IKOS PhD Mid-term evaluation: "The Whale God in Contemporary Vietnam"
We want to invite you to an open mid-term evaluation with our PhD-fellow in the Whales of Power project, Anh Tuan Nguyen. To comment on the candidates work, we have invited Professor Oscar Salemink, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen
The mid-term evaluation is organized in two parts and starts with a 2-hour public seminar, followed by a closed meeting.
The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the progress of the PhD project at a point when it is still possible to make small or substantial changes. In general, we want to know how the candidate is doing, how much work is done, and what is left.
About the PhD candidate and his Research
My research comes with the title “The Whale God in Contemporary Vietnam: Urbanisation, Tourism, and the Heritagisation of a Popular Worship Tradition”. The project involves an anthropological examination of Whale worship, a poplar ritual practice, and belief of coastal fishing communities in Vietnam. It focuses on the ways the Whale worship is forced displacement, and sacred place is socially constructed, represented and experienced. It is dealing with the way in which human responds to socio-economic and environmental change in Vietnam coastal communities. Furthermore, in examining human and non-human (animal, whale god) relation, my research will explore new meanings attributed to popular, traditional ritual practices and beliefs in the secularization age in contemporary Vietnam.