Dr Ann David to join research trip to Bhutan

The focus of the research is a new dance ritual, created especially for the Dochula Festival. 

Posted: 7 December 2011

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Dr Ann David, Principal Lecturer of Roehampton’s Dance Department, has been invited to join a prestigious British Academy funded research trip to the small Himalayan country of Bhutan this December.

The focus of the research is a new dance ritual, created especially for the Dochula Festival, and Dr David will be accompanying team leader Professor Geoffrey Samuel, a specialist in Tibetan Buddhism, from Cardiff University, and his research assistant, Dawn Collins, who will be documenting and analysing the event.

Dr David said, “This is a very unusual and exciting trip to be part of. Its significance within contemporary Bhutanese society as the country undergoes a shift to a multi-party democratic system, raises questions as to how a new political ritual is created in a society such as Bhutan and what can this tell us about society and politics in Bhutan today?”

Following Bhutanese tradition, the Dochula Druk Wangyel Festival is named after its location. The Dochula Pass is one of the most spectacular passes in Bhutan and the performance ground of the festival straddles the pass at the heart of the Royal Botanical Park.

Dr David is now Principal Lecturer in Dance at the University of Roehampton, and has recently worked as a Research Fellow on a new international anthropological project examining the religious lives of immigrant groups in London, funded by the Ford Foundation, USA.

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