Research PG


Contact Details

Email: r01tar15@abdn.ac.uk
Address: G05, Edward Wright Building, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB24 3QY


2015 - MRes Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

2013 - MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology, University College London

2011 - BA International Development Studies, McGill University

Research Interests

Sub-arctic Canada, human-animal relationships, subsistence, music, song, dance, performance, storytelling, oral history, sound.

Current Research

My doctoral research examines the role of music, song, and sound in Northern Athabascan peoples’ relationships with animals. This research is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted primarily with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. It explores how musical practices populate the ways in which people communicate with, think about, talk about, represent, and interact with animals. In particular, my research aims to trace how instances of music at the human-animal interface run from Northern Athabascan stories and oral history to contemporary subsistence practices and expressive culture.


I am an Aberdeen Team Member of Arctic Domus, a European Research Council Advanced Grant project exploring human-animal relations and domestication across the circumpolar north.

Research Grants

2015-2018 - Elphinstone PhD Scholarship, CASS, University of Aberdeen

2016 - Phillips Fund for Native American Research, American Philosophical Society

2016 - Jacobs Research Funds, Whatcom Museum, University of Washington

2015-2016 - Fieldwork Grant, Arctic Domus (ERC Advanced Grant)

2014-2015 - Saltire Scholarship, Government of Scotland

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