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Serinity Young

Serinity Young

Adjunct Assistant Professor

syoung@qc.cuny.edu

BA, Hunter College
PhD, Columbia University

Professor Young is also a Research Associate in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History where she works on Tibetan artifacts and iconography.   She has been awarded two Fulbrights, two Asian Cultural Council grants, was a Research Scholar in the History of Science and in Archaeology at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and has been elected to the Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame.

Classes

Professor Young teaches East Asian Religion, East Asian Civilization 1 and 2, and Special Topics in Asian Studies.  In EA Civ 1 she focuses on ancient and medieval travel accounts of Asians and those of western travelers to Asia and in EA Civ 2 the focus is on Asian material culture.  Her courses are comparative and interdisciplinary in that she utilizes texts, iconography and anthropology.

She believes that the study of religion broadens our understanding of the world and inspires an empathy for difference.

Research

Her research focuses on gender issues in Buddhist texts, material culture and rituals; shamanism; sacred biography; pilgrimage; healing and medicine; dream theory; and archaeology.   She has done fieldwork in India, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China and Russia.

Publications

Professor Young is the author of Courtesans and Tantric Consorts:  Sexualities in Buddhist Narrative, Ritual, & Iconography (Routledge, 2004) and Dreaming in the Lotus:  Buddhist Dream Narrative, Imagery, and Practice (Wisdom, 1999); editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion (Macmillan 1998); editor of An Anthology of Sacred Texts By and About Women (Crossroads & HarperCollins, 1993); most recently she has published Body & Spirit:  Tibetan Medical Paintings, (AMNH Publications and University of Washington Press, 2009) and has several electronic publications on the AMNH website (www.amnh.org/our-research/anthropology/collections/highlights). ​​​
 
 

 Office Information

 
Yunzhong Shu
Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577
Email: CMAL@qc.cuny.edu

Faculty and Staff Information

Fall 2017 Course Information

 

Careers


The Department is currently inviting applications for a full-time, tenure track appointment in Arabic at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in the fall semester of 2018. See more information and how to apply.


Language Placement


Upcoming Language Placement Exams


Spring 2018

Arabic: Exams will be held on the following dates from 12-12:30 pm in Queens Hall 345F1. ​Please ​contact Professor Kamal Soleimani, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at ksoleimani@qc.cuny.edu to register. 

  • November 9, 2017
  • November 16, 2017
  • November 30, 2017
  • December 7, 2017

Chinese: Please contact Professor Xiao Li, the Chinese language coordinator, at xiao.li@qc.cuny.edu.

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at ncross@qc.cuny.edu.

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Deborah Gruber, the Hebrew language coordinator, at tsanchanit@aol.com.

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at mfujimoto@qc.cuny.edu.

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at seongyeon.ko@qc.cuny.edu.

Latin: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Latin language coordinator, at ncross@qc.cuny.edu.



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