Seminar – 30 May – Michael Puett

May 18th, 2017 by


Tuesday 30  May 2017

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Michael Puett

University of Harvard

Master, Host, Demon, God

Hosting is a key notion among the mobile societies of Inner Asia.  But it is an equally recurrent theme among the relatively sedentary societies of China.  This paper will attempt to develop the comparative implications of the concept of hosting by exploring the theme across a wide range of practices in China in which the interplay of the sedentary and the mobile plays a major role.  I will argue that, when taken seriously, hosting allows us to rethink many of our other anthropological categories, including cosmology, kinship, and kingship.