University of Wisconsin–Madison

Mollie Gossage

Graduate Student

gossage@wisc.edu

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CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Mollie Gossage is currently studying the travel and photographic practices of tourists in Northwest China to better understand the qualities of secularism and modern spirituality. She is interested in how national and global discourses of religion, atheism, modernity, and morality are performed or contested when people visit ostensibly religious places for purportedly non-religious purposes. She also questions how the centralizing of visual technologies in tourism (and elsewhere) shapes the notion or possibility of extraordinary experience. Finally, Mollie likes to grapple with the implications of Buddhist philosophy for anthropological methods.