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NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Department of Anthropology
Program in Religious Studies
726 Broadway Suite 554
New York NY 10003
phone 212-992-9656
fax 212-995-4827

ANGELA ZITO
Associate Professor

EDUCATION

University of Chicago: Ph.D., August 1989, Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago: M.A. 1978, Far Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Penn State University: B.A. 1974, East Asian Studies/ Journalism
Beijing University: 1979-80 Advanced candidate in Chinese philosophy
University of Manchester: Spring term, 1973, Program in the School of Journalism

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
New York University

Department of Anthropology and Program in Religious Studies
Associate Professor September 1999—present
Associate Faculty, Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, 2012—present
Director, Program in Religious Studies September 2002—2008, 2010—present.
Co-director, Center for Religion and Media, 2003—present

Adjunct Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Chinese-Language
Internationalization, School of Liberal Arts, Renmin University, Beijing, China
2006—present
Learning Center for Women in Prison, Academic coordinator, Bayview Correctional
Facility, Fall 2004-2009.
Barnard College and Columbia University, Department of Religion
Assistant Professor July 1992—1999
Williams College, Department of Religion
Assistant Professor, July 1990—June 1992.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of History
Visiting Assistant Professor, July 1989—June 1990.
Cornell University, Department of Asian Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor, July 1988—June 1989.

EXHIBITIONS, CURATORIAL WORK
The Memory Project with Wu Wenguang” weekend of screenings at Center for Religion and Media, Dec 4-5, 2011.

“Reel China: Biennial Documentary Film Festival” At NYU, co-curated with Zhang Zhen, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012.

“My brother’s pool.” Photo projection, International Art Projects at the Stone Buddha Art Commune, Zhengzhou, Henan, May 2008.

“The Stiletto Project.” Performance in collaboration with Chen Juanhong, Art Garden Space, Beijing. July 2008.

“Dogs and People.” Portraits installed in outdoor propaganda windows, Yi’ertiao, Tuanjiehu, Beijing. July 2008.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS Writing in Water
“Forbidden No More…The New China In Ethnographic Film”
Film Festival and Conference, February 24 - 25, 2012
Haverford College
http://www.haverford.edu/forbiddennomore

CINEMA STUDIES, TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, NYU
Wednesday Evening Series, March 6, 2012 Q&A

9th BEIJING INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
August 18-26, 2012, Beijing, China. Q&A

INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES, JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
As part of exhibition “The Art of Writing” October 15, 2012 Q&A
Accompanied by talk for students on “Calligraphy, the body and public performance”

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF SACRED MUSIC, YALE UNIVERSITY
Co-sponsored by the Seminar on Sensory Cultures of Religion, October 31, 2012 Q&A

SOCIETY FOR VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Concurrent with The American Anthropology Association meetings in San Francisco, November 14-17, 2012. Q&A
http://societyforvisualanthropology.org/?p=1770

CHAO CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES, RICE UNIVERSITY
As part of the second workshop in The Ephemera Project on defining Ephemera,
December 8-9, 2012. With talk on “Making video work: the perils of fixing the ephemeral”

SCREEN SOCIETY/CINE-EAST: EAST ASIA IN CINEMA , DUKE UNIVERSITY
Sponsored by Asia Pacific Studies Institute and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image. February 7, 2013 Q&A

EAST ASIAN STUDIES, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Cosponsored by Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art and Dept of Religion
February 20, 2013

PUBLICATIONS
Of Body and Brush: Grand Sacrifice as Text/Performance in 18th Century
China. University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Body, Subject and Power in China. Editor (with Tani Barlow). University of Chicago
Press, 1994.

In Journals:
“Reading as Watching: What we see and what we get” positions: asia critique 20.1 (March 2012).

“Body” in Material Religion 7.1 (March 2011).

“Secularizing the pain of footbinding in China: missionary and medical stagings of
the universal body.” Journal of the American academy of religion. 75.1
(Spring 2007): 1-14.

“Can television mediate religious experience? The theology of Joan of arcadia” Jidu
jiao wenhua xuekan [Journal of Christian Culture] (in Chinese) Winter 2005.

“Queering filialtiy, raising the dead,” Journal of the history of sexuality 10.2 (April
2001):
"Ritualizing Li" positions, east asia cultures critique. 1.2 (Fall 1993) .
"City Gods, Filiality and Hegemony in Late Imperial China" Modern China. 13.3 (July
1987): 333-371.

“Re-presenting Sacrifice: Cosmology and the Editing of Texts." Ch’ing-shih wen-t’i
(Problems in Qing History) 5.2 (Dec 1984): 47-78.

In anthologies:
“Culture”. In Keywords for media and religion, edited by David Morgan. Routledge,
2008.

“Secularizing the pain of footbinding in China: missionary and medical stagings of
the universal body.” In Secularisms at the millennium, ed. by Ann Pellegrini
and Janet Jakobsen, ( Duke University Press, 2008)

“Can television mediate religious experience? The theology of Joan of Arcadia” in
Religion beyond the concept, edited by Hent DeVries. Fordham University
Press, 2007).

“Bound to be represented: theorizing/fetishizing footbinding” in Embodied
Modernities: refiguring body politics in China” ed. By Larissa Heinrich and
Fran Martin (University of Hawaii Press, 2006)

“Things Chinese” (pp. 290-92) and “This is not a façade” (pp. 70-85) in Making
Things Public:Atmospheres of Democracy, edited by Bruno Latour and Peter
Wiebel. (ZKM Center for Art and Media of Karlsruhe, Germany, August 2005)

“Purchasing Parents in 17th c. China”. (Zai shiqi shiji Zhongguo mai fumu). In Ming
Qing qingyu [Sentiments and desires in Ming-Qing China] Academi Sinica,
Taiwan, 2004.

Ten entries in the Encyclopedia of Confucianism, Oxford Press, 2000.
"City Gods", in Religions of China in Practice. ed. by Donald Lopez, Jr. Princeton
University Press, 1996.

GRANTS
Henry R. Luce Foundation, two year project on “Digital Religion: Transforming knowledge and practice in an international frame” at CRM 2011-2013

Pew Charitable Trusts, co-written with Faye Ginsburg, to further fund the Center for
Religion and Media, Sept 02; renewed May 05.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation grant for first stage planning workshop on three year-
project: “Rethinking China Studies: how can China speak to its own past in
the 21st century.” Feb 2001

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant for research on Filiality and Social Distinctions
in 18th c. Huizhou.” January-June 1997 at the Institute for Modern History,
Academia Sinica,Taipei, Taiwan.

National Academy of Science, National Committee on Scholarly Communication with
the People's Republic of China (CSCPRC) 1992, post-doctoral research grant
for research in China. (Used Jan 1992 and June-Oct 1992)

Social Science Research Council, award for pre-doctoral dissertation research. Used
in Beijing 1980-81.

Award for one year study in Beijing, National Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (CSCPRC), 1979-80.

NDFL Title VI award for area studies, University of Chicago, 1977-78