch

1-1,45pm – Keynote: Ülo Valk: How to make sense of supernatural encounters? Notes on Assamese demonology

1.45-3.15 – Panel 2 – Landscapes of fear and fright

Baburam Saikia: Belief and Fear: a Study on the Natural Challenges of Majuli Island

Kikee D. Bhutia: The supernatural landscape and the fear of upsetting the deities in North Sikkim

Margaret Lyngdoh: “Fear Death by Water”: Possession and Place within the Khasi Perspective

3.14-4.45 – Walk the Talk – Group discussions

4.45-6.15 – Panel 3 – Ghost Stories

Stefano Beggiora: An ontology of fear among the indigenous communities of Himalayas

Serena Bindi: Growing up with ghosts. Healing rituals for a new adolescence

Irene Majo Garigliano: “A very naughty place!” – Frightening visions of Assam and the Kāmākhyā Temple.

7pm – Dinner followed by film screening “Ghora” by Irene Garigliano (38 min)


Wednesday, 17th May

9.30am – Panel 4: Fear, healing and well-being

Tina Otten: Fear and Fright in Healing Rituals: Case Studies from the Rona in Koraput/ Odisha

Gauri Pathak: Blood, Stress, and Fears: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Metamedical Commentary on Globalizing India

Uwe Skoda: Frigthening pictures? Notes on death and its photographibility in India and beyond

11am – Tea Break

11.15-12.30 – The road ahead – results and future plans

12.30 – Lunch

1.30 – Departure to Aarhus

Ca. 3.30 – Return to Aarhus

More details can be found here:

Anthropology of Fright – Schedule