Monica Lindberg Falk
Researcher, lecturer and director of studies at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
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Monica Lindberg Falk is researcher, lecturer and director of studies at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her doctoral dissertation addresses gender and religion in Thailand, analysed through the lens of the Thai Buddhist nuns' lives, actions and role in Thai society. Her research focuses on the interconnectedness of gender, religion and social change in South-East Asia.
Her research interests include gender, socially engaged Buddhism, anthropology of disaster, new religious movements, education, and social change in South-East Asia. Her scholarship includes extensive fieldwork in Thailand. One of her current research projects is on gender and Buddhism’s role in the recovery process after the tsunami catastrophe in Thailand. The relation between beliefs, religion, crises, social processes and local practices are placed at the centre of the research.
Her contribution to the study of new religious movements includes articles on new Buddhist movements lead by women and the monograph Making Fields of Merit: Buddhist Female Ascetics and Gendered Orders in Thailand.