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Ellen Schattschneider, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Anthropologyand Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist, specializing in psychoanalytic, phenomenological and practice approaches to culture and history. Her work gives particular attention to ritual performance, gender and embodiment, spirit mediumship, sacred landscapes, visuality and the power of images, popular religious experience and comparative capitalist cultures. Her book, Immortal Wishes: Labor and Transcendence on a Japanese Sacred Mountain (Duke University Press, 2003) explores healing, self-fashioning and embodied psychodynamic processes on a sacred landscape associated with a Shinto shrine founded by a rural Japanese woman in the 1920s. Her current research centers on material and artistic mediations of historical trauma in the wake of the Asia-Pacific War.