Kenneth Dean will confront questions like “What happens in the afterlife?” “Do ghosts get bored and lonely?” and “Can we plan what happens to our spirits when we die?” In the course of the (de)Tour, Dean will elaborate on how Chinese religion deals with ghosts through rituals and traditions.
This Exhibition (de)Tour is part of the Education and Public Programme of Joan Jonas: They Come to Us without a Word.
Kenneth Dean is currently Head of Chinese Studies Department at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include Chinese religions, temples, and Daoist studies. He received his B.A in Chinese Studies from Brown University and Ph.D. in Asian Studies from Stanford University and has taught at McGill University, where he was Director of the Centre for East Asian Research. Dean has been published widely and is the author of numerous books on Daoism and Chinese religions. He has produced a documentary, Bored in Heaven (2010), about ritual celebrations around Chinese New Year in Southeast China.
Image credit: A fashi-led ceremony, 2012