Eric, Dáša Mortensen Present Papers in Mongolia
August 30, 2013
Eric and Dáša Mortensen presented papers late this summer at the 13th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
On July 25, Eric, associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, convened a seven-member panel on “Tibetology in Rgyal Thang” at the seminar. His paper, “The Invisible Village of Panlung: Nags myi rgod Stories of the Tibetans of Geza,” was a synthesis of some of his folkloric fieldwork findings about “wild people” stories during his study leave research over the past 2012-13 year.
Dáša’s paper was titled “Revolutionary Fervor in rGyalthang: Tibetan Participation in the Cultural Revolution along the Sino-Tibetan Frontier.” Dáša, a doctoral candidate in history at UNC Chapel Hill, has taught regularly at Guilford over the past six years in Chinese language and culture, and most recently on the history and culture of Yunnan’s minority nationalities for Guilford’s Southwest China study abroad program (which is based in rGyalthang).
Eric, Dáša and their son Søren are now back and readjusting to life in Greensboro after 18 months in southeast Tibet.