Peter J. Bräunlein currently holds a visiting professorship at the Institute for the Study of Religion at the University of Leipzig. From 2011-2015 he conducted a collaborative research project on "spirits and modernity" in the Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia network (DORISEA), at the University of Göttingen. His research interests include Christianity in anthropological and historical perspectives; religious pluralism in Southeast Asia; film and media studies; ghosts, spirits and the uncertainties of modernity.
Andrea Lauser is professor of Anthropology in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Georg-August-University, Göttingen. From 2011-2015 she was the spokesperson of the research network on the Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia (DORISEA) and engaged in the research project “spirits and modernity”. She co-edited among others the volume Religion, Place and Modernity in Southeast and East Asia. Spatial Articulations in Southeast Asia and East Asia (Brill, 2016).
The book is targeted at all disciplines active in the field of Southeast Asian Studies and Asian Studies, and in particular anthropology, sociology, religious studies, media studies, cultural studies, film studies.
Table of contents
Peter J. Bräunlein: ‘Cinema-Spiritualism’ in Southeast Asia and Beyond: Encounters with Ghosts in the 21st Century
Section 1: Narratives
Vivian Lee: Ghost Movies in Southeast Asia: Universal Hybrids—The Trans/local Production of Pan-Asian Horror
Elisabeth Scherer: Well-Travelled Female Avengers: The Transcultural Potential of Japanese Ghosts
Martin Platt: Telling Tales: Variety, Community, and Horror in Thailand
Maren Wilger: ‘Sundelbolong’ as a Mode of Femininity: Analysis of Popular Ghost Movies in Indonesia
Section 2: Cultural Contexts
Katarzyna Ancuta: That’s the Spirit! Horror Films as an Extension of Thai Supernaturalism
Benjamin Baumann: The Khmer Witch Project: Demonizing the Khmer by Khmerizing a Demon
Henri Myrttinen: Stepping Out from the Silver Screen and into the Shadows: The Fearsome, Ephemeral Ninjas of Timor-Leste
Section 3: Audience
Mary Ainslie: The Supernatural and Post-War Thai Film: Traditional Monsters and Social Mobility
Natalie Boehler: Globalized Haunting: The Transnational Spectral in Apichatpong’s Syndromes and a Century and its Reception
Patrick Keilbart: Pencak Silat, Ghosts, and (Inner) Power: Reception of Martial Arts Movies and Television Series amongst Young Pencak Silat Practitioners in Indonesia
Ghost Movies, the Makers, and their Audiences: Andrea Lauser in Conversation with the Filmmakers Katarzyna Ancuta, Solarsin Ngoenwichit from Thailand and Mattie Do from Laos
About the Authors