Zoe Zielke

zoe zielke

DPhil Student

Keble College

Thesis: For the Earth: Engaged Buddhism and Eco-Activism in the U.K. (working title)

Research: I am a DPhil student conducting research on a particular religious social movement known as Engaged Buddhism, which involves the application of insights gained from meditation practice and dharma teachings to situations of suffering and injustice. Based on a year of fieldwork in the U.K., I will be looking at how religious embodiment, from physical performances to emotional modes of being to sensory and aesthetic experiences, is capable of shaping and reshaping identities, constructing communities, and instigating religious and social change.

Research interests: social anthropology, anthropology of religion, social movements, activism, Buddhism, embodiment, ritual, environmental anthropology