Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Siberian Brown Bag Series: Jason Roberts - “Stone Upon Stone: Shamanistic Lived Religion in Tuva”

Mon, December 2, 2013 | BUR 231

12:00 PM

Siberian Brown Bag Series: Jason Roberts - “Stone Upon Stone: Shamanistic Lived Religion in Tuva”

This semester the CREEES Brown Bag Series will have a Siberia theme, inspired by the “Siberian Voices” travel-study seminar that took place this summer.

Talks are held at noon on the first Monday of each month in Burdine 231.

Monday, December 2nd – Jason Roberts,  “Stone Upon Stone: Shamanistic Lived Religion in Tuva”  

Studies of “shamanism” frequently focus on the beliefs and practices of the ritual specialist, the shaman. However, the usual subjects of such research: the shaman’s drums, chants, spirit helpers, and ecstatic flight, do little to illuminate the everyday spiritual landscape of the people who share in the shaman’s cosmology, but are not themselves shamans. Drawing on examples taken from the intersection of the physical and spiritual landscapes in the Republic of Tuva, votive stone-mounds called ovaa, Jason Roberts, PhD student at the University of Texas, will speak on the nature of his current research into shamanism as lived religion in Tuva, investigating the beliefs and practices of the non ritual specialist.

Jason Roberts completed his MA in Slavic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. He is now in an ad hoc PhD program in Germanic Studies and is additionally completing a Religious Studies PhD portfolio. 

Dr. Mary Neuburger designed and led the "Siberian Voices" group project abroad, which took a team of UT students, faculty, and Texas K-12 teachers on a month-long journey into Southern Siberia. Together they journeyed through Tuva, to Lake Baikal and along the Trans-Siberian Railway. The focus of the travel-seminar was to learn about Siberian cultures, history, and religions with the goal of curriculum development for current and future U.S. educators. Her talk, "Siberian Voices: A CREEES Odyssey," will give insight into their exciting journey.

For a glimpse into the "Siberian Voices" program, see the feature story on



"Siberian Voices" was a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad funded by the Department of Education. For more information on the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, please visit

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