Prof. Liora Sarfati is an anthropologist and folklorist whose specialism spans religion, society, culture, and the Media.
She is currently a senior lecturer (associate professor) at the Department of East Asian Studies of Tel Aviv University.
Her research explores the production of vernacular rituals in contemporary South Korea and protests in Downtown Seoul.
Prof. Sarfati’s research methods include ethnography in urban settings, media analysis, folklore research, and Digital humanities.
The extraordinary response of South Korean society and government to the Covid19 crisis led to several related research projects.
The first research uses ethnography to document and analyze the responses of spiritual healers to the crisis, and their contribution to the Perception and treatment of illness and health.
This project is part of international cooperation within the International Urban Symposium, titled Legitimacy: The Right to Public Health. The second research uses tools of digital humanities to explore the evolvement of public Discourses in Korea in the initial stages of the pandemic.