Monica Lindberg Falk


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Monica Lindberg Falk received her Ph.D. from Gothenburg University’s Department of Social Anthropology in 2002. She is now conducting post-doctoral research and teaches at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

Monica Lindberg Falk received her Ph.D. from Gothenburg University’s Department of Social Anthropology in 2002. She is now conducting post-doctoral research and teaches at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests include gender, Buddhism, anthropology of disaster, ethnography, religious movements, women’s movements, ritual and power, hiv/aids, religion and development and social change in South-east Asia. Her scholarship includes extensive fieldwork in Thailand. Her current research project is on gender and Buddhism’s role in the recovery process after the tsunami catastrophe in Thailand. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council, VR. She has published several articles on gender and Buddhism and her recent book is the monograph Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand, (2007).

We were pleased to interview Monica in August 2010 at the Euroseas conference in Gothenburg. Here, she discussed the place of women in Buddhism, the growing push for female ordination and how Thai Buddhism is much more patriarchal than Buddhism per se. Monica also recounted how she became interested in this subject. Click here to view the film of this interview.

 

Books by this author

Making Fields of Merit

Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand

The growth in recent decades of self-governing nunneries and the increasing interest of Thai women in a Buddhist monastic life are notable changes in the religion–gender dynamic. This anthropological study addresses religion and gender relations, analysing this through the lens of the lives, actions and role in Thai society of Buddhist nuns.

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