“It is not that different”: Online Memorialisation and the Dead in Vietnam

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Date(s) - 20/09/2016
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Menzies Building 11 4th Floor, North Wing, Room N402


Dr Anthony Heathcote, Monash Anthropology

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1-2.30

N402, 4th floor Menzies Building, Monash Clayton Campus

What does it mean to remember the dead in contemporary Vietnam? Do new communicative technologies such as the Internet impact on relationships between this world and the other? And does the customary relationship with the dead in Vietnam speak to contemporary forms of online remembrance and ritual involving the living and the dead. Based on twelve months’ fieldwork within a Vietnamese online memorial website, the author situates online relationships with the dead within the wider continuum of ancestor worship in the country. Drawing on a vast range of memory practises, the author demonstrates how ancestor worship is a vibrant and mutable practice. He also shows how online memorialisation reflects ancestral customs, while also adapting them to contemporary social realities and concerns. Bringing together these themes the author demonstrates the quite extraordinary interactions occurring between the online, offline and other world in Vietnam, while drawing out the affordances and tensions presented between all three. 

Speaker biography

Anthony Heathcote completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Adelaide in 2015. The research was based on his fieldwork in Vietnam, and has been published in academic articles and a book chapter. Anthony has taught and guest lectured at Adelaide, Deakin and Monash University, and is currently working on a monograph of his research.

Contact: anthony.heathcote@monash.edu


Dear friends and colleagues,

We welcome you to our forthcoming seminar by Dr Anthony Heathcote, which concerns a very significant topic at this point in time. 

Please note that parking at Monash Clayton is difficult at this point due to building activities. If you are considering driving to the seminar, please consult this webpage for updates about parking at Monash: http://www.monash.edu/people/transport-parking/parking-at-clayton

Looking forward as always,

Julian Millie (CSEAS Convenor)